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 - surgery prep

Integrating a lean work design into cardiac surgery practices allowed one department to greatly increase the likelihood that patients would be extubated within six hours.

 - Doctors - computer

A talent void is pending among stroke specialists, according to a study published in the December issue of Stroke. The question posed by the authors is how to increase the number of young vascular neurologists entering the pipeline to compensate for losses.

 - Stroke, endovascular. neuroimaging, neuro

Giving patients with certain acute ischemic strokes intra-arterial treatment in addition to tissue plasminogen activator led to better outcomes compared with usual care, MR CLEAN researchers reported online Dec. 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 - calendar

Interventional cardiologists can toast some coding changes when they ring in the New Year, including a new specialty designation that more accurately portrays performance.  

 - Vials of blood

The removing ability of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol may be the secret behind apparently “good” cholesterol, according to a study published Dec. 18 in the New England Journal of Medicine.