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Kidney Care UK is the United Kingdom’s leading kidney patient support association, providing practical, financial and emotional support for renal patients and their families. It campaigns to...
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10 Jul 2019
Home Hemodialysis: A Brief History
In the early 1960s, the demand for dialysis outweighed its availability, which meant many patients with end-stage...
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08 Jul 2019
Where You Live Can Influence Your Choice for a Vascular Access
Historically, there have been significant differences in the choice of a vascular access between Europe, Canada, and...
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03 Jul 2019
What the European Guidelines Tell Us About Pre-Operative Vascular Access Imaging
In their comprehensive 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Vascular Access the European Society for Vascular...
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01 Jul 2019
5 Surprising Stats About Physician Happiness
Physicians are generally pretty happy, according to new data from the 2019 AAFP/CompHealth Physician Happiness Survey
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26 Jun 2019
Access to Health Care in the U.S.
Access to health services is defined as "the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health...
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24 Jun 2019
Kidney Care News to Know
California’s Legislation of Dialysis Profit Restriction Could Cause DaVita to Lose Up to $40 Million DaVita has...
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19 Jun 2019
Can Soft Skills Make You a Better Physician?
What are the most important skills a physician can possess? Patients and fellow healthcare professionals would...
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17 Jun 2019
Preventing One Million Heart Attacks and Strokes in the U.S.
Almost two million Americans suffer heart attacks and strokes each year. Heart disease and strokes account for about...
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12 Jun 2019
Does the Sunshine Act Affect Patient Trust?
Although it was developed to increase transparency and facilitate communications, some healthcare professionals...
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10 Jun 2019
Social Determinants of Health
Over the past decade the health of Americans has improved in some areas: Life expectancy at birth has increased;...
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07 Jun 2019
Debbie Brouwer-Maier Offers Her Perspective on Kidney Care Issues
As a nephrology professional who has devoted countless hours of volunteer time to support the body of work reflected...
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06 Jun 2019
All Surveillance Methods Are Not Comparable
A serious error in the 2019 proposed National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative...
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05 Jun 2019
Basis for Proposed KDOQI Guidelines Recommendation on Physical Examination
The 2019 proposed National Kidney Foundation’s (NKF) Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) recommends a...
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03 Jun 2019
Process of Care, Part III: Hemodialysis Catheters
The same concerns over process of care related to the KDOQI VA proposed changes that reverse the momentum of the...
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29 May 2019
Process of Care, Part II: The Impact of Proposed KDOQI Guidelines
Dialysis facilities typically open early in the morning Monday to Saturday. The first shift of patients must get...
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27 May 2019
Process of Care, Part I: Hemodialysis Vascular Access Process of Care Overview
A quick review of the process of care is critical to understand how the proposed KDOQI Vascular Access Guidelines...
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22 May 2019
Randomized Controlled Trial Confirms Value of Surveillance
The value of vascular access surveillance has been widely debated over the past decade. Many studies attest to its...
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20 May 2019
Advocate for Surveillance in the new 2019 KDOQI Guidelines
The proposed 2019 Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) Guidelines are now open for review with...
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13 May 2019
Hemodialysis Arteriovenous Fistula or Graft? Here's What to Know
A vascular access is required in order to have hemodialysis. The three most common types of vascular access are:...
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10 May 2019
Dr. Nikolai Krivitski Responds to the Debate About Vascular Access Surveillance
Dr. Nikolai Krivitski, hemodialysis pioneer, responds to the debate about vascular access surveillance that recently...
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08 May 2019
What Physicians Should Know About MACRA in 2019
If you’re feeling burned out by the arduous, time-consuming requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare and...
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06 May 2019
Are Surgery Students Losing the Dexterity to Stitch?
From shrinking attention spans to lost sleep, there’s no shortage of claims spending too much time in front of...
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01 May 2019
Do Nicer Doctors Have Better Treatment Outcomes?
Which factors have the greatest impact on patient outcomes? If you’re like most physicians, you’d probably answer...
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29 Apr 2019
What You Should Know if You Have a Hemodialysis Catheter
A Central Venous Catheter (CVC) is a soft flexible tube that is placed into a large vein, usually in the chest. It...
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24 Apr 2019
Kidney Care News to Know
National Dialysis Accreditation Commission Gets Approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) The...
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22 Apr 2019
5 Statistics to Know About Home Hemodialysis
Home hemodialysis has several benefits for patients. Despite this, the modality remains underused among patients...
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17 Apr 2019
Hospital Cleanliness: How Clean is Your Environment?
Medscape and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America surveyed 183 acute care hospitals. Here’s what they...
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15 Apr 2019
U.S. Spending on Healthcare: What’s Changed Over the Past Year
The growth in healthcare spending slowed over the past two years, according to a report from the Centers for...
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10 Apr 2019
Physician Burnout: What to Know About this Growing Public Health Crisis
Here’s a startling statistic: More than one doctor per day commits suicide. This is a rate higher than in any other...
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08 Apr 2019
What to Know About CMS' Final Payment Rule for Dialysis Clinics
Did you know Medicare reimbursement for dialysis treatments has increased? This past November, the Centers for...
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03 Apr 2019
How are Physicians Feeling? Stats About Physician Burnout and Depression
According to a new report from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, physician burnout has become so...
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01 Apr 2019
Kidney Care News to Know
Women May Have Lower Risk for Chronic Kidney Disease Progression A recent study has revealed women have a lower risk...
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29 Mar 2019
Access Thrombosis Causes Major Problems for the Patient, Care Staff and Nephrologist
When an access suddenly clots or thromboses, all stakeholders are confronted with a crisis that must be immediately...
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27 Mar 2019
Why Surveillance is Important – Tests Accuracy of Pump Flow
When one sets the pump on a hemodialysis machine, one naturally assumes that the pump will deliver what it is set...
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25 Mar 2019
Why Surveillance is Important: 8 Ways Vascular Access Surveillance Informs the Nephrologist
“A hemodynamically significant stenosis is the substrate for thrombosis by reducing flow, increasing turbulence, and...
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22 Mar 2019
End-Stage-Renal Disease’s Devastating Stats
End-stage-renal-disease (ESRD) is devastating. In 2014, 118,000 people in the United States started treatment for...
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21 Mar 2019
Why Surveillance is Important – Detects Significant Stenoses: Inflow, Outflow and Between the Needles
“A hemodynamically significant stenosis is the substrate for thrombosis by reducing flow, increasing turbulence, and...
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20 Mar 2019
Congestive Heart Failure in Hemodialysis Patients with Excellent Fistulas
Congestive heart failure (CHF) and pulmonary hypertension are well-known complications of high-flow hemodialysis...
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19 Mar 2019
Why Surveillance is Important –Checks for Cardiac Overload
“The ability to monitor cardiac output is one of the important cornerstones of hemodynamic assessment ...in...
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18 Mar 2019
Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA)
Access excellence is the mission of the Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA). Founded in 2005, VASA is...
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15 Mar 2019
Catheter Patient’s Treatment Is Optimized with Flow-QC Delivered Flow and Recirculation Tests
A 75-year-old female patient with a central venous catheter underwent a Flow-QC test with a Transonic Hemodialysis...
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14 Mar 2019
All Surveillance Methods Are Not Equal
“Very high reproducibility and negligible impact of flow (Qb) on vascular access flow (QVA) determination justifies...
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13 Mar 2019
Why Surveillance is Important: 9 Ways that Surveillance Assures Dialysis Adequacy
“Any access recirculation is abnormal. Recirculation … should have prompt investigation of its cause. … If access...
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11 Mar 2019
Is Surveillance Valuable: A Critical Review
As the value of surveillance in managing vascular accesses is undergoing scrutiny, a critical review by...
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08 Mar 2019
Transonic VA Surveillance Identifies Patients at Risk
“Adequate blood flow in peripheral hemodialysis fistulae and grafts is vital to the success of hemodialysis and to...
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06 Mar 2019
Why Surveillance is Important for a Clinic and Its Staff
“The Transonic Flow-QC Hemodialysis Monitor has benefited numerous dialysis-dependent patients by reducing and, in...
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04 Mar 2019
Why Transonic Surveillance is Important – What the Experts Say
“The Transonic Flow-QC Hemodialysis Monitor has benefited numerous dialysis-dependent patients by reducing and, in...
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01 Mar 2019
Is Access Surveillance Worthwhile?
Transonic ultrasound dilution technology revolutionized comprehensive vascular access patency management by enabling...
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27 Feb 2019
Clinic Oversight Fails Senior Patient
Mary Christiensen moved to the senior citizen’s residence after her husband died. The move had been traumatic. Mary...
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25 Feb 2019
All Surveillance Is Not the Same
Ultrasound indicator dilution is the current Gold Standard for measurement of vascular access recirculation and...
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22 Feb 2019
Why Surveillance is Important – You Can’t Always Believe What You See
“The access looks good, why should I bother with surveillance?” Through years of training and practice,...
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20 Feb 2019
3 Factors That Influence Surveillance Outcomes
Transonic ultrasound dilution technology revolutionized comprehensive vascular access patency management by enabling...
