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Why Hospitals Are Starting Their Own Urgent Care Networks

Are urgent care centers lucrative enough to increase hospital revenues? The surprising answer is not really. The truth is most walk-in treatment facilities fail financially in comparison to other healthcare businesses. So, why are more hospitals expanding into this healthcare industry? Moving Outside the Emergency Room Urgent care centers seem like a concept that just surfaced…

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Patients Are Turning To Urgent-Care Centers

It’s a growing trend. You used to hear people say, “Maybe you should go to the emergency room.” Today, you are just as likely to hear “urgent care center.” This shift in vocabulary is not an accident. Urgent treatment centers are reshaping the healthcare industry, according to USA Today. So, why are they the new…

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The Case For Single-Use Laryngoscope Blades and Handles

The opportunities for nosocomial cross-contamination in operating theaters, emergency rooms and in the field are growing at an alarming rate as technology enhancements continue to evolve. For example, one study shows that hospital keyboards are a key area of hazard and difficult to disinfect. One way to counteract some of the risk factors is to…

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ESSURE by Bayer

Women looking to get out from under the cycle of monthly or quarterly birth control might consider a more permanent option. Essure, originally offered by Conceptus Inc. but now owned by Bayer, gives them a nonsurgical way of meeting that goal through hysteroscopy. The Procedure Essure in an in-office procedure that creates a natural barrier…

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Hospital ER's – An Important Source of Revenue for Hospitals

The average patient probably doesn’t see a hospital, or the emergency department, as what it truly is – a business. Like any business, there are financial strengths and weaknesses within the model structure. As the push to control rising health costs continues, it is critical that administrators start trimming the fat in medical facilities and…

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Cross-contamination; are single-use devices the solution?

Cross-contamination is a real and dangerous problem in the healthcare field, especially in high-traffic areas like emergency departments. Studies have indicated a variety of concerns about, and solutions for, cross-contamination issues in healthcare settings. Some of the most common high-risk areas are medical surfaces and devices which come in contact with broken skin, soft tissue…

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Anoscopes: Reusable vs. Single-Use

Gastroenterologists, General Surgeons, Colorectal Surgeons, even doctors at urgent care centers are now performing anoscopy procedures in their medical offices. The procedure is fairly simple and requires little if any preparation. The patient may experience some discomfort, but the procedure is generally considered painless and requires anesthetic in only rare situations. The only real major…

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Overcrowding in Emergency Departments: Every Second Counts.

Overcrowding in emergency rooms is a rapidly growing issue. In a national survey conducted by the American Hospital Association (AHA), it was discovered that nearly one out of every three emergency rooms across the United States are pushed beyond their capacity. So much so that ambulances are often diverted to other hospitals to handle the…

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Environmental Impact: Single-Use vs. Reusable

One of the common debates in medical offices across the country – and around the world – is over the environmental impact of single-use devices. In the current climate and economy, it’s understandable that practice managers, facilities managers and supply chain specialists are concerned with running a leaner, greener business. Today we’re going to discuss…

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10 Sources of Cross-Contamination in Hospitals

Cross-contamination is a major concern for anyone working in a hospital or clinical setting. This includes doctors and nurses as well as other hospital staff. There are plenty of opportunities for cross-contamination to occur. Most of these opportunities may be expected, but there are some opportunities that all health care professionals should be aware of…

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