Some intensive care patients develop post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) after the trauma of a difficult hospital stay, and this is thought to be exacerbated by delusional or fragmentary memories of their time in the intensive care unit. Now researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care have found that if staff and close relatives make a diary for patients, featuring information about their stay and accompanied by photographs, PTSD rates can be significantly reduced.
Risk factors for venous thromboembolism after total hip replacement (THR) surgery were identified in a new study published in the September 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) . While the rate of thromboembolism has been significantly reduced through medication, understanding the risk factors could further reduce the likelihood of patients developing this potentially fatal complication.
Donna Bryson, AP (AP) A major South African hospital chain and its chief executive have been charged after years of investigation into a human organ trafficking case that stretched from Israel to South Africa to Brazil. Police spokesman Vish Naidoo said 11 suspects were ordered to appear in court in November.
(AP) U.S. health officials say two Arizona organ transplant recipients died of an infection from a microscopic parasite they got from their organ donor. The deaths are the second confirmed cluster of tranplant-related encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoeba found in soil. It is especially dangerous to people undergoing organ transplants and who have weakened immune systems.
Alex Dominguez, AP A man who became distraught as he was being briefed on his mother's condition by a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital pulled a gun and shot the doctor Thursday, then killed his mother and himself in her room, police said. The doctor, who was wounded in the abdomen, is expected to survive.
Sharps injuries in the surgical setting are on the rise. In order to increase staff safety and help avoid costly regulatory fines, Sandel Medical Industries has developed an entire line of sharps injury prevention products. Neutral Zone: A disposable friction drape designed to eliminate the hand-to-hand transfer of sharps instruments.
The SI-PCFTM system from Medisafe America uses the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical’s manual cleaning method, while being able to reprocess up to 10 EndoWrist® instruments simultaneously, within a time efficient and convenient process. The "Sonic Irrigation" equipment family is designed for cleaning cannulated, lumen, ported, non-ported and micro surgical instrumentation inside and out.
TOSI™ is the first device to provide a consistent, repeatable, and reliable method for evaluating the cleaning effectiveness of the automated instrument washer. This is possible because the blood soil is manufactured to exact specifications each and every time. When metered on to the stainless steel plate, the TOSI™ is completely analogous to a stainless steel instrument soiled with dried blood.
Skytron SolidCare solid surface cabinetry and workstations are manufactured from DuPont Corian and offer a wide menu of vibrant, healing colors for the healthcare space. Unlike traditional cabinetry, SolidCare surfaces are without seams or crevices, eliminating places where potentially infectious microorganisms, such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococccus Aureus (MRSA), can otherwise hide.
The two-part device manages and routes necessary cords, cables, and tubing crossings lying near the surgical site. The T-channel box construction of the Cord Companion accepts cables running in several orientations and organizes and directs them away from the incision area.
The Radical-7 is a 3-in-1 (bedside, handheld, transport) Pulse CO-OximeterTM that features Masimo noninvasive and continuous total hemoglobin (SpHb®). It helps clinicians to quickly detect chronic or acute anemia, to identify occult bleeding earlier, and to manage blood transfusions more effectively.
The PowerLED 700 HD light provides exceptional illumination, shadow dilution, and 40,000 hours LED life. With 168 LEDs, each capped with a specially designed Fresnel lens, the PowerLED 700 HD produces a consistent and homogenous patch. The pre-focused column of light extends into deep cavities, eliminating the need for manual adjustments.
Linemaster introduces its Medical Grade RF Wireless foot control, a unique plug-and-go system perfect for new applications or as a replacement for existing wired solutions. This innovative system eliminates the cord clutter on the floors while providing the freedom that wireless has to offer.
The Insuflow® Laparoscopic Gas Conditioning System humidifies and warms CO2 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit and 95 percent relative humidity. It is the only proven method that prevents intra-operative and post-operative laparoscopic hypothermia. The Insuflow® also reduces post-operative pain and analgesic requirements and shortens recovery time.
The AER DEFENSE™ Smoke Evacuator is ConMed’s new surgical smoke evacuation system intended to remove smoke, aerosols, and noxious odors produced during electrosurgical procedures. The AER DEFENSE™ offers four different modes of operation which makes it the most versatile smoke evacuator on the market and is 11 percent (7dBA) quieter than our previous model.