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2014 ESP Award Submission: Megadyne's Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode

May 29, 2014 10:34 am | by Megadyne | Megadyne Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne's Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode is simply set on the operating room table, virtually eliminating the small disposable sticky pad that can damage the patient’s skin. It is approved for use on patients 350gms and up with no maximum weight, can be used either side up, and weighs only four pounds. Mega Softs have been used in 55 million procedures with zero pad site burns. Mega Soft Universal offers a hold-harmless indemnification against pad site burns.

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Managing Unhappy Patients After Surgery

May 29, 2014 10:18 am | by Sid Schwab, MD | Blogs | Comments

Surgery is simple: You come to me with a problem, I fix it, you go away happy. And when you come back, you’re still happy. What’s so wrong with that? If I wanted to be miserable, I’d have gone into primary care. When a surgeon screws up, his/her role is clear: Admit it, make it better, or as good as possible, and stick with it as long as it takes. But what about when you don’t screw up, and the patient is still unhappy?

Taking Prescribed Anti-Clotting Drug May Help Save Stent Patients' Lives

May 29, 2014 10:11 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

If you've just received a coronary artery stent to prop open a blood vessel, your life may depend on filling your prescription and taking an anti-clotting drug within days of leaving the hospital, according to a large study...     

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Researchers Address Major Geographic Disparities In Access To Kidney Transplantation

May 29, 2014 10:06 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

There is substantial geographic variation in access to kidney transplantation among the more than 4000 US dialysis facilities that treat patients with kidney failure, with a disproportionate lack of access to those in the Southeast. Certain factors seem to explain these differences, and they underscore the need for political, financial, and health systems changes to reduce transplant inequities across the country...

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IG: Phoenix VA Hospital Missed Care For 1,700 Vets

May 29, 2014 10:00 am | by Brian Skoloff and Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A probe of operations at the Phoenix VA Health Care System found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off an official waiting list. The investigation, initially focused on the Phoenix hospital, found systemic problems in the VA's sprawling nationwide system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually...

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Officials: Army Hospital Chief Relieved Of Command

May 29, 2014 9:51 am | by Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care, and the Pentagon has ordered a review of its healthcare system, defense officials said. The commander was replaced Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and three deputies were suspended, the Army said in a statement...

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FDA Clears Remote Monitor For Heart Failure

May 29, 2014 9:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new implantable device to help doctors monitor patients with severe heart failure as they go about their day. The agency cleared the CardioMEMS HF system Wednesday for patients who have been hospitalized in the previous year due to heart failure...

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Hospital To Pay $41M Settlement For Falsely Billing Federal Healthcare Programs

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | News | Comments

A hospital in northeastern Kentucky reached a nearly $41 million settlement with the government Wednesday over claims that it made millions of dollars by falsely billing federal healthcare programs. The settlement ends an investigation into what prosecutors called a practice by King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland performing heart procedures that patients didn't need between 2006 and 2011...

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HD Display Monitors

May 28, 2014 10:43 am | by FSN Medical Technologies | FSN Medical Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

HD display monitors from FSN Medical Technologies feature rapid signal detection for maximum compatibility in the OR. Smooth, artifact-free HD images are a must for doctors, and FSN delivers the picture quality that allows users to perform at their best. FSN’s clinical color calibration makes sure that procedures go smoothly.

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3D Simulation Of Human Heart Could Transform Medical Care

May 28, 2014 10:27 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Dassault Systèmes says it has created the first simulation of a full human heart that offers incredible value. By projecting the simulation on a large screen, doctors can virtually walk through the valves, identifying issues that were previously hard to detect...

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Chicago Team Performs Five Lung Transplants In 24 Hours

May 28, 2014 10:12 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A special ed teacher, a judge, a grandmother, an executive director, and a 21-year-old woman. Five people, five different backgrounds, all share one thing -- the gift of a new life, thanks to organ donation and a groundbreaking moment. WBBM's Suzanne Le Mignot reports...

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Study: Ultraviolet Cleaning Reduces Hospital Superbugs By 20 Percent

May 28, 2014 9:57 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CD), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) were decreased among patients after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD) to the cleaning regimen, according to a recent study... 

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MRI Catches Breast Cancer Early In At-Risk Survivors Of Childhood Hodgkin Lymphoma

May 28, 2014 9:50 am | by University Health Network | News | Comments

The largest clinical study to evaluate breast cancer screening of female survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), who are at increased risk because they received chest radiation, shows that magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) detected invasive breast tumours at very early stages, when cure rates are expected to be excellent...

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Coating Stents With Vitamin C Could Reduce Clotting Risks

May 28, 2014 9:44 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Every year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. who have suffered heart attacks or chest pain from blocked arteries have little mesh tubes called stents inserted into their blood vessels to prop them open. The procedure has saved many lives, but it still has potentially deadly downsides. Now scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Langmuir that coating stents with vitamin C could lower the implants' risks even further...

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How VA Clinics Falsified Appointment Records

May 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Pauline Jelinek, Associated Press | News | Comments

Fake appointments, unofficial logs kept on the sly, and appointments made without telling the patient are among tricks used to disguise delays in seeing and treating veterans at Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics. They're not a new phenomenon. VA officials, veteran service organizations and members of Congress have known about them for years...

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