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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.

FDA Warns Thermography Should Not Be Used in Place of Mammography to Detect, Diagnose, or Screen for Breast Cancer

The FDA is alerting people recommended for breast cancer screening, and health care providers that thermography is not an alternative to mammography and should not replace mammography for breast cancer screening or diagnosis.
Recommendations for People Getting Breast Cancer Screenings:
  • Be aware that thermography is not a substitute for mammography and should not be used for breast cancer screening or diagnosis.
  • Have regular mammograms according to screening guidelines or as recommended by your health care provider.
  • Follow your health care provider’s recommendations for additional steps to diagnose breast cancer, such as a clinical breast exam, other breast imaging (for example, breast ultrasounds or MRI), or breast tissue biopsy.

Read the FDA’s Safety Communication

Mammography is the only screening method proven to reduce deaths from breast cancer through earlier detection.

There is no valid scientific data to show that thermography devices, when used on their own or with another diagnostic test, are an effective screening tool for any medical condition including the early detection of breast cancer or other diseases and health conditions.

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