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ACS issues new pediatric surgery standards
Outpatient Surgery
The American College of Surgeons has issued new standards aimed at ensuring surgical facilities achieve optimal outcomes in young patients by meeting the medical, emotional and social needs of children and infants. The standards categorize facilities by level of resources, similar to the classification of trauma centers.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Nipple-sparing breast cancer treatment promotes immediate reconstruction
HealthNewsDigest.com
"Nipple-sparing" techniques are a safe and effective option for mastectomy with immediate breast reconstruction, reports a study in the March issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Related: New breast reconstruction reduces opioid use (Mayo Clinic via Medical Xpress)

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Guideline helps taper patients off high-dose opioids
Anesthesiology News
People on extremely high doses of opioids can be tapered to lower doses gradually, while reducing both their pain and depression, new research shows.
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Plastic surgery to fight ageism in workplace
Philadelphia Business Journal
Plastic surgery is increasingly becoming an option for older workers facing age discrimination in the workplace.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Necks, butts growth areas for US plastic surgeons
HealthDay via Medical Xpress
Eyelid surgery and facelifts are up. So are butt augmentations and neck lifts, according to new figures from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons that show a steady increase in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures in the United States.
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New guidelines are (almost) here
Healthcare Design
In March, the 2014 health care facility guidelines will be available. And, for the first time ever, there will be two volumes: one for hospitals and outpatient facilities, and one for residential health, care and support facilities.
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Scopes: Industry advice for cleaning, disinfection and repair
Infection Control Today
Infection Control Today invited members of industry to share their perspectives on the key issues relating to scope cleaning, disinfection and repair. What are the most challenging issues related to scope cleaning and sterilization that sterile processing technicians report?
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Patients' unwelcome surprise: Facility fees
The Miami Herald via The Olympian
As hospitals consolidate into mega health systems, buying physician practices and building urgent care centers and outpatient clinics miles from their main campuses, patients are discovering that — just like baggage fees for air travel and convenience surcharges for concert tickets — some healthcare comes with hidden costs: facility fees.
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Telemedicine: The future of medicine
Rosemary Sparacio
There are many reasons for the increasingly prevalent use of telemedicine. What may have started out as a way to deliver improved healthcare services to rural areas has now exploded to include ways to extend the availability of services to everyone and produce cost benefits both to healthcare providers and to the patient.
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Which hand sanitizer is best for use in the physician's office?
Dermatology Times
There are three categories of hand sanitizers in the current marketplace: alcohols, quaternary ammonium compounds and triclosan. Which type is most effective for physicians' offices?

Related article: Study: Stethoscopes carry more germs than doctors' palms (NBC News)

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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


17 of the most specific, bizarre ICD-10 codes for physical therapists
Charlotte Bohnett
Come October, healthcare professionals will go from using the library of 13,000 codes in ICD-9 to that of 68,000 in ICD-10. This level of detail is meant to help in tracking public health trends. But it also leads to some fairly bizarre codes, especially in physical therapy services.
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Brief physical therapy improves symptoms, QoL in urinary incontinence
News-Medical.net
A monthlong program of physical therapy results in significant improvements in quality of life among women with urinary incontinence, a clinical trial has found.
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Air Force cadets develop therapy system using Xbox Kinect
KUSA-TV
Recovery from a stroke often involves intense physical therapy, multiple trips to the hospital and thousands of dollars in equipment. However, deep in the halls of the Air Force Academy, mechanical and electrical engineering cadets are developing a system to help patients do that therapy at home, for a fraction of the cost.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Plastic surgeons vs. cosmetic surgeons: What's the difference?
ABS-CBN News
The Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeons wants to educate the public about the difference between a cosmetic and a plastic surgeon.
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Dubai's rising profile in medical tourism
The National
With development in infrastructure such as hospitals and clinics, medical tourism in Dubai is growing: Dubai Health Authority statistics show that in 2012, medical tourists contributed about 8.7 percent of the total health sector revenue.
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US medical travel to Dominican Republic likely to jump with high-tech clinic
Fox News Latino
The Metropolitan Hospital of Santiago, Dominican Republic, has opened the first robotic surgery institute in the Caribbean, increasing the likelihood of drawing even more medical tourists from the U.S.
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