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  THIS JUST IN December 2010  
Surgeon and nurse sued for millions due to liposuction malpractice

Pennsylvania plastic surgeon Richard P. Glunk and a nurse, Edward J. DeStefano, were hit with a $20 million jury award in a liposuction medical malpractice lawsuit filed by the family of Amy Fledderman, an 18-year-old college student who died as a result of complications from an operation performed in 2001.

Clinicians call for gentler hysterectomies

In a recent position paper, the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) concluded that abdominal surgery generally should be avoided when the uterus is removed for conditions unrelated to cancer.

Better ultrasounds make femoral nerve blocks a top choice for post-op pain

Newer equipment and improved ultrasound imaging make femoral nerve blocks a more viable choice for post-operative pain relief in total joint replacements, allowing patients to block pain just where it hurts.

Budget cuts boot some patients off transplant list

Effective at the beginning of October, Arizona stopped financing certain transplant operations under the state’s version of Medicaid. Many doctors say the decision amounts to a death sentence for some low-income patients, who have little chance of survival without transplants and lack the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to pay for them.

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Lights Out! Pediatric moderate sedation and analgesia
Patricia A. Moloney-Harmon, MS, RN, CCNS, CCRN, FAAN

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Perioperative care of the laparoscopic adrenalectomy patient
Jennifer Dziuba-Pallotta, BSN, RN, CNOR; Vivian Akontoh-Kufour, RN, CNOR; Ravi Munver, MD, FACS

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Charting the course with the PNDS
Lorraine Bigony, BSN, RN, CNOR, ONC

OR communication tools: Too far or not far enough?
Cynthia Saver, MS, RN

What you need to know about arthroscopic hip resurfacing
Dana Bartlett, MSN, MA, BSN

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