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February 2017

Bill Would Lift Moratorium on Construction and Expansion of Physician-Owned Hospitals

Texas Congressman continues to fight for repeal.
Published: February 22, 2017

Oregon Bill Would Let ASCs Offer Extended Care

Legislation would let patients at select surgery centers recuperate at the facilities for up to 48 hours after admission.
Published: February 16, 2017

10% of Alcohol-Based Preps Allowed to Dry for 3 Minutes Caught Fire

Researchers say surgeons can decrease OR fire risk by using non-alcohol based skin preps or avoiding pooling of the prep solution.
Published: February 15, 2017

Emails Show Barry Cadden Tried to Cover His Tracks After His Lab Shipped Contaminated Steroids

"No more fudging. No more BS. We must clean up all of our processes," NECC President Barry Cadden wrote in one email.
Published: February 15, 2017

Faulty Sensor Leads to Recall of Alaris Syringe Pump

Sensor-related false alarms could interrupt the supply of vital fluids to patients.
Published: February 10, 2017

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January 2017

As Business Boomed at Compounding Pharmacy, Disinfection Practices Slid

At meningitis trial, pharmacy tech testifies that hoods in clean room where tainted steroids were made weren't disinfected for a month.
Published: January 25, 2017

Pain Management Doc Takes Stand in Meningitis Murder Trial

Fungal meningitis victims "kept coming," says medical director of pain clinic where 13 patients died and 115 were sickened.
Published: January 18, 2017

Neurosurgeon Driven by Greed Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence

Prosecutors allege Dr. Aria Sabit profited by performing unnecessary invasive spinal surgeries.
Published: January 12, 2017

Million-Dollar Lawsuit Claims Surgical Fire Ruined 86-Year-Old Woman's Life

Suit: Prep wasn't allowed to fully dry before electrocautery.
Published: January 11, 2017

Prosecutor: New England Compounding Center President Viewed Company as His "Personal ATM Machine"

NECC head pharmacist charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of 25 patients.
Published: January 10, 2017

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December 2016

Trendelenburg Patient's Fall Leads to Long Legal Battle

Surveillance video contradicts patient's claims, limits damage.
Published: December 30, 2016

$1.2 Million Awarded in Anesthesia Death

Anesthesiologist says it was a pre-existing blood clot — not his off-target nerve block — that caused patient's death.
Published: December 21, 2016

In Rare Move, FDA Bans Powdered Gloves

Agency says powdered gloves present an unreasonable health risk to medical professionals and their patients.
Published: December 16, 2016

CRNAs Left Out of New VA Policy

Department of Veterans Affairs to withhold full authority from nurse anesthetists and maintain the physician-led model.
Published: December 14, 2016

Cellphone-assisted Surgery?

After power outage, Ohio surgeon completes surgery aided by light from her staff's cellphones.
Published: December 13, 2016

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