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The Reminder

December 21, 2010 4:36 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

People are never more insecure than when they become obsessed with their fears at the expense of their dreams. -Norman Cousins   Even many years later, my dad could still recall how his mother had hovered over him and wept. When he was 6 years old, one of the horses had pulled a hay wagon over his toes while he was helping in the fields.

Patient Healthcare Delivery Cart

December 21, 2010 4:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ergotron’s StyleView® PHD Carts—for Patient Healthcare Delivery, available in 10 configurations for laptops or LCDs with one to six drawers—will offer nurses and other health care providers efficient management of non-controlled medication at the point of care.

Some Speech And Swallowing Problems Linked To Cancer Treatments

December 21, 2010 4:33 am | News | Comments

Most patients with locally advanced head and neck cancers who successfully complete treatment with chemotherapy and radiation manage to do so without losing the ability to speak clearly and swallow comfortably, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. "This is good news," said Joseph K.

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SteriTek Offers New SPD Triage Center

December 20, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

In response to demand for sterile processing process improvement support, SterilTek, Inc. has launched a web-based resource for healthcare administrators; the SterilTek SPD Triage Center. The site provides administrators with access to information and tools that help them identify improvement opportunities for their sterile processing functions.

Stuffed Germ Toys Are Catching On

December 20, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

Stephanie Reitz, AP Jim Henson's Muppets made pigs and frogs endearing, and Walt Disney turned a common rodent into a cultural icon. Now, Drew Oliver thinks it's time for bacteria, viruses and other maligned microorganisms to share the love. Instead of standard Christmas gifts, a growing number of people are looking under the tree for giant stuffed cold germs, cuddly E.

Organ Preservation Unit

December 20, 2010 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

As part of a new six month pilot program, the vehicle will be staffed with personnel trained to get a donor family's consent, perform medical procedures necessary to keep the donor organ viable, as well as to transport the donor to the hospital so the organs can be harvested for transplant.

More Children's Doctors Needed In Rural Areas

December 20, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP There are enough children's doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are oversaturated with pediatricians and family doctors. Other parts of the nation have few or none. Nearly one million kids live in areas with no local children's doctor.

Lack Of Specialists In ER Puts Patients At Risk

December 20, 2010 5:38 am | News | Comments

Almost three quarters of hospital emergency department administrators nationwide report that lack of medical specialists at their facilities poses a risk to ER patients – in some cases a very significant risk. They also express concern that health reform will cause additional ER crowding and that mental health services are becoming increasingly inadequate.

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How Does Your Hospital Room Make You Feel?

December 20, 2010 5:37 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

During a conversation with the wife of one of my former surgery patients, I was surprised to learn that her husband had chosen to receive his postoperative chemotherapy treatments at a hospital across town from mine. His wife assured me that he had liked the highly respected colleague I had referred him to; what had troubled him was that the doctor’s office and the hospital chemotherapy infusion suites were, well, depressing.

New Test Predicts Kidney Disease Complications

December 20, 2010 5:37 am | News | Comments

A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco found that Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease.

Heavy-Duty Cooling Vest For Surgeons

December 20, 2010 5:37 am | Polar Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Surgeons and their staff are staying comfortable during procedures in hot operating rooms thanks to cooling vests made specifically for surgeons by Akron’s Polar Products, Inc. The Ohio company has developed a new heavy-duty vest style for their popular Cool Flow™ System, specifically designed for wear beneath lead aprons.

Track And Monitor Hospital Assets, Patients

December 20, 2010 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Awarepoint’s Real-time Awareness Solutions are used to track and monitor assets and patients in hospitals.  These solutions provide enterprise awareness to improve efficiency, quality of care and workflows, and supply valuable location, status and movement data to clinicians and healthcare administrators to enable process improvement.

Warming Gown

December 20, 2010 5:35 am | Arizant Healthcare Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Bair Paws Flex™ warming gown combines the best of both worlds: the comfort and convenience of the Bair Paws gown with the powerful, proven warming of Bair Hugger® blankets. The single-use gown’s all-in-one warming capabilities make it a great option for achieving normothermia-related quality measures like SCIP-Inf-10.

Making Drug Testing Mandatory

December 17, 2010 7:03 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Product Releases | Comments

An article in one of this week’s First Cuts looks at doctors who abuse drugs. According to the article, reported originally by the Chicago Tribune , the situation of medical professionals abusing drugs is not uncommon in hospitals across the United States. It makes sense, really.

Tool For Writing In The Dark

December 17, 2010 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Z-Write Lite™ is a writing tool for healthcare professionals in the Operating Room (circulating nurses, anesthesiologists etc.), ICU /CCU, Radiology, Cath Lab, Nursing Floors or any dimly lighted environment. It provides a focused light directly on the writing surface to help increase the accuracy of documentation while not disturbing the surrounding area.

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