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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.

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).

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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.

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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.

Surgical Instrument Tray Corner Guards

August 23, 2010 6:15 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces their surgical instrument tray corner guards. The corner guards protect trays from rips, holes, and tears in sterilization wrap due to sharp tray corners. Made of silicone, the open cell structure allows air to circulate freely and the elevated height gives your trays space to help circulate air.

World's Tallest Man To Have Surgery

August 20, 2010 7:35 am | News | Comments

Source: Fox News Sultan Kosen will have surgery to stop the abnormal growth spurts that have made him the tallest man in the world. The 27-year-old from Turkey is more than 8’ tall as a result of a rare hormonal condition called acromegaly, which causes the pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone, usually as a result of a non-cancerous tumor on the pituitary gland.

Law Looks To Protect Insurance Coverage In New York

August 20, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

Governor David Paterson signed a law into effect that will add more consumer protections when health insurers discontinue a class of policies. The bill requires a written notice of discontinuations to all insured individuals covered by a group plan at least 90 days before the discontinuation date. Insurers will have to notify affected policyholders of their options and they cannot discontinue a group plan to drop a lone high-cost policyholder from the plan.

Nurse Discrimination Suit Filed Against California Hospital

August 20, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

The California Nurses Association is suing a San Francisco hospital, claiming discrimination because managers refused to hire Filipino nurses. The suit was filed Thursday against Sacramento-based Sutter Health and the company's California Pacific Medical Center. Union leaders and Filipino activists in the Bay Area also want the San Francisco Human Rights Commission to investigate the discrimination claims.

Pancreas Envy

August 20, 2010 7:21 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Articles | Comments

I will never understand some surgeons’ fascination with the pancreas. What happened to them in childhood that made them yearn for the approval of such a shallow organ? One of my colleague’s eyes light up like a Christmas tree at the mere mention of a pancreas.

Caring For Your Instruments

August 20, 2010 7:21 am | by Gary Jordan, President, Medisafe America | Articles | Comments

How can surgical professionals ensure they maximize the use of their surgical instruments with proper care? August 20, 2010 As recently indicated in ST79:2006/A2:2009; “The written recommendations of the device manufacturer should always be followed.  The reusable medical device manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that the device can be effectively cleaned and sterilized.

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