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Medical Device Staffers Admit to Defrauding Hospitals

August 13, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors say two staffers at a northern New Jersey medical devices firm have admitted their roles in a scheme to defraud hospitals out of more than $800,000. Daniel Metz, a 34-year-old Fairfield resident, and 35-year-old Charles Carey Jr., of Clark, both pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

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Kentucky surgeon performs unique skull surgery

August 13, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

A surgeon at University of Louisville Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, recently performed an extended endoscopic skull-based surgery of the brain, a unique surgery of its kind in Kentucky. This approach reduces risks and recovery times for the patient who would otherwise need a craniotomy, which requires temporary removal of a bone flap from the skull to access the brain and brain retraction to reach the tumor.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Visum Blade LED Surgical Light

August 12, 2014 12:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Visum Blade LED Surgical Light from Stryker is a simplified surgical lighting solution for the OR, emergency department, and other environments requiring surgical lighting.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Bleach-Rite Disinfecting Spray

August 12, 2014 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Hype-Wipe Bleach towelettes and Bleach-Rite Spray are ready-to-use, EPA registered hospital-grade disinfectants containing a 1:10 dilution of bleach and are stabilized for an extended shelf life.  Both the wipe and spray products are approved for a one-minute kill time against CRKP.

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Surgery May Help Epilepsy and Psychoses

August 12, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The finding that patients with epilepsy have a higher incidence of delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized behaviors than the general population is controversial as researchers suggest this is an overrepresentation due to sampling errors or inadequate control groups. Researchers identified surgical candidates with drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy and comorbid psychoses from 2000-2010 and followed participants 2 years after surgery.

Naval Surgical Team Performs First Surgery at Sea

August 12, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

The USS Mesa Verde made history in July with the first surgery aboard the Norfolk-based amphibious transport dock ship. The procedure was also the first ever surgery done by members of an Expeditionary Resuscitative Surgical System (ERSS) team since the teams were created in 2009.

Blacks, Women Face Larger Burden From CVD Risks

August 12, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing. Researchers studied population attributable risk changes for the five major modifiable cardiovascular risk factors — high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

Doctors Remove Woman's 130-Pound Tumor

August 12, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 130-pound (60-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 51-year-old woman who had been unable to leave her home for two years. Dr. Gilberto Inzulza says a team of surgeons needed four hours to remove the giant tumor from the body of Mercedes Talamantes.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: ONE TRAY from Innovative Sterilization Technologies

August 11, 2014 12:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ONE TRAY is an FDA cleared, sealed, terminal filtered vent sterilization container utilizing a four minute pre-vacuum (3 pulse) cycle with zero dry/cool time.

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Glue Produced by Sandcastle Worm Could Prevent Fetal Surgery

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

In creating an adhesive patterned after glue produced by the lowly underwater sandcastle worm, researchers reported they may have solved the problem of premature births that sometimes result from fetal surgery. It also could open up numerous opportunities to safely perform more complex fetal surgeries in the future.

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Study: 1 of 5 Orthopaedic Trauma Patients Went 'Doctor Shopping'

August 11, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

“Doctor shopping,” the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative trauma patients. “There has been an alarming rise in opioid use in our country, and the diversion of opioids for non-therapeutic uses is dramatically increasing,” said lead study author, orthopaedic surgeon Brent J. Morris, MD.

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Research Shows Promise for New Nerve Repair Technique

August 11, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

A multicenter study including University of Kentucky researchers found that a new nerve repair technique yields better results and fewer side effects than other existing techniques. Participants with nerve injuries were randomized into either conduit or allograft repair groups. Following the surgeries, independent blind observers performed standardized assessments at set time points to determine the degree of sensory or motor recovery.

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New Study Sheds Light on Emergency Gallbladder Removal

August 11, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

A new Mayo Clinic study found that 1 in 5 patients who went to the emergency room with gallbladder pain and were sent home to schedule surgery returned to the ER within 30 days needing emergency gallbladder removal. The surgical complication rate rises with the time lag before surgery, the researchers say.

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Study Shows Tool Effective in Evaluating Doctor's Bedside Manner

August 11, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

According to the study, nearly 90 percent of residents who were surveyed on the effectiveness of the tool thought that the scenarios reflected the reality of what they would encounter in general practice, and more than 80 percent agreed that it would help them prepare for their final exam.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: ExpandOR HD Video/Audio Streaming Device

August 8, 2014 12:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

According to NDS Surgical Imaging, ExpandOR™ is the first medical-grade bi-directional HD video/audio streaming device with multi-node capability, allowing secure broadcast to specified audiences, image capture, and data storage.

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