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Online Nurse Continuing Education Tool Sees Success

August 24, 2010 7:30 am | Articles | Comments

Kathy Carlson discusses how online continuing education programs such as Nursing CE Portal provides perioperative nurses affordable and accessible continuing education. Surgical Products: Can you provide some background on Nursing CE Portal? How did it start and how long has it been available? Carlson: It started out as a friend’s idea.

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Narcolepsy Fears Collide With H1N1 Vaccine Use

August 24, 2010 6:56 am | News | Comments

Finland's National Institute for Health and Wefare has recommended halting the use of the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine until a probe into a possible link to narcolepsy among children is concluded.  The National Institute for Health and Wefare (THL) has received six reports of children known to have received the vaccine who have developed the chronic sleep disorder since the beginning of the year, it said, stressing, however, that this is in line with the normal annual rate of narcolepsy cases.

Engineering Shorter ER Times

August 24, 2010 6:45 am | News | Comments

Emergency room waiting times could be cut by over one-third and patients' length of stay by almost two-thirds, thanks to a new approach to the triage process of sorting patients for further assessment and treatment, according to research published in the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage .

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Practice Opens For Football Team Plagued By Mystery Ailment

August 24, 2010 5:57 am | News | Comments

Anne M. Peterson, AP Doctors were trying to determine why 24 McMinnville High School players developed a condition that caused intense pain and dangerous swelling in their arms, hospitalizing two boys just as a football training camp was getting under way. The athletes were taking part in the immersion camp organized last week by new coach Jeff Kearin to get ready for the season.

Stem Cell Regulations Temporarily Blocked

August 24, 2010 5:18 am | News | Comments

Pete Yost, AP The Obama administration's expansion of stem cell research has suffered a significant setback with a judge's ruling that blocks work on treating life-threatening conditions, say private groups pushing for scientific breakthroughs in medicine. Monday's decision by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth will “drive the best scientific minds into work less likely to yield treatments,” says Sean Tipton of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Rural Hospital A Case Study In Medical/Financial Priorities

August 23, 2010 7:54 am | News | Comments

Cathy Bussewitz, AP Modoc County is wedged into California's far northeastern corner, a land apart from much of the rest of the nation's most populous state. Little visited, the sparsely populated region of cave-riddled lava beds, sagebrush-covered plains and rolling ranch land has much in common with the rural areas of Oregon and Nevada that it adjoins.

da Vinci's Latest Enhancement

August 23, 2010 7:35 am | News | Comments

Novadaq Technologies, Inc. a developer of real-time imaging systems for use in the operating room, announced today that it has completed the final design review for the integration of the company's SPY imaging technology into the 3-D high definition imaging capabilities of the da Vinci Surgical Robotic System.

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Kenyan Patients Receive Prison Sentence For Not Following Doctor's Orders

August 23, 2010 7:20 am | News | Comments

Tom Odula, AP A court has sentenced two tuberculosis patients to eight months in prison after they skipped their medications. The jail time should help avoid spreading the deadly disease among the public, said a senior health official. The male patients were locked up in Kapsabet prison in western Kenya nearly 10 days ago to make sure they take their pills as prescribed and do not infect others, said Joseph Sitienei, the head of tuberculosis and lung diseases at the public health and sanitation ministry.

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New Technology Could Prolong Implanted Device Lifespans

August 23, 2010 7:09 am | News | Comments

By creating a unique system of blood vessels that is engineered to interact with the tissue surrounding an implanted device, the longevity and function of these devices may be better preserved, according to a study led by researchers in the University of Louisville Jewish Hospital's Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (CII).

3 Year-Old’s Hernia Surgery Delay Hits 10 Months

August 23, 2010 6:56 am | News | Comments

Ruby Gittens, a three-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has had to wait 10 months for hernia surgery, even though studies show wait times increase patient risk. According to her mom, she tries to keep up with her older brother and sister, but sometimes the discomfort of her hernia means she lags behind.

3 Year-Old's Hernia Surgery Delay Hits 10 Months

August 23, 2010 6:38 am | News | Comments

Ruby Gittens, a three-year-old from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada has had to wait 10 months for hernia surgery, even though studies show wait times increase patient risk. According to her mom, she tries to keep up with her older brother and sister, but sometimes the discomfort of her hernia means she lags behind.

Instrument Care

August 23, 2010 6:18 am | by Ralph Basile, Jr., Vice President of Marketing, Healthmark Industries Company, Inc | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Articles | Comments

How can surgical professionals ensure they maximize the use of their surgical instruments with proper care? 1. Stringing instruments in decontam for more effective cleaning. By stringing the instruments with a wide stringer, the instrument, including the hinges, is completely open and exposed to water and cleaning solution in the instrument washer.

When Doctors Admit Their Mistakes

August 23, 2010 6:17 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Articles | Comments

One afternoon, I overheard a nurse asking another physician how she was feeling. The physician, a young woman known throughout the hospital for her cheery disposition and sunny bedside manner, looked ashen. She smiled weakly in response and insisted that nothing was wrong. “She’s lying,” the nurse whispered to me as the doctor walked away.

Sterile Containers

August 23, 2010 6:17 am | Aesculap, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Aesculap, Inc. introduces the SterilContainer S product line for use in the STERIS Corporation’s V-PRO 1 and V-PRO 1 Plus Low Temperature Sterilization Systems. The V-PRO 1 and V-PRO 1 Plus Low Temperature Sterilization Systems can quickly process high volumes of heat and moisture-sensitive devices using vaporized hydrogen peroxide, an environmentally friendly sterilant.

da Vinci® Sterilization Trays

August 23, 2010 6:16 am | Summit Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Through a collaboration with Intuitive Surgical, Summit Medical, Inc. has redesigned their line of Instru-Safe™ Sterilization Trays to protect da Vinci® endoscopes and EndoWrist™ instrumentation from damage during the sterilization process. According to the company, these open mesh aluminum trays are specifically designed to securely accommodate Standard, S and Si Series instruments and provide: Solid instrument protection Enhanced organization Improved sterilization For more information, visit www.

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