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'Bloodless' lung transplants hint at surgery's future
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Hospitals are working to further innovate "bloodless" operations, both to treat those who shun transfusions and to advance techniques that may be safer for all patients. More



Spine surgery readmission rates may be overestimated
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For patients admitted for spine surgery, the readmission rate may be overestimated when calculated based on administrative data sets, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. More

Women surgeons call to mind their 100-year history
General Surgery News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This year marks 100 years since the first women on record were admitted to the American College of Surgeons. To honor the anniversary, General Surgery News interviewed Maria Georgiou Ikossi, MD, and Danagra Georgia Ikossi, MD, a mother and daughter pair, both of whom are general surgeons and fellows of the American College of Surgeons. More

You can help SAGES develop hernia care program
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons is working with a communications partner, Information Experts, to determine the optimal structure, audience and approach for a hernia care program.

We need your input! Please complete the survey by clicking here and share this link with others. We are seeking input from physicians and surgeons, chief residents, surgical residents, fellows, physician assistants, patients, patient care team members, hospital administrators, healthcare payors and medical supply providers.

The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. All responses will be captured anonymously. Please note that the survey focuses on inguinal and ventral hernia repairs.

Please send any questions or comments to focusgroup@informationexperts.com. Thank you for your support in this important initiative. We value your participation in this survey.


Residency program directors oppose shorter work day
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Medical residents aren't the only ones unhappy with new 16-hour shifts; most (71.6 percent) program directors who manage interns and residents disapprove of the duty-hour limit. More

Study shows effectiveness of magnetic device for treatment of reflux
Medical Xpress via University of California San Diego    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A study published Feb. 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine provides clinical evidence of the safety and effectiveness of a new magnetic medical device to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. Santiago Horgan, MD, professor of surgery at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and study co-author, was the first surgeon in the United States to implant the FDA-approved device. More

High cost of medical training
Scripps Howard News Service via KMGH-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nida Degesys is about to become a doctor. Her husband, David, is a lawyer. Between them, they have $400,000 in student loans. A fourth-year student at Northeast Ohio Medical University near Akron, Degesys says the prospect of paying off that kind of debt is "a little stressful and challenging" as she tries to complete her training over the next few years. Degesys, a vice president of the American Medical Student Association, is hardly alone. Medical students graduating this year face average loan debts in excess of $162,000. More

Researchers: CPOE averted 17.4 million medication errors in 1 year
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Electronic prescribing through computerized physician order entry averted 17.4 million medication errors in the U.S. in a single year, according to researchers publishing in the Journal American Medical Informatics Association. More

Kansas hospital group study predicts expanding Medicaid would generate 4,000 jobs
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A study released by the Kansas Hospital Association says that expanding Medicaid eligibility to levels called for in the federal health reform law would pump more than $3 billion into the state's economy and create 4,000 new jobs by 2020. The study, done for the association by the Center for Health Policy Research at George Washington University and Regional Economic Models, Inc., also shows that expansion would save the state more than it would cost. More


 

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