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Published: May 18, 2015

  • Less stress is best On-the-job stress-reduction activities can help prevent occupational burnout, say researchers in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The researchers offered members of a surgical ICU team an 8-week program of yoga, stretching, meditation and music. Participants in the program showed decreased psychological and biological markers of stress compared with nonparticipants.
  • Patients want cleaner scrubs About 44% of healthcare workers are responsible for laundering their scrubs at home, according to a survey conducted by the Textile Rental Services Association, but 68% of consumers are concerned when they see those employees wearing scrubs outside of the clinical environment and 83% feel professional laundering would provide cleaner, safer scrubs.
  • An octopus in the OR? Robotic surgery is taking a cue from the sea. Researchers in Italy have developed a new robotic arm inspired by octopuses that could help surgeons reach remote, confined regions of the body more easily and avoid soft organ damage. The device is similar to the animal's arms and can quickly transform from a bending, flexible instrument into a stiff and rigid one, reducing the number of instruments and entry incisions needed. Researchers say the arm is the first step in creating an all-in-one device that can eliminate the need for instruments like graspers, dissectors and retractors.
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