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A proposal in California that would have expanded the scope of practice for optometrists in the state was passed by the state legislature, but Gov. Gavin Newsom effectively vetoed the bill by failing to sign it before it expired on Sept. 30....

A lot of information is presented to patients during the pre-op visit, and it’s nearly impossible for them to retain everything they learn. However, one thing you don’t want to fall through the cracks is information on the risks...

When patients are screened for procedures at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, nurses ask if they’ve recently run out of food before they had money to buy more, or if they’ve been worried about that possibility....

Nancy Yen Shipley, MD (@_NancyMD), an orthopedic surgeon at Multnomah Orthopedic Clinic in Portland, Ore., recently posted on #OrthoTwitter a unique hack she developed when handling a supply shortage....

Communication issues led to confusion for some Orange County Digestive Center patients who didn’t want the person who picked them up and drove them home to know the results of their procedure....

Purchasing a big-ticket item like a spine table — a crucial piece of equipment for any spine surgery service line — is a decision that goes well beyond that upfront investment....

Superior safety benefits and error-reduction capabilities. Significant time savings. Reduced waste. The benefits of premixed, prelabeled syringes far outweigh the minimal drawbacks, so why are there still facilities that insist on...

No provider wants their patients to feel nauseous in recovery, but the importance of preventing one of surgery’s most dreaded complications seems a bit higher when children are involved — especially because kids are twice as likely as...

Keeping fluid off the floors of ORs is obviously a critical safety issue. Staff injuries from slips, trips and falls are among the top culprits causing lost workdays that often result...

There’s no question the invention of video laryngoscopes changed the way providers tackled the critical issue of airway management. But for years after these game-changing devices hit the market, usage was limited only to those...

Drs. Maximilian Kückelhaus and Tobias Hirsch from the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Münster in Germany recently performed the first completely robot-supported microsurgical operations on humans using a new method in which a robot designed for microsurgery is networked with a robotic microscope.

Standardization is often the common denominator among successful total joints programs. Take Knoxville Orthopaedic Surgery Center (KOSC), which opened in December 2009 and has had a total joints service line...

You’ve had a chaotic morning. The first patient of the day canceled their procedure and your nurse navigator called in sick, throwing your facility’s entire schedule off track....

A few months ago, after a very long day, I closed my laptop following a late evening Teams call with my then-boss Dan Cook, and said to my wife, “I don’t know how that guy pulls this off each month....”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has received reports of cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and various lymphomas, in the scar tissue that forms around breast implants. It added that the lymphomas are not the same as those described in previous FDA communications as Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).

Shoulder replacements, which once required hospital stays as a matter of course, have been consistently shifting to same-day outpatient settings. As a result, more patients have access to these surgeries. Anthony Romeo, MD, a Chicago-based....

Engineering and medical researchers from The Ohio State University (OSU) are developing a digital health system approach that is designed to enhance the...

Sound electrosurgical safety practices often come down to preventing complacency from setting in among the staff who use these high-powered devices to cut and coagulate tissue during countless surgical procedures.

There’s no shortage of compelling data and research on exactly what it takes to prevent pressure injuries. The trick is finding practical ways to put that evidence into...

A high-volume OR is booked to perform six consecutive hand surgeries. Five are scheduled on the right hand, and one, the fourth operation of the day, which is scheduled for 3 p.m., is scheduled on the left hand....

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