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air warming blanket

The Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket is at the center of a lawsuit that claims that the blanket caused a deadly infection in a cardiac patient.

Police say a female patient at a Connecticut surgery center woke up from anesthesia and began threatening staff members. Was it emergence delirium?

recording women

More than 1,000 women secretly recorded undergoing obstetric surgery by a San Diego hospital trying to catch an anesthesiologist stealing drugs have filed suit.

The American College of Surgeons president blasts conditions at the University of Louisville (Ky.) Hospital.

A "doomsday" bacteria resistant to all known antibiotics has emerged in the United States.

The Colorado surgical tech accused of replacing fentanyl syringes with saline syringes is HIV-positive.

gastric tube

A new FDA-approved gastric tube lets obese patients drain their stomachs into the toilet after a meal.

Small, rural hospitals beat larger medical centers when it comes to safety and cost-savings associated with gallbladder removal, colon surgery, hernia repair and appendectomy, according to a study.

Several Indiana surgery centers are suing UnitedHealthcare, accusing the insurance giant of illegally withholding reimbursements. The payer says it's merely recouping past overpayments.

The American College of Surgeons says its Surgical Risk Calculator will do an even better job of estimating a patient's likelihood of post-op complications later this year.

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