Home News March, 2016

Report: Olympus Hiked Prices on Replacement Scopes During Superbug Outbreak

E-mails show scope maker Olympus focused on sales throughout cross-contamination crisis.
Published: March 30, 2016

Nurse Admits to Texting Photo of Unconscious Patient's Penis

She lost her job and her license after coworkers complained.
Published: March 29, 2016

The 6 Nursing Lessons I Learned from the Sleep Apnea Death of My Teenage Son

Nurse warns of the dangers of opioids after her son passes away from respiratory depression after surgery.
Published: March 29, 2016

Are Sales Reps in the OR Responsible When Devices Fail?

Patient lawsuit over spinal implant that cracked in half points accusatory finger at rep in the room.
Published: March 24, 2016

Doctors Hope They've Found a Way to Heal Torn ACLs

Preliminary study shows new technique facilitates regrowth of torn ACLs.
Published: March 24, 2016

Stryker Guarantees Its Sponge-Scanning System Will Prevent Retained Items

Company announces "SurgiCount Promise" multi-million dollar risk-sharing program.
Published: March 23, 2016

Video: Toyota Helps Overhaul California Hospital

'What on earth does making cars have to do with hospitals and health care?'
Published: March 22, 2016

FDA Says Powdered Gloves Have to Go

While use of these gloves is decreasing, agency says they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury.
Published: March 21, 2016

Suit: Surgeon Removed Wrong Rib and Then Lied About It

"The cover-up is worse than the crime here," says patient's lawyer.
Published: March 18, 2016

Are You Committing These Common Lapses in Infection Prevention?

These are most likely to saddle you with a CMS citation.
Published: March 17, 2016

Rare Brain Disease Detected in Patient

Arkansas facility reopens after a possible diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Published: March 17, 2016

Taxing Question: Is It an ASC or Part of a Hospital?

A bundle of cash is riding on the designation.
Published: March 16, 2016

Has Double-Booking Surgery Gone Too Far?

U.S. Senate scrutinizing doctors who do 2 operations at once.
Published: March 14, 2016

Court: Surgical Hospital Could Be Liable for Nurse Sexually Assaulting Patient

The hospital is accused of failing to provide background checks and adequately training staff of sexual misconduct prevention.
Published: March 14, 2016

Ethicon Pulling Sedasys Anesthesia System

The computerized propofol delivery device was touted as the future of anesthesiology, but failed to take off in the U.S.
Published: March 10, 2016

Anesthesiologist Accused of Failing to Respond While Woman, 29, Slipped Away

Wrongful death suit also questions how well equipped freestanding surgical centers are to handle emergencies.
Published: March 9, 2016

7-Year Study Finds Outpatient Total Hips Safe, Effective

No medical or surgical events were seen as risks.
Published: March 8, 2016

How Did "Never Events" Become Routine?

Ineffective time outs cause 4 wrong-sites within 40 days at this Iowa health system.
Published: March 8, 2016

Anesthesiologist Faces Up to 70 Years in Prison for Billing Scheme

The doc submitted claims for procedures performed when he was actually in another state or on his private jet.
Published: March 7, 2016

Watch the News Report: Patients Who Suffered Severe Burns From Fires During Surgery

TV news piece investigates the pain and the lawsuits that followed a rash of surgical fires in Washington, D.C., area.
Published: March 4, 2016

Are Anesthesia Opt-Outs Worth It?

Study sees less action in states where physicians don't supervise CRNAs.
Published: March 3, 2016

Olympus Agrees to Record Kickback Settlement

The $646M penalty is the largest settlement of its kind in U.S. history.
Published: March 2, 2016

Do Pre-op Injections Cause Post-op Infections?

Studies probe steroids' role in joint replacement complications.
Published: March 2, 2016

When Is It Okay for Patients to Bring in Their Own Medications?

A pharmacy consultant says you need to have a clear policy.
Published: March 1, 2016

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