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Help Your Patients Understand the Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

Per The Oral Cancer Foundation, oropharyngeal cancers are the largest group of cancers that fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include mouth cancer, tonsil cancer, tongue cancer, oral cancer, gum cancer, and throat cancer. In 2020, more than 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer in the US. Globally,…

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New Trends in Global Medical Tourism in 2020

New Trends in Global Medical Tourism in 2020

Global medical tourism often brings up images of people going across the Canadian border to buy cheap prescription drugs. However, there are growing global trends. People travel to and from other countries to get better care all the time. This is especially true for elective treatments such as plastic surgery. Some medical tourists are interested…

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Behind the Benefits of Vaginal Microbiome Transplantation for Bacterial Vaginosis

Behind the Benefits of Vaginal Microbiome Transplantation for Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the most common conditions affecting vaginal health among women of childbearing age. In fact, it’s the most common vaginal infection. BV affects roughly one-third of women aged 14-49 in the United States. Currently, the most common treatment is a course of antibiotics. However, it’s well-known that pathogens can quickly…

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Here’s What Your Female Patients Need to Know About IUD Options in 2020

As a medical professional, you know the statistics on IUDs. They’re statistically more effective than most other forms of contraceptives, boasting a 99% success rate in preventing pregnancy. Unfortunately, misinformation regarding IUDs can make patients apprehensive about insertion. Knowing how to communicate with your patients about their IUD options can help you make them feel comfortable…

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3 Lighting Issues That Become Major Hospital Risks & Liabilities

From a medical professional’s perspective, minor lighting issues can lead to remarkable risks and liabilities on the hospital’s behalf. When doctors and staff work in less-than-ideal situations, there is always an increased risk for mistakes. We’re talking about safety lapses, surgical errors, and deadly infections. At best, these problems affect your patient’s overall satisfaction, and…

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Top 5 Design Improvements of Specula in the 21st Century

The modern speculum was invented in the 1840s by an American physician named James Marion Sims, and it was, shall we say, never designed with patient comfort in mind. And not all that much has changed. The biggest difference is that Sims made his speculum from pewter. Newer specula are plastic or stainless steel. (Some versions…

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What Does Your Equipment Sterilization Process Really Cost?

On-site sterilization is crucial. It’s also costly. When you consider the price of sterilization equipment, utilities, trained staff manhours, and the space needed for sterilization teams to work effectively and store sterilized items, your sterilization costs might be higher than you think! With this article, we’re going to explore the cost of continually re-sterilizing equipment versus some…

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How to Reduce the Impact of Electrosurgical Smoke During Operations

How to Reduce the Impact of Electrosurgical Smoke During Operations

As the owner or operator of a hospital or surgery center, it is your responsibility to provide a safe environment for patients and staff. If you use electrosurgical units at your facility, you must take steps to remove the harmful smoke plumes that can arise as you are using these devices. Below is a look…

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6 Risks of Reusable Medical Devices Besides Cross-Contamination

6 Risks of Reusable Medical Devices Besides Cross-Contamination

When most healthcare professionals think about risks associated with medical devices, they tend to zero in on the threat of cross-contamination. However, the spread of infection is not the only threat. Power surges, component shortages, corrosion, and maintenance issues can all threaten your daily productivity and patient care goals. Below are six risks of reusable medical…

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5 Common Sterilization Risks in Off-Site Clinics and Surgical Facilities

5 Common Sterilization Risks in Off-Site Clinics and Surgical Facilities

Hospital infections are one of the most important challenges that health centers have to deal with constantly. Healthcare-associated infections can not only increase the hospitalization period but also result in complications and death. Today, the healthcare services market is changing rapidly. There is stiff competition, consumers have become savvier, and laws and policies governing the…

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