Some areas see growth in breast augmentation demand | EHRs costly if practices do not adjust, study finds | Hospitals prescribe anger management for misbehaving doctors
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March 5, 2013
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Plastic surgeon builds nose for teen born without one
Plastic surgeon David Matthews is leading a team constructing a new nose for a 16-year-old girl born without a nose or eyes. Matthews has expanded the girl's skin and widened her face to make room for the airway and nose, which will be constructed from autologous bone and cartilage. The girl runs on a track team, participates in the sport of curling and wants a career in radio. ABC News (3/5)
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Some areas see growth in breast augmentation demand
The number of breast augmentation procedures performed in the U.S. dropped last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. A newly approved implant, informally known as the "gummy bear implant," could spur greater demand, says Dr. Andrea Moreira of the Cleveland Clinic department of plastic surgery. The implant does not leak, has a natural-looking shape and is less likely to be associated with capsular contraction. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (3/4)
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Practice Management
EHRs costly if practices do not adjust, study finds
Physician practices lose money when they adopt EHRs but do not change the way they work to take advantage of the systems, a study in Health Affairs found. "Practices with a positive return on investment realized savings by eliminating paper medical records, as well as dictation and billing services and positions of, or hours worked by, staff members who were performing services no longer required after EHR adoption," the researchers said. Larger practices were more likely to realize gains. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/4)
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Hospitals prescribe anger management for misbehaving doctors
Some hospitals are taking steps such as mandating anger management classes to address disruptive behavior by doctors. Up to 5% of doctors can exhibit inappropriate displays of anger, experts say, and this article cites a surgeon who injured a technician by slamming down a malfunctioning piece of equipment. Regulations adopted in 2009 require hospitals to have policies addressing disruptive behavior. Kaiser Health News/The Washington Post (3/5)
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22 patient safety measures backed by AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has issued 10 strategies for improving patient safety that should be adopted immediately and an additional 12 strategies that are encouraged. Among those strongly recommended for immediate use are preoperative and anesthesia checklists, hand hygiene and interventions for reducing urinary catheter use. The strategies were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (3/4)
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Study in ASJ Finds VASERĀ® Shape Reduces Adipose Tissue
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Onelio Garcia, concluded that the VASER Shape System has a reduction effect on adipose tissue by altering the permeability of the adipocytes after observing adipocyte structural changes and an increase of free lipids in the lymph system on the treated side. Learn more in the January 2013 issue of ASJ or by clicking here.
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Polycaprolactone injections can smooth nasolabial folds
Polycaprolactone gel injections smoothed nasolabial folds better than hyaluronic acid injections in a 40-patient, single-center trial, researchers report. Polycaprolactone microspheres in a glycerin-water gel matrix may stimulate collagen production. Researchers used less polycaprolactone than hyaluronic acid to achieve desired results in the split-face study. MedPage Today (free registration) (3/4)
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