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2014 ESP Award Winner - First Place, Infection Control, Clorox Healthcare 4% CHG Skin Cleansing Kit

November 18, 2014 11:22 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Colorox Healthcare 4% CHG Skin Cleansing Kit is an easy-to-use kit for reducing bacteria on the skin prior to surgery.            

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Xerox and HealthSpot to Expand Telehealth Access in the US

November 18, 2014 10:57 am | News | Comments

In a move that expands patient access to care, Xerox is investing in HealthSpot Inc., a pioneer in patient- and provider-driven healthcare technology. The investment enables groundbreaking telehealth to be delivered to patients in convenient locations nationwide. ...

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Federal Government Health Websites Fall Short

November 18, 2014 10:30 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care.       

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Mali Could Be Next Ebola Target

November 17, 2014 11:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

It all started with a sick nurse, whose positive test for Ebola came only after her death. In a busy clinic that treats Mali's elite as well as wounded U.N. peacekeepers, what patient transmitted the virus?         

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Drugs That Prevent Clots May Protect Organs During Transplantation

November 17, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Organs can become significantly damaged during transplantation, but a new article published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) offers a protective strategy that could keep them safe and allow them to function optimally after the procedure. ...      

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Half of STEMI Heart Attack Patients May Have Additional Clogged Arteries

November 17, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

A blocked artery causes a deadly kind of heart attack known as STEMI, and a rapid response to clear the blockage saves lives. But in more than half of cases studied recently by Duke Medicine researchers, one or both of the patient's other arteries were also obstructed, raising questions about whether and when additional procedures might be undertaken.

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Surgeon With Ebola Dies in Nebraska Hospital

November 17, 2014 10:46 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said. Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said. ...   

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Bad Drugs Likely Killed Indian Women

November 17, 2014 10:17 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Tainted drugs apparently killed 13 women who underwent sterilization procedures in central India after autopsies ruled out any surgery faults, according to officials. ...                             

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It's a Matter of Life and Breath

November 17, 2014 9:56 am | by Vangie Dennis, Administrative Director, Spivey Station Surgery Center | Blogs | Comments

There is a quote that immediately comes to mind when the topic of surgical smoke comes up in discussion that I heard years ago in a physician based training session, “There is no such thing as safe smoke.”  Smoke is smoke.  So why does the medical industry seem to differentiate smoke produced from a laser from smoke created from electrosurgery?

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Siemens’ New Cost-Effective SPECT System Scans Virtually Every Patient

November 14, 2014 12:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Healthcare has introduced the Symbia Evo Excel SPECT system—a new version of the company’s successful Symbia E system that combines industry-leading SPECT image resolution and detector sensitivity with the smallest room size requirement in its class.

Study Offers New Clue Into How Anesthesia Works

November 14, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Anesthesia, long considered a blessing to patients and surgeons, has been a mystery for much of its 160-plus-year history in the operating room ...                    

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Organ Sales Prove Costly to People of Nepal

November 14, 2014 11:50 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker in Hokshe, a village of tiny farms and mud huts that has been the center of the illegal organ trade in Nepal for more than a decade ...

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3D Printing Could Revolutionize Burn Treatment

November 14, 2014 11:28 am | by Alexander Trowbridge, CBS News | News | Comments

Dr. Marc Jeschke, the head of one of Canada's largest burn treatment centers, had to admit the 3D skin printer in his hands didn't look revolutionary ...                       

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Medline's Quiet Kits Improving Patient Care, Staff Culture

November 14, 2014 10:59 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Product Releases | Comments

In March of 2013, Dignity Health began using Quite Kits from Medline Industries to improve patient experience in its healthcare facilities. Since its debut, “Quite Kits” has improved quietness and cleanliness scores, provided patients with comfort, and helped change the culture among hospital staff ...

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3D Printing Provides Arm For 6-Year-Old Boy

November 14, 2014 10:15 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

For most of us, the ability to use two arms and two legs every day is a function we take for granted ...                           

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