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OR Teamwork Programs Appear To Reduce Surgical Fatalities

October 20, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

Hospitals that had operating room personnel participate in a medical team training program that incorporates practices of aviation crews, such as training in teamwork and communication, had a lower rate of surgical deaths compared to hospitals that did not participate in the program, according to a study in the October 20 issue of JAMA .

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New Hospital Ratings Reflect Declining Mortality Rates

October 20, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

A new independent study by HealthGrades of patient outcomes at America's hospitals found that patients at 5-star rated hospitals had a 72 percent lower risk of dying when compared with patients at 1-star-rated hospitals - an enormous gap that has held steady over the past years even as overall mortality rates have improved.

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Cardinal Invites Providers TO Apply For $1 Million In Grants

October 20, 2010 6:44 am | News | Comments

The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that, for the fourth consecutive year, it will award more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care. Earlier this year, the Cardinal Health Foundation awarded grants to 40 organizations in 25 states as part of its E3 Grant Program, which was launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care, nationwide.

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Master Clinicians

October 19, 2010 7:17 am | Articles | Comments

By Bruce Campbell, MD No great artist ever sees things as they are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. -Oscar Wilde   The physical exam of the head and neck is both simple and challenging. Simple, in that even children are familiar with the shape of the face, the sheen of the eye, the curve of the ear, and the texture of the tongue.

Non-Invasive Patient Monitoring

October 19, 2010 7:16 am | Masimo Corp | Product Releases | Comments

The 2011 Masimo Radical-7® is a non-invasive monitor with new capabilities. According to the company, features include: Measurements—rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring™ for accurate, easy-to-use, patient-tolerant respiration rate (RRa™); rainbow Pulse CO-Oximetry® for hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOCTM), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®); and ‘gold-standard’ Masimo SET® pulse oximetry for oxyhemoglobin (SpO2), perfusion index (PI), and pulse rate.

Free-Standing 3D Medical-Grade LCD Monitor

October 19, 2010 7:16 am | Sony Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Sony showcased at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) conference this month a free-standing 3D medical-grade display, capturing the full image quality of today’s high definition (HD) 3D endoscopes and surgical microscopes. The LMD-2451MT LCD will finally enable minimally invasive (MI) surgeons to take advantage of the depth perception and spatial orientation that our natural vision provides, when utilized with the growing number of 3D HD surgical camera systems being used today in a full range of MI procedures.

Veritas® Collagen Matrix

October 19, 2010 7:15 am | Synovis Surgical Innovations | Product Releases | Comments

Synovis Surgical Innovations’ Veritas Collagen Matrix is an effective solution for abdominal wall reconstruction as it rapidly revascularizes and repopulates by surrounding host tissue. According to the company, additional features include: Minimizes tissue attachment to viscera.

Doctors Help Miners During Pressured Rescue

October 19, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

When rescuers needed to determine how to safely extract Chilean miners without their fainting and suffering a potentially devastating loss of blood to the brain, they turned to a UT Southwestern Medical Center scientist whose expertise typically is focused on astronauts in space, not mine workers trapped underground.

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Pre-Op Psychiatric Illness Associated With Increased Risk Of Death

October 19, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

Individuals with co-occurring psychiatric illnesses, especially anxiety and depression, appear to have an increased risk of death within 30 days of surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Psychiatric illnesses occur along with physical complaints in an estimated five to 40 percent of hospitalized patients, according to background information in the article.

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Patients Protest Chinese Doctor's Risky Surgery

October 19, 2010 5:17 am | News | Comments

Gillian Wong, AP At one moment, the Chinese urologist seemed to be at the height of his career. He had invented a surgical procedure to help patients overcome incontinence and was training doctors in America and elsewhere. The next, Dr. Xiao Chuanguo was in handcuffs, confessing that he'd hired thugs to attack two persistent critics who called him a fraud.

Study Examines How Surgical Mistakes Continue

October 19, 2010 5:07 am | News | Comments

Catherine Tsai, AP Three healthy men had their prostate glands removed. Five people had surgery on the wrong part of their spines. A child underwent an unneeded ear operation after the wrong person was called to go to the operating room. Despite efforts to end surgical errors, doctors are still reporting operations performed on the wrong body parts and even the wrong people, a study released Monday said.

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Man With Scorched Face Awaits Face Transplant

October 19, 2010 4:58 am | News | Comments

Jamie Stengle, AP Dallas C. Wiens wants to be able to smile, to smell the rain, to feel his 3-year-old daughter's kisses. Two years ago, Wiens' face was burned away in a horrible electrical accident that also left him blind. Although doctors were able to transfer skin and muscle from Wiens' back and thighs onto his charred skull, he still doesn't have lips, a nose or even eyebrows.

Healthmark Industries Company Announces New Team Member

October 18, 2010 11:49 am | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | News | Comments

Kaumudi Kulkarni earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Georgia, GA. There her research focused on fungal cellular and molecular biology. She also earned a Master of Science degree from University of Pune, India, where her research focused on genetics.  In addition to that, Kaumudi has extensive experience as a Microbiology Laboratory Analyst at an environmental microbiology laboratory where she has provided technical and research support to field inspectors.

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Surgical Robot Provides Force Feedback

October 18, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Source: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven University of Technology Surgical robot Sofie. Photo: Bart van Overbeeke. TU/e researcher Linda van den Bedem developed a compact surgical robot, which uses 'force feedback' to allow the surgeon to feel what he is doing.

The Doctor Is In (But Shouldn’t Be)

October 18, 2010 7:04 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

One winter toward the end of my training, I came down with a cold. At first, the constant coughing and runny nose made me miserable; then they became tiring. To decrease the chances of spreading my germs, I had to tie on a mask every time I came into contact with patients, wash my hands so frequently my skin became raw and wipe down the phone receivers with alcohol when I answered a page.

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