Another death linked to South Fla. cosmetic surgery center | Survey shows face-lifts improved ratings of looks, perception of health | Tool aims to help surgeons improve posture, avoid pain
March 21, 2017
In the News
Another death linked to South Fla. cosmetic surgery center
A second woman has died following a procedure at a Hialeah, Fla., cosmetic surgery center, and officials said it is the fourth death linked to a network of clinics connected to a Miami physician and his ex-wife. Both women who died went to the Hialeah facility to have a Brazilian butt-lift procedure.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (3/17) 
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Survey shows face-lifts improved ratings of looks, perception of health
People who looked at photos of 13 women who had "optimal" face-lifts gave increased ratings for attractiveness, as well as perceived success and perceived overall health, after seeing post-surgery photos, compared with pre-surgery images, researchers reported in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. The study found that using the pre-surgery photos, survey participants estimated the average age of the patient group as 60, but that fell to 56 when the post-surgery photos were viewed.
HealthDay News (3/16) 
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Dr. Kenneth Smith on VECTRA and VISIA
"An informed patient is the best patient. VECTRA and VISIA are great educational tools. They can get patients excited but also manage their expectations." - Kenneth A. Smith, MD FRSCS, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Practice Management
Tool aims to help surgeons improve posture, avoid pain
Researchers developed the ergonomics postural assessment in real-time, or ErgoPART, tool to help surgeons identify poor posture and positions that could lead to neck, shoulder and lower back pain from standing in the operating room. The tool considers such factors as a surgeon's positioning, tasks and features of the operating room, according to a study published in the journal IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors.
United Press International (3/15) 
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Health Quality & Advocacy
Monthly cost scorecard may cut surgical supply costs, improve care
Surgeons who received monthly cost feedback scorecards plus a financial incentive reduced their surgical supply costs by 6.5%, compared with a 7.4% increase in costs for those who did not get scorecards. The study in JAMA Surgery found equal or better outcomes for 30-day readmissions, mortality and discharge status after the intervention.
HealthLeaders Media (3/20) 
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Research & Technology
FACE-Q may help assess adverse outcomes, study says
A study published in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery found the FACE-Q Eye Module could be helpful in evaluating adverse outcomes in patients having facial aesthetic procedures. The study included evaluation of adverse effects such as dissatisfaction with scars, eye irritation and dry eyes.
Healio (free registration)/Aesthetics (3/17) 
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Bandage-type device an alternative to sutures in wound closure
Seattle startup KitoTech Medical has developed an alternative to sutures with a bandage-type device called microMend that holds the edges of a wound together with tiny microstaples. A clinical hospital study testing it against traditional sutures found that doctors and patients preferred the device, which is expected to be commercially available this summer.
GeekWire (3/13) 
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