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Pairing checklists with teamwork improves patient outcomes
American Medical News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Adverse events following high-risk surgeries decreased by more than 15 percentage points after health professionals used a checklist and worked as a team. More



Study: Operations take longer when residents are involved
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A new study shows that for six common laparoscopic procedures, resident participation resulted in the surgery lasting from 20 percent to 47 percent longer. The six laparoscopic operations were appendectomy, cholecystectomy, gastric bypass, fundoplication, colectomy and inguinal hernia. More

Surgery simulation apps teach trainees to think like seasoned surgeons
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A U.K. startup called Touch Surgery set out to develop a tool that would harness the knowledge of surgeons who have spent years doing operations and to make it easily accessible to trainees internationally. To do that, the company has created a series of mobile apps designed to be used as along with other training tools by future surgeons. More

Forgivable loans possible for medical students in Iowa
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There's a push to get doctors to stay in Iowa. Leaders at Des Moines University are working to convince lawmakers to provide forgivable loans to Iowa med students who stay to practice in the Hawkeye state. More

Health reform may be headed back to Supreme Court in 2013
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Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Maybe not for the Affordable Care Act. Looks like 2013 will include many of the characters who made 2012 such a nerve-racking year for the health care reform law - everyone from state-level leaders hoping to prevent its full implementation to Supreme Court justices deciding the law's fate. More

Racial gaps in access to robotic prostate surgery
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Minority and Medicaid cancer patients are less likely to have their prostates removed at hospitals that use robot-assisted surgery, according to a new study that stops short of suggesting the robotic technique represents better care. More

ACA tops list of 5 biggest physician concerns for 2013
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The Physicians Foundation says 2013 will be a "watershed year for the U.S. health care system." The organization says it is important to be on alert to how changes wrought by health system reform — and shifting physician and patient demographics — are affecting doctors. More

Debt may influence young doctors' career plans
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Pediatricians-in-training are more likely to plan to go into primary care — rather than a specialty field — if they have lots of debt from college and medical school, according to a new study. More


 

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