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CDC issues first SSI-prevention update in 18 years. New recommendations address pre-op bathing, prepping, patient warming, antimicrobials and more.

Jury Says GE Used Unfair Practices to Control Anesthesia Repair Business. GE plans appeal, says it had no duty to train competitors or to sell parts directly to them.

Cyberattack targets patient information at Pa. endoscopy center. The incident reinforces the importance of protecting sensitive electronic records from online criminals.

Hospital, laundry service fighting allegations related to 7 patient deaths. Hospital investigators and CDC appear to be at odds over the most likely source of the infections.

What you need to know about 3 big acquisitions. BD, Cardinal and Surgical Information Systems broaden their product offerings.

Did compounded antibiotic-steroid formulation cause cataract patients' vision problems? So far, as many as 50 cataract patients have reported worsening visual acuity.

CRNA faces 10 years in prison for allegedly diverting fentanyl. He's accused of repeatedly signing out extra, claiming it was for patients.

Jury says ConMed subsidiary made false claims in advertising, awards $12M in damages. Lexion accused SurgiQuest of engaging in unfair competition.

Legislation would outlaw surgical smoke in Calif. ORs. Lawmakers press forward with a bill that would mandate the use of smoke-evacuation systems in healthcare settings.

His mastermind ophthalmologist father dead, Oregon man sentenced in healthcare fraud case. Ophthalmology center bilked payers out of millions, defrauded IRS.

Certain disorders may increase risk of prolonged opioid use. A new study suggests prolonged post-operative opioid use may be due to factors other than surgical pain.

Jury: Surgical gowns didn't protect as promised. Evidence shows Kimberly-Clark and Halyard Health deliberately misled customers about the impermeability of MicroCool surgical gowns.

U.S. lawmakers introduce ASC Quality and Access Act. The proposed legislation aims to improve access to cost-effective, quality care.

Is facility responsible for swallowed dental bridge during surgery? Hospital says standard of care wasn't breached.

Misleading latex labeling may contribute to allergic reactions. Protecting staff and patients from latex allergens may be more difficult than it sounds, say the authors of a new white paper.

New Orleans surgeon avoids video voyeurism charges. A jury ruled his cellphone images of naked patients in the OR weren't sexual in nature.

Compounding pharmacy owner Barry Cadden acquitted of murder. Jurors delivered a mixed a verdict today in the trial of the former president of the New England Compounding Center.

Study finds mobile app follow-ups as effective as in-person visits. Breast reconstruction patients loved the convenience of mobile app-based follow-up, and were no more prone to complications.

Another Patient Death Raises Question: Is Gluteal Fat Grafting Safe? Ranika Hall, a 25-year-old Missouri woman, died last week after undergoing the procedure -- also known as the Brazilian butt lift -- at a Florida surgery center.

Bill would eliminate medicare co-pays for polyp removal during colonoscopies. Currently, screenings are covered, but Medicare bills patients for excisions.

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