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Video Games Lead to Faster Decisions That Are No Less Accurate

September 20, 2010 7:12 am | News | Comments

Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn't just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.

Follow Up: 911 Calls Detail Johns Hopkins Shooting Afermath

September 20, 2010 7:11 am | News | Comments

BALTIMORE (AP) — A frightened patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital told 911 operators that her parents were trying to keep the door to her room shut after they heard gunfire. Recordings of 911 released Friday to The Associated Press detail the tense moments after a man opened fire on a surgeon who was updating him on his mother's condition.

Exploring The Power Of Virtual Surgical Planning

September 20, 2010 7:11 am | News | Comments

Materialise announced that it would lend its expertise in virtual surgical planning to researcher Dr. J. B. Jupiter, Chief Hand and Upper Extremity Service at Massachusetts General Hospital. Through an AO funded, IRB approved study, Dr. Jupiter will use SurgiCase® Orthopaedics to explore the advantages of computer-assisted surgery, virtual 3D planning and