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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.

New Study Demonstrates that use of Interoperative Specimen Tomosynthesis Reduces the Re-excision Rates for Breast Cancer Surgery by 50%

A new study presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in Dallas last week demonstrates how the KUBTEC Mozart Specimen Tomosynthesis System enables tangible improvements in care for breast cancer patients.

The study of over 500 patients, presented by a team from University of Texas South Western, in Dallas TX titled ‘Differences in Re-excision Rates for Breast Conserving Surgery Using Intraoperative 2D vs. 3D Tomosynthesis Specimen Radiograph’, concludes that the use of KUBTEC’s proprietary Specimen Tomosynthesis technology during breast cancer surgery reduces re-excision rates by more than 50% compared to the traditional 2D imaging methods commonly in use.

Currently in the US around 25% of patients having breast conserving surgery for cancer require a second surgery, or re-excision, because of failure to remove all the tumor during the first surgery. With over 180,000 surgeries being performed each year in the US, re-excisions are a major source of expense to the hospital, and cause additional discomfort, trauma and scarring for patients.

The authors conclude that Specimen Tomosynthesis is “independently associated with a lower re-excision rate (over 50% reduction)”, and that this “translates into decreased return to the operating room, decreased anxiety levels and costs to our patients.”

John Leach, Vice President of Marketing at KUBTEC, said “This important study is one of several that demonstrate the positive impact the Mozart System has on breast cancer treatment. This unique technology reduces treatment costs and offers improved clinical outcomes for patients. As a result, we are seeing high demand for the Mozart System as it continues to be adopted by breast cancer centers of excellence worldwide”.

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