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Two-Thirds Of Patients Worry About Acquiring Deadly Infections In Hospital

September 15, 2010 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

Nearly one-third of Americans have experienced a Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) or have a friend or relative who contracted one, according to a new survey from Xenex Healthcare. HAIs (such as C. diff, MRSA, staph infections and pneumonia) are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and while hospitals have stepped up efforts to prevent these deadly infections, more needs to be done.

Bariatric Operations Reduce Odds of Gestational Diabetes, Cesarean Section

September 15, 2010 6:20 am | Articles | Comments

Obese women who have bariatric surgical procedures before pregnancy were three times less likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) than women who have bariatric operations after delivery, according to new research findings published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .

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The Emotional Resistance To Admitting Error Cannot Be Legislated Away

September 15, 2010 6:20 am | by Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Articles | Comments

It’s been more than a decade since the seminal report “To Err is Human” by the Institute of Medicine.  The report made waves when it estimated that 1.5 million people are affected by medical errors and that nearly 100,000 die annually as a result of medical errors. Some of those numbers have been debated, but there is no doubt that medical error is a significant issue in medicine that needs to be addressed.

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Medline Awarded Premier Contract For Surgical Mesh

September 15, 2010 5:53 am | News | Comments

Medline Industries, a privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, has announced the signing of a three-year national agreement with Premier Purchasing Partners, the group purchasing unit of Premier, Inc., to provide surgical mesh biomaterials used in soft tissue reinforcement to the more than 2,200 U.

Burnout Associated With Unprofessional Conduct

September 15, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

Medical students with higher levels of distress (burnout) were more likely to partake in unprofessional conduct related to patient care and less altruistic professional values, according to a study in the September 15 issue of JAMA . "Professionalism is a core competency for all physicians.

More Residents Endangering Patients By Working Through Illness

September 15, 2010 5:33 am | News | Comments

A new study demonstrates that young doctors often fail to heed the Biblical injunction, "physician, heal thyself." In a research letter published in the , issue of JAMA , researchers report that three out of five residents surveyed came to work in the previous year while sick, possibly exposing their patients and colleagues to suboptimal performance and, in many cases, communicable disease.

Being A Better Listener

September 15, 2010 5:18 am | News | Comments

Doctors can be taught to listen better to individual circumstances that may affect patient care, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. The findings are reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association . In a previous study the investigators had shown that doctors are not good at picking up clues to details in their patients' personal lives that may affect their treatment, or what the researchers call "context.

Medical Students Critical About Depression Among Peers

September 15, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Medical students experience depression at a higher rate than the general population and attach high levels of stigma to the mental illness, according to University of Michigan research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association . The study showed that 53.3 percent of medical students who reported high levels of depressive symptoms were worried that revealing their illness would be risky.

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Operating Better, With Electricity

September 14, 2010 6:07 am | by Aggravated DocSurg | News | Comments

Sharp knives. Sutures. Hot lights and warm blood. That's what most folks picture when thinking about operating rooms. It's easy to overlook that we make use of plain old electrical energy in the OR - electrosurgery. Sounds like something from a '50s SciFi novel. Perhaps a gift from the Red Lectroids from the 8th dimension? Actually, the modern era of electrosurgery started in 1926, courtesy of Dr.

Funds Targeting Wider EHR Implementation

September 14, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced that nearly $20 million has been allocated in new technical support assistance to help critical access and rural hospital facilities convert from paper-based medical records to certified electronic health record (EHR) technology.

AER DEFENSE™ Smoke Evacuator

September 14, 2010 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Cosmetic Surgery Worth Over $3 Billion In The U.S. by 2017

September 14, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

According to a new report by iData Research, the market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and medical lasers is expected to almost double in size, exceeding $3 billion by 2017. The market for aesthetic Botulinum toxin-A drugs such as Botox will grow to an estimated $543 million. The aesthetic laser and light therapy markets for skin resurfacing, hair removal and laser lipolysis are seen as the fastest growing segments.

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Cosmetic Surgery Worth Over $3 Billion In The U.S. by 201

September 14, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

According to a new report by iData Research, the market for cosmetic surgery, facial aesthetics and medical lasers is expected to almost double in size, exceeding $3 billion by 2017. The market for aesthetic Botulinum toxin-A drugs such as Botox will grow to an estimated $543 million. The aesthetic laser and light therapy markets for skin resurfacing, hair removal and laser lipolysis are seen as the fastest growing segments.

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U.S. Health Workers In Zimbabwe Freed On Bail

September 14, 2010 5:39 am | News | Comments

Chengetai Zvauya, AP A Zimbabwean court freed four Americans on bail after they were arrested and accused of treating AIDS patients without proper medical licenses. A magistrate ordered the six health workers, who included a New Zealand national and a Zimbabwean, to pay a $200 bail and reappear in court on September 27.

EvacMat™

September 14, 2010 5:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Surgical’s SurgiSafe® Evac Mat™ is quiet, easy to use, and great for fluid-intense procedures. It combines the functionality of absorption and suction to efficiently remove unlimited amounts of fluid from the OR floor. It works with standard wall suction, can be rolled over without loss of suction, and is red bag friendly.

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