Lauran Neergaard, AP Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option — a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests. Not yet known is whether easier-to-implant valves might work for the less sick who'd like to try the new technology rather than undergo the open-heart surgery required for standard valve replacements.
Lindsey Tanner, AP A report says treatment has improved substantially at U.S. hospitals for several ailments, including heart attacks, pneumonia and children's asthma. The information is based on more than 3,000 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent regulatory group. On average, hospitals in the report gave recommended heart attack treatment almost 98 percent of the time in 2009, versus 89 percent in 2002.
A simple, inexpensive blood test could soon help doctors halt organ rejection before it impairs transplanted hearts and kidneys. "In the past, we couldn't spot rejection episodes until they harmed the organ," said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, who is co-senior author of the new research and an associate professor of medical informatics and pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Recently, our class learned and practiced how to correctly ’scrub’ for surgery. During this little lab activity, we were all gowned up and washing our hands when a couple of classmates asked if I was going to be a surgeon. I said I didn’t really know yet, although I did find surgery pretty fascinating.
Clip mags are now available from Vision USA in three styles: distoration free aspheric lens; bifocal, full lens and extra large lens. All styles attach to your eye/safety glasses or laser glasses and add magnification + 1.0, +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.5, +4.0 and new power +5.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. announces that their new, Processing Essentials Catalog 9th Edition is now available. The full-color, 76-page catalog features many new products for surgery and central sterile supply— from instrument cleaning brushes, instrument education, inspection and sharpness testing aides, to instrument trays, accessories, and protection devices.
Medicus Health offers their new light weight Aluminum Isolation Stations made from powder coated aluminum for superior durability. Aluminum Isolation Stations weigh approximately 5 lbs. and work for facilities that have issues with fire code regulations that don't allow plastic items mounted to the walls or doors.
Jerry and Becky Morefield enjoy some time together with their 15-year-old triplets with cerebral palsy in Mahomet, Ill., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. The nation's new health care law adds consumer protections that kick in Thursday, forcing insurers to meet new requirements.
Minnesota Medical Development's Rebound HRD and HRD V are self-expanding Nitinol framed/surgical mesh medical devices designed for the laparoscopic repair of inguinal, ventral and incisional hernias. The super-elastic Nitinol frame allows the device to be folded and inserted laparoscopically through an access port or small incision.
Richard Wolf Medical Instruments introduces the Rover portable LED light source, pictured attached to a Richard Wolf flexible cystoscope. The Rover is powered by a 3W LED lamp, making it a solution as a replacement for a light cable and light source. It is recommended for use in such medical applications as ENT, gynecology and urology.
The KARL STORZ Image 1® camera system delivers 16:9 images from acquisition to display. This addresses the need, especially of laparoscopists, to see instruments entering the abdominal cavity earlier.
Spectrum Labs' full line of OR imaging drapes are made from soft anti-stat polyethylene, to avoid obstructing the view. The camera drape product line includes Universal Camera Drapes and Tear Tip Camera Drapes. The drapes' stretch openings provide a tight seal, which lowers repairs costs caused by repeated soaking in sterilant.
CareFusion offers the EnView, a device used to hold and maneuver an endoscope allowing surgeons a clear and stable view of the anatomy during laparoscopic surgery. According to the company, the device accommodates 5 mm and 10 mm endoscopes and integrates with a hospital's existing visualization equipment.