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Study indicates robotic surgery curriculum effective way to train surgeons
Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and four collaborating institutions have evaluated the effectiveness of a novel curriculum to safely train surgeons on the da Vinci Surgical System, which is used to perform robot-assisted surgeries. Results, published in Urology, showed that participants trained in the curriculum executed key skills with greater precision than those who did not receive training.
Vein surgery for MS fails in 1st controlled trial
Outcomes in multiple sclerosis patients were not improved with a controversial surgical procedure — percutaneous transluminal venous angioplasty — to improve blood flow in cerebrospinal veins, results of a small, double-blind, controlled trial indicated.
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ACOG: Robotic surgery not best for hysterectomy
HealthDay News via Physician's Briefing
Robotic surgery is not the only, the best or the most cost-efficient method for a minimally invasive hysterectomy, according to a statement by the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
Study: Ultrasound increases accuracy of central line placement in children
Stanford University Medical Center via Medical Xpress
By adopting a technique that's already widely used in adult medicine, pediatric surgeons could save many children from complications associated with a common but risky hospital procedure. That's the conclusion of a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.
Accountable care drives demand for NPs, PAs
As the era of accountable care evolves and the medical home model becomes more prevalent in organizations, the delivery of successful patient outcomes is expected to be increasingly dependent on the performance of an effective patient care team. Forming and maintaining care teams — especially in primary care — will be among the industry's most significant challenges, according to the American Medical Group Association's and Cejka Search 2011 Physician Retention Survey, which for the first time includes staffing and turnover benchmarks for both advanced practitioners and physician staffing.
Ectopic pregnancy treatments preserve fertility
The New York Times
Each of the three main treatments for ectopic pregnancy — a condition in which a fetus develops outside the uterus, often in the fallopian tube — appears to be equally effective in preserving a woman's ability to become pregnant in the future, a new study found.
Healthcare hiring strong despite looming sequester cuts
The healthcare sector created 32,000 jobs in February despite the specter of 2 percent Medicare cuts mandated by sequestration, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Within the healthcare sector there was a gain of 14,000 jobs in ambulatory health care services, which include physicians' offices and outpatient care centers. Hospitals and nursing and residential care facilities each created 9,000 jobs for the month.
Meaningful use incentives get chopped under sequestration
Anyone hoping that the EHR Incentive Program would be spared the axe after sequestration took hold will be disappointed. CMS has officially announced that the 2 percent reduction in Medicare will extend to meaningful use payments under the program.
Prevention efforts fail to stop C. diff infection
Even though health care facilities have ramped up efforts to prevent C. difficile infection, infection rates and deaths remain at historic highs, according to a new nationwide survey from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Study shows owners of ambulatory surgical centers do more surgery
General Surgery News
Orthopedic surgeons who were owners and on the board of directors of an ambulatory surgical center in Florida did 76 more surgeries per year than nonowners. For every surgery a nonowner performed, an owner completed 1.8. This finding raises the question of why? This question was addressed in a Workers' Compensation Research Institute study that also was the subject of a webinar, "Why Owners of Ambulatory Surgical Centers Do More Surgery."
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