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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.

Robotics-assisted Knee Replacement Completed

Smith & Nephew, a global medical technology business, recently announced completion of the world’s first robotics-assisted bi-cruciate retaining total knee replacement procedures.

The NAVIO robotics-assisted surgical system aids in implanting the Journey II XR (bi-cruciate retaining total knee system) which is one of the only total knee designs allowing retention of the ACL, and is designed to improve patient satisfaction.

With this launch, NAVIO now offers both partial and total knee options that include the first and only robotics-assisted bi-cruciate retaining knee procedure, commercially available.

Doctors Vivek Neginhal, David Rovinsky and David Fabi recently performed the first cases.

The NAVIO is a next generation handheld robotics platform designed to aid surgeons with implant alignment, ligament balancing and bone preparation. The small footprint of NAVIO allows for set up and portability. Furthermore, the NAVIO robotics-assisted system does not require a preoperative image, such as a CT scan. This allows patients to receive the benefits of robotics-assistance without the extra steps, costs and radiation often associated with additional preoperative imaging.

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