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18 Feb 2019
How Dialysis Nurses can Help Hemodialysis Patients with Self Cannulation
As a hemodialysis nurse, you have probably performed cannulation on hundreds of hemodialysis patients. But, did you...
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13 Feb 2019
National Kidney Federation: By Renal Patients for Renal Patients
The National Kidney Federation (NKF) is the largest kidney patient association in the United Kingdom. The NKF...
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11 Feb 2019
FDA Permits Marketing of First Catheter-Based Systems to Create Vascular Access for Hemodialysis Patients
On June 22nd, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has permitted the marketing of two...
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06 Feb 2019
Physician Ethical Dilemmas: 4 Interesting Stats
As a physician, you’ve likely faced some ethical dilemmas throughout your career. These decisions can not only have...
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04 Feb 2019
Doctor-Patient Communication: How Well do Physicians Listen to Patients?
Doctor-patient communication plays a big role in how compliant a patient is with treatment and  his or her outcomes....
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30 Jan 2019
Kidney Care News to Know
Multiple Comorbidities Increases Risk of Early Dialysis InitiationPatients who have CKD along with other...
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29 Jan 2019
Surgical Checklists Updates: 4 New Risk Areas from the ACS
It’s been 10 years since the World Health Organization (WHO) released its surgical care checklist tools to help...
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23 Jan 2019
What Causes Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)?
  Diabetes: Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure. The results of the Diabetes Prevention Program...
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21 Jan 2019
What to Know About CMS' Final Physician Payment Rule for 2019
In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issues their final physician payment rule for 2019. Now...
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16 Jan 2019
An Alternative Natural Vascular Access Graft
A working vascular access is the lifeline for a hemodialysis patient. It is also an Achilles heel, for when it...
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14 Jan 2019
3 Ways Nephrologists can Improve Patient Communication
What’s your No. 1 goal for patient care? As a nephrologist or nephrology care professional, it’s likely keeping your...
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09 Jan 2019
Healthy People 2020 — Disparity of Health Coverage
Over the first half of this decade, 20 million adults have gained health insurance coverage as a result of the...
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07 Jan 2019
Healthy People Program Tracks American’s Health Indicators
In response to the emerging consensus among scientists and health authorities that national health priorities should...
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02 Jan 2019
Controlling Life Threatening Bleeds (LTB) from Arteriovenous Fistulas or Grafts
Life-threatening bleeds (LTB) from arteriovenous fistulas or grafts are significant bleeds which are not stopped...
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31 Dec 2018
How Your Team Can Help Resolve Dialysis Non-Adherence
As a healthcare professional, you know your treatment plans are only as powerful as your patients’ commitment....
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26 Dec 2018
Groundbreaking “Awake Aneurysm” Surgery Performed by Northern Italian Neurosurgeons
Italian neurosurgeons have ushered in a new era in brain surgery when, on November 14th, they performed their...
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24 Dec 2018
State of Cost Transformation 2018: How Hospital Executives Are Dealing With Cost Challenges
In January of 2018, Amazon announced the launch of an independent healthcare  company with backing from JPMorgan...
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19 Dec 2018
The Looming Physician Shortage: Here’s How to Take Action Now
There’s a shortage of doctors in the United States, and it’s expected to get much worse. By 2030, the country could...
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17 Dec 2018
Voters Nix California’s Proposition 8, “The Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act”
On November 6th California voters went to the polls and said no to ballot initiative Proposition 8, known as the...
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12 Dec 2018
How do Physicians Feel About the Future of Healthcare? 4 Interesting Stats from the Future of Healthcare Survey
When you chose to become a surgeon, what made you want to pursue the occupation? Was it the opportunity to help...
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10 Dec 2018
Telehealth in Kidney Care: What You Need to Know
In February, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was signed into law, expanding Medicare reimbursement for a small...
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05 Dec 2018
Kidney Care News to Know
DaVita’s Medical Group Division to Pay $270 Million Over Inflated Charges The division, which is being sold to...
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03 Dec 2018
Healthy People 2020 — Improving Cardiovascular Health
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death....
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28 Nov 2018
American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)
For nearly 50 years, since 1969, the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) has been dedicated to improving...
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26 Nov 2018
Oxygenator Clotting during ECMO Can Be Tracked with New Transonic Measurement Capability
Clotting and bleeding are major causes of mortality and morbidity during high risk ECMO therapy that treats the...
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20 Nov 2018
5 Stats to Know About Medical Student Life and Education
The decision to attend medical school can involve many factors. Medscape spoke with 2,400 residents about what made...
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14 Nov 2018
Residency Bullying: What You Need To Know
When you hear the word “bullying,” you probably imagine school-age children taunting each other in class, or young...
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12 Nov 2018
How Hospital Changes Are Affecting Private Practices
Will private practices become obsolete? It’s not impossible, according to a report from the Health Care Cost...
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07 Nov 2018
7 Qualities of an Effective Medical Leader Should Possess
Think of someone you consider a great leader. Maybe a former manager, coach, mentor or just someone in your social...
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07 Nov 2018
7 of the Most Influential U.S. Physicians and Healthcare Leaders
As a physician, your work is inherently influential: You profoundly impact the lives of your patients and their...
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05 Nov 2018
California’s Proposition 8 Would Regulate the Amount Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Could Charge for Dialysis Treatments
As Californians go to the polls on November 6th, they will have the opportunity to vote on Proposition 8, a measure...
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31 Oct 2018
Emergency Preparedness for Dialysis Clinics
One of the most devastating hurricanes in the history of the United States, Hurricane Katrina caused $75 billion in...
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29 Oct 2018
Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA)
The Controversies in Dialysis Access (CiDA) meeting is a leading educational forum for surgeons, radiologists,...
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24 Oct 2018
Kidney Care News To Know
Otsuka Acquires VisterraOtsuka has acquired antibody therapy maker Visterra for $430 million. Otsuka hopes to take...
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22 Oct 2018
American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
The mission of 18,000 member American Society of Nephrology (ASN) is to leads the fight to prevent, treat, and cure...
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17 Oct 2018
The Kidney Project Hopes to Change the Face of ESRD
The need is staggering. Two million people worldwide are estimated to suffer from end-stage renal disease (ESRD),...
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15 Oct 2018
3 Ways Surgeons Can Avoid Malpractice Through Better Communication
Nearly everyone has encountered a colleague whose poor and disruptive behavior affected their team. Whether it’s...
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10 Oct 2018
Avenu Medical’s Ellipsys® Vascular Access System Enters U.S. Market
After review by the by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its De Novo premarket review pathway,...
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08 Oct 2018
Should Doctors Take Medical Ethics Courses?
As a physician, you may occasionally face situations for which there’s no easy answer. While your mind is filled...
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03 Oct 2018
5 Interesting Stats to Know About Residency
Residency is a time to expand clinical skills and develop future career plans. It is also a time of excitement,...
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01 Oct 2018
Researchers: Don’t Overlook Emotional Health in Kidney Care
Not surprisingly, many patients undergoing care for chronic kidney disease often experience an emotional toll along...
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26 Sep 2018
Kidney Care News to Know
Here is your latest kidney care news for September 2018. 
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24 Sep 2018
How Female Surgeons Can Negotiate Higher Salaries
While many organizations across the country have launched efforts to promote gender equality in the workplace, the...
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19 Sep 2018
What to Know About the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)
Definition of Nephrology Nursing: a specialty practice addressing the protection, promotion, and optimization of...
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17 Sep 2018
Vascular Access Community Mourns Passing of Professor Seiji Ohiro
When Professor Dr. Seiji Ohira, the Director of the Japanese Society for Dialysis Access (JSDA), passed away on...
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14 Sep 2018
EDTNA/ERCA Offers a Global Renal Care Perspective
The European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA) motto is “True...
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12 Sep 2018
AIDS Worker Founds Association for Vascular Access (AVA)
In 1985, Suzanne Herbst, RN, MA, was working as a home infusion clinician in San Francisco, caring for patients and...
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10 Sep 2018
ANNA Designates 2nd Week of September as Nephrology Nurses Week
To honor the dedicated nephrology nurses who care for patients with kidney disease, the American Nephrology Nurses...
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05 Sep 2018
Should Surgeon Work Hours Be Capped?
There’s no doubt about it: professionals who are overworked and suffering from sleep deprivation are less efficient...
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03 Sep 2018
How GDPR Affects the Healthcare Industry: 6 Things to Know
In late May 2018, the European Union officially implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a law...
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29 Aug 2018
Getting a Permanent Vascular Access: A Lifeline for a Lifetime
Freedom from the use of a central venous catheter (CVC) is a goal for many end-stage-renal disease (ESRD) patients....
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27 Aug 2018
Caring for Your Central Venous Catheter
While central venous catheters serve well as a short-term solution or bridge to a more permanent access, they should...
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22 Aug 2018
Certification in Nephrology Nursing Fosters Personal and Professional Growth for Team Members
You may have wondered about the abbreviations after your dialysis nurse or tech’s name. Whether it be CNN NP; CNN;...
