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Peel Pouch Rack

October 27, 2010 5:53 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces their Peel Pouch Rack. The rack is designed to support peel pouches on edge and separate the pouches during steam sterilization. This easy-to-use modular solution provides a convenient means to organize, sterilize and store peel pouches.

The Tanzanian ENT Clinic

October 27, 2010 5:50 am | by Dr. Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. - Albert Schweitzer The middle-aged Tanzanian woman lived many hours away and had traveled to the academic medical center in Moshi.

Planning Surgeries, Virtually

October 27, 2010 5:50 am | by Dr. David Chen, Chief Technology Officer, SensAble Technologies | Videos | Comments

MedCAD used FreeForm to create 3D models based on the patient’s CT scan. This model shows how surgical incisions would create two bony sections, one on either side of the face, to be realigned. Surgery is like playing the violin – it requires intensive finger-learning to achieve technique and mastery, yet a virtuoso performance worthy of a “Bravo!” requires something more.

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Man Brain Damaged After Nurse Turns Off Ventilator

October 26, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

A quadriplegic English man has been left brain damaged after a nurse accidentally switched off his ventilator — an act caught on a camera the patient had reportedly installed because he was concerned about the quality of his care. Footage released by the BBC shows nurse Violetta Aylward turning off Jamie Merrett's ventilator in January 2009, then struggling to revive him.

Primary Care Docs Earn Less

October 26, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Clinician's wages appear to vary significantly across physician specialties and are lowest for those in primary care, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Numerous studies have documented substantial income disparities between primary care and other physician specialties.

Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor

October 26, 2010 5:53 am | Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) recently announced newly published data showing the ASP EVOTECH® Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR) provides an automated approach superior to the manual cleaning required when using traditional AERs. As healthcare facilities transition to alternative systems for high‐level disinfection, this data further supports that the EVOTECH® ECR eliminates manual cleaning while providing high level disinfection.

Biologic Grafts For Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

October 26, 2010 5:51 am | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Plastic surgeons treating patients faced with the difficult decision of reconstructive surgery after mastectomy now have access to breakthrough treatment options with Cook Medical's Biodesign® Tissue Generation Matrix and Biodesign Nipple Reconstruction Cylinder. Designed to signal the body to encourage rapid tissue remodeling, the Biodesign grafts strike a critical balance of strength and flexibility that achieve aesthetically pleasing results.

Surgical Peacocks

October 26, 2010 5:49 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Articles | Comments

I am in New Jersey at the New York General Surgery board review course (time to re-certify already!).  It is an intense, one-week, extravaganza so chock full of information you once knew (before you went into private practice) that your mind wanders from time to time (as is evidenced by the fact that I came up with this column during the first day of the course).

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Cleveland Clinic-Led Team Develops Quality Index For Hospitals

October 26, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

In a major paper published in the journal Anesthesiology , a Cleveland Clinic-led research team announced the development of a new publicly available tool to help patients, regulators, and hospitals compare patient outcomes and quality.  The Risk Stratification Index was developed using more than 35 million Medicare and Medicaid records, then validated on more than 100,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic.

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Surgical Complications Drop When Hospitals Share Safety Data

October 26, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

Michigan hospitals reduced surgical complications by nearly 10 percent at a time when the rest of the nation saw no change in complication rates, according to a new study out next week in the Archives of Surgery . Complications dropped at hospitals participating in what's called the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, a group of 16 hospitals led by the University of Michigan Health System that agreed to pool data and share information about what keeps patients safe.

Reporting Procedures Lead To Underestimating Endoscopy Complications

October 26, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

Hospital visits following outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopies may be more common than previously estimated, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. About 15 to 20 million endoscopic procedures are performed each year in the United States, according to background information in the article.

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CDC Says 1/3 Of U.S. Adults Could Have Diabetes By 2050

October 25, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now. The prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years due to an aging population more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, increases in minority groups that are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and people with diabetes living longer, according to CDC projections published in the journal Population Health Metrics.

New Data Shows Additional Capabilities Of PillCam

October 25, 2010 6:48 am | News | Comments

Given Imaging Ltd. recently announced that several new studies have demonstrated PillCam SB's clinical value in detecting and monitoring Crohn's disease and its utility in managing patients with obscure GI bleeding. The studies were presented at the United European Gastroenterology Week 2010 conference in Barcelona.

Questionnaire Identifies Patients At Greater Risk For Complications

October 25, 2010 6:30 am | News | Comments

A simple, eight-item pre-operative questionnaire could help identify patients at risk for complications following surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Individuals prone to the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, as determined by the questionnaire, appear to have an increased risk of heart, lung and other complications following elective surgery.

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Telementoring Key To Providing Remote Surgical Expertis

October 25, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

Telementoring may be an effective way for subspecialist surgeons to assist remotely located general surgeons, according to new research findings published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . In the study, eight general surgery residents with no formal subspecialty training participated in three mock operations using animal cadavers intended to simulate live procedures.

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