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Radio Frequency Surgical Detection Technology

December 13, 2010 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

RF Surgical Systems, Inc., the market leader in the prevention and detection of retained surgical sponges, today announced the availability of the RF Assure™ Detection System. This next generation platform, powered by RF Surgical’s market-leading radio-frequency detection technology, features an ingenious automatic detection mat for “hands-free” patient scanning, an easy-to-operate touch screen color display, a new patient data recording module and a powerful processor to enable faster, accurate and reliable scanning while promoting staff confidence and compliance.

Three New Platforms For Ventilators

December 13, 2010 5:27 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Puritan Bennett 840 Neonatal ventilator Covidien announces that three new platforms for its Puritan Bennett™ 840 ventilator ― the Puritan Bennett 840 Neonatal ventilator, the Puritan Bennett 840 Universal ventilator and the Puritan Bennett 840 Pediatric-Adult ventilator ― are now available in the United States.

NFL Concussion Committee Hears From Helmet Makers

December 10, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

Howard Fendrich, AP Commissioner Roger Goodell was planning to briefly stop by the hotel where the NFL's head, neck and spine medical committee met Wednesday to hear from equipment makers, researchers, the military and NASCAR about how to improve helmet safety and cut down on concussions.Goodell wound up listening in for a few hours.

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National Kidney Swap Program Sees Immediate Success

December 10, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

Holly Ramer, AP As grateful as she was when her sister-in-law offered in October to donate a kidney on her behalf, Kathy Niedzwiecki didn't believe for one second her prediction that it would happen before Christmas. "I'm always the cup half empty, she's always the cup half full. Always," Niedzwiecki said three days after she received a new kidney in the first success for a national pilot program that helps arrange so-called kidney exchanges.

Surgery Complications Linked To Chemotherapy Delays

December 10, 2010 4:56 am | News | Comments

Patients who have complications after colorectal cancer surgery are less likely to get chemotherapy, even when it is clearly recommended for their diagnosis, a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds. In addition, patients with complications were more than twice as likely to have their chemotherapy delayed for more than 120 days after diagnosis or two months after surgery, which is considered the appropriate timeframe for receiving chemotherapy.

CEUs For Instrument Cleaning

December 10, 2010 4:39 am | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Play…Learn…Earn!™ free CEU’s at Crazy4Clean.com . Become an expert of the key steps in cleaning surgical instruments  – and have fun at the same time. Follow and direct the adventures of TOSIman as he works to rid surgical instruments of dangerous organic soils utilizing the tools typically found in a modern sterile processing department.

Patient-Focused Diagnostic Care

December 10, 2010 4:36 am | Royal Philips Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Royal Philips Electronics introduces the DigitalDiagnost, an ER Wireless system and diagnostic X-ray solution. By eliminating hardware and peripheral equipment that typically hinders access to the patient, the DigitalDiagnost – ER Wireless radiography configuration eases access to critical patients in emergency rooms (ER), trauma units and recovery bays.

Health Care Legislation’s Impact On Infection Control

December 10, 2010 4:35 am | by Cynthia Crosby, vice president of Medical Affairs for Infection Prevention at CareFusion | Articles | Comments

Surgical Products: Can you discuss how new health care legislation could affect hospital protocols for preventing infection? How will this change the standards hospitals have in place for preventing infection? Crosby : The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains a national quality improvement strategy that includes improving patient health outcomes such as infection rates.

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The Need For Doctors' Right To Investigative Free Speech

December 10, 2010 4:33 am | Articles | Comments

Imagine having a medical device that is being tested in multiple centers, but one doctor thinks the device has problems. He says so at a national conference despite glowing reviews by others. Should the company sue the doctor for liable and remove him from their investigative panel? Today, it seems that might not be such a good idea.

Patients May Not Have To Stop Taking Anti-Platelets Before Surgery

December 10, 2010 4:31 am | News | Comments

Despite the common clinical practice among surgeons to discontinue their patients' anti-platelet therapy prior to surgery, a recent study of patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) indicated that this practice may be unnecessary. The study will be published in the December issue of the Annals of Vascular Surgery .

New Antimicrobial Polymer Receives Patent

December 9, 2010 12:02 pm | News | Comments

The United States Patent Office has issued to Biosafe, Inc. a composition of matter patent on the siloxane polymer that is the keystone of the company’s proprietary antimicrobial technology. The chemistry underlying the antimicrobial causes it to molecularly bond to the treated surfaces of film, sheet, molded plastics, non-wovens, metals, wood and other substances, enabling it to resist leaching or migration and providing long-lasting protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi.

Laparoscopic Living Donor Nephrectomy

December 9, 2010 4:21 am | Videos | Comments

Current concepts in transplant surgery: laparoscopic living donor of the kidney by: Paul, Andreas; Treckmann, Jürgen; Gallinat, Anja; Witzke, Oliver; Vester, Udo; Broelsch, Christoph E.

Radical Lymph Node Dissection

December 9, 2010 4:21 am | Videos | Comments

From the Springer article: Medially approached radical lymph node dissection along the surgical trunk for advanced right-sided colon cancers.

Study: Aspirin Can Reduce Death From Cancer

December 9, 2010 4:20 am | Videos | Comments

With 24 Hour News 8 anchor Brian Sterling and Dr. Larry McCahill, the medical director of surgical oncology at the Lacks Cancer Center.

Robotic Radical Hysterectomy For Cervical Cancer

December 9, 2010 4:20 am | Videos | Comments

Many extensive radical surgical procedures are now performed using advanced endoscopic techniques. Postoperative discomfort is minimized and hospital stay is dramatically reduced using this minimally invasive approach. This video shows an extensive pelvic surgery being performed by one of the skilled surgeons of Gynecologic Oncology Associates with the assistance of the daVinci robot.

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