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The appropriate implementation of new technology, root cause analysis of "imperfect" outcomes and the continuous reappraisal of postgraduate training are needed to improve the care of tomorrow's patients. Healthcare delivery remains one of the most expensive sectors in the United States and the application of new and expensive technology that is necessary for the advancement of this complex specialty must be aligned with providing the best care for our patients. There are a several pathways to innovation; one is partnering with industry and the other is the investigational laboratory. Innovation and the funding thereof come from both the public and the private sector. The majority of new trials that are likely to impact cardiothoracic surgery are industry sponsored trials to meet the requirements necessary for regulatory approval. Cost considerations are paramount when considering integration of innovative technology and treatments into a clinical cardiothoracic surgical practice. The value of any new innovation is determined by the quality divided by the cost, and lean initiatives maximize this equation. The importance and implications of conflict of interest (COI) has been a concern for physicians particularly when new technology or procedures are being incorporated into clinical practice and full disclosures by medical professionals and others involved are essential. Our "societies" and "associations" provide a platform for presentation and peer-reviewed discussion of new procedures, innovations, and trials, etc. and provide a venue for the sharing of knowledge on the highest quality patient care through education and research.
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Name: The Annals of thoracic surgery
With the impending shortage of cardiothoracic surgeons, much focus has been on increasing trainee interest, particularly at the medical student level. We aimed to determine the impact of participation...
There has been declining interest in cardiothoracic surgery amongst medical graduates. This survey examines the exposure of British medical students to cardiothoracic surgery in various settings and i...
To present a novel network-based framework for the study of collaboration in surgery and demonstrate how this can be used in practice to help build and nurture collaborations that foster innovation.
This research sets to address two key areas. The first is identified by the researcher in academic literature that there is a lack of a comprehensive innovation adoption model in UK Nation...
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the performance of HEMOBLAST™ compared to FLOSEAL in cardiothoracic operations.
A prospective randomized open-label study that will evaluate the effectiveness of the pliable and absorbable bone hemostats (BoneSeal®) on the reduction of bleeding from the sternal bone ...
Postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs) are a source of much morbidity and mortality. Rates of PPCs exceed 30% in patients with multiple risk factors. Several studies have demonstrate...
The thymus is known to be the site of T cell development in humans. Due to its location in the chest in front of the heart, incidental thymecomy is commonly performed during cardiothoraci...
The application of scientific knowledge or technology to the field of radiology. The applications center mostly around x-ray or radioisotopes for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes but the technological applications of any radiation or radiologic procedure is within the scope of radiologic technology.
An office established to help Congress participate and plan for the consequences of uses of technology. It provided information on both the beneficial and adverse effects of technological applications. The Office of Technology Assessment closed on September 29, 1995.
The application of technology to the solution of medical problems.
The technology of transmitting light over long distances through strands of glass or other transparent material.
A SCIENCE or TECHNOLOGY that promotes self-sufficiency and is suitable to the cultural, environmental, economic and social conditions of the geographic area in which it is applied.
Surgery is a technology consisting of a physical intervention on tissues. All forms of surgery are considered invasive procedures; so-called "noninvasive surgery" usually refers to an excision that does not penetrate the structure being exci...
Health care (or healthcare) is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments in humans. Health care is delivered by practitioners in medicine, chiropractic, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, a...