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FDA approves device to reduce opioid overdose
The News Journal
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a hand-held auto-injector device to reverse opioid overdose. Evzio (naloxone hydrochloride injection) delivers a single dose of naloxone via an injector that can be carried or stored in a medicine cabinet, the FDA said. It can be used by family members or caregivers to treat a person known, or suspected to have had, an opioid overdose, the agency said.
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Another reason to ban smartphones from the OR
Outpatient Surery Magazine
A deadly distracted doctoring case out of Dallas hospital shines a light on the dangers of social media and surgery and might make you insist that all members of the OR team lock down their gadgets before entering surgery. A Dallas County jury will be asked to decide whether distracted doctoring played a part in the case of a 61-year-old woman who died 10 hours after undergoing an AV node ablation at Medical City Dallas.
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No cut in Medicare plan rates, after all
Kaiser Health News via Health News Florida
Under intense, bipartisan political pressure, the Obama administration backed down for the second year in a row on proposed payment cuts for insurance companies that offer private plans to Medicare members. After estimating in February that the cuts required by the Affordable Care Act as well as other adjustments would reduce would reduce what it pays insurers next year by 1.9 percent per beneficiary, the Department of Health and Human Services said it would instead give Medicare Advantage plans a raise of 0.4 percent.
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Hypoxia after surgery much more common than previously believed
Anesthesiology News
A surprisingly large fraction of patients experiences prolonged periods of hypoxemia while recovering from surgery, new research shows. Although the implications of the findings for patients are not yet clear, experts said results suggest that efforts to monitor oxygen saturation on the ward are not nearly as effective as clinicians might assume.
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Lawmakers look to draw medical tourists to Florida
Tampa Bay Times
Florida lawmakers have a new vision for the tourism industry. Forget Mickey Mouse and the beaches. Their goal is to make Florida an international destination for people seeking top-notch medical care. Proposals in the state House and Senate seek to pump $5 million into efforts to promote Florida's healthcare industry to potential patients worldwide.
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Avoiding brain damage during surgery through anesthetic technique
Medical News Today
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered that a commonly used anesthetic technique to reduce the blood pressure of patients undergoing surgery could increase the risk of starving the brain of oxygen. Reducing blood pressure is important in a wide range of surgeries — such as sinus, shoulder, back and brain operations — and is especially useful for improving visibility for surgeons, by helping to remove excess blood from the site being operated on.
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