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FlexDex signs distribution deal with Olympus

Editor's Note A deal has been signed by Olympus with FlexDex Surgical to distribute its wrist-controlled Needle Driver robotic device, the August 23 Medical Design & Outsourcing reports. The FlexDex Needle Driver, which is used to streamline suturing in areas of the abdomen that are hard to access, will complement…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 28, 2018
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Assistive surgical devices win in biomedical engineering design competition

Editor's Note This year’s three winners of the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge included assistive surgical devices: First place−$20,000 went to a team from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, for a minimally invasive brain retractor. Second place−$15,000 was awarded to a team from Clemson University, South Carolina, for a…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2018
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CDPH penalizes 13 hospitals

Editor's Note The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) on August 23 issued 16 penalties to 13 hospitals and fines of more than $1 million. Among the penalties issued, four were OR related: OR fire unintended retention of a foreign object (blue towel) wrong site surgery malfunction of a heart-lung…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 27, 2018
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Effects of hypnosis before general anesthesia on postop outcomes

Editor's Note In this study, no benefit of hypnosis before general anesthesia was found on postoperative pain, but it had other benefits, such as less fatigue and anxiety (especially in patients who thought they received hypnosis, but did not) and higher patient satisfaction scores. A total of 150 women having…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2018
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Hip, knee implant market poised for growth

Editor's Note WiseGuyReports predicts the global market for hip and knee surgical implants will reach more than $12 billion by 2021, the August 21 Becker’s Spine Review reports. Three companies dominate the market: Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, and DePuy Synthes.

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2018
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Got Beds? How a Surgical Observation Unit Keeps the Perioperative Traffic Moving

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Position paper advocates for global surgeons based in academic centers

Editor's Note In this position paper, three global surgery groups advocate for global surgeons based in US academic healthcare centers. Though 30% of all diseases globally require surgical care and expertise, global surgeons based in academic healthcare centers often face institutional barriers that make it difficult to take time to…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 21, 2018
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Orthopedic bundled payment models on the fast track--Part 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is poised to launch Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Advanced on October 1, 2018, and is continuing its Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) bundled payment model for total hip and knee arthroplasty (THA, TKA). “Orthopedics is the most important service…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 21, 2018
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Validate and verify medical devices to ensure safety

Sometimes surgeons ask to have nonmedical devices sterilized, such as spoons, hockey pucks, and fish hooks. Healthcare staff may want to accommodate their requests, but there are times when they cannot do so. A central service (CS) should only sterilize medical devices that have undergone validation testing, which demonstrates that…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
August 21, 2018
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Blood management program reduces transfusions, improves outcomes for orthopedic patients

Editor's Note A blood management program at Johns Hopkins using a hemoglobin transfusion threshold of 7 g/dl in orthopedic surgical patients reduced blood use by 32.5% and resulted in similar or improved outcomes. Improved outcomes were primarily in patients 65 years of age or older. For this study, researchers evaluated…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 20, 2018
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FDA issues Safety Alert for Temporary Total Artificial Heart Companion 2 Driver System by SynCardia Systems

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on August 17 issued a Safety Alert for SynCardia Systems’ (Tucson, Arizona) Temporary Total Artificial Heart Companion 2 Driver System. Final results from a post-approval study indicate higher mortality and stroke rates for patients initially supported with the C2 Driver System compared…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 20, 2018
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