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On the cutting edge: PAs excel in robotic surgery
PA Professional
The rise of robotic surgery systems has been meteoric. In 2000, roughly a thousand robotic surgeries were performed worldwide. That number is now in the millions. As this field has grown, so has the number of PAs first assisting in the operating room and using these high-tech tools.
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Finding a job in healthcare: Negotiations
By Catherine Iste
Author Catherine Iste writes: Once a year, I have the pleasure of being a guest lecturer for an ethics and social leadership class at a local university. The class participants include master's students in nursing and healthcare informatics. My topic is always the same: I am asked to demystify human resources. This year, the students' questions focused on the following: negotiating an offer, dealing with bureaucracy, performance reviews and terminations. Let's tackle each of these topics, starting with ...
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How to reduce anxiety and pain during surgery with small talk and stress balls
Medical Daily
Some medical procedures and surgical operations allow, in some cases even require, that a patient remain awake. A new study compares how effective different distraction interventions are in reducing levels of anxiety and pain when patients undergo such procedures. Using stress balls, talking to a nurse, and watching a DVD eased the surgical patients’ anxiety while also reducing their pain, the University of Surrey researchers discovered.
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Survey: Some patients rate second-eye cataract surgery more painful than first
Healio
Cataract surgery in the second eye was perceived by some patients as being more painful and/or taking longer than surgery in the first eye, despite patients being more relaxed and less anxious during the second surgery, according to a survey. The prospective study included 292 patients who underwent second-eye cataract surgery; 12 patients whose surgeries took longer than 30 minutes were excluded from analysis.
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Survey: Patient engagement continues to face challenges
By Scott E. Rupp
In the true age of patient engagement — a topic much talked about the last two years, but one now seemingly having gained real traction — providers continue to admit that they are having trouble with meeting the mandates established for them by meaningful use stage 2 requirements. The challenges they face with engaging patients, of course, means they also run the risk of pushing away patients if they fail to meet consumers on their terms. This is a fairly standard industry sentiment and one of the primary takeaways from a recent nationwide survey.
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Study: Morphine after tonsillectomy tied to breathing problems
HealthDay News
Using morphine at home to treat pain in children after tonsil and/or adenoid removal may cause life-threatening respiratory problems, according to a new study. "The evidence here clearly suggests children with obstructive sleep apnea should not be given morphine for postoperative pain. We already know that they should not get codeine either," Gideon Koren, M.D., one of the study's authors and a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, said in a McMaster University news release.
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Millennials are reshaping healthcare
By Scott E. Rupp
Global consumer collaboration consultancy Communispace recently released a report called, "Healthcare without Borders: How Millennials are Reshaping Health and Wellness," which examines millennial healthcare values and how they will impact businesses across the industry. The report focuses on several areas of millennials' lives, including technology. Millennials are far more likely than other generations to rely on mobile and online tools to monitor and maintain their health, the report states.
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9 out of 10 surgeons believe advanced surgical energy devices could revolutionize surgery in the future
News-Medical
New survey results launched by Olympus Medical showed that nine out of ten (88 percent) surgeons surveyed believe advanced surgical energy devices such as THUNDERBEATTM could revolutionise the way surgery is performed in the future1, resulting in cost savings for the NHS. Further to the Department of Health's settlement in the Government's 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review, the NHS currently faces the toughest financial challenges in its history.
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