AASPA Newsline
Jan. 15, 2013

Medical field works to reduce surgical mistakes
Los Angeles Times
Surgical errors have attracted widespread attention over the past several years, leading to new laws and policies. About 2,000 patients nationwide have surgical material inadvertently left behind each year during operations. The errors have occurred during all types of procedures, including knee replacements, caesarean sections and gallbladder surgeries.More

Using mindfulness to soothe physician stress
American Medical News
At a Rush University Medical Center continuing education course in Chicago recently, a room of more than 80 physicians and other health professionals did something they rarely do during days packed with rushed patient encounters and consultations with colleagues — they sat together in silence for a solid 35 minutes.More

Call for contributors
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Acetaminophen can ease infant's surgical pain
MedPage Today
When very young babies have major surgery, intravenous acetaminophen can reduce the need for morphine, researchers reported. The finding suggests that intravenous acetaminophen might be "an interesting alternative as primary analgesic in neonates and infants," researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association.More

Surgeons may use hand gestures to manipulate MRI images in OR
Purdue University via Medical Xpress
Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery.More

Copying common in electronic medical records
Most doctors copy and paste old, potentially out-of-date information into patients' electronic records, according to a new study looking at a shortcut that some experts fear could lead to miscommunication and medical errors.More

Technology aims to improve lung transplant odds
Philadelphia Inquirer
More than any other vital organ offered for transplant, the lung is susceptible to injury that is difficult to prevent, detect, and predict. To err on the side of caution, 80 percent of organ donors' lungs are rejected as unsuitable, a waste lamented by doctors and patients alike.More

Study identifies strategies to help minority students in med school
Medical Xpress
While minority populations are rising throughout the country, enrollment by minority students in the nation's medical schools has stagnated. Further, some data show that non-white students face a greater likelihood of academic withdrawal or dismissal, or graduate without passing key exams on their first try.More

'ICE' is key to new kidney-sparing cancer surgery
Oncology Nurse Advisor
A surgical technique known as intracorporeal cooling and extraction (ICE) may reduce the need for conventional open surgery in patients with kidney cancer.More