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Tracking Surgical Sponges

It is estimated that anywhere from 1500-9000 surgical sponges are left behind in patients post-surgery annually. Although that is a small percentage compared to the millions of surgeries performed each year, just one incident at your hospital can cause serious illness and problems for the patient and cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. OR Today discusses the best practices for reducing or eliminating this issue.

New Device Detects Sepsis

Researchers from the University of Illinois and Carle Foundation Hospital have invented a device that can detect sepsis in a single drop of blood. It is currently going through clinical trials.

Study on Wait Times and Patient Satisfaction

Do you want to ensure higher patient satisfaction ratings? A recent study shows that patients that had to wait longer or had a delay on their surgery day gave lower satisfaction ratings than those who waited for less time.

Struck by a cow? Unlikely Medical Codes

Have you ever had a patient struck by a cow or a chicken? Or ones that were injured in an opera house or by burning water skis? There are ICD-10 medical codes for all of these strange circumstances and more.


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