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LASIK vs Contacts

In this Medical Edge segment Mayo Clinic Ophthalmologist, Dr. Dave Patel talks about the safety of LASIK surgery and contact lenses. To listen, click the link below. LasikvsContacts

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Sponge Counting

It happens in approximately one out of every 6-thousand operations. A surgical team unintentionally leaves something such as a sponge inside of a patient. Doctors at Mayo Clinic want to make sure that doesn't happen. They're using grocery store bar code technology to account for all sponges, in hopes of [...]

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Human Factors in Surgery

Fifty years ago, doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., opened the doors to modern open heart surgery using the heart-lung machine. Back then you had about a 50-50 chance of making it off the table. Now you can be 98 percent certain that you'll survive. But for today's [...]

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Managing Your Medications

Hundreds of thousands of people go to the emergency room every year because of problems with medications they're taking, such as accidental overdoses, side effects and bad interactions. Pharmacists at Mayo Clinic are tying to change that. They've started a new program that helps people manage their medications safely and as cost-effectively [...]

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Education is Key to Pain Medication Safety (pkg)

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Accidental overdose from prescription pain medication is on the rise. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease [...]

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Education is Key to Pain Medication Safety (pkg)

Recent upgrades at YouTube have resulted in issues with some older versions of Internet Explorer. If you are only seeing a black box in the player, click here or open in a different browser.

Accidental overdose from prescription pain medication is on the rise. As a matter of fact, the Centers for Disease [...]

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Mayo Clinic a ‘Top Hospital’ for Safety

Mayo Clinic is being recognized as one of the top hospitals in the nation by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Only 92 U.S. hospitals are on the 2012 Top Hospitals list, and three were named from Mayo Clinic: Mayo Clinic [...]

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Saving Lives by Reducing Surgical Site Infections

Mayo Clinic and six other U.S. health care systems avoided approximately 135 surgical site infections and saved more than $3.7 million dollars through an improvement project directed by the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons. Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a major cause [...]

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Safety Tips During Hunting Season

Gunshot wounds are an obvious health risk during hunting season, but there are other dangerous accidents that can send hunters to the hospital or worse. Emergency medicine physician Eric Grube, D.O., of the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wis., is a hunter himself and says he tries to [...]

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New Road Rules to Improve Truck Drivers' Health

Medical examinations for many commerical drivers will only be legitimate if they're performed by specially trained and certifiied health care providers. The new federal guidelines are aimed at helping prevent medical-emergency-related truck and bus crashes. Clayton Cowl, M.D., a Mayo Clinic physician in Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, says, “Often, the medical evaluation is [...]

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