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Outpatient ORs Reopening for Business; Surgical professionals begin preparing for the gradual return of elective cases canceled during the coronavirus outbreak.

HHS Clarifies Conditions for COVID-19 Grants; Terms for ASCs to keep federal money aren't as restrictive as they may have seemed.

CMS Issues Coronavirus Infection Control Guidance; Recommendations include how outpatient facilities can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

FDA Backs Converting Anesthesia Machines to Ventilators; The move addresses critical shortages of machines needed for COVID-19 patients.

What's an Elective Surgery? New guidance from the American College of Surgeons directs how to triage patients as COVID-19 cases increase.

Facilities Canceling Elective Surgeries; Hospitals and surgery centers are preparing to care for increasing numbers of coronavirus cases.

ASCRS Cancels Annual Meeting; It's the latest of many conferences called off during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus Crisis Continues to Escalate;Conference cancelations mark the beginning of an uncertain future

Music Is as Good as Sedative in Calming Nerves Before Surgery; Study finds listening to the "most relaxing song on Earth" before getting a nerve block reduces anxiety as well as Versed.

Jury: Orthopedic Surgeon's Routine of Performing 14 Concurrent Surgeries a Day Negligent; $2M verdict in 'assembly line' surgery case.

Federal Court Dismisses More Than 5,000 Lawsuits Against 3M's Patient Warming System; The ruling, which follows a recent Minnesota appeals court dismissal of suits against 3M, is the latest in a 6-year legal battle.

Study Finds Sedation Method Doesn't Affect Adenoma Detection Rate; No significant difference between moderate or deep sedation in colonoscopy detection rates.

Negligence Suit: Reckless Intraoperative Neuromonitoring During Spinal Surgery Led to Deadly Catastrophic Hypoxic Brain Injury; $4.2M settlement reached in suit that alleged physiatrist behind wheel and on phone instead of neuromonitoring patient's b

Class Action: 600 Ex-employees Sue Laser Spine Institute for 2 Months of Pay and Benefits; the chain of surgery centers closed without warning - now some stunned workers are seeking restitution.

Suspect Logged Into Electronic Prescription Program as Ophthalmologist to Fraudulently Issue Opioid Scripts; In a little more than a year, woman illegally wrote 73 prescriptions and obtained more than 5K pills.

Washington State Senator Creates Social Media Firestorm with Nurses 'Playing Cards' Comment; Lawmaker has received thousands of angry calls and comments - and 667 packages of playing cards in the mail.

Marijuana Users May Need Higher Doses of Sedatives Before Endoscopy; Study participants needed significantly more fentanyl, midazolam and more propofol than non-users.

Brainlab Recalls Spine & Trauma 3D Navigation 1.0 Software Due to Display Inaccuracies; The class 1 recall applies to 60 U.S. systems.

FDA Orders Withdrawal Of Transvaginal Surgical Mesh From Market; FDA orders Boston Scientific and Coloplast to stop selling and distributing surgical mesh.

Lawsuit: When PACU Lights Dimmed, Doc Asked Wife to Hold Penlight on Her Husband's Leaking JP Drain; Woman claims the sight of the oozing incision caused her to faint and fall, fracturing her distal fibula and tearing a ligament.

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