Even After Reprocessing, Many Scopes Stay Dirty

More than one in 10 duodenoscopes remain contaminated even after they are reprocessed following protocols established by the manufacturer, researchers have found. And a second round of cleaning helps only a little: When researchers reprocessed the contaminated scopes again,...

COVID-19 Testing Guideline: What? When? How?

The Infectious Diseases Society of America released 15 recommendations about SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing. The hope is these guidelines will assist clinicians making decisions about using the more than 65 COVID-19 tests available.

Navigating the Transition: What It’s Like to Be Acquired

Over the past decade, health systems have been scooping up hospitals and physician practices at a growing pace.

Billing for COVID-19 Care

In unprecedented crisis of COVID-19, the first instinct is to triage our activities, often weeding out the ones that seem to be the least important. However, proper reimbursement documentation mustn’t be one of the tasks left behind.

Steady as She Goes: Reopening of America

Public health officials issued words of caution as the country begins to reopen.

Physician Involvement in Value Analysis Improves Outcomes, Saves Millions

New Orleans—Over the past decade, hospitals across the United States have been working to cut costs and simultaneously deliver high-quality care to patients.

No Aspect of Health Care Will Be Untouched by COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic derailing nearly every aspect of health care, experts are speculating that the ongoing crisis will reshape everything from drug pricing reform initiatives to universal health care policy debates and insurance accessibility.

Nursing Shortage, Gender Gap Are Standouts in AORN Salary Survey

Nurses seeking higher wages might consider a return to school, a change of scenery or “leaning in,” according to a comprehensive study of perioperative nursing compensation in the United States.
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COVID-19 Reduces Surgeons’ Business, But Relief Is Available

As a solo practitioner in rural El Centro, Calif., surgeon Seung Gwon, MD, FACS, usually has a booming business performing hernia, gallbladder, breast cancer, colon cancer, bowel and other operations.

Telemedicine in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ensuring Access to Care

With implementation of social distancing and quarantines to prevent infectious transmission in order to “flatten the curve,” telemedicine is perhaps one of the most rapidly changing facets of medical practice in the face of this crisis.

Advancing Surgical Education During COVID-19

For those of us who are not on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking care of ICU patients and dusting off our residency texts on ventilator management, what do we do with this newfound time to maintain,...

Treating COVID-19? How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

The same rules that apply to everyone else outside a hospital—hand hygiene, not touching the face, wiping surfaces and social distancing—should apply on the wards....

Could Underbody Blankets Be the Better Option?

Vienna—Underbody-type blankets may outperform other types of warming blankets starting around 100 minutes after induction of anesthesia, according to one study.

How Our Cellphones Will Tame COVID-19 and Save the World

Within the next few weeks, Apple and Google will be distributing new software that will fill an urgent and vital need to track our movements...

COVID-19 Has Arrived: Here’s How To Mitigate the Situation

In a little more than three months, the novel coronavirus has disrupted lives, financial markets, medical meetings and travel plans around the world.