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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.

Cianna Medical Receives Additional FDA Clearance

Cianna Medical Inc. has announced that the company has received an additional FDA 510(k) clearance for the SAVI SCOUT radar localization system, allowing the reflector to be placed at the lumpectomy site up to 30 days prior to surgical removal. SCOUT, the first medical device to use radar in human tissue, is a tool for localizing and directing the removal of non-palpable breast lesions.

“The new clearance enabling reflector placement up to 30 days before surgery provides us even more flexibility with scheduling,” said Charles Cox, M.D. “As an early adopter and ongoing user of SCOUT, I’ve found the technology to be highly intuitive, easy to implement and a significant improvement over wire localization in terms of patient experience. Importantly, use of SCOUT also supports greater efficiency in the hospital with less wait time for both patients and physicians.”

Peer-reviewed data recently published in the July issue of “Annals of Surgical Oncology” demonstrated 100 percent surgical success, with significantly lower repeat surgery rates than those reported when using wire localization. In all cases where localization was performed, targeted lesions and reflectors were successfully removed without any observed reflector migration. In another key study finding, researchers concluded that the SCOUT reflector could be reliably detected up to 5 cm from the handpiece.

The study also demonstrated high clinician and patient satisfaction with SCOUT. Overall, physicians reported favorably on patient comfort, patient anxiety and overall patient experience and a majority of physicians (85 percent) reported workflow improvement with SCOUT compared with wire localization.

The study also received the 2016 Scientific Impact Award at the Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS) Annual Meeting, recognition given annually to the clinical research presentation that is considered to have the greatest scientific impact on breast cancer care, as judged by surgeon attendees. •

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