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SSIs: A Problem With No Quick Fix

April 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Beth Young, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist, GOJO Industries, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

As we wait for randomized, controlled clinical trials of new interventions and products, it’s imperative that we implement all the components of evidence-based bundles that have been proven to prevent surgical-site infections...   

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Intelligent Design: Getting Better Through OR Integration

April 22, 2014 10:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Cassandra Whitney had a significant problem on her hands. Having arrived at Florida-based Memorial Hospital Pembroke in 2007 as its Director of Surgical Services, she immediately realized her entire surgical department was quite out of date. Everything looked old. The functionality of the equipment was less than ideal. Whitney recognized she had her work cut out for her...

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Low Tolerance For Pain? The Reason May Be In Your Genes

April 22, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

"Our study is quite significant because it provides an objective way to understand pain and why different individuals have different pain tolerance levels," said study author Tobore Onojjighofia, MD, MPH, with Proove Biosciences and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "Identifying whether a person has these four genes could help doctors better understand a patient's perception of pain..."

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Study IDs Surgical Patients At Risk

April 22, 2014 9:41 am | News | Comments

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a leading cause of respiratory failure after surgery. Patients who develop the lung disorder postoperatively are at higher risk of dying in the hospital, and those who survive the syndrome may still bear its physical effects years later. A study is helping physicians better identify patients most at risk, the first step toward preventing this dangerous and costly surgical complication...

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Color Coding Barcode Data Matrix

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Surg-I-Band Data Matrix Color Coding Barcode from Scanlan International offers hospitals a system to organize and track surgical instrumentation and devices. Combining the benefits of Surg-I-Band color coding with the technology of bar coding, Surg-I-Band Data Matrix is designed to offer a fast, easy, and precise organizational system.

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Your OR Could Use Some Work

April 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

A similar experience takes place when you are looking to make improvements to your home space or OR space. Tough questions must be asked and answered, and no project – great or small – will be successful without a properly-formed plan that’s the end result of an effective thought process...

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Gene Variant Raises Risk For Aortic Tear And Rupture

April 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Yale School of Medicine and Celera Diagnostics have confirmed the significance of a genetic variant that substantially increases the risk of a frequently fatal thoracic aortic dissection or full rupture. Thoracic aortic aneurysms, or bulges in the artery wall, can develop without pain or other symptoms. If they lead to a tear — dissection — or full rupture, the patient will often die without immediate treatment...

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Stanford Scientists Identify Source Of Most Cases Of Invasive Bladder Cancer

April 21, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

A single type of cell in the lining of the bladder is responsible for most cases of invasive bladder cancer, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Their study, conducted in mice, is the first to pinpoint the normal cell type that can give rise to invasive bladder cancers...

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Team Seeks To 3D Print Working Human Heart

April 21, 2014 10:40 am | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Doctors and researchers at the University of Louisville are attempting to make a copy of a sick patient's heart by using the person's own fat cells. A 3D printer would 'print' what scientists are calling a 'bioficial" heart...                  

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Glasses Could Revolutionize How Surgeons Treat Cancer

April 21, 2014 10:06 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

A doctor recently invented glasses that could revolutionize the way surgeons and other physicians treat cancer patients. The innovation allows doctors to detect cancer cells injected with dye. Check it out...           

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Kids Get Codeine In ER Despite Risks

April 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Use of the drug in that setting is hardly rampant — just 3 percent of kids' ER visits resulted in a codeine prescription in 2010, the 10-year study found. But with more than 25 million ER visits by children each year, the authors say far too many kids are getting the drug when better options are available...

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Study Identifies New Cause Of Brain Bleeding Immediately After Stroke

April 18, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

By discovering a new mechanism that allows blood to enter the brain immediately after a stroke, researchers at UC Irvine and the Salk Institute have opened the door to new therapies that may limit or prevent stroke-induced brain damage...

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Formerly Conjoined Twins Leave Dallas Hospital

April 18, 2014 8:13 am | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | News | Comments

Twin boys who were born conjoined have been released from the Dallas hospital that's been their home since birth. Owen and Emmett Ezell were joined at the abdomen and shared a liver and intestines when born. They were separated at Medical City Children's Hospital last August...

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IQvitals Table Mount

April 18, 2014 7:44 am | by Midmark Corporation | Midmark Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Midmark Corporation, a leading medical solutions provider and trusted leader in digital diagnostic devices for non-acute care, recently introduced the IQvitals Table Mount. The new table mount accessory will help bring automated vitals signs devices to the point of care, minimizing the need for patient conveyance and improving patient satisfaction.

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Nitrile Examination Gloves

April 18, 2014 7:35 am | by Tronex Healthcare | Tronex Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Tronex Healthcare’s evolving line of nitrile examination gloves now includes nine innovative styles plus NEW high-count packaging options. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO-certified and FDA-registered facilities from advanced material blends, Tronex nitrile exam gloves are offered in a variety of formulations, including seven chemotherapy-rated styles and two sterile options.

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