AAAASF Week in Review
Apr. 17, 2013

Outpatient growth
HealthLeaders Media
As healthcare leaders continue to face reimbursement challenges, the No. 1 strategy they are embracing to fuel financial growth is expansion of outpatient services. This approach presents attractive opportunities for organizations large and small, especially in light of anticipated growth in patient volume as millions of Americans become insured under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.More

Why mechanical ventilation?
By Scott May
Artificial ventilation has physical and biochemical factors contributing to lung injury and hemodynamic side effects. Precisely controlling the peak inspiratory pressure, tidal volume and blood pH helps prevent further damage to the pulmonary system and aids in maintaining a hemodynamic stable patient. Mechanical ventilators should be utilized when logistically safe, operationally understood and available for transport. These are some benefits of using a mechanical ventilator.More

Nanosponges soak up toxins released by bacterial infections
Infection Control Today
Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a "nanosponge" capable of safely removing a broad class of dangerous toxins from the bloodstream — including toxins produced by MRSA, E. coli, poisonous snakes and bees.More

Intuitive's first robot-surgery trial to probe training
Intuitive Surgical Inc., a maker of surgical robots used in more than 300,000 U.S. operations last year, faces its first trial over claims it marketed the devices to doctors without providing adequate training. A state court jury in Port Orchard, Wash., is scheduled to hear opening arguments as early as April 15 about whether Intuitive properly trained a physician who, in his first unassisted surgery using the company's da Vinci surgical system, removed the prostate gland of a patient who later died.More

Doctors, stop 'friending' patients on Facebook
Medical Daily
New recommendations advise doctors and patients to avoid "friending" each other on Facebook and communicating online without strict limits. How can physicians use social networking sites without breaking down trust and professional boundaries? The American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards laid out ethical guidelines for physicians' Internet activities in a new policy paper about online medical professionalism, published in the new edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine.More

6 tips to breeze through your next surgery center accreditation
Becker's ASC Review
Clear documentation and facility-wide buy-in are the underpinnings of successful accreditation review processes, according to a panel of experts at ambulatory surgery centers throughout the United States.More

New X-ray approach tracks surgical devices, minimizes radiation exposure
Medical Xpress
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a new tool to help surgeons use X-rays to track devices used in "minimally invasive" surgical procedures while also limiting the patient's exposure to radiation from the X-rays.More

'Art' of interpersonal medicine boosts results
Medscape Today
A new study has shown a link between contextualizing patient care, a.k.a. patient-centered decision making, and improved healthcare outcomes.More

Proposed rules would extend EHR safe harbor
Modern Healthcare
CMS and HHS have issued complementary proposals to extend 2006 waivers relaxing federal Stark and anti-kickback laws to promote EHRs.More

Copper surfaces reduce infection rates in ICU
A new study shows placing copper objects in intensive care units reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections in patients by more than half.More

Telemedicine, remote monitoring set to hit $296.5 million in 2019
EHR Intelligence
The telemedicine and remote monitoring industry is enjoying a period of rapid growth as technology advances to allow doctors to stay in touch with their patients thousands of miles away. Currently valued at more than $100 million, a new report predicts that remote services will push the market up to nearly $300 million in the next six years as more people have access to in-home virtual visits by nurses and physicians.More

Amazing new technological advances in healthcare
By Rosemary Sparacio
It probably does not surprise anyone just how much technology has affected our daily lives. But the impact of technology in healthcare has been and continues to be nothing short of astounding. And there is always more to come. At the Society of Interventional Radiology's 38th Annual Scientific Meeting, three new treatment advances were discussed: irreversible electroporation, cryoablation and cryoneurolysis. Here is a closer look at what each has to offer.More

Recruiting rural healthcare employees
Finding and keeping healthcare professionals in rural North Dakota has been a challenge for years. In April, the state's Senate voted to provide $400,000 in matching funds to the State Department of Commerce for recruiting people to work in the healthcare industry in rural North Dakota.More

Solving the PF mystery
Mike Reinold
Disorders of the patellofemoral joint continue to present as some of the most perplexing pathological conditions in orthopedics and sports medicine. Previously described as the "black hole of orthopedics" by Dr. Scott Dye, the patellofemoral joint continues to cause dysfunction for patients and confusion for clinicians. More

Occupational therapy: Therapy for job of living
In its first five months of operation, a clinic at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada has doubled its patient load, caring for the military members comprising the 99th Air Base Wing. Using occupational therapy, the staff focuses on not just the physical injuries but also the effect those injuries have on patients. More

Manual therapy doesn't have to hurt to work
Auburn Citizen
When patients are referred for manual therapy as part of their physical therapy treatment, it is not uncommon for the referral to be followed by the phrase, "I just want to let you know that it will probably hurt." This not only scares and discourages patients, it also leaves them with incorrect understanding of manual therapy.More

Cosmetic injections and their growing use among men
Hamilton House Day Surgery
Dr. Richard Hamilton, of the ASFI accredited facility Hamilton House Day Surgery, has seen a gradual shift in the stigma many men often associate with cosmetic enhancement treatment. "The fact is," he writes, "injectable wrinkle reduction can help many men who may be averse to invasive plastic surgery, but who want an effective option to smooth out lines and wrinkles along the face."More

Is it time to 'medicalize' medical tourism?
International Medical Travel Journal
Dr. Kevin Huffman of Medical Travel Associates and the American Board of Bariatric Medicine believes it's time to get the medics more involved in medical tourism. Familiarity, confidence and trust must replace fear of the unknown if the industry is to thrive.More