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Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

Cardiologist Using Global Case Support Platform to Broadcast, Teach Live Procedures Remotely

ExplORer SurgicalTraveling for Continued Medical Education courses to learn new procedures and medical device innovations has been put on hold due to COVID-19. Hemal Gada, MD, MBA, President of the Heart and Vascular Institute and Medical Director of the Structural Heart Program at UPMC Pinnacle, is turning to ExplORer Surgical’s comprehensive intraoperative case support and workflow platform to continue essential training for thousands of physicians remotely. Announced today, Dr. Gada is demonstrating transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) — a complex, minimally invasive procedure — through a series of live broadcasts over the next several months.

“TAVR procedures are extremely complex and require a step-by-step technique that cannot be taught via a traditional video technology such as Skype or Zoom,” said Dr. Gada. “ExplORer’s technology provides more than video capabilities, and its procedural workflow application allows physicians to follow each step clearly and methodically. This technology is the next best thing to in-person training and has the added benefits of reaching thousands of physicians simultaneously across the globe. Additionally, all of this can be done with mobile devices, taking up almost zero space in my lab, which is different from most other remote solutions. With COVID-19 affecting travel and access to the OR, alternative methods are crucial for keeping our healthcare community informed and trained on procedural advancements.”

In addition to using ExplORer’s technology to broadcast live procedures, Dr. Gada will also join ExplORer’s team as a strategic and operational advisor.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Gada as a member of ExplORer’s strategic council and a strong advocate of our technology,” said Jennifer Fried, CEO of ExplORer Surgical. “Dr. Gada is a thought leader in interventional cardiology and is paving the way for the future of physician training and proctoring in the cath lab. We are excited to partner together with our technology providing both a mechanism for him to broadcast his procedures and proctor new physicians. Dr. Gada will use our remote functionality and our step-by-step workflows as a guide and checklist to capture intra-procedural data. We’re thrilled to see ExplORer’s range of offerings continue to evolve during COVID-19 when remote care and technology are essential.”

ExplORer’s platform is cloud-based and device agnostic, making it easily accessible on existing hardware in the OR or cath lab, including mobile devices, desktop monitors, and TV screens. It’s the first secure platform designed for physicians that offer all the key features for virtual meetings and communication expected in the remote work world. The system supports telestration for appropriately and quickly amplifying guidance virtually without interruption to workflow and efficiency. It also offers robust features for zooming in and out on objects, procedural areas, and other elements that require better visibility and screen sharing.

To learn more about ExplORer Surgical’s solutions, visit www.explorersurgical.com.

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