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Unreliable and Unpredictable: Reusable Medical Devices’ Real Cost

When it comes to health care, Americans make frequent use of available facilities and treatments for a wide range of ailments: While hospital admissions have decreased in recent years, about 35 million Americans are admitted to a hospital every year. One in five Americans visits the emergency room annually. Nearly 85% of Americans have contact with a health care professional in a…

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Top 3 Risks of Cross-Contamination from Reusable Laryngoscopes

In 2017, the FDA released a list of reusable medical devices that “currently have the greatest risk of infection transmission and inadequate performance if not adequately reprocessed.” This list included laryngoscopes. The handling of cross-contaminated reusable medical devices poses a risk not only to patients but to healthcare facilities and their sterile processing departments. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) already…

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The Top Ten Reasons to Equip Your Staff with Vaginal Exam Kits

Over 60 million pelvic exams are performed in the United States every year. The majority of these procedures unfold as planned with little disruption to regular scheduling. However, productivity and revenue can be stalled when the devices and supplies needed to perform pelvic exams are missing or in need of maintenance. Fortunately, a growing number…

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Are Your Medical Devices Up to Code? 14 Tips to Implement ISO 13485:2016

In Spring 2018, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would revise its Quality System regulation for medical devices. The federal agency said it would use the existing requirements and specifications of ISO 13485:2016. An international consensus of experts developed these standards to manufacture medical devices. The FDA says the revisions would harmonize domestic and…

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Out of Darkness, Integrated Light: Reducing Errors During Anoscopy Procedures

One of the fastest ways for doctors to determine the presence of anal and rectal disorders ranging from hemorrhoids and inflammation to polyps, foreign objects, tumors, and infection, is the anoscopy. This relatively simple examination saves time, money, and mistakes in just a few minutes of observation. Anoscopy can determine whether the patient has a disorder…

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7 Ways Integrated Light Sources Can Reduce Error During Anoscopy Procedures

For years, medical professionals have relied upon traditional light sources when performing procedures that require examination of a patient’s anus or lower rectum. In recent years, the introduction of single-use anoscopes that feature an integrated light source has revolutionized these types of procedures by reducing the risk of infection and optimizing convenience for medical providers.…

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Conquering Rural Medicine’s Clinic Circuit Challenge

The vision of the “country doctor,” black bag in hand, traveling from house to house treating generations of patients was replaced years ago by a network of rural clinics in small towns; many staffed by a few dedicated medical technicians and augmented by traveling doctors and nurses. The face of the traveling medical profession is…

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The Importance of Smoke Evacuation During Surgery

Air cleanliness is essential to maintaining a safe operating environment for patients, surgeons, and clinical staff. With the rise in plastic surgery procedures, a growing number of hospitals and surgery centers are using electro-surgical units to perform these procedures. While electro-surgical units offer superb cutting accuracy, they also produce smoke plumes that could be harmful to patients…

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LED Lighting and Medical Device Trends

Healthcare facilities across the globe are replacing their halogen and incandescent lights with LED lights. From long-term cost savings to a cooler work environment, LED lighting has emerged as the dominant type of lighting found in today’s hospitals, surgery centers, and private practices. Below is a look at the key benefits of LED lighting and…

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Female Cosmetic Genital Surgery: What is it and What Are the Risks?

When you think of cosmetic surgery, your first thoughts are often of the most common ones such as facelifts, breast augmentations, or nose jobs. Because the results of these procedures are visible, people sometimes forget that there is a surgery to change the appearance of any part of the body the patient may be unhappy…

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