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October 23, 2014
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Ultrasound guidance for cervical spinal injections has advantages, studies show
Ultrasound visualization of structures during cervical spinal procedures involving injections has some advantages over traditional techniques, according to this review. Ultrasound does not expose critical structures in the neck to ionizing radiation, is less cumbersome and offers visualization of blood vessels before the needle is placed, ensuring an agent is not inadvertently injected into the vascular system. Anesthesiology News (free registration) (10/2014)
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Healthy lifestyle during pregnancy may improve birth outcomes
Women who ate healthy food and regularly exercised during their pregnancy were less likely to give birth to heavier infants and had a lower risk of moderate to severe respiratory distress syndrome, according to a study in BMC Medicine. Science World Report (10/15)
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Technology Update
Handheld ultrasound: Big reward from small devices
Pocket-sized ultrasound devices are becoming more common as physicians use them to identify problems at bedside. The devices provide high-quality images in less time than bulkier systems. "We can diagnose an acute heart attack, fluid around the heart, figure out why someone's valve is not working in five minutes instead of an hour," said Dr. Stephen Archer of Queen's University and Kingston General Hospital in Canada. "And those minutes can make a big difference." CTV.ca (Canada) (10/19)
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Practice News
Hospital establishes point-of-care model for imaging staff
A Qatar hospital will test a new model for imaging personnel when it opens next year. Rather than working in a traditional radiology department, specialists will be integrated throughout the facility in a point-of-care model, says radiology chief Dr. Deepak Kaura. "The goal is real-time reporting and real-time consultation, so [radiologists] become more relevant," Kaura says. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (10/15)
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Sonographers: Protect your IT bands
Sonographers may be more accustomed to worrying about upper-body injuries, but the IT band, the ligament that runs from the hip to the shin on the outside of the leg, can also pose problems. Sitting without proper leg positioning or support combined with being on one's feet for long hours, as well as outside activity such as running, can lead to pain in the knee from IT band injury. These recommendations from sonographer Doug Wuebben and strength and performance coach Mark Roozen can prevent IT band problems or address an injury that has already occurred. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (10/21)
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Patient Care in Medicine
Healthgrades' rankings website allows searches by experience
A new version of the Healthgrades.com website that launches this week uses data from 500 million claims and patient reviews to rank physicians on complication rates, patient satisfaction and experience. Leapfrog Group CEO Leah Binder said the website is "game changing" because people can search for physicians based on experience in a specific medical area or procedure. USA Today (10/20)
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Legislative & Regulatory Update
Medicaid, CHIP add nearly 8.7M enrollees under ACA
Enrollment for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program jumped 14.9%, with almost 8.7 million enrollees between Oct. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014, CMS officials said Friday. States that expanded Medicaid eligibility saw a 20.7% increase in enrollment compared with 5.1% in states that did not. AHA News Now (10/17)
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