A study by investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine published in this week's issue of JAMA found that public hospital comparison data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does not accurately correlate with a patient's risk for surgical post-operative infection.
Despite having the most expensive health care system, the United States trails Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom on measures of health system quality, efficiency, access, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.
A nationwide study has shown that estrogen-lowering drugs can increase the likelihood that breast cancer patients can undergo breast-conservation surgery, instead of mastectomy. The study was lead by Siteman medical oncologist Matthew Ellis, MD, BChir, PhD. Siteman Breast surgeon Julie Margenthaler, MD, was the lead investigator at the Washington University site.
Self-donning procedure steps for BARRIER® Standard sterile single use surgical gown - an educational video from Mölnlycke Health Care.
In this five-minute video, Dr. Vadim Morozov performs the Robot-Assisted Moschcowitz Procedure. This procedure is used to treat vaginal prolapse in patients who have undergone hysterectomies. As he operates, Dr. Morozov discusses the history of the Moschcowitz Procedure and takes viewers through a detailed, step-by-step explanation of its individual components.
Masimo announces the full market release of its latest medical technology breakthrough—Masimo Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring™— providing continuous and noninvasive respiration rate (RRa™) that is accurate, easy-to-use, and enhances patient tolerance. With full commercial availability to hospitals worldwide, Masimo Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring is expected to have a significant impact on the general care floor and during procedural sedation by helping clinicians detect respiratory compromise and patient distress earlier.
The ivNow fluid warmer from Enthermics Medical Systems quickly warms and maintains the temperature of injection/intravenous and irrigation solutions prior to their use. The specially contoured warming module cradles solution bags 1 liter in size. According to the company, features include: A modular configuration.
The Nathanson Hook Liver Retractors® are designed specifically to retract the liver during laparoscopic surgery. The retractors feature: The ability to hold the liver out of the way for the duration of the surgery when required. Availability in a set of 3 (small, medium and large), allowing the surgeon alternative options during the procedure.
Maquet introduces version 3.0 of its AV Conference operating room system that manages video feeds, monitors, and clinical data via a touchscreen interface. The system is designed to make video in the OR easy and intuitive, and to allow for surgical telemedicine as a practical option.
During my internship, the first year after graduating from medical school, I took care of a middle-aged woman who began our first conversation with a question that patients still ask me today. “So doctor,” she said as I pulled my stethoscope out to listen to her heart, “where did you go to medical school?” In a social context, I might have considered her question to be polite chatter, a filler during an awkward quiet moment.
In recent years, recognition to the role the environment plays in spreading potentially infection-causing microorganisms around hospitals has grown. As a result, new technologies have emerged that look to disinfect surfaces such as keyboards, countertops, bedrails and more that are discreetly contributing to hospital-acquired infections in patients.
(AP) U.S. hospitals support nearly one of nine jobs in the country and more than $2.1 trillion in economic activity, according to a study funded by the industry's trade group. The American Hospital Association report concluded hospitals directly employed nearly 5.4 million people in 2008. That's up from about 4.
Raphael G. Satter, AP A British doctor who admitted shortening the lives of nearly 20 patients — including his own son — may face charges. Howard Martin, 75, was cleared in 2005 of murdering three patients with fatal doses of pain killer. He has since had his license revoked. Now a dramatic confession to a national newspaper has prompted police and prosecutors to consider re-opening the case against him.
OBP Medical offers the first disposable side-opening speculum with disposable LED light source to the medical community. For single use only, the OfficeSPEC eliminates the time and expense of reprocessing and reduces the chance of cross-contamination in medical setting. With an open side for improved instrument access and easy removal, the OfficeSPEC also features a built-in, hands free, disposable light source (will provide 2 hours of light) and smoke channel.