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Buffalo Filter Honored For Performance

June 30, 2010 9:16 am | News | Comments

Buffalo Filter was recently recognized with a Pinnacle Award, presented by the Premier healthcare alliance. The company was recognized for their outstanding management of Premier agreements and drive toward the mutual goal of providing clinical and financial value to the not-for-profit hospitals that are members of the Premier alliance.

Non-Surgical Treatment Can Improve Quality Of Life

June 30, 2010 9:09 am | News | Comments

A new, effective, non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids can help women with this condition maintain their fertility, an American scientist told the 26th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome. Dr. Alicia Armstrong, Chief, Gynecologic Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH) said that the outcome of two Phase II clinical trials of ulipristal acetate (UPA) had significant implications for both infertility and general gynecology patients.

Better Bionic Eyes and Ears

June 30, 2010 8:58 am | by by Fresh Science, with reporting by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | News | Comments

A researcher from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has created conductive bioplastics which will transform the performance of bionic devices like the cochlear ear and the proposed bionic eye. “Our plastics will lead to smaller devices that use safer smaller currents and that encourage nerve interaction,” says biomedical engineer Rylie Green.

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Initiative Aims At Understanding Physiological Changes Of Bariatric Surgery

June 30, 2010 8:36 am | News | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) recently announced it has renewed its research collaboration agreement with the University of Cincinnati (UC) and its Metabolic Diseases Institute (MDI). The three-year, $13.5M grant extension, is part of the EES Metabolic Applied Research Strategy (MARS), which also includes research from GI Metabolism Laboratory and Weight Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

How EMR And EHR Systems Can Kill Patients

June 30, 2010 8:36 am | by Margalit Gur-Arie | Articles | Comments

Back in the times when EHRs were just EMRs, they had a very simple and humble mission. The software was supposed to help providers of health care services better manage their business. EMRs were supposed to help physicians adhere to CMS documentation rules, automate patient flow management and get rid of all the mountains of paper floating around a typical medical office or hospital .

Clean/Procedure Room Station

June 30, 2010 8:35 am | Ring Communications, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The CC201 from Ring Communications Inc. is a one-to-one communication system designed to be used in a sterile environment. It is resistant to chemicals and household cleaners and the station is designed to be water tight when used with the proper 3 gang electrical back box.

LED Portable System

June 30, 2010 8:34 am | Vision USA | Product Releases | Comments

Vision USA's Bright Star LED Portable system provides a range of headset viewing options. According to the company, features include: Availability with cushioned headbands or clip on's that can attach to any Loupes, Prescription Glasses or Safety Glasses.

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Lower Back Pain And Surgery

June 29, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

A literature review, led by Dr. Joseph Lee, published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) suggests that a herniated disk is one of the most frequent causes of low back and leg pain in adults, but surgery is not for everyone. Between 60 and 80 percent of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

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Laparoscopic Hernia Mesh Placement Tool

June 29, 2010 6:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Israel's PolyTouch Medical has received FDA clearance to market its PatchAssist laparoscopic hernia mesh placement device, Medgadget recently reported. The tool was developed to allow surgeons a more predictable and standardized approach to apply hernia patches. Realizing the need for an accurate and easy mesh deployment and placement technique, PolyTouch Medical has developed PatchAssist, a novel mesh deployment and placement technique for laparoscopic hernia repair.

New Endoscopic Stapling Technology

June 29, 2010 6:14 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien (NYSE: COV) introduces its proprietary Tri-Staple™ technology platform for endoscopic stapling. The technology enables surgeons to use staplers in a wider variety of laparoscopic procedures and in a broader range of tissue thicknesses than ever before. The new Endo GIA stapling system includes an ergonomically enhanced, lightweight handle designed for precise control.

Focused vs. Thorough

June 29, 2010 6:13 am | by By: SHADOWFAX | Articles | Comments

I get emails, and one which caught my interest was this recent one from loyal reader Nurse J (lightly edited): "Do you assess everybody that comes into your ER for everything, or do you just assess the complaint? I am a newish critical care nurse at A Great Big Hospital, and my wife is a sixth year ICU nurse at a Smaller Hospital.

New Strategy To Reduce Bleeding Complications In Sight

June 29, 2010 6:12 am | News | Comments

In a pilot study, researchers find a fibrinogen concentrate may be effective in reducing the risk of haemorrhage during and after surgery. June 29, 2010 A joint clinical trial conducted by the University Hospital and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that an element in human blood, fibrinogen, is likely more vital to the blood’s clotting ability in connection with heart surgery than previously considered.

Less Invasive, Imaging-Guided Biopsies On The Rise

June 29, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

Advanced imaging technologies have helped shift biopsy techniques away from more invasive approaches toward imaging-guided percutaneous—or through the skin—techniques, according to a new study appearing online and in the September print edition of the journal Radiology . The first percutaneous needle biopsy of the liver was reported in 1923, and the technique developed into an invaluable diagnostic tool in many organ systems.

Australia Convicts U.S. Doctor For 3 Surgery Deaths

June 29, 2010 5:58 am | News | Comments

Rohan Sullivan, AP An American doctor accused of botching a string of operations while he was the chief surgeon at an Australian hospital has been found guilty of killing three of his patients and grievously harming another. Jayant Patel, 60, was ordered into police custody until sentencing after a jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges against him.

Surgically Repaired Knees Do Not Decrease Risk Of Osteoarthritis

June 29, 2010 5:41 am | News | Comments

Arthroscopic surgical repair of torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) or meniscal cartilage injuries in the knee does not decrease the chances of developing osteoarthritis, according to a new study published online and in the August print issue of the journal Radiology . A decade after the initial injuries were diagnosed using MRI, localized knee osteoarthritis was evident in patients, regardless of whether or not the injuries had been surgically repaired.

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