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Streamline Patient Flow, Improve Efficiency

December 17, 2010 4:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

  ©2010 Patient Care Technology Systems Amelior ORTracker is a web-based workflow visibility and automation solution purpose-built to streamline patient flow and improve the efficiency of a perioperative department. OR workflow algorithms measure location, movement and interactions between patients, staff and movable medical equipment to recognize patient care milestones and notify the caregivers who need this information to keep patient care flowing safely and efficiently.

Blood-Sucking Superbug Prefers Taste Of Humans

December 17, 2010 4:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria bind best to human hemoglobin. December 17, 2010 These are Staphylococcus aureus colonies growing on blood agar. The "halos" around the colonies result from the bacteria lysing (popping open) red blood cells to obtain iron-containing hemoglobin.

"One Shot" Treatment Of Acute Cholecystitis Associated With Cholecystoduodenal Fistula And Common Bile Duct Stones

December 15, 2010 10:53 am | Videos | Comments

Surgeons present the case of a 77-year-old patient affected by acute cholecystitis associated with cholecystoduodenal fistula and common bile duct stones. Preoperative ultrasonography showed a distended, edematous gallbladder and pericholecystic fluid. MRCP confirmed a slight dilatation of the biliary tree with images of stones in the distal biliary duct.

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Desperate Parents Can’t Afford Surgery

December 15, 2010 10:52 am | Videos | Comments

Rejected by Medicaid, the parents of a sick baby boy cannot afford the transplant that may save his life.

When Liver Donations Go Wrong

December 15, 2010 10:52 am | Videos | Comments

Last Chance Effort At Fighting Intestinal Superbug

December 15, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

(AP) — C-diff, a germ that ravages people's intestines and can't be conquered with even the strongest, most expensive antibiotic, is on the rise. Now, a small but growing number of doctors are trying a last-ditch treatment - using good bacteria to fight off the bad by transplanting stool from a healthy person into the sick person's colon.

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Transplant May Have Cured AIDS Patient

December 15, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP A very unusual blood transplant appears to have cured an American man carrying the AIDS virus, but doctors say the approach is not practical for wide use. The man, who resides in Berlin and is in his 40s, had a blood stem cell transplant in 2007 to treat leukemia. His donor not only was a good blood match but also had a gene mutation that confers natural resistance to HIV.

Refinements In Surgery For Chest Deformity

December 15, 2010 5:55 am | News | Comments

Since 1987, when a surgeon at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters developed a minimally-invasive surgery to correct sunken chest, the procedure has been adopted world-wide as a standard of care and continually refined to increase its effectiveness and safety, according to a paper published in the December issue of the Annals of Surgery .

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Mexico's Neonatal ICU Cost Effective

December 15, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Relative to its costs, neonatal intensive care provides substantial population health benefits in Mexico, even for very premature babies. As such it provides great value within the country's Popular Health Insurance (Seguro Popular) program, which offers free access to a specific set of health care interventions.

A Nurse And The System To Deal With Medical Errors

December 15, 2010 5:17 am | by Mary Lynn Summer | Articles | Comments

Liver Transplant For Bile Duct Cancer Improves Survival

December 15, 2010 5:16 am | News | Comments

In what is a rare occurrence for all but a handful of U.S. medical centers, Mayo Clinic in Arizona is treating a life-threatening cancer of the bile duct by performing a liver transplant — an aggressive protocol that is exhibiting dramatic increases in survival rates, offering new hope for patients with this complex disease.

Multi-Groove Base Plate

December 15, 2010 5:16 am | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

0 Innovative Medical Products announces the Multi-Groove Base Plate, eliminating the need for OR personnel to move a patient into an exact orientation on the base plate without compromising patient stability during hip surgery. The multiple-groove plate gives OR personnel more flexibility and positioning options than a single-groove plate.

Delaying Surgical Procedures Increases Infection Risk And Costs

December 15, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

Delaying elective surgical procedures after a patient has been admitted to the hospital significantly increases the risk of infectious complications and raises hospital costs, according to the results of a new study in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The occurrence of infection following surgical procedures continues to be a major source of morbidity and expense despite extensive prevention efforts that have been implemented through educational programs, clinical guidelines and hospital-based policies.

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BeamPath®-GYN CO2 Laser Fiber

December 15, 2010 5:13 am | Omniguide, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OmniGuide, Inc. announces it has expanded its BeamPath® CO2 laser fiber technology into the Gynecology (GYN) market with the availability of the flexible BeamPath-GYN. The BeamPath-GYN fiber is designed to enhance the safety and precision needed by surgeons in gynecology and is suitable for procedures such as laparoscopic endometriosis treatment, lower genital condyloma and dysplasia, and myomectomy.

DNA Test Predicts Curve Progression In Scoliosis Patients

December 14, 2010 11:11 am | Depuy Spine, Inc. | News | Comments

A new study shows the SCOLISCORE™ AIS Prognostic Test, a DNA test to determine the likelihood of curve progression in children with mild adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS), an abnormal curvature of the spine, is 99 percent accurate in predicting which children are least likely to progress to a severe curve (Cobb Angle of 40 degrees or more).

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