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  • Study: iPads Beat Face-to-Face Consultations for Surgery Patients

    • March 28, 2016
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    Often patients undergo procedures without real informed consent being achieved due to technical language, jargon and time pressure, with up to half of patients finding it difficult to understand what their doctor tells them. Now a group of Australian doctors has prepared patients for surgery using iPads, and found that patients' understanding was much better than after a face-to-face consultation.

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  • Surgical Patients Who Listen to Music Recover Faster

    • August 18, 2015
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    Compared with regular care, music was associated with a 20 percent reduction in postoperative pain, a 10 percent reduction in anxiety and a significant reduction in the use of pain medication. It increased patient satisfaction slightly, but did not affect length of hospital stay.

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  • Robotic Wrist Boosts Surgeons’ Dexterity for Needlescopic Proceedures

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    The new device is designed to provide needlescopic tools with a degree of dexterity that they have previously lacked. Not only will this allow surgeon-operators to perform a number of procedures such as precise resections and suturing that haven't been possible before, but it will also allow the use of needles in places that have been beyond their reach, such as the nose, throat, ears and brain.

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  • Web-Based, Pre-Surgery Tutorials May Improve Patient Outcomes

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    First-time surgery can be concerning to any patient. Knee surgery—even arthroscopic surgery to treat a torn meniscus—can require significant preparation and rehabilitation. According to a new study appearing, a web-based tutorial can not only increase a patient's understanding of the surgery but also provide a better experience.

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  • Your Heart in 3D

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    The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

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  • Why Aren’t More Hospitals Looking to Minimally Invasive Surgery for Improved Outcomes, Reduced Cost?

    • March 26, 2015
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    It would be nice to think that when you go in for surgery you'd be offered the safest, cheapest alternative, but that's not always the case, a study finds. Some hospitals are much more likely than others to offer minimally invasive surgery for procedures like colon or lung surgery or appendectomy, according to an analysis published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery.

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  • Do Outcomes Get a Boost When Surgical Residents Work Fewer Hours? Maybe Not

    • December 11, 2014
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    Controversial restrictions on hospital residents' duty hours imposed in 2011 did not improve surgery patients' outcomes, reports a large new Northwestern Medicine study of U.S. hospitals, one of the first national evaluations of the results of the restrictions. The restrictions also did not result in any differences in surgical residents' performance on exams.

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  • Rodin Sculpture Aids in Surgical, Anatomical Education

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    Auguste Rodin is known for his realistic, unflinching depiction of the human form. Some of the French sculptor's work even shows the ravages of disease and disfigurement. A Stanford University professor and surgeon who noticed these realistic details was inspired to incorporate Rodin into his teaching using a curriculum that combines Rodin's sculpture with medical science and computer technology.

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  • More Surgeons Using Google Glass to Stream Their Operations Online

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    At Duke and other hospitals, a growing number of surgeons are using Google Glass to stream their operations online, float medical images in their field of view, and hold video consultations with colleagues as they operate. Software developers, too, have created programs that transform the Glass projector into a medical dashboard that displays patient vital signs, urgent lab results and surgical checklists.

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  • Are Long Distance Procedures the Future of Surgery?

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    The technology behind long-distance surgery is now mature enough to be used more widely, allowing people to access world-leading expertise and better healthcare without having to travel. Could it become the norm in hospitals?

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