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August 2017

Jury Clears GI Doc of Negligence in Colon Cancer Suit

A jury found David Vastola, DO, not negligent in performing a 2011 colonoscopy on a patient who 18 months later presented with terminal colon cancer.
Published: August 23, 2017

Study: Long-Term Opioid Use Rarely Starts With Surgery

Patients leaving the hospital after surgery are rarely the ones whose chronic opioid use started with a surgeon's prescription.
Published: August 23, 2017

Do Drug-Free Interventions Reduce Pain or Opioid Consumption After Total Knee Arthroplasty?

Researchers find that electrotherapy and acupuncture might reduce and delay opioid consumption, but do little to control pain.
Published: August 17, 2017

Administration Signals Likely End to Medicare Bundled Payments Initiative

Recently posted rule suggests that the twice-postponed rule will be rescinded.
Published: August 15, 2017

New Program Aims to Optimize Colorectal Surgery

Participating facilities have access to tools and advice for implementing an evidenced-based clinical pathway.
Published: August 11, 2017

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July 2017

Hospital Hit With $5M Verdict After Lap Chole Patient's Post-Discharge Death

Woman, 49, died after she was discharged the same day she underwent an emergency gallbladder removal at a Philadelphia hospital.
Published: July 31, 2017

Coffee Enhances Accuracy of Image-Guided ENT Surgery

Vacuum-sealed grounds in a tight-fitting headpiece keep optical sensors solidly in place.
Published: July 26, 2017

Unflattering Press for Bronx-Lebanon Hospital's Head of Orthopedic Surgery

The report detailed surgeon Ira Kirschenbaum's record of alleged poor outcomes for his patients, including multiple patient deaths and a string of malpractice suits pending against him.
Published: July 25, 2017

Novel Stress Test Determines When Surgeons Are Ready to Cut Loose

At the Missouri University School of Medicine, they're measuring how much residents sweat during surgery.
Published: July 7, 2017

Orthopod Accused of Supplying Painkillers to His Mistress

Kenneth Cherry, MD, allegedly wrote 63 prescriptions for opioids over 18 months.
Published: July 6, 2017

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June 2017

Ophthalmologist Sues Over "Unconstitutional" Certificate-of-Need Process

Lawsuit: Iowa's "burdensome" 40-year-old CON process — and intervention from nearby hospitals — has prevented eye surgeon from using his fully equipped surgery center.
Published: June 23, 2017

Jury Awards $870K to Man After Surgeon Amputates Wrong Testicle

Urologist removes healthy left testicle while leaving the damaged right one in place.
Published: June 16, 2017

All 16 Reprocessed Ureteroscopes Tested in Study Were Still Contaminated

Researchers stress the importance of consistently monitoring reprocessing outcomes.
Published: June 15, 2017

For Surgical Sales Reps, It's All About Bonuses and Commissions

Virtually all make six figures, but bonuses account for nearly 40% of their incomes.
Published: June 14, 2017

What Caused Mold to Grow in Sterilization Sink?

Mold discovery puts surgeries on hold at California hospital.
Published: June 13, 2017

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