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Surgical LED Headlight System

August 25, 2010 9:05 am | Cool-View | Product Releases | Comments

CoolView offers the Novalite Micro XL 1400 Surgical LED Headlight System. According to the company, features include: Super bright beam with an adjustable headlight  and built-in rechargeable Lithium Ion battery-powered belt pack. A non-tethered design that allows unlimited freedom of movement.

The Value Of An Apology

August 25, 2010 7:31 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Product Releases | Comments

The value of an apology – a heart-felt “I’m sorry” – can be seen in many facets of our lives. Often, no matter how big or small the mistake, an apology is a good start to remedying the situation. Still, it seems to be human instinct to try to cover up the mistake, not talk about it or deny that it happened whenever possible.

Hysterectomy A Success With Combined Robots

August 25, 2010 6:34 am | Endocontrol | Product Releases | Comments

EndoControl, the French company specializing in advanced laparoscopy just experienced its first success with the new application for their ViKY® robot: a Uterus Positioner. On July 22nd for the first time in Europe, ViKY® was used in combination with the da Vinci surgical robot.

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Pegboard Lateral Positioning System

August 25, 2010 6:33 am | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products is helping improve orthopedic surgery on obese patients with the new MorphBoard® modular pegboard positioning system. Along with its two modular end boards, the MorphBoard® features: A lightweight center board that can be easily adjusted to accommodate an obese patient’s large abdomen.

Headband Telescope Loupe

August 25, 2010 6:32 am | Vision USA | Product Releases | Comments

The new Headband Telescope Loupe in high powers from Visions USA, a Dentrex company, is a comfortable cushioned adjustable headband.  The Lana Loupe Headband takes the weight off your nose. The Telescopes flip up and can be worn with our prescription, safety of laser safety glasses.

Patients Not Finding Post-Op Relief

August 25, 2010 6:12 am | News | Comments

One in seven patients experience more pain, physical and emotional problems a year after surgery than before their operation, and one-quarter have less vitality. Those are the key findings of a research study of more than 400 patients published online by the British Journal of Surgery Researchers from The Netherlands spoke to 216 women and 185 men with an average age of 54, who had undergone planned procedures, ranging from plastic surgery to orthopaedic surgery.

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Next Generation Surgical Robots Could Steer Themselves

August 25, 2010 5:58 am | by Richard Merritt | News | Comments

As physician-guided robots routinely operate on patients at most major hospitals, the next generation robot could eliminate a surprising element from that scenario – the doctor. Feasibility studies conducted by Duke University bioengineers have demonstrated that a robot can locate a man-made, or phantom, lesion in simulated human organs, guide a device to the lesion and take multiple samples during a single session.

More Seniors May Have To Switch Drug Plans

August 25, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP A plan by Medicare to try to make it simpler for consumers to pick drug coverage could force three million seniors to switch plans next year whether they like it or not, says an independent analysis. That risks undercutting President Barack Obama's promise that people can keep their health plans if they like them.

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Radiologists Seeking A Strategy For Imaging Overuse

August 25, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

Over-utilization of medical imaging services exposes patients to unnecessary radiation and adds to healthcare costs, according to a report appearing online and in the October issue of the journal Radiology that calls on radiologists to spearhead a collaborative effort to curb imaging usage. “In most cases, an imaging procedure enhances the accuracy of a diagnosis or guides a medical treatment and is fully justified, because it benefits the patient,” said the article's lead author, William R.

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Protective Apparel Organizer

August 24, 2010 7:37 am | Health Care Logistics | Product Releases | Comments

Protection Organizers from Health Care Logistics offer a solution for keeping infection protection apparel stocked and ready-to-use in a consistent location.  According to the company, Protection Organizers are available in multiple styles to accommodate the varied needs of staff throughout the facility.

Esteem® Ortho Surgical Gloves

August 24, 2010 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Esteem® Ortho Powder-free Surgical Glove from Cardinal Health is a synthetic solution that performs like a latex glove in terms of comfort, fit and feel. It is made from a unique synthetic polyisoprene formulation that is structurally identical to natural rubber latex without the proteins.

Safe Protective Footwear Apparel

August 24, 2010 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The original Calzuro is a washable and sterilizable footwear. According to the company, features include: Slip resistance with no upper ventilation holes protecting against contamination. Washable with bleach if autoclave (up to 300°F) is not available.

Balancing A Surgeon’s Beliefs With The Needs Of The Practice

August 24, 2010 7:30 am | by Peter J Polack, MD, FACS | Articles | Comments

Not long ago, we interviewed a physician for possible partnership in our practice. After showing him around our town, some of us partners had dinner with him to discuss business. He was a quite pleasant fellow, well trained, and seemed to be a good ‘fit’ for our practice. As dessert was being served, he said he needed to get one more thing off his chest: he prays aloud in the operating room before starting each surgical case.

Online Nurse Continuing Education Tool Sees Success

August 24, 2010 7:30 am | Articles | Comments

Kathy Carlson discusses how online continuing education programs such as Nursing CE Portal provides perioperative nurses affordable and accessible continuing education. Surgical Products: Can you provide some background on Nursing CE Portal? How did it start and how long has it been available? Carlson: It started out as a friend’s idea.

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Narcolepsy Fears Collide With H1N1 Vaccine Use

August 24, 2010 6:56 am | News | Comments

Finland's National Institute for Health and Wefare has recommended halting the use of the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine until a probe into a possible link to narcolepsy among children is concluded.  The National Institute for Health and Wefare (THL) has received six reports of children known to have received the vaccine who have developed the chronic sleep disorder since the beginning of the year, it said, stressing, however, that this is in line with the normal annual rate of narcolepsy cases.

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