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20 Aug 2018
How to Calculate the Height in Amputees for Measurements in the HD03 Monitor
In 2010, 29 million Americans had diabetes, of which 72,000 were amputees resulting from infection and necrosis of...
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15 Aug 2018
Giant of Pediatric Surgery: Dr. Francis Fontan
“With the passing of Professor Francis Fontan on the 14th of January 2018, the community of congenital heart...
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13 Aug 2018
3 Tips for Attracting and Retaining Dialysis Patients
End stage renal disease is increasing by five percent per year in the United States, and in 2014 over 100,000 people...
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08 Aug 2018
Female Physician Compensation: 5 Stats to Know
Though they attended the same medical schools and underwent the same training as their male counterparts, female...
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06 Aug 2018
Kidney Care News to Know
American Renal Associates Reports 10 Percent Increase in Operating Revenues in Q1 
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30 Jul 2018
Leadership in the OR: How Different Styles Could Impact Outcomes
Leadership is crucial to success in the OR. Successful surgeons are often marked by their technical skill,...
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25 Jul 2018
6 Locum Tenens Myths Debunked
An increase in staffing shortages has put the demand for locum tenens on the rise. Healthcare facilities need extra...
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23 Jul 2018
Physician Gender: Do Women Make Better Surgeons Than Men?
It sadly comes as no surprise that out of approximately 160,000 surgeons in the US, only 19% are female. Surgery has...
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19 Jul 2018
Transonic Announces Release of Reusable Charbel Micro-Flowprobes®
Intracranial and extracranial flowprobes designed to reduce risk of intraoperative and postoperative stroke, reduce...
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16 Jul 2018
How Female Surgeons Can Boost Their Leadership Potential
 Women surgeons are at a disadvantage when it comes to developing their leadership potential. A 2010 Academic...
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11 Jul 2018
Kidney Care News
Bill restricting third-party premium payment for patients with ESRD wins California Senate committee approval The...
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27 Jun 2018
One-Third of ESRD Patients with CVD Are Patient Readmissions
Patients receiving hemodialysis are at high risk for morbidity and mortality related to cardiovascular (CV) events....
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25 Jun 2018
Top Cities for Growth for Physicians
A top concern for young physicians is securing a well-paying job. While that may cause some understandable anxiety,...
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20 Jun 2018
Top Challenges Facing Physicians This Year
In today’s medical field, being a physician isn’t just about treating patients. Among other demands, physicians have...
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18 Jun 2018
ELSA Monitor Optimizes ECMO Delivery in Critically Ill
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) remains a last ditch therapy to treat neonatal, pediatric and adult...
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13 Jun 2018
What to Know About CMS's New Bundled Payment Model
CMSannounced a new voluntarily bundled-payment model, called the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced...
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11 Jun 2018
Kidney Patient Advocates Make Strides
One in seven American adults, or 30 million people, are now estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD). Many...
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06 Jun 2018
Health & Safety Issues for Nephrology Nurses
Nephrology nursing can be a rewarding job. Many nephrology nurses enter the field wanting to make the process of...
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04 Jun 2018
Musculoskeletal Disorders in Surgeons: What to Know
Surgeons and interventionalists are facing a potential “impending epidemic” concerning musculoskeletal disorders in...
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30 May 2018
Transonic's CEO Shares His Story of Startup Success
As the president and CEO of Transonic, Cornelius S. Drost knows about the excitement and challenges of developing a...
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29 May 2018
5 Interesting Stats on Physician Happiness
More than 15,000 physicians participated in Medscape’s annual physician lifestyle survey. While the majority of...
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21 May 2018
How to Attract Potential Patients with Social Media
Social media is often thought of as a means to connect with family and friends. But many physicians and surgeons are...
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16 May 2018
Kidney Care News to Know
DaVita’s Net Q4 Net Income Increased
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14 May 2018
Hemodialysis Patient Story: How Vascular Access Surveillance Technology Helps
Most hemodialysis patients aren’t like Lori Clark. While most patients take the usual steps to stay healthy and...
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09 May 2018
How to Prepare for a Locum Tenens Physician to Join your Staff
Since 2012, the use of locum tenens physicians for physician staffing has gone up 20%. Locum tenens can help your...
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07 May 2018
Doctor Complaints: What's Behind Them?
Doctor complaints are a predictable yet stressful part of being a medical professional. The causational factors of...
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04 May 2018
Do You Know Where Your Tax Dollars Go?
Most of us have recently filled out and paid our income taxes. The average income tax payment is about $10,000. But...
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02 May 2018
How Empowering Dialysis Patients can Improve Patient Experience
You may think that improving treatment for your dialysis patients is solely your responsibility — but the patient...
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30 Apr 2018
How to Improve Doctor Patient Communication: 4 Tips
Doctor patient communication is one of the most important parts of clinical practice, and also one of the most...
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27 Apr 2018
NANT Clarifies Nephrology Technician Terminology
The Board of Directors at the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists (NANT) is seeking to...
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25 Apr 2018
The Value of Management Training for Physicians
When physicians graduate medical school, they are highly skilled in handling intricate clinical scenarios. But what...
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23 Apr 2018
Kidney Care News to Know
In Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, BMI can be a Predictor of Developing ESRD After a five year follow up, researchers...
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20 Apr 2018
Medicare Incentivizes Early CKD Stage 3 Diagnosis
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the slow break down of our kidneys' ability to filter fluid and waste products from...
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18 Apr 2018
Taking Care of Your Vascular Access
As an end-stage-renal disease (ESRD) hemodialysis patient, your access is your link to life. Knowing the blood flow...
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17 Apr 2018
Our CABG Patency Assessment Program Improves Outcomes
The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) established in the Affordable Care Act has further focused...
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16 Apr 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. Bruce W. Lytle
Chairman, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation87th AATS President...
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11 Apr 2018
Kidney Care News to Know: Caffeine Could Reduce Mortality Risk in CKD Patients
Researchers found that CKD patients may get some medicinal benefits from consuming caffeine. They found that those who...
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09 Apr 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. D. Craig Miller
The Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery Stanford University 88th AATS President (2007-2008)
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02 Apr 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. Hartzell V. Schaff
Stuart W. Harrington Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 93rd AATS President (2012-2013)
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28 Mar 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. Frank C. Spencer
Chairman Emeritus, New York University School of Medicine63rd AATS President (1982-1983)
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26 Mar 2018
When Should Access Flow Measurements Be Performed?
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guidelines call for...
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23 Mar 2018
Physician Recruitment: How to Give It a Boost
The U.S. population is both growing and aging. With these shifts comes a projected shortage of physicians — up to...
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21 Mar 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. Craig R. Smith
Chair, Department of Surgery; Surgeon-in-Chief, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center...
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19 Mar 2018
KDOQI 20th Anniversary Video Celebrates Milestone
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality...
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14 Mar 2018
New CMS Payment Model Presents Potential Ethical Conflicts of Interest
In 2013, Medicare spent nearly $33 billion to care for persons with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Dialysis...
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12 Mar 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. Robert B. Wallace
Former Chairman of Departments of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Mayo Clinic and Georgetown University School of...
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07 Mar 2018
How Dialysis Clinics Can Prevent Infection
Protecting patients from bloodstream infections (BSIs) should be a top priority for any dialysis clinic. Dialysis...
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05 Mar 2018
3 Ways a Checklist can Help Improve Patient Communication
Checklists are an invaluable tool that help us organize priorities and processes, and accomplish important tasks in...
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28 Feb 2018
7 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2018
After a rollercoaster year in the spotlight, healthcare remains one of the top concerns for our country — in fact, ...
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26 Feb 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. F. Griffith Pearson
70th AATS President (1989-1990)Legendary thoracic surgery pioneer:
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21 Feb 2018
Transonic HD Measurements Included in Core Curriculum’s 6th Edition for the Dialysis Technician
More than 650,000 persons in the U.S. and more than 2,000,000 worldwide have kidney failure. Though dialysis basics...
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19 Feb 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. Floyd D. Loop
Cardiothoracic Surgeon; past CEO Cleveland Clinic Foundation 78th AATS President (1997-1998)
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14 Feb 2018
Should Patients Be Allowed to Record Doctors?
It’s no secret that today’s smartphones can store a lot of valuable information. What you may be surprised to learn...
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12 Feb 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. Richard A. Jonas
Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Children’s National Health System 86th AATS President (2005-2006)
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07 Feb 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. John A. Waldhausen
Former Professor and Chair, Dept. of Surgery, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine72th...
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05 Feb 2018
Transonic’s 354C Optima Flowmeter Simplifies Graft Patency Assessment for Surgical Decision-making
The new flowmeter deciphers waveforms for graft patency during CABG procedures Early graft failure after Coronary...
