On December 3, 2010, the world will take a moment to recognize the International Day of Persons with Disabilities . The United Nations observance aims to promote a better understanding of disability issues with a focus on the rights of persons with disabilities. Too often we forget that many people, from all countries and all age groups, struggle with disabilities every day.
Different techniques should be used to remove single stones that have become lodged in the distal ureter after being expelled by the kidney, depending on whether they are under or above one centimeter, according to the December issue of BJUI . Surgeons from the Department of Urology at University Federico II in Naples, Italy believe that extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), which uses a non-invasive acoustic pulse to break down ureteric stones, should be the treatment of first choice in patients with a stone of up to one centimeter.
Medicare's new chief called for more steps to improve patient safety in the wake of a government report that said one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients is harmed during their stay. About 1.5 percent of those patients, or 15,000 people a month, suffered a complication that contributed to their death, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services said.
Wounds have to be regularly checked, to make sure any complications in the healing process are detected at an early stage. A new material will make it possible to check wounds without changing the dressing: If an infection arises, the material changes its color. Whether a small cut with a fruit knife, a surgical wound or a major injury caused by a fall, the body’s defense and repair system leaps into action and tries to close the wound as quickly as possible.
Why can’t we have an adult conversation about smoking? Why resort to scare tactics and simplistic messaging on cigarette cartons when it’s unclear whether they’ll do any good? November 19, 2010 Did you know that cigarettes are addictive, tobacco smoke can harm your children, and that smoking can kill you? If yes, congratulations, you are just as intelligent as members of the Food and Drug Administration and probably passed your middle school health class.
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics announces U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the VITROS® intact Parathyroid Hormone (iPTH) Assay. The VITROS® iPTH Assay measures intact parathyroid hormone levels and utilizes one protocol for both routine and intraoperative testing with results available in 18 minutes.
Cambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, today announced a new product concept. The Minder enables continuous, real-time medical data collection and transmission via cellular networks. Increasing the accuracy and frequency of patient data reporting, the Minder demonstrates a new technology solution that the company feels can lower the cost of healthcare by improving the quality of patient care.
Qosina single-use PLA ( polylactic acid ) tweezer forceps are a biodegradable alternative to plastic kit components. PLA is an allergen free; environmentally-friendly material created from corn with the same physical properties as plastic and can be sterilized using Gamma or ETO.
A small study of Japanese surgeons suggests that duration of surgery and the amount of blood loss are associated with increased stress scores, and that night duty is associated with reduced stress arousal scores, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
The amount of intra-abdominal fat appears to be associated with the risk of complications following major liver surgery, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, appearing overweight or having a high body mass index (BMI) were not associated with increased post-surgical risks.
Adventist Medical Center is the only place on the west coast that offers our patients the Lisa Laser. This device gives our surgeons more precision during a robotic-assisted surgery using the da Vinci surgical system.
The producers of KHOU and anchor Shermin-Chow filmed and broadcast the first part of the story of the operation on October 20, 2010 at Humble surgical hospital and promised the viewers they would go back to see if the procedure worked. That first segment was picked up by affliates and broadcast nationally.
From the industrial market into the operating room, Datamatrix codes are more resistant, readable, and pack more information into a smaller space than bar codes. Using laser markers, the codes can be engraved on any instrument regardless of size. For more information, check out www.
Few children leave surgery with a foreign body left inside them, but such events appear most likely to occur during gynecologic operations, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery . This surgical error was associated with longer hospital stays and increased costs, but not with an increased risk of death.