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Newly FDA-approved microsurgical system holds promise for training, new treatments

Editor's Note The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has granted De Novo authorization for marketing MMI North America Inc.’s Symani Surgical System, according to the agency’s April 9 roundup. The system employs a motion scaling function to scale down surgeons movements for procedures requiring small instruments and/or microscopes, such…

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By: Matt Danford
April 10, 2024
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Nurses who left profession cite poor working conditions as primary driver

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Editor's Note Poor working conditions are driving many nurses to leave the profession, according to a new study from University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR). The findings were published in JAMA Network Open on April 9.  While previous studies have looked at…

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By: Brita Belli
April 9, 2024
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Urologists advocate for resources to help surgeons prepare for, cope with adverse events

Editor's Note Adverse events are a ubiquitous, inevitable consequence of surgical practice, and more must be done to support surgeons before and after they occur. This is the central message of a video published March 27 by Urology Times, in which British urologist Kevin Turner, MA DM FRCS, of Royal…

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By: Matt Danford
April 8, 2024
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Concierge physician practices expanding to large hospitals

Editor's Note The practice of concierge physicians is expanding as thousands of doctors at large hospital systems shift to a model facilitating high fees and decreased patient load, according to an April 1 report in KFF Health News. The concierge physician model began decades ago in wealthy areas of Florida…

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By: Brita Belli
April 8, 2024
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Editor's Note Although OR Manager is dedicated to providing the education perioperative leaders need to succeed, we can’t do that without your input. Our annual Salary/Career survey, now open for 2024, makes it easy for you to provide that input—and in the process, get a chance to win one of…

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By: Matt Danford
April 5, 2024
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Healthcare employment up in March

Editor's Note Healthcare employment in the US rose by 72,000 from March to April, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released on April 5. That is compared to an overall monthly gain of 231,000 in March. In March, healthcare employment also trended up in: ambulatory…

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By: Matt Danford
April 5, 2024
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Hospitals curtail outpatient care, ramp up staffing in advance of solar eclipse

Editor's Note Monday’s solar eclipse has prompted hospitals in affected areas to implement precautionary measures in advance of an expected influx of visitors as well as potential communication and other difficulties, Becker’s Hospital Review reported April 2. Areas in the path of totality, which stretches from Central Texas to Northeastern…

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By: Matt Danford
April 4, 2024
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Updated physician shortage projections smaller but still significant

Editor's Note The gap between demand and supply could result in a shortage of 13,500 to 86,000 physicians by 2036, according to updated projections published March 21 by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Although these figures are smaller than projections in the last report, published in 2021, they…

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By: Matt Danford
April 3, 2024
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CDC releases 'hospital-tested' guide to combat worker burnout

Editor's Note The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), of the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is releasing an innovative, hospital-tested guide aimed at addressing and mitigating healthcare worker burnout, a CDC March 18 press release reports. This initiative is a cornerstone of the Impact…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
March 27, 2024
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Most physicians negatively view private equity ownership of healthcare practices

Editor's Note According to a March 11 research letter published by JAMA Internal Medicine, most physicians have a negative view of private equity’s growing involvement in healthcare. The findings mostly come from a January 2023 survey of 525 medical doctors conducted by the American College of Physicians (ACP). Some highlights…

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By: Brita Belli
March 26, 2024
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