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Published: May 1, 2017

  • B. Braun to distribute Christie Medical's VeinVewer B. Braun is now the exclusive distributor of the Christie Medical Holdings's VeinViewer for U.S. hospitals. The VeinViewer uses near infrared light to highlight peripheral veins and improve IV first-stick success. Christie Medical will continue to sell the system to outpatient facilities, vein clinics, VA hospitals and educational centers.
  • Eye docs have it made Ophthalmologists are among the happiest healthcare professionals when it comes to their chosen profession and specialty, according to a recent physician compensation report. The report says 80% of ophthalmologists would choose a career in medicine again if given the opportunity and 93% say they would reenter the field of ophthalmology. Eye docs, who make an average of $345,000 per year, also reported the fourth largest pay increase (12%) from 2016. Orthopedic surgeons are this year's top earners with an average salary of $489,000.
  • When it comes to follow-op colonoscopy after a positive result, don't procrastinate A follow-up colonoscopy performed more than 10 months after positive fecal immunochemical test results was associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer and advanced-stage disease, according to a cohort study of more than 70,120 patients published in JAMA. Compared with colonoscopy follow-up within 8 to 30 days, there were no significant differences for risk of any colorectal cancer between follow-up at 2 months, 3 months, 4 to 6 months, or 7 to 9 months. The risks were significantly higher for follow-up examinations performed 10 months or longer: at 10 to 12 months, 1.48 odds ratio for colorectal cancer and 1.97 odds ratio for advanced-stage disease; and at more than 12 months, 2.25 odds ratio for colorectal cancer and 3.22 odds ratio for advanced-stage disease.
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