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31 Jan 2018
Profile of Excellence: Dr. Thomas L. Spray
Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery,Children's Hospital of Philadelphia89th AATS President (2008-2009)
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29 Jan 2018
10 Keys to Physician Leadership: Dr. Floyd D. Loop
Past CEO Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cardiothoracic Surgeon; 78th AATS President (1997-1998)
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24 Jan 2018
Cardiostart: Fighting Cardiovascular Disease in Undeveloped Countries
Of the 56.4 million deaths worldwide in 2015, ischemic heart disease (IHD) and stroke accounted for a combined 15...
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Giving Back: Emily Farkas MD, Humanitarian Surgeon
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Profile of Excellence: Dr. John L. Ochsner
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How to Prepare for a Locum Tenens Assignment
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Profile of Excellence: Dr. G. Alexander Patterson
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Physician Satisfaction: Why Many Intend to Cut Back Hours Practicing
By 2025 it’s projected there will be a deficit of 90,000 physicians. That’s even after accounting for an increase in...
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Profile of Excellence: Dr. David J. Sugarbaker
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4 Things You Need for a Successful Dialysis Care Team Huddle
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3 Tips for Physicians to be More Productive
Becoming more productive as a physician can often feel like trying to tame a wild horse: Just when you think you...
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Whether you’re an internist or a general surgeon, you want to provide surgically complex patients with the best...
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Patient Prejudice Against Doctors: What's Behind It?
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Kidney Care News to Know
U.S. Renal Care Names Michael Huguelet Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer Huguelet previously held...
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Profile of Excellence: Dr. James L. Cox
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What It Takes to Become an Academic Surgeon
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Cardiothoracic Powerhouses: Baylor College of Medicine
Although Baylor College of Medicine is now a preeminent center for cardiothoracic surgery, it is a relatively young...
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Hemodialysis Pioneer Nikolai Krivistki Reflects on His Journey to Help Patients
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Top Impacts on Physician Productivity
As a physician, your time is valuable, and vast amounts of it are required to build strong, trusting relationships...
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The Future of Medicine: Artificial Intelligence, Physicians and Patients
Doctors worry that artificial intelligence (AI) will replace physicians and surgeons. Visions of robots performing...
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Which Locum Tenens Setting is Right for Me?
In the 1970s, locum tenens was born as a solution to provide physicians to rural medical clinics in the Western...
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Patients file medical malpractice lawsuits against physicians for several reasons: failure to diagnose a condition,...
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08 Nov 2017
Ways Dialysis Providers Can Defuse Patient Conflict
As a dialysis provider, you know that healthcare settings and patient conflict go hand in hand. But unresolved...
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Profile of Excellence: Toby Cosgrove, M.D., Former CEO, Cleveland Clinic
Delos Marshall "Toby" Cosgrove was born in 1940 in Watertown, New York. His father was a lawyer and his mother, a...
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01 Nov 2017
Kidney Care News to Know
Don E. Williamson Named COO of American Renal Associates
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Profile of Excellence: Dr. W. Gerald Austen
Chief of Surgery Mass General Hospital; 69th AATS President (1988-1989)
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Profile of Excellence: Dr. Joseph S. Coselli
A born and bred Houstonian, Dr. Joseph S. Coselli graduated from a Jesuit high school in Houston and headed for...
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7 Ways Physicians can Retain Patients
Every new patient that walks through the door is a win for your practice — but that may be the easiest part....
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Video: Your Hemodialysis Patient Care Questions Answered
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Easy Ways to Improve Patient Communication at Your Dialysis Clinic
How a patient feels during his or her dialysis treatments often affects whether he or she will return to your clinic...
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5 Ways Your Hospital Can Improve Community Relations
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Profile of Excellence: Dr. Joel D. Cooper
Dr. Joel D. Cooper, M.D. was born in Charleston, West Virginia, into a family of rabbis. Both his father and...
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Profile of Excellence: Lawrence H. Cohn, M.D.
Born in San Francisco in 1937, Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn came into a family where his businessman father imbued him with...
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Profile of Excellence: Aldo Castaneda, M.D., Ph.D.
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27 Sep 2017
Healthcare News: Is CMS' Readmissions Program Working?
At first the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Readmissions Program seemed highly successful. Between...
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How to Deal with an Upset Patient
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20 Sep 2017
Kidney Care News to Know
Fresenius Medical Care Acquires NxStage Medical The deal was for about $2 billion, or $30 per common share. The deal...
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Why Medical Malpractice Lawsuits are Filed Against Physicians
Every physician dreads the possibility of a medical malpractice lawsuit. The time, money, preparation and emotional...
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How Cardiothoracic Surgeons Can Go On Vacation
Doctors often use the excuse that they have too much to do to take vacation. According to a study by Project: Time...
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Banding of High-Flow Arteriovenous Fistulas Decreases Hospitalizations
Clinicians at a Fort Worth vascular access center wanted to ascertain the effects of banding their patients with...
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3 Things You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice Insurance
Whether you’re running your own private practice or are employed by a health group, you probably don’t give much...
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4 Coping Strategies for Physician Burnout
Battling burnout has become one of the most important things physicians need to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle...
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30 Aug 2017
What to Know About Patient Reviews & How to Combat Negative Reviews
Every day, more patients are turning to the internet to research and leave feedback on their physicians. In a survey...
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28 Aug 2017
Doctors Need More Than Clinical Expertise to Succeed
As a physician, you’ve spent years mastering your abilities. With all that training, you should have all the skills...
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23 Aug 2017
Should I Use Telehealth Technologies to Connect with Patients?
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21 Aug 2017
Kidney Care News to Know
Largest Dialysis Providers Ranked Fresenius Medical Care (No. 1) and DaVita (No. 2) ranked as the top dialysis...
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16 Aug 2017
Is Dialysis Travel Nursing Right for Me? 6 Things to Consider
If you feel like your career is at a standstill, dialysis travel nursing may be the solution. Dialysis nurses are...
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Safeguard Your ECMO Program with the ELSA Monitor
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CMS Implements Payment Model for CABG Surgery
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is striving to improve the efficiency and quality of care for...
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Ventricular Assist Devices Extend Heart Failure Patients’ Lives
An estimated 5.7 million Americans experience heart failure. Of these, nearly 1 million have end-stage heart failure...
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Does Physician Age Impact Patient Outcomes?
Can a physician’s age affect whether his or her patient dies? Does physician age impact patient outcomes?...
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31 Jul 2017
Does Gender Affect Physician Pay?
Women earned 83 percent of what men earned in 2015, according to Pew Research Center. For younger adults — those...
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26 Jul 2017
Trial Finds Transonic Surveillance Reduces Rate of Thromboses & Costs
“I love this machine!” exclaimed Dr. Inés Aragoncillo when a slide displaying the Transonic Hemodialysis Monitor,...
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24 Jul 2017
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Lifeline Vascular Access Names Chief Medical Officer Lifeline Vascular Access, a subsidiary of DaVita Inc., has...
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What Keeps Hospital Execs Up at Night: 5 Things to Know
Hospital executives may be having trouble sleeping lately due to the ever-changing complexities of our healthcare...
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In 2007, medicine’s most famous feud ended. For 40 years, Drs. Michael DeBakey and Denton Cooley had barely spoken...
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5 Ways Huddles Can Benefit Your Dialysis Clinic
Football fans probably are very familiar with the concept of a team huddle and its role in a successful game....
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10 Jul 2017
Kidney Care News to Know
DaVita Income Lower in Q1 DaVita reported income for Q1 of 2017 was 21 percent less than the same time last year....
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5 Simple Ways to Improve the Dialysis Patient Experience
Providing excellent patient care should be the top priority for all dialysis clinics. Minimizing pain, making...
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4 Technologies That Could Influence the Future of Kidney Care
What if dialysis was mobile and automated? What if you could install a shunt without the chance of rejection or...
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28 Jun 2017
Study: Best Outcomes When AVF Flows Restricted to Median Range
A study published in PLOS ONE in March 2017 by clinicians from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in...
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26 Jun 2017
Rule of Sixes Key to Successful HD Cannulation
The KDOQI Work Group and Dr. Michelle L. Robbin from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, offer valuable ...
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Notes on Surgeon Burnout You Should Know
Fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite, lack of motivation, forgetfulness, suicidal thoughts … If a patient described...
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5 Things to Know About Physician Compensation in 2017
In 2011, physicians earned around $206,000, according to Medscape. Now, just six years later, they are earning...
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Endovascular Catheter Is Valuable for Measuring Access Flow
Dr. Lymaris GarcÌa-Medina and colleagues from the Universitario Reina Sofia General Hospital in Murcia, Spain...
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Fistulography, Intra-access Blood Flow Measurement Correlations
The success of percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in stenotic hemodialysis prosthetic grafts and autogenous...
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Is Timing a Factor In Flow Measurements Performed During Hemodialysis?
NKF-KDOQI guidelines recommend that the vascular access flow assessment be performed during the first 90 minutes of...
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Hemodialysis in Children: Dedicated Pediatric Vascular Access Clinics Are Key to Success
Children undergoing hemodialysis present unique challenges for dialysis providers. Hemodialysis in children presents...
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How Do Flow Measurements Help Cardiothoracic Surgeons?
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31 May 2017
Which Is Better, Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty or Surgical Repair?
Two of the most common options for treating a vascular access stenosis in hemodialysis patients are percutaneous...
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Your Hemodialysis Access: A Lifeline for a Lifetime
It only takes minutes to save your hemodialysis access, your lifeline. All you have to do is look, listen, feel and...
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24 May 2017
Kidney Care News to Know
DaVita Appoints Robert Lang President of International Market Before joining DaVita, Lang led the international...
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22 May 2017
Resident Work Hour Limits: Should They Be Extended?
An 18-year-old woman was taken to the ER of New York Hospital on March 4, 1984. Suspecting she had a viral syndrome...
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4 Ways Surgeons Can Build Trust with Their Staff
“Patients trust us. We can’t take that trust for granted.” This was the sentiment from Leonard Arnold, a surgical...
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10 May 2017
Temporary Doctors are Gaining Popularity: 5 Things to Know
For the past 10 years, Dr. Louise Henson has been working as locum tenens physician. Because she’s a temporary...
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08 May 2017
Create a Culture of Patient Safety at Your Dialysis Clinic
Do Dialysis Patients Feel Safe? According to data from the 2007 Renal Physicians Association (RPA) Health and Safety...
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04 May 2017
Kidney Care News to Know from April
Ashfaq Named Senior VP of OPKO Health Renal Division Dr. Akhtar Ashfaq has been named senior vice president of...
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02 May 2017
Transonic Flowmeters Used in Development of Extra-Uterine Womb
Over a third of infant deaths and half of cerebral palsy diagnoses in the United States are attributed to premature...
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19 Apr 2017
3 Healthcare Trends to Watch in 2017
As 2017 takes shape, the healthcare industry is looking at a massive upheaval: The end of, or changes to, the...
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17 Apr 2017
An Interview with Vascular Access Coordinator Joan Covert
Joan Covert had been working as a dialysis technician when her friend told her she might be a good fit for a newly...
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12 Apr 2017
4 Interesting Stats on Physician Burnout
In just four years, physician burnout has increased by 25 percent. What’s behind the rise? Medscape recently...
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10 Apr 2017
Vascular Access Coordinator Interview: Forest Rawls
Forest Rawls had his first kidney care experience while serving in the U.S. Navy as a transplantation technician in...
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05 Apr 2017
Does Physician Gender Influence Patient Outcomes?
You’ve probably seen the headlines: “Female Doctors May be Better than Male Doctors” “Having a Female Doctor Might...
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03 Apr 2017
First Successful Heart Surgeries Performed Over Century Ago
Over 100 years ago, two surgeries performed in Norway and Germany, respectively, marked the beginning of cardiac...
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29 Mar 2017
Kidney Care News to Know From March
Fresenius, Cigna Partner for Collaborative Care The national program aims to lower the cost of care for patients...
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27 Mar 2017
U.S. Tops World for Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Cost at $75,345
The International Federation of Health Plans was founded in 1968 by a group of health insurance industry leaders,...
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22 Mar 2017
French President’s Assassination Leads to Development of Suturing Techniques Used to Reconnect Blood Vessels
When a major blood vessel is severed, death will occur if the bleeding isn't stopped and circulation restored. This...
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The statistics alarm. Despite being one of the world's wealthiest nations and one which spends more than any other...
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15 Mar 2017
How Charles Lindberg Developed First Perfusion Pump
Charles Lindberg's place in the annals of aviation history was solidified when he completed the first non-stop solo...
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13 Mar 2017
Is Physician Leadership Right for Me?
When you started your career in medicine, were you thinking about eventually making the transition to a leadership...
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08 Mar 2017
Hospital Administrators and the Changing ACA
The possibility of repealing the ACA has hospital administrators and other healthcare professionals closely...
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What to Know About the Dialysis PATIENTS Act
Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) require costly and complex care. The Dialysis PATIENTS Act was...
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4 Noteworthy Advances in Medical Technology in 2017
The beginning of a new year is often a time of reflection and looking to the future, and the world of medicine is no...
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27 Feb 2017
Kidney Care News to Know from February
New CEO Takes Reins at Fresenius Medical Care William Valle has been appointed as the new CEO of Fresenius Medical...
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20 Feb 2017
Do Adult ECMO Outcomes Depend on Institutional Volume?
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was instituted in 1972 as a last ditch effort to save children...
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16 Feb 2017
Pioneers in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Dr. René Favaloro
Dr. René Gerónimo Favaloro was an Argentine cardiac surgeon who pioneered coronary artery bypass surgery while at...
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13 Feb 2017
Pioneers in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Dr. Christiaan Barnard
On Dec. 3, 1967, a medical milestone was made in Cape Town, South Africa. A 54-year-old grocer, Louis Washkansky,...
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08 Feb 2017
Pioneers in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Dr. Norman Shumway
Norman Edward Shumway M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University Frances and Charles Field Professor of Cardiovascular...
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06 Feb 2017
Why Your Dialysis Clinic Needs a Vascular Access Coordinator
Often referred to as the Achilles heel of hemodialysis, the vascular access is the lifeline of the patient —...
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Pioneers in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Dr. Denton Cooley
"What he did, more than anyone else, was make heart surgery safe." —O.H. Frazier, M.D. (Denton Cooley protégé) ...
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30 Jan 2017
Kidney Care News to Know for January
Nephrology Practices & Optimizing Performance To help nephrologists determine whether compensation is the best it...
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25 Jan 2017
Pioneers in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Dr. John Kirklin
When professor Stephen Westaby, a heart surgeon at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England, decided to go to the...
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23 Jan 2017
Pioneers in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Dr. Clarence Walton “Walt” Lillehei
In the second half of the 20th century, a group of surgeons advanced the work of early pioneers in cardiothoracic...
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18 Jan 2017
Pioneers in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Dr. Michael Ellis DeBakey
Perhaps no one person embodies the advancements in the surgical treatment of cardiovascular diseases during the 20th...
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16 Jan 2017
The Magic of the Left Internal Mammary Artery
The Left Internal Mammary Artery (LIMA), also known as the Left Internal Thoracic Artery (LITA), has been the gold...
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11 Jan 2017
Which Surgical Risk Score is Best?
Doctors from Inova Heart & Vascular Institute, Falls Church, Virginia, recently published their findings after...
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Tips Hospital Leaders Can Use to Prepare for Disaster
Turn on the TV or open your internet browser and you’ll likely be confronted with a story or two about a local or...
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The State of Doctor-Patient Relationships & How to Improve Them
Think back to the last time you visited your physician. How much time did you actually spend speaking with your...
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What to Know About CMS' Hospital Payments Final Rule
Since October, growth in rural physician practices owned by hospitals has increased by 102 percent, and the number...
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21 Dec 2016
Kidney Care News to Know for December
ASN Kidney Health Workforce Analysis Shows Mixed Picture A new report on the nephrology workforce from the American...
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19 Dec 2016
What You Need to Know About the MACRA Final Rule
In mid-October, CMS released the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act final rule. As a refresher, healthcare...
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16 Dec 2016
4 Ways Physicians Can Reduce Task Time on EHRs
Technology can have many benefits. It can shorten the time spent on tasks, make finding information easier and make...
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Cardiothoracic Surgeons Love Their Jobs: Here’s What They Had to Say
Think back to an unforgettable experience in your life. Maybe it was that time you ate one of the most delicious...
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Technology in Medicine: 5 Stats for Doctors and Patients
Thanks to technological advances like the internet and smartphones, patients and doctors have a seemingly endless...
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What to Know about the CDC's Safer Dialysis Initiative
Behind cardiovascular disease, bloodstream infections are the second highest killer of hemodialysis patients. The ...
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30 Nov 2016
5 Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), a progressive disease that can lead to kidney failure and death, affects 26 million...
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29 Nov 2016
Interview: Ferruh Artunc on His Abstract from Kidney Week 2016
The Transonic team spoke with professor Ferruh Artunc on the abstract he presented at Kidney Week 2016. Artunc’s...
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28 Nov 2016
Trial Evaluates Impact of Access Blood Flow Surveillance on Reduction of Thrombosis in Arteriovenous Fistulas
Clinicians from the Hospital Infanta Sofía, Madrid, Spain, undertook a three-year follow-up multicenter,...
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23 Nov 2016
Pediatric Vascular Access Surveillance Examined at Boston Children's Hospital
Pediatric nephrologists at Boston's prestigious Children's Hospital recognized that an arteriovenous (AV) access is...
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21 Nov 2016
Italian Nephrologists Evaluate Arteriovenous Fistula Flow and Cardiac Output in Hemodialysis Patients
Carlo Basile and colleagues from hospitals in Manduria, Italy, were among the first to recognize the relationship...
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16 Nov 2016
The Cardiovascular Effects of Arteriovenous Fistulas: A Cause for Concern?
Jennifer MacRae and her colleagues from the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, reviewed the...
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14 Nov 2016
Documentary ‘Who Shall Live’ Sets Healthcare Reform in Motion
A 1965 NBC documentary, "Who Shall Live?", narrated by Edwin Newman, created a stir. The documentary portrayed the...
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09 Nov 2016
High School Student Sparks Development of First Portable Dialysis Machine
The first hemodialysis machines at the University of Washington weighed about 1,000 pounds. They were bulky and...
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During the early days of dialysis, in the 1960s, only a few patients could be treated, and even then at great cost....
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02 Nov 2016
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Lower Mortality and Dialysis Patients Researchers found a fistula attempt could be a “surrogate marker for a healthy...
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31 Oct 2016
Scribner Shunt Ushers In New Era for End-stage Kidney Disease Treatment
Before 1960, end-stage kidney disease was always fatal. According to a University of Washington research study: “Use...
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26 Oct 2016
Causes of Sudden Death in Hemodialysis Patients
Up to one in four hemodialysis patients will die suddenly. These deaths occur most often during the 12 hours...
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24 Oct 2016
Executives Speak Out About Preparing for Value-Based Care
Providers are anxiously awaiting the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) final rule that will be...
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19 Oct 2016
3 Interesting Facts About How Patients Review Doctors
Thanks to rising deductibles and premiums, potential patients are starting to take a more active role in choosing...
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What Hospital Administrators Should Know About Medical Tourism
When David Dupray faced a $35,000 bill for a recommended stent placement for a left iliac artery stenosis, he was...
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10 Oct 2016
Beating Surgeon Burnout: Advice From Your Peers
“Doctors and other health workers pay dearly for the relentless stress of patient care, a plight compounded by...
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07 Oct 2016
Kidney Care News to Know from September
Frenovia Renal Research will be opening an office in Durham, North Carolina. The company is a subsidiary of...
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03 Oct 2016
What Physicians and Hospital Administrators Should Know About MACRA
Healthcare payment reform is coming. As healthcare delivery is shifting from a fee-for-service model to a...
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28 Sep 2016
How the CMS Cardiac Bundle Could Affect Your Hospital
In late July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a bundled payment program for cardiac...
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26 Sep 2016
How Do You Rate the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? These Docs Gave it an F
Since its inception six years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has received lots of feedback. Regardless of...
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CMS Star Ratings: 3 Things to Know
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings and...
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How Surgeon Specialization Impacts Patient Outcomes
The phrase “practice makes perfect” has never been more true than in surgery. Research shows that better outcomes...
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14 Sep 2016
W.J. Kolff’s First Artificial Kidney Faces Opposition
Seventy years ago, renal failure meant certain death. The toxins that the kidney normally cleanses from the blood...
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First Artificial Kidney Built in War-Torn Netherlands by W.J. Kolff
Conditions were harsh. When the Netherlands was attacked and occupied by Nazi Germany in May, 1940, the lives of a...
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Nephrologists Need Experience in Cardiac Care
In 1998, the American Journal of Kidney Disease sounded a clarion call with the following title on the cover of...
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How a Mother’s Grief Sparked Medical Safety Improvements
In January 2001, 18-month-old Josie King was rushed to the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center with second-degree burns....
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31 Aug 2016
Nephrology News to Know for August
Compensation for Nephrologists Sees Above Average Increase in 2015 Nephrology and hypertension saw the biggest pay...
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How the Affordable Care Act Affects Dialysis Patients
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”), signed into law March 23, 2010, requires...
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Fresenius and DaVita Capture 84% of U.S. Hemodialysis Market
In its 2016 July issue Nephrology News and Issues published its annual survey of dialysis providers. Fresenius...
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Do Dialysis Clinic Star Ratings Really Reflect Quality?
Introduced in January 2014, the Center for Medicare/Medicaid's (CMS) Star Ratings for dialysis facilities are...
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How Medicare’s Outpatient Prospective Payment System Rule Could Affect Hospitals
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently released its 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment...
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Cardiothoracic surgery, Twitter chats and website design may not seem like the perfect combination, but when it...
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How Working Locum Tenens can Reduce Surgeon Burnout
You struggle to get yourself to the hospital for your shift. You’re not as engaged with patients and your peers as...
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How Design Thinking Can Improve Patient Experience
An electronic mannequin is splayed on a stretcher in a fictional emergency department, shouting in pain. Nearby, an...
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Ways to Reduce Dialysis Nurse Burnout
Twelve-hour shifts, sleep deprivation, skeleton staffing, and difficult patients. For nurses, these working...
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Nephrology News to Know from July
Davita Kidney Care and Inspira Partnership Davita Kidney Care will start a joint venture to acquire New Jersey’s...
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27 Jul 2016
Why Cardiovascular Disease is Killing Hemodialysis Patients
John has end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and goes for hemodialysis three times a week at his local dialysis clinic....
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The Latest on Obamacare Funding and Healthcare Policies
Many low-income Affordable Care Act patients will be seeing higher co-pays and deductibles at hospitals and doctor’s...
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20 Jul 2016
Medical Errors as a Cause of Death: 4 Things to Know
As a surgeon, you're keenly aware of the danger of medical errors and extremely diligent to avoid making them. ...
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How to Increase Efficiency in the Operating Room
One of the costliest areas in a hospital is the operating room. Despite its high costs, the OR is also one of the ...
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13 Jul 2016
Do You Really Know Your Pump Flow?
Adequately delivered blood flow is necessary for effective hemodialysis, which according to a 2008 national Japanese...
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11 Jul 2016
AV Access: A Blessing or a Curse?
There is general consensus that the AV fistula is the preferred vascular access for end-stage renal disease patients...
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CMS Seeks 13 Additional ESCOs
ln May 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center announced a Request for...
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06 Jul 2016
Surprising Stats About Cardiovascular Disease and Hemodialysis
There is a silent killer among hemodialysis patients, and it has nothing to do with renal health. Cardiovascular...
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Comprehensive ESRD Care Model Seeks to Improve Outcomes
More than 600,000 Americans with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) require life-sustaining dialysis. In 2013, 1.2% of...
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29 Jun 2016
Are Transonic Access Flow Measurements the Standard of Care?
After reviewing and comparing various methods of surveillance of AV grafts and fistulas, a London, Ontario group of...
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27 Jun 2016
3 Nephrology Business Happenings You Should Know for June
DaVita Kidney Care has formed a joint venture with Northwell Health, New York state’s largest healthcare provider....
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24 Jun 2016
Study Compares Transonic HD Recirculation to BUN
Until the mid-1990s, hemodialysis providers depended on access recirculation to tell them that their patient was...
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22 Jun 2016
Evaluate Angioplasty Success in AV Grafts
Washington University School of Medicine clinicians studied the correlation of assessment techniques for evaluating...
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20 Jun 2016
Study: AV Graft Flow Measurements Important for Proactive Surveillance
Indiana University clinicians studied 71 patients with PTFE grafts with venous pressure and flow measurements and...
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17 Jun 2016
Why a ‘Breakthrough Initiative’ for Fistula First?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the Fistula First Breakthrough Initiative more than a...
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15 Jun 2016
Should Vascular Access Blood Flow Monitoring be Standard for Chronic HD Patients?
Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Dialysis Clinics, Inc., and Renal Care Group compared the...
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13 Jun 2016
Top Children’s Hospital Assesses AV Access Flow Monitoring
Although ultrasound dilution (UD) monitoring of AV access flow is widely used in adult HD units for early stenosis...
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10 Jun 2016
A Nephrologist's Role in Vascular Access Management
In an article in Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, leading Italian nephrologists Drs. Carlo Lomonte and...
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08 Jun 2016
The Evolving Role of the Cardiac Perfusionist: 3 Trends to Watch
As a perfusionist, you love what you do—you’re making a positive impact on people’s lives. For this very clinical...
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06 Jun 2016
How Medicaid's Final Rule Changes Affect Hospitals
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced an update to Medicaid and the Children’s...
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03 Jun 2016
How a Leading Texas Hospital Optimizes Venous Drainage
Using smaller cannulas for minimally invasive surgery or aggressive cardiopulmonary bypass circuitry miniaturization...
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31 May 2016
Patient Engagement and Experience Top Concerns for Hospital Executives
More than ever, patient engagement and experience are becoming a vital part of a hospital’s success. As the...
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27 May 2016
May News for Kidney Care Professionals
Kidney care news has revealed some interesting findings in the last few months. A study published in the Journal of...
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25 May 2016
What Hospital Leaders Should Know About Yelp
If you have ever stayed at a hotel or gone out to a restaurant, chances are you have consulted online review site...
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24 May 2016
3 Nephrology Business News Items You Should Know for May
American Renal Associates (ARA), one of the largest dialysis service providers in the United States, priced its IPO...
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20 May 2016
Surgeons Measure Blood Flow in Newborns with Cardiac Abnormalities
The surgical challenges to correct the cardiac abnormalities in children born with only a single ventricle are...
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18 May 2016
Evaluating Gastroepiploic Arterial Grafts for CABG
Surgeons at the University of Sapporo Japan analyzed the relationship between intraoperative transit-time flow...
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16 May 2016
Flow Measurements Help Predict Outcomes of Kids’ Pulmonary Artery Banding
Pulmonary artery banding (PAB) has been the standard treatment for patients with high pulmonary blood flow who are...
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13 May 2016
Healthcare Reform in America, Part II: Passage of Medicare and Medicaid
Despite the conservative political climate of the 1950s, disability insurance for workers over the age of 50 was...
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11 May 2016
Transit-time Flow Predicts Outcomes in CABG Patients: 1,000 Consecutive Arterial Grafts
Clinicians at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada sought to evaluate transit-time flow (TTF) as a tool to detect...
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09 May 2016
Is Working as a Locum Tenens Perfusionist Right for You?
A new challenge. A change of pace. For a profession that involves a lot of intense clinical work, these phrases...
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06 May 2016
4 Common Communication Issues That Cause Hospital Readmissions
A preventable cause is the reason for a quarter of hospital readmissions, it’s killing more than 1,000 hospital...
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04 May 2016
Kidney Care & Hemodialysis News: May Edition
A study in the upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) finds that more...
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29 Apr 2016
4 Hemodialysis & Kidney Care Resources to Follow on Twitter
Twitter can be used for more than keeping up with pop culture and current events. The social network can be a useful...
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27 Apr 2016
European Myocardial Revascularization Guidelines Call for Graft Patency Assessment with Intraoperative Flow Measurements
In 2010, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) Task...
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25 Apr 2016
Ventricular Fibrillation and Post-op Complications Reduced by CABG Flow Assessment
In his 2005 paper “Intraoperative Bypass Flow Measurement Reduces the Incidence of Postoperative Ventricular...
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22 Apr 2016
How to Retain Dialysis Nursing Staff
In just a few years, over half a million Americans will need long-term outpatient hemodialysis. Chronic...
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20 Apr 2016
Check for Competitive Flow During CABG
Two case studies from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina State University in Greenville, N.C., highlight the...
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19 Apr 2016
3 Pieces of Cardiothoracic News: April Edition
In newly released follow-up data, Dr. Robert Michler, et al. found there was no significant benefit in patients with...
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15 Apr 2016
1st Validation of Internal Thoracic Artery Flow Measurement During CABG by TTFM
Measurement of blood flow during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is not new. Since the 1970s, electromagnetic...
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13 Apr 2016
PREVENT IV: A Randomized Controlled Saphenous Vein Graft Trial
Saphenous veins are used for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery. However, progressive neointimal...
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11 Apr 2016
Pulsatility Index Value Clinically Irrelevant; Mean Flow Paramount
Dr. Matija Jelenc, a leading Slovenian surgeon, recognized that low mean bypass graft flow and a high pulsatility index...
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08 Apr 2016
Survey: Finances Still a Concern for Hospital Executives
Increases in costs and salaries have taken a toll on hospitals nationwide. The Mayo Clinic is feeling the pinch,...
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06 Apr 2016
Transit-time Flow Measurement Can Predict CABG Failure Within 1st Year Post-op
In a 2015 study that included 345 CABG patients who had 982 intraoperative graft flow measurements, Copenhagen...
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30 Mar 2016
Chinese Surgeons: Off-Pump CABG Surgery Safe With Y-Graft
Beijing surgeons achieved total arterial myocardial revascularization in 208 patients through evaluation of the...
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28 Mar 2016
3 New Things for Hospital Executives: March Edition
Hospitals Focus On Reducing Harm When harm occurs, it’s natural to want to blame someone. Patient safety experts,...
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25 Mar 2016
Mean Flow of 31 mL/min Demonstrates Patent Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
University of Toronto clinicians studied coronary artery graft patency one year after CABG surgery. They also...
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23 Mar 2016
Study: Surgical Residents Can Safely Work Longer Shifts
Are sleep-deprived surgical residents more likely to make serious medical errors? According to the Accreditation...
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21 Mar 2016
CABG in 2012: Evidence, Practice and the Evolution of Guidelines
A short eight-page article by Dr. David Taggart, one of 25 ECS/EACTS Myocardial Revascularization Guidelines...
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18 Mar 2016
Tips for Creating a Successful Patient Experience Strategy
Reducing readmissions and improving your hospital’s patient experience strategy might seem like an odd pairing....
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16 Mar 2016
How Flow Measurements Helped Manage Heart Failure After Implantation
A common complication following implantation of a ventricular assist device (VAD) is acute right heart failure. To...
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09 Mar 2016
How Does Transit-Time Flowmetry Compare to Angiography?
In a 2001 study, surgeons at Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan assessed the validity of left internal...
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07 Mar 2016
VA Study Examines Usefulness of Transit-Time Flow Measurements During CABG
A retrospective analysis of a multicenter randomized clinical trial conducted at 18 Veterans Affairs hospitals using...
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04 Mar 2016
Is Sequential Bypass Grafting on the Beating Heart Safe?
For coronary revascularization, some surgeons prefer to operate without the pump on the beating heart (OPCABG). In...
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02 Mar 2016
5 Facts Surgeons Should Know About Their Coffee Consumption
It’s been called “brain juice,” “liquid energy” and even “rocket fuel.” You might even be holding a nice warm cup of it...
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29 Feb 2016
In-hospital Outcomes Predicted by Intraoperative Graft Flow Measurements during CABG
Halifax, Nova Scotia surgeons wanted to assess the predictive value of measured graft flows on early and medium-term...
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26 Feb 2016
Strategies Hospital Administrators Can Use to Reduce Readmissions
It’s a hospital administrator’s dream: reduce readmissions while providing the best patient experience. But that...
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24 Feb 2016
A Brief History of Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Cardiopulmonary bypass requires an array of technologies and a deep understanding of the circulatory system to keep...
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22 Feb 2016
Is Being a Locum Tenens Cardiothoracic Surgeon Right for You?
Since at least the 19th century, patients have crossed international borders looking for better or cheaper medical...
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19 Feb 2016
CABG or PCI for 3-Vessel Disease Patients: SYNTAX Trial
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) has been considered the standard of care for patients with three-vessel...
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17 Feb 2016
Cost, Quality and Value in CABG
Pay-for-performance measures, as part of the Affordable Care Act, aim to reduce healthcare costs by linking value to...
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15 Feb 2016
New Findings on CABG Failure After On-Pump vs. Off-Pump
Researchers at the Cardiopulmonary Research Science & Technology Institute in Dallas, Texas, analyzed the one-year...
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12 Feb 2016
Bright Future for Robot-assisted Minimally Invasive Direct CABG
Dr. N. Ishikawa from the Department of General and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Kanazawa University, Japan, wanted to...
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10 Feb 2016
University of Singapore Surgeon Champions TTFM During CABG
Dr. D.K.H. Leong at the University of Singapore measured flow after constructing a CABG anastomosis in 116 patients...
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08 Feb 2016
Can Flow Measurement Improve CABG Graft Patency & Clinical Outcomes?
In the most comprehensive analysis of publications about intraoperative transit-time measurement of bypass graft...
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05 Feb 2016
Coronary Revascularization Trends Shaping CABG Today
Coronary revascularization is among the most common hospital-based major interventional procedures performed in the...
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27 Jan 2016
3 Benefits Cardiothoracic Surgeons can Receive by Mentoring Medical Students
Mentoring medical students or residents can have significant advantages for the one being mentored, the mentor and...
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26 Jan 2016
Using a Twister to Measure Access Flow without Reversing Bloodlines
You can measure vascular access flow with your HD02/HD03 Hemodialysis Monitor on any manufacturer’s blood tubing set by...
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25 Jan 2016
Tips to Help in Your Search for a New Surgical Job
Job hunting can be stressful. You’re researching places of interest, speaking with recruiters and other staff,...
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22 Jan 2016
Surprising Facts Hospital Administrators Should Know About Hospital Spending and Pricing
In 2013, healthcare costs accounted for 17.4 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. The Health Care Pricing...
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20 Jan 2016
Top Healthcare Predictions for Hospital Administrators 2016
Hospital administrators, like leaders in many industries, are watching closely to see what’s in store for 2016. But...
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13 Jan 2016
Henrietta Lacks and the Evolution of Informed Consent
When any of us go to a doctor’s office or hospital for even a minor procedure, we are immediately handed paperwork....
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12 Jan 2016
Two Common Pitfalls of Catheters Which Can be Easily Avoided
Although central venous catheters are prone to thrombosis and infection, many patients undergoing hemodialysis have...
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05 Jan 2016
"First, Do No Harm:" The Primary Criterion for A Quality Measure
"First, Do No Harm," (Primum non nocere, Latin) or non-malfeasance is a fundamental precept of bioethics. It can be...
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29 Dec 2015
Catheters Kill!
“There are only two types of catheters: those that are infected and those that will be infected.”  Gerald Schulman,...
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28 Dec 2015
Controlling OR Costs: Statistics You Need to Know
The operating room can be one of the most profitable departments of a hospital, but it is also one of the costliest....
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23 Dec 2015
How ECMO Saved Baby Esperanza
In 1975, interest in ECMO was re-ignited after Dr. Robert H. Bartlett, then working at the University of California...
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21 Dec 2015
3 Things to Know About Work-Life Balance When You’re a Cardiothoracic Surgeon
You’ve likely seen stories declaring it’s impossible to “have it all” when it comes to work-life balance. And as a...
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18 Dec 2015
5 Alternatives to Coffee Surgeons Can Use to Stay Alert
You’re working the night shift or you’re on hour 12 of a 24-hour shift. You’re tired, so you head to the cafeteria...
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15 Dec 2015
How Access Flow can Impact Cardiac Output
Although extensively documented in the literature, the AV access is often overlooked as a source of cardiac...
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14 Dec 2015
3 Tips Hospital Leaders Can Use to Cope in High-Pressure Situations
Regardless of years of experience, we all make mistakes from time to time—and know that knot in your stomach that...
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11 Dec 2015
How the Death of JFK’s Son Ignited Interest in ECMO
A little over a half-century ago, the nation was transfixed by a struggle to save the life of Patrick Bouvier...
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09 Dec 2015
11 Fascinating Blood Flow Facts from the Human Body
The circulatory system in the human body stretches 66,000 miles, more than two and a half times the circumference of...
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08 Dec 2015
8 Reasons to Perform Vascular Access Surveillance
Transonic ’s gold standard Hemodialysis Monitor is used to trend vascular access flow to assess vascular access...
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07 Dec 2015
Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program to Include CABG Surgery in 2017
In an effort to improve hospital performance and quality of care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)...
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04 Dec 2015
Ultrasound Dilution Technology: What Is it and How Does It Work?
                Ultrasound dilution technology is a synthesis of two widely accepted technologies: differential...
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02 Dec 2015
Hemodialysis Surveillance in Pediatrics
The most common access in children remains a central venous catheter (CVC) even though an arteriovenous fistula...
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02 Dec 2015
Why Flow Measurement is Integral to Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Development
Transonic history is providentially intertwined with the development of circulatory support and Ventricular Assist...
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25 Nov 2015
What Surgeons Should Know About Sleep Deprivation
As a surgeon, you face a unique set of challenges other professions do not: You’ve got to be on call and you work...
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24 Nov 2015
Zero Vascular Access Recirculation — the New Reality
Access recirculation occurs when a portion of the blood returning from the dialyzer recirculates though the arterial...
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23 Nov 2015
Composite CABG Score Helps Hospital Improve Surgeries
Founded in 1964, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) is a not-for-profit organization representing more than...
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20 Nov 2015
4 Hospital Leadership Resources to Follow on Twitter
Journals and industry associations are great places to stay abreast of the latest news that can affect your...
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18 Nov 2015
Why Hospital CFOs Should Collaborate with Hospital CXOs
Deciding which hospital to use is a big decision for patients. And thanks to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of...
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17 Nov 2015
Fistula First - Catheters Last: A CMS-sponsored Break-though Initiative
The success of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Fistula First Break-through Initiative has...
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16 Nov 2015
What You Need to Know About ECMO for Adults
ECMO is the use of prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass to treat severe respiratory failure in newborns, children and...
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13 Nov 2015
Transit-time Ultrasound vs. Doppler Technology for Graft Patency Assessment
You’ve undoubtedly heard of the importance of using technology to determine graft patency during CABG surgery....
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11 Nov 2015
How to Use Flow Assessment to Develop Surgical Expertise
Anastomotic patency is key to successful surgery. Mastery in sewing an error-free anastomosis is a basic requirement...
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10 Nov 2015
Four Ways Measuring Blood Flow Optimizes Hemodialysis Adequacy
Transonic ’s Gold Standard Hemodialysis optimizes dialysis adequacy by: Identifying a Discrepancy Between Pump...
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09 Nov 2015
On-pump Versus Off-pump CABG: What Is the Current Wisdom?
At a 2015 International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMICS) conference, an international...
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06 Nov 2015
3 Interesting CABG Cases You Will Be Glad You Read
Case No. 1: Y SVG-PLB, PDA Graft with Low Flow in One Branch A 66-year-old male with multi-vessel coronary artery...
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05 Nov 2015
Proactive Cardiac Function Monitoring during Hemodialysis
“The ability to monitor cardiac output is one of the important cornerstones of hemodynamic assessment ...in...
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04 Nov 2015
How Zero Flow can Trigger Graft Revision in LIMA-Cx Grafts
The following two cases demonstrate how critical flow measurement is in determining the patency of a bypass graft....
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03 Nov 2015
Is Surveillance Useful? A New Spanish RCT Confirms its Value
The value of vascular access surveillance has been widely debated over the past decade. Some studies attest to its...
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30 Oct 2015
Have You Ever Heard of FlowSound Audiovisual Graft Patency Assessment?
You no longer have to look up from your work to a monitor to know what the flow is. FlowSound communicates absolute...
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29 Oct 2015
Hemodialysis Vascular Access Monitoring: A Medical Imperative
Vascular Access Flow Surveillance is a medical imperative. Surveillance prolongs life, restores health, reduces pain...
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27 Oct 2015
Cardiovascular Disease - An ESRD Epidemic
“It is well recognized that dialysis patients suffer excess morbidity and mortality and that this is mainly due to...
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26 Oct 2015
Technologies that Could Save Your Hospital Money and Improve Patient Outcomes
In 2014, nearly $3 trillion was spent on healthcare. Of that, it is estimated $765 billion was lost to...
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23 Oct 2015
Analysis of a Bypass Graft Waveform: 5 Things to Look For
Analysis of a flow waveform is useful when the mean flow of the bypass graft is questionable, between 5 mL/min and...
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22 Oct 2015
The Vascular Access - The Achilles Heel of Hemodialysis
The hemodialysis patient’s vascular access is his or her lifeline. Successful hemodialysis depends on the health of...
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21 Oct 2015
Improving Post-CABG Patient Outcomes With Intraoperative Transit-time Flowmetry
Each year, hundreds of thousands of CABG procedures are performed in the United States. And for most of them, a...
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20 Oct 2015
Aha Moments Spark Genesis of the Hemodialysis Monitor
To assess the effectiveness of hemodialysis, clinicians must know whether the flow that is moving through a vascular...
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19 Oct 2015
How Surgeons and Medical Professionals Can Avoid Burnout
Surgeons and other medical professionals work hard, put in long hours and regularly deal with life-and-death...
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16 Oct 2015
Don’t Depend on Pulsatility Index as a Sole Indicator of Graft Patency
Intraoperative flow measurements during coronary artery bypass grafting are performed to detect technical problems...
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14 Oct 2015
Is a Graft Bad When Mean Bypass Flow Is Lower Than Expected?
Flow-based intraoperative bypass graft patency assessment during CABG confirms a graft’s flow-carrying capacity to...
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13 Oct 2015
Why Mean Flow is Key to Assessing Graft Patency
Mean flow, maximum flow, minimum flow, PI, DF% or D/S Ratio all show up on the flow monitor display. What should the...
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09 Oct 2015
Here’s Why Technique Matters in Intraoperative Flow Measurement
Introduced by Cornelis Drost during the last quarter of the last century, transit-time ultrasound technology has...
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07 Oct 2015
From Brown Paper Bag to CABG Booklet
It was a treasure trove of raw data. Reams of strip chart recordings from coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) cases...
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05 Oct 2015
The Seeds of a Breakthrough Technology — Transit-time Ultrasound
The seeds for transit-time ultrasound intraoperative measurement during CABG surgery were planted 40 years ago when a...
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02 Oct 2015
Can You Trust Your Fingertip to Feel a Pulse or a Pen-Tip Doppler to Test Bypass Graft Patency?
Some surgeons ask, “What advantage is there to measuring flow? I am used to palpating the graft to sense flow.”...
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30 Sep 2015
Perfusion Safety: 7 Steps You Need to Know
Any perfusionist can operate a heart/lung system on their own, but what happens if the arterial pump fails? (S)he...
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28 Sep 2015
Case Reports Demonstrate the Importance of Measuring Flow
Flow, the amount of fluid passing a certain point during a defined time frame (mL/min, L/min), is life’s...
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25 Sep 2015
What You Need to Know About Medicare’s 30-Day Readmission Policy for FY 2016
Beginning in 2016, most U.S. hospitals will receive less money from Medicare due to the number of patients who...
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23 Sep 2015
Blood Flow: Life’s Quintessential Vital Sign?
The four universally recognized vital signs (body temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and respiratory rate) are...
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21 Sep 2015
3 Things Cardiologists Might Have Missed This Month: September 2015 Edition
1. Study reveals nearly half of physicians’ offices may not be ready for ICD-10 With the Oct. 1 deadline of the...
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18 Sep 2015
4 Cardiothoracic Resources to Follow on Twitter
Whether you want to connect with fellow peers, find a mentor, or are just curious about the world of cardiothoracic...
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16 Sep 2015
Can You Afford Not to Measure Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Flow?
Improved medical therapy and percutaneous stenting have caused a rapid decline in the total number of open chest...
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14 Sep 2015
Believing What You See; Does Structure Correlate to Graft Function?
The graft looks good, why should I bother to measure flow? Flow Specialists are often asked this question by...
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