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Researchers: Surgical Safety Checklist is no magic bullet
HealthCanal
A widely promoted checklist to reduce complications and deaths during surgery is not straightforward to implement in either high- or low-income countries, says new research. It is especially unlikely to be used as intended in countries where the electricity supply is unreliable, there is a lack of basic materials such as gauze and shifts can last for up to 36 hours.
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OFFICE-BASED SURGERY


Oncoplastic breast reconstruction: A single-stage approach
Leo R. McCafferty, M.D., F.A.C.S.
At the aesthetic plastic surgery practice of AAAASF board member Leo R. McCafferty, M.D., F.A.C.S., breast cancer patients are finding a way to cut down on the trauma of treatment, through oncoplastic breast reconstruction. This rapidly progressive field combines the expertise of breast oncology surgeons and aesthetic reconstructive plastic surgeons, to achieve complete tumor removal and superior aesthetic breast reconstruction — often in a single stage.
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ASAPS issues consumer alert in wake of tragic treatments
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
Recent reports of a Houston mother and her two daughters arrested for giving illegal Botox injections without a medical license at a medi-spa, a California obstetrician running a cosmetic surgery practice where 15 patients are alleged to have been maliciously disfigured, and a Mississippi interior decorator facing trial for the deaths of two women who were injected at her house are just a few examples of why the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery is warning consumers to avoid the dangers of unlicensed personnel performing cosmetic procedures in non-clinical settings.
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ASPS study: Combined liposuction/tummy tuck offers best of both procedures
Newswise
A combined technique of liposuction and tummy tuck — designed to reduce surgical trauma — provides excellent patient outcomes with a low complication rate, reports a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery—Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
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AMBULATORY SURGICAL CENTERS


Putting skin prep to the test
Outpatient Surgery
Properly prepping the skin around the surgical site should be a top priority for OR staff, especially since it's a relatively inexpensive and easy-to-implement infection prevention effort. But, out of all of the products a facility may have on hand, which skin prep agent works the best?
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Study: HCW hand hygiene before invasive procedures
Infection Control Today
A high compliance with hand hygiene, especially before aseptic tasks (indication 2 in the WHO's 5 moments for hand hygiene), seems to be of greatest importance in order to minimize hospital-acquired infections and bacterial cross transmission. However, the majority of indication-specific analyses revealed the lowest compliance with indication 2.
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App 'Plastic Surgery Simulator' lets consumers 'try before you buy'
KNXV-TV
A consumer app called "Plastic Surgery Simulator" is letting prospective patients preview potential results of various plastic surgery procedures as they consider whether to opt for treatment.
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RURAL HEALTH CLINICS


Location, location: Most 'rural' hospitals miss mark, report finds
Watchdog.org
Nearly two-thirds of the hospitals currently being reimbursed as "critical access hospitals" would fail to meet location requirements if enrolled in Medicare, an inspector general's report from the Department of Health and Human Services has found.
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Revolutionizing the Survey Readiness Process
ASCpro is designed to automate a facility’s regulatory compliance documents & tasks. ASCpro’s interface provides users a tool to prepare for announced and unannounced surveys.
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Expanding pharmacists' scope will help patients, but what will it do for doctors?
HealthDay News Physician's Briefing
The expanding scope of pharmacists' practice will potentially improve patient care but has implications for physicians, according to an article published online Aug. 19 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
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Locum tenens: By the numbers
Andrew Cowley
I get it. You don't want to use locum tenens. It's expensive, risky, not worth the effort you put into it — and a whole bunch of other reasons you'd like to throw out. But guess what? Locum tenens isn't going anywhere.
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OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINICS


Wearable robotic bionic leg helps patients regain mobility
AZoRobotics
The AlterG Bionic Leg, a battery-powered, wearable robotic training device activated by patient-initiated movement, is being used by physical therapists on patients with impaired mobility due to injury, stroke or degenerative neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease or MS.
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ACOs, bundles and PCMHs: A trio of innovative payment models
Brooke Andrus
Healthcare innovation isn't just about new techniques and technologies. As the U.S. healthcare landscape continues to evolve — and hopefully improve — one of the most important areas of focus is payment models. Let's face it: Medical costs aren't getting any lower, and the system for reimbursement could definitely use some TLC. Here are three innovative payment models that have garnered substantial support among various leaders in the healthcare industry.
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Myofascial rolling shown to increase flexibility without inhibiting performance
Chiropractic Economics
Two recent studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland support the effectiveness of myofascial rolling, showing that as little as two minutes of myofascial rolling with foam rollers and a mere five seconds of rolling with a roller massager significantly increased range of motion without any significant detrimental effect on muscle strength.
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ASF INTERNATIONAL CLINICS


Clinic combines vacation with its smile makeovers
Advanced Dental Costa Rica
Situated with CIMA Hospital in San José, Costa Rica, the AAAASF International-accredited Advanced Dental Costa Rica is making the most of the medical tourism trend. Its smile makeover packages include not only the cost of treatment for porcelain veneers, but also airport transfers, seven days of lodging and a tour package ranging from white water rafting to a catamaran cruise to nearby Tortuga Island.
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UK sees rush on anti-aging procedures for hands
Daily Mail
Cosmetic surgery clinics in the U.K. have reported an 18 percent increase jump in the number of people asking about anti-aging surgery for their hands — within the past four weeks. The new cosmetic surgery trend, which sees women having dermal fillers and laser resurfacing to reduce the signs of aging, has been dubbed the banishing of "Madonna Mitts" after pop star Madonna, 55, who often resorts to fingerless gloves to cover her hands.
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