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Chlorhexidine-alcohol tops povidone-iodine for surgical site antisepsis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Prepping a patient’s skin with chlorhexidine-alcohol rather than with povidone-iodine reduces both superficial and deep incisional infections after clean-contaminated surgery, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine for January 7. “No published...

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Elevated INR in liver disease not protective against clots

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although patients with liver disease often have an increased international normalized ratio (INR), their coagulopathy does not protect against venous thromboembolism (VTE), new research suggests. The findings stem from a study of 190 hospitalized patients with chronic liver...

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Catheter ablation before defibrillator placement helps cut arrhythmia recurrence

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) and a previous myocardial infarction, prophylactic VT ablation in advance of defibrillator placement appears to postpone recurrence of the arrhythmia, new research shows. As reported in the January 2nd issue of The Lancet, use...