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HD Camera in a Pill?

Scientists developing capsular endoscope with high-definition image quality.
Published: November 30, 2011

Nurse Fired to Appease Anesthesiologist

Court: ASC was within rights to dump nurse and hire doctor.
Published: November 30, 2011

Mass. Court Lets Latex Lawsuit Stand

Patient claims use of drains in surgery worsened allergy.
Published: November 29, 2011

San Francisco ASC Home to First Meniscus Transplant Center

Controversial procedure to delay, avoid total knee replacement available as outpatient surgery.
Published: November 29, 2011

Pathology Sample Switch Results in $175k Jury Award

Error incorrectly diagnosed patient with cancer, led to unnecessary surgery.
Published: November 28, 2011

Was Poor Patient Positioning to Blame for Spinal Cord Injury?

Plaintiffs receive settlement for paralyzed patient's injuries suffered after surgery.
Published: November 28, 2011

Personalized Propofol Sedation Device Still Fighting for FDA Approval

A dispute panel will hear an appeal from Sedasys' makers next month.
Published: November 28, 2011

AAAHC Standardizes 3-Year Terms

Accreditor exchanges shorter terms for improvement plans, interim surveys.
Published: November 22, 2011

Office-Based Surgery Center Licensing Examined in N.J.

Lawmakers consider proposal for uniform health department supervision.
Published: November 22, 2011

Manufacturer Presses to Add Surgeon to Pain Pump Lawsuit

I-Flow's tactic: Blame surgeon who used pump that allegedly damaged shoulder cartilage.
Published: November 22, 2011

Ohio's "I'm Sorry Law" Doesn't Protect Against Admitted Errors

Surgeons must exercise caution in post-error statements.
Published: November 21, 2011

Neurosurgeon Claims Hospital Demoted Him for Whistleblowing

Surgeon protested policy on unmonitored assistant surgeons.
Published: November 18, 2011

Wouldn't It Be Nice if Drugs Came in User-Friendly Vials?

Pharmacy consultant argues that vials that match the dosage would enable compliance and avoid waste.
Published: November 18, 2011

Spread the Word on Smoke-Free Surgeries

Educate surgical patients on tobacco's perioperative hazards.
Published: November 17, 2011

Hip Impingement Surgery is Popular, But is it Effective?

Proponents say procedure keeps hip pain at bay, but questions remain.
Published: November 17, 2011

Study Examines Hospital Readmissions After Colon Surgery

Researchers find nearly 1 in 4 patients return within 90 days.
Published: November 17, 2011

$82 Million in Nursing School Loans and Scholarships Up for Grabs

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services providing awards to bolster nursing workforce.
Published: November 16, 2011

Surgeons Pay Steep Emotional Price in Malpractice Suits

Study links many surgeons' personal issues to litigation.
Published: November 16, 2011

Traveling Nurse's Drug Theft Conviction Upheld

Vt. Supreme Court rejects defendant's appeal that evidence was flawed.
Published: November 15, 2011

American Medical Association No Fan of ICD-10

Group wants to stop the implementation of new coding system.
Published: November 15, 2011

Do Your Anesthesia Providers Go the Extra Mile?

In and out of the OR, here are the value-added services that your anesthetists should provide.
Published: November 15, 2011

How to Ensure Continuous Nerve Block Success

A surgeon offers 5 simple steps to make your program a winner.
Published: November 14, 2011

A Critical Question to Ask Your Knee Replacement Patients

Study: Patients who use pain meds before knee replacement see worse results.
Published: November 11, 2011

How Do You Deal With Drug Shortages?

What to do when critical medications are in short supply.
Published: November 11, 2011

How to Avoid Day-of-Surgery Cancellations

Find out what you can do about the 3 most common reasons that patients don't show up.
Published: November 11, 2011

Should You Be Wary of EMRs?

Institute of Medicine report cites poorly designed electronic medical records for some errors.
Published: November 10, 2011

Surgery Gives Singers a New Voice

Vocal cord procedure may become more frequent.
Published: November 9, 2011

Unheeded Alarms Top Technology Hazards List

ECRI Institute's annual warning also cites pain pump errors, contaminated endoscopes.
Published: November 8, 2011

You Won't Believe What's Getting in the Way of Good Hand Hygiene

Researchers find that handwashing is lower among those who wear gloves.
Published: November 8, 2011

Transporting Contaminated GI Scopes

Readers weigh in on this infection prevention issue.
Published: November 8, 2011

OSHA Agents Citing More ASCs for Bloodborne Pathogen Violations

Report says surgery centers lag behind hospitals in bloodborne pathogen standard compliance.
Published: November 3, 2011

Court Upholds Hospital's Firing of Verbally Abusive Doc

Surgeon's anger would cause him to "freeze up" in OR.
Published: November 3, 2011

Do You Use Multimodal Analgesia Before Surgery?

Fewer than 25% of facilities are vigilant about reducing post-op pain.
Published: November 2, 2011

How Would You Handle This Sticky Staffing Situation?

Discrimination lawsuit followed N.J. hospital's firing of aide with ADHD.
Published: November 2, 2011

Modest Medicare Payment Increases for Both Hospitals and ASCs in 2012

Outpatient surgery fees will rise 1.9% for hospitals and 1.6% for ASCs.
Published: November 2, 2011

L.A. Hospital a Breeding Ground for Unsanitary Surgery

Federal inspectors cite Harbor-UCLA Medical Center for safety violations.
Published: November 1, 2011

Did Docs Perform Unnecessary Spinal Surgery?

North Carolina Medical Board says plasma disc decompression on 7 patients wasn't justified.
Published: November 1, 2011

Do Sports Orthopods Rely Too Heavily on MRIs?

Leading specialists say magnetic resonance imaging can be misleading.
Published: November 1, 2011