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Should Anesthesiology Group Have Reached Dying Patient Sooner?

Lawsuit cited providers for flawed response to emergency.

Published: February 27, 2012

Surgical Site Infections Most Common Among Pennsylvania Patients

SSIs made up more than 25% of state's hospital-acquired infections in 2010.

Published: February 27, 2012

Whistleblowing Surgeon Awarded $900,000

Jury backs physician who claimed his numerous reports of patient safety lapses went ignored.

Published: February 24, 2012

Lawsuit Alleging Doctor Withheld Pathology Findings Allowed to Proceed

Patient claims doctor concealed report indicating no signs of prostate cancer

Published: February 23, 2012

Why You Should Cherish Your Older OR Nurses

Besides grooming the next generation of surgical nurses, their experience and know-how make them invaluable assets.

Published: February 22, 2012

Texas Court Upholds Medical Child Abuse Verdict

Mother subjected son to 2 unnecessary surgeries.

Published: February 22, 2012

News Report Investigates Instrument Reprocessing

Video segment asks, "Are operating rooms using dirty surgical tools?"

Published: February 22, 2012

Settlements Reached in Hepatitis Outbreak Case

Teva reportedly paying $250M to end colonoscopy hepatitis lawsuits.

Published: February 22, 2012

OR Staff Walk Laps During Lunch Break in Honor of Fallen Friend

12 laps around the surgical department's circular hallway equals 1 mile.

Published: February 21, 2012

How to Get Dropped From Medicare

Pain management facility has 2 weeks to address series of deficiencies and violations.

Published: February 17, 2012

Special Report: Was CRNA Falsely Accused of Drugging and Sexually Assaulting OR Nurse?

He-said, she-said tale of workplace romance revolves around a hospital's medication security practices.

Published: February 16, 2012

CMS Expected to Push Back October 2013 ICD-10 Deadline

You'll have more time to implement the new medical coding set.

Published: February 15, 2012

Spine Surgeon Sues Spine Surgeon Who Inserted Experimental Artificial Disc in Him

Judge rules principal investigator of a new spine device failed to follow his own recommendations.

Published: February 15, 2012

Does Fear of Lawsuits Influence Orthopedic Surgeons' Delivery of Care?

Guidelines to address liability may help quell practice of "defensive medicine."

Published: February 14, 2012

Facelift Patient Devoted Herself to Ruining Surgeon's Reputation

Dissatisfied with outcome, she waged online war before taking her life.

Published: February 10, 2012

A Simple Way to Screen for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

This quick questionnaire will identify at-risk patients.

Published: February 10, 2012

You Might Be an OR Nurse If ...

34 dead giveaways that you're hooked on surgery.

Published: February 10, 2012

Was Sacked Surgeon Safety Conscious or Money Hungry?

Mitchell Magid, DMD, filed whistleblower lawsuit after being canned from lucrative post.

Published: February 10, 2012

6 Tips for a Stress-Free Accreditation Survey

Things will go a lot smoother if you follow this practical advice from a longtime surveyor.

Published: February 9, 2012

Are You Ready for an MH Emergency?

Speed your staff's response with this effective memory aid.

Published: February 9, 2012

Just How Useful (Really) Is Gowning and Gloving?

A new study that requires universal gowning and gloving for 9 months might hold the answer.

Published: February 8, 2012

Despite Huge Return on Their Investment, 3 Retinal Surgeons Squeezed Out of ASC Sue

Courts clear center that sold shares of physician-investors who didn't meet one-third/one-third rule.

Published: February 8, 2012

14 Hospitals Pay $12M to Settle Medicare Fraud Charges Surrounding Spinal Surgery Billing

Arrangements follow federal government's continuing kyphoplasty investigations.

Published: February 8, 2012

Could Your Facility Use a Spark?

7 quick pick-me-ups if your surgical center is sputtering along.

Published: February 8, 2012

Did Hospital Settle Malpractice Case to Spite Its Chief of Surgery?

Hospital conspired to defame surgeon, says lawyer.

Published: February 8, 2012

Observation Plus Affirmation Equals Hand Hygiene Domination

N.Y. hospital finds feedback is the key to ensuring consistent practices.

Published: February 7, 2012

Is Gargling With Licorice the Cure for Post-Op Sore Throat?

Researchers find that swishing licorice solution right before induction eases sore throats after surgery.

Published: February 7, 2012

60 is the Surgeon's Magic Number for ACL Repairs

New research suggests young surgeons aren't ready to perform the complex procedure.

Published: February 7, 2012

Federal Judge Rejects Challenge of Illinois Out-of-Network Law

The law bars hospital-based physicians from charging extra for non-contracted services.

Published: February 6, 2012

Was This Orthopedic Surgeon Too Slow, or Just Conscientious?

Federal courts side with hospital that removed him from its call list and reported him to the NPDB, but kept him on staff.

Published: February 3, 2012

Drunken Night Out Costs Pediatric RN His Job

"Exceptional" surgical nurse convicted of criminal sexual conduct he doesn't remember committing.

Published: February 2, 2012

Doctor Loses License for Touching Anesthetized Patients' Breasts

Anesthesiologist admitted to inappropriate exams of multiple women.

Published: February 1, 2012

Automatic Meal-Break Deductions

Judges deny class action status for suits against 2 Pittsburgh hospitals that automatically docked the wages of employees.

Published: February 1, 2012

Paper Clip Dentist Sentenced to Year in Jail

Michael Clair, DDS, subbed wire for stainless steel implants in root canals.

Published: February 1, 2012

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