How Anesthesiologists Are Curbing the Opioid Epidemic

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Going opioid-free could be the future of anesthesia. Presenting findings to the 2017 Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, a group of Tampa-based doctors and researchers say their studies promote opioid-free anesthesia not only as a viable option…

Ransomware and Other Cybersecurity Threats Top ECRI Institute’s Annual Health Technology Hazards List

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ECRI Institute announces the launch of its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2018 list. The report identifies the potential sources of danger involving medical devices and other health technologies that ECRI believes warrant the greatest…

President Trump Nominates Alex Azar for HHS Secretary

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On Monday, President Trump announced his nomination of pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar as secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Azar served as general counsel and deputy HHS secretary under George W. Bush from…

FDA Approves First Implanted Lens That Can Be Adjusted After Cataract Surgery

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 22 announced the approval of RxSight Inc’s (Pasadena, California) Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device. This is the first system that allows ophthalmologists to make small adjustments…

Cloth Caps More Effective Than Disposable Caps at Preventing Contamination in the OR

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One of the first studies testing the effectiveness of different operating room (OR) head coverings in preventing airborne contamination has found that surgeon's caps that expose small amounts of the ears and hair are not inferior to the bouffant-style,…

Millennials Embrace Nursing Profession - Just in Time to Replace Baby Boomers

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The days are long past when the only career doors that readily opened to young women were those marked teacher, secretary or nurse. Yet young adults who are part of the Millennial generation are nearly twice as likely as Baby Boomers were to…

Perioperative Nurse Week 2017

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Happy Perioperative Nurse Week! Sometimes called a Surgical or an Operating Room Nurse, Perioperative Nurses care for patients before, during and after surgery. They work alongside surgical teams to make sure that patients are receiving…

CMS Granting Exceptions to ASCs Affected by Natural Disasters

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Due to the devastating impacts of several recent natural disasters, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions for Medicare quality reporting requirements to ASCs located in affected areas. ASCs Affected by…

The Boston-Area Pharmacist Involved in a Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Has Been Cleared of Murder

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A pharmacist at a facility whose tainted drugs sparked a nationwide meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people was cleared Wednesday of murder but was convicted of mail fraud and racketeering. Jurors said prosecutors failed to prove Glenn Chin…

FDA Statement: Case of Hemorrhagic Occlusive Retinal Vasculitis After Intraocular Injections of a Compounded TMV Formulation

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FDA received an adverse event report on August 14, 2017, from a physician concerning a patient who was diagnosed postoperatively with bilateral hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculitis (HORV) after being administered injections of a compounded…