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2014 ESP Award Submission: Breck Surgical Products "Splat Mat"

August 6, 2014 11:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The “Splat Mat” from Breck Surgical Products is a 3’x 4’, super absorbent, low profile, skid resistant, fluid proof backed, and disposable surgical floor mat. According to Breck Surgical Products, the company issued the first disposable mat on the market in 1989.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Butterfly Steep Trend Positioner

August 6, 2014 10:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

According to the David Scott Company, this is the world's first and only GEL BeanBag Positioner for Robotics/Steep Trend cases. It secures patients to the OR table via six straps and designed to be reusable.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Blue Belt Technologies Navio Handpiece

August 5, 2014 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Navio is a surgical system indicated for unicondylar and patellofemoral joint replacement that utilizes robotic assistance and navigation for precise planning and accurate bone removal. 

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2014 ESP Award Submission: mfPHD Custom Modular Medical Room Construction System

August 5, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

mfPHD’s custom prefabricated stainless steel modular wall construction system and automatic sliding doors are specifically designed for ORs, trauma and central sterile processing.

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Childbirth Complications Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

August 5, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

 A study released on Monday reported that 13 percent of all women in the U.S. experience obstetrical complications. A University of Rochester-led study shows complication rates can vary as much as five-fold among hospitals, prompting researchers to call for the development of a national quality reporting system to improve maternal outcomes for more than 4 million women who give birth each year.

Bariatric Patients Exposed to Infections

August 5, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

Nearly 150 patients who underwent weight-loss surgery in Montreal were told they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis or other infections from an improperly cleaned medical instrument. According to CTV News, patients who underwent bariatric surgery between 2012 and 2014 at the Lachine Hospital in Montreal learned of the problem earlier this year.

Study: Hip Replacement Market Recovering

August 5, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

The hip replacement market is beginning to recover from the global recession and controversies surrounding metal-on-metal implants, with procedure volumes growing and patient confidence at an all-time high. According to GlobalData, approximately 1.7 million hip replacement procedures, including partial, primary, revision and resurfacing, were performed across the globe in 2013, and this figure is expected to increase to 2.5 million by 2020.

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Stem Cell Scientist in Research Scandal Found Dead

August 5, 2014 10:48 am | News | Comments

Yoshiki Sasai, a senior Japanese scientist embroiled in a stem-cell research scandal died Tuesday in an apparent suicide, police said. Sasai, who supervised and co-authored stem-cell research papers that had to be retracted due to falsified contents, was found suffering from cardiac arrest at the government-affiliated science institute RIKEN in Kobe, in western Japan, according to Hyogo prefectural police.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: J-Plasma Bovia Helium-Based Technology

August 4, 2014 12:29 pm | Product Releases | Comments

J-Plasma is a transformational, helium-based, gas plasma technology that offers remarkably low thermal spread, a high level of precision with versatility across multiple surgical specialties.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Medline Unite Cannulated Screw System

August 4, 2014 12:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Medline Unite Cannulated Screw System provides a complete selection of implants and instrumentation with intuitive color-coding and the contents are organized in the order in which each item is used. It is the only color-coded, star-driven, cannulated screw system on the market that offers both headed and headless screws in one convenient tray.

FDA approves Baxter's FLEXBUMIN solution

August 4, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

Baxter International announced that the FDA has approved FLEXBUMIN [Albumin (Human)], USP, 5% Solution. FLEXBUMIN 5% is indicated for hypovolemia, hypoalbuminemia due to general causes, burns and in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass surgery. The FLEXBUMIN 5% solution will be available to U.S. customers later this year. FLEXBUMIN is the first and only preparation of human albumin to be packaged in a flexible plastic container.

Study provides look at future of transcranial ultrasound therapy

August 4, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

Research is taking place in transcranial ultrasound therapy, which in the future can potentially be applied to the treatment of brain tumours and targeted drug delivery. The therapy modality has already been successfully applied to the treatment of neuropathic pain disorder and essential tremors. The study focuses on two issues: skull-base heating and formation of standing-waves.

Final patient treated in ALS stem cell procedure

August 4, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

Neuralstem, Inc. announced that the final patient was treated in its Phase II trial using spinal cord-derived neural stem cells in the treatment of Lou Gehrig's disease. "The completion of Phase II of this important clinical research program is a major milestone, demonstrating that patients can tolerate the transplantation of high doses of cells and multiple spinal cord injections," said site principal investigator,  Jonathan D. Glass, MD.

Electronic messaging effective reminder for shower regiments

August 4, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

The use of electronic reminders is highly effective at getting surgical patients to adhere to a preadmission antiseptic showering regimen known to help reduce risk of surgical site infections (SSIs). Each year about 400,000 SSIs occur and lead to a death rate of nearly 100,000. To reduce the risk of infections, clinicians recommend that patients take antiseptic showers with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) 24 to 48 hours before admission.

Once-conjoined twins celebrate 10 years of separation

August 4, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

The delicate separation 10 years ago of conjoined twins from the Philippines wasn't perfect, but the boys' mother says their very survival is reason enough to celebrate the anniversary. The boys were separated on Aug. 4, 2004, in an operation that climaxed a then-unusual "staged separation" that took four surgeries over nine months.

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