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Pathologist: Woman Froze To Death In Hospital Morgue After Prematurely Declared Dead

April 3, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

A family that claims a woman was frozen to death in a hospital morgue after she was prematurely declared dead can proceed with a medical malpractice lawsuit, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. The California 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling that the lawsuit against White Memorial Hospital was filed too late...  

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Medicare To Release Billing Data For 880K Doctors

April 3, 2014 9:47 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

Patients may soon get an unprecedented look at how their doctor compares to other physicians, after Medicare announced Wednesday it plans to publicly post billing data for more than 880,000 practitioners. Considered the mother lode of information on doctors, the Medicare claims database has been off-limits to the public for decades, blocked in the courts by physician groups...

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Northwestern Medicine Launches New Lung Transplant Program

April 2, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Northwestern Medicine is proud to announce the launch of a new lung transplant program. Appointments are available to eligible patients immediately and lung transplant surgeries will begin in May...          

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Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode

April 2, 2014 10:50 am | by Megadyne Medical Products | Megadyne Medical Products | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products recently launched the new Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode. It is the first and only universal patient return electrode approved for use on all patient sizes, 350 grams and up with no maximum weight limit. The new universal design also allows the pad to be used either side up, so the peri-operative team can locate the cable to the area most convenient to the electrosurgical generator.

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OPERON D Series Surgical Tables

April 2, 2014 10:41 am | by Berchtold | Berchtold Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Berchtold recently introduced the OPERON D Series surgical tables. According to the company, the tables feature state-of-the-art technologies designed to improve patient and staff safety. By providing industry-leading weight capacity, better imaging access, and a full range of motion, OPERON is designed to increase surgical positioning options, while improving patient care and productivity for clinical staff.

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Survey Shows Spine Surgeons Need To Screen More Patients For Anxiety And Depression

April 2, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

In a recent report, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain. The oversight, researchers say, may pose a serious risk to patients' surgical recovery...

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Like Hand-Washing, Blood Transfusions Linked To Infections

April 2, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

"Many people are beginning to accept that we can make a difference – despite being taught in medical school that blood transfusions 'might help and can't hurt,' " Neil Blumberg, M.D., professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry said. "What we've found is actually the opposite, that it can hurt and it rarely helps..."

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Intuitive Surgical Unveils New da Vinci Xi Robotic Surgical System

April 2, 2014 10:06 am | by Intuitive Surgical | Videos | Comments

Intuitive Surgical recently received FDA clearance for its new da Vinci Xi system. The robotic surgery giant invested a significant amount of effort to expanding the capabilities of the da Vinci. Check out the results of those efforts by watching this video...

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Mayo Clinic Study Examines Physician Burnout

April 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Mayo Clinic looked at 54 burnout studies worldwide to see if there is any validity to the longstanding belief that practicing in the hospital incites greater burnout. The studies included data from approximately 5,000 outpatient physicians and more than 1,300 inpatient physicians...

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Low-Cost Dominican Surgeries Spark Warnings By U.S.

April 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Ben Fox and Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an alert March 7 after health authorities in the United States reported that at least 19 women in five states had developed serious mycobacterial wound infections over the previous 12 months following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic such as liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast implants...

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Health Leaders On Drug Co. Boards; A Conflict?

April 2, 2014 9:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Leaders of many U.S. academic medical centers sit on the boards of some of the world's biggest drug companies, which a study suggests raises the potential for worrisome conflicts of interest. Industry board members oversee company decision-making and have a financial responsibility to company shareholders, the study authors note...

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Obesity Surgery Gives Long-Term Help For Diabetics

April 1, 2014 10:09 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

New research is boosting hopes that weight-loss surgery can put some patients' diabetes into remission for years and perhaps in some cases, for good.               

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Clearance Received For Implantable Collagen Scaffold Technology

April 1, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Rotation Medical, Inc. has announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its implantable collagen scaffold technology for treating rotator cuff disease.        

IMS To Be Acquired By STERIS Corporation

April 1, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

When the transaction closes, IMS will be integrated into STERIS’s Healthcare segment as part of its Specialty Services business, which provides services including surgical instrument and endoscope repair, comprehensive educational programs and a portfolio of products and solutions for the Operating Room and Sterile Processing Department.

Placing Hospital Patients In Suspended Animation Is (Almost) A Reality

March 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

The concept sounds like it was ripped directly from a Hollywood movie script. Doctors at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh will test out an innovative emergency technique, one which will call for knife-wound or gunshot victims with life-or-death injuries to be cooled down and… get this… placed in suspended animation to aid treatment efforts...

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