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Why Your Practice Should Offer Multiple Forms of Birth Control

Why Your Practice Should Offer Multiple Forms of Birth Control

By Kelly Ottaviano / February 6, 2020 /

A new era in women’s health began in 1960. This was the year that birth control pills came to market in the U.S. For the first time, women had relatively easy access to a reliable, discrete form of birth control. Sixty years later, today’s contraception options have expanded to include a wide range of methods.…

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Single-Use Medical Equipment v. Coronavirus

Single-Use Medical Equipment vs. Coronavirus

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 30, 2020 /

As of January 25, 2020, the coronavirus outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has left 41 people dead in China. The country’s National Health Commission estimates 1,287 people infected. CBS News reported the Chinese government is raising its response level to the highest level – emergency – and closing schools for two weeks,…

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The Dangers of Ethylene Oxide “Gas” Sterilization for Medical Devices

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 21, 2020 /

Modern practitioners, and the patients they serve, rely on the availability of sterile medical devices. Per the CDC, nearly 50 million surgical procedures are performed annually in the US. Every procedure involves contact with a medical device or surgical instrument, and your patient’s delicate tissues or mucous membranes. A major risk of all surgical procedures is…

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Help Your Patients Understand the Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 9, 2020 /

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

By Kelly Ottaviano / January 2, 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

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 18, 2019 /

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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IUD in a 3D model of a utuerus

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

By Kelly Ottaviano / December 12, 2019 /

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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Top 5 Design Improvements of Specula in the 21st Century

By Kelly Ottaviano / November 21, 2019 /

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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How to Reduce the Impact of Electrosurgical Smoke During Operations

How to Reduce the Impact of Electrosurgical Smoke During Operations

By Kelly Ottaviano / October 24, 2019 /

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

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

By Kelly Ottaviano / October 9, 2019 /

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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