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Physician Blows Whistle On “Hectic Lap-Band Factory”

July 30, 2010 8:10 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

It’s always been a newsworthy topic among the surgical community always, but following the recent release of revealing survey data, it’s once again come to the surface. The issue: whether or not medical professionals feel comfortable reporting colleagues who appear impaired, incompetent or may be practicing “bad medicine.

Study: Anesthesiologists Have Role In SSI Prevention

July 30, 2010 8:09 am | News | Comments

A study published in the August issue of Anesthesiology reports patients who undergo a primary total hip or knee replacement procedure with general anesthesia have a higher risk of surgical site infection (SSI) than those who undergo the procedure with epidural/spinal anesthesia. Chuen-Chau Chang, M.

Miniscal Repair System

July 30, 2010 8:08 am | Depuy Mitek, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Mitek, Inc. announces the launch of its OMNISPAN™ Meniscal Repair System for all-inside repairs of meniscus tears. The System features a low-profile needle pre-loaded with two PEEK backstops and proprietary ORTHOCORD® suture for enhanced strength. Testing has shown the OMNISPAN System provides superior strength compared to leading all-inside devices.

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Micro-LED Headlight

July 30, 2010 8:07 am | QED Medical | Product Releases | Comments

QED Medical introduces the EOS 3 Watt LED Headlight optic weighs in at only .4 of an ounce and provides variable intensity up to 4,500-foot candles of white light into the field. The EOS headlight is available on a comfortable headband or on a variety of clips to accommodate most common loupes and eyewear.

Alternative to Lap Band Surgery Gaining Momentum

July 30, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

As of late, the most prominently advertised and promoted form of bariatric surgery has been the Lap-Band procedure. However, some patients have achieved comparable results without the use of the band implant. Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz has seen a rise in the popularity of a sleeve gastrectomy procedure on numerous patients suffering from obesity characterized by a BMI of 35 or higher.

Medical Group Manager Gets Prison Time For Embezzling $1 Million

July 30, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

A former south Texas medical group office manager has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for not paying income taxes on about $1 million she embezzled. Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Gina Anzaldua Holley of Corpus Christi and ordered her to also pay $297,855 in back federal taxes.

Acupuncture Patient Abandoned With Needles In Her Back

July 30, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

Police in Bellingham, WA got a 911 call from an acupuncture patient after she says clinic workers apparently forgot about her and locked up the office. Police spokesman Mark Young says the 47-year-old woman told police she still had acupuncture needles in her back when she decided the clinic had closed.

Stopping Bedbug Infestations

July 30, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Sara Kugler Frazier, AP One of every 15 New Yorkers battled bedbugs last year, officials said as they announced a plan to fight the spreading infestation, including a public-awareness campaign and a top entomologist to head the effort. The bloodsucking pests, which are not known to spread disease but can cause great mental anguish with their persistent and fast-growing infestations, have rapidly multiplied throughout New York and many other U.

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Pushy Dispatchers Save Lives

July 30, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions — especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, according to new research. The two new studies conclude that hands-only chest compression is enough to save a life.

Robotic Prostatectomy: Anastomosis Using Barbed Suture

July 29, 2010 6:41 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Ali Moinzadeh, Director of robotic surgery at Lahey Clinic, demonstrates use of novel (2010) barbed unidirectional suture, during robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.

VARD In Infected Necrotizing Pancreatitis

July 29, 2010 6:41 am | Videos | Comments

Surgical technique used in the PANTER trial (New Engl J Med 2010) of the Dutch Pancreatitis Study Group. Marc Besselink, Bert van Ramshorst. Utrecht/Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. This is the CT of a 43 year old male patiënt with infected necrotizing pancreatitis that will undergo a VARD procedure; Videoscopic Assisted Retroperitoneal Debridment.

The Hybrid OR

July 29, 2010 6:40 am | Videos | Comments

The final piece of the nation's largest operating room renovation project is complete with the installation of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's "Hybrid OR," allowing both vascular and cardiac surgical procedures to be done in one single room for patients. For more information, visit http://www.

Infection In Ambulatory Surgical Centers

July 29, 2010 6:40 am | Videos | Comments

Lapses in infection control measures are a common feature of ambulatory surgical centers in the United States, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Here are some recommendations for preventing surgical site infections, from the Infectious Diseases Society of America: Administer antimicrobial prophylaxis in accordance with evidence-based standards and guidelines Do not remove hair at the operative site unless the presence of hair will interfere with the operation; do not use razors Control blood glucose level during the immediate postoperative period for patients undergoing cardiac surgery Researchers out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention organized to have 68 ambulatory surgical centers surveyed by agents from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) between June and October 2008.

Hospital Combats “July Effect”

July 28, 2010 7:59 am | Clearcount Medical Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Earlier this month, new studies indicated that being admitted to the hospital in July may increase the duration of a patient's stay in the hospital and increase a patient's risk of death. A study by researchers from the University of San Diego of 244,388 deaths caused by medication errors indicated that a patient has about the same chance of a lethal medication error throughout the year with one exception.

Greed Can Mend a Broken Heart

July 28, 2010 7:58 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Greed drives innovation in industry. While I might not always like it, when it comes time for me to deal with a serious medical condition, I want as many treatment and non-treatment options on the table as possible. July 28, 2010 In “What Broke My Father’s Heart,” a piece in New York Times magazine a couple weeks ago, journalist Katy Butler writes about how an implanted pacemaker kept her father’s heart ticking long after the rest of his body was ready to go.

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