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New invention lets patients self-treat keloid scars
News-Medical.net
A new invention by researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (reported in the current issue of TECHNOLOGY) provides a simple, affordable and — most important — highly effective way for patients to self-treat keloid scars, using a special patch made from polymers fabricated into microneedles.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Pre-op assessment could improve post-op pain after arthroplasty
News-Medical.net
Spanish researchers have developed recommendations on how to assess and manage preoperative pain in patients undergoing total knee or total hip replacement. Their 21 recommendations, which were presented in a poster at the recent annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism, cover the assessment, management and monitoring of preoperative pain, as well as pre-emptive treatment.
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3-D printed ankle replacement surgery a success for Texas woman
3D Print
The medical field continues to adopt 3-D printing quite rapidly — and Bettye Dube is thankful for that. After spending months in a cast and undergoing extensive physical therapy to rehabilitate her ankle, which was crushed in an accidental fall, Dube has received a state-of-the-art, 3-D printed prosthetic called "inbone."
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FDA clears first robotic legs to help paralyzed walk
Bloomberg
The first robotic device that acts as legs to help paraplegics walk was approved for the market by U.S. regulators. The device, called ReWalk, is a motorized "exoskeleton" approved for those whose lower body is paralyzed from a spinal cord injury, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


CMS memo: When to report infection control breaches
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS has issued a memo advising state survey agency directors on when to report infection control breaches. The guidelines, effective as of May 30, include clear language related to ASCs. This policy should be communicated with all survey and certification staff, their managers and the State/Regional Office training coordinators.
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WCRI: Surgeries performed in ASCs often less costly than hospitals
WorkCompWire
As the number of ambulatory surgery centers substantially expands nationwide, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute examines how the payments for common workers' compensation surgeries conducted at ASCs compare with the payments for similar surgeries performed at hospital outpatient settings.
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OIG issues fraud alert for physician-lab relationships
Jessica Belle
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General recently issued a special fraud alert that singles out the laboratory-referring physician relationship for its focused attention. In light of this special fraud alert, physicians and laboratories should review their compensation arrangements.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Professors use technology to give medical care to rural areas
The Plainsman
In Alabama there is only 1 hospital for every 557 square miles, and the lack of medical coverage has had a negative impact on the state's overall health. Two professors, from Auburn University and the University of Alabama, have teamed up to find an answer to this problem.
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Doctor shortage looms in rural counties
CNHI Indiana Statehouse Bureau
It didn't take long for Dr. Rex Stroud to feel like he had more patients than time to see them. Two years ago, after working in emergency medicine, Stroud opened a primary care practice in this small southwestern Indiana town of 10,500 people. He was soon hit with a wave of people calling for appointments.
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Telemedicine helping make healthcare more accessible in rural communities
Tallahassee Democrat
Telemedicine is proving its value in extending health services access across the Big Bend, even if Florida lags behind other states in taking advantage of the technology.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Clinical, engineering expertise combine for better understanding of back pain
Medical Xpress
Nearly 8 in 10 people experience back pain at some point in their lives, and the latest Global Burden of Disease Study ranked low back pain as the leading cause of disability globally, ahead of more than 200 other conditions. A physical therapy professor has teamed up with a biomedical engineering professor to find out why.
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Treating IT band tendonitis
Real Vail
Iliotibial band syndrome is a common cause of pain on the outside or lateral side of the knee. Common among those who participate in activities that include repetitive knee flexion and extension, it can require focused attention.
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Foundation for Physical Therapy plans to use $1 million donation for research
PT Products
The Foundation for Physical Therapy announced during its 35th Anniversary Gala that the group received a $1 million donation from Stanley Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FAAOMPT, and Laureate Education Inc. The American Physical Therapy Association says the donations were made to help kick-start the next wave of research to transform the physical therapy profession and are targeted to support research on the long-term outcomes of physical therapy.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


New medical tourism service offers aerial tours
CNA via Focus Taiwan
A Taipei-based healthcare company has recently launched a partnership with the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp., a major aircraft and parts maker in Taiwan, to offer new medical tourism services that will include aerial tours.
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New report offers tips from Indonesian medical travelers going to Malaysia
International Medical Travel Journal
The perception that Indonesians go to Malaysia just for the cheapest price deal is too simplistic, says a fascinating and detailed research report on Indonesian medical travel.
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Growing together: Share your facility's best practices, insights
AAAASF
We would like to encourage AAAASF members to submit a short piece, 100-150 words, for publication in the AAAASF Week In Review. Any topic is welcome (other than what is already included on your website). Share your insight and best-practice tips on:
  • Smooth operation of your surgi-center
  • Medical/legal issues
  • Surgical tips or "traps"
  • Treatment trends
  • Patient education/compliance techniques
  • Any topic that can help colleagues improve their professional practice
Please send articles to Dr. Peter Fodor. Be sure to include your facility's website address and your contact information; your facility's website will be linked in the article. Publication will be at the discretion of AAAASF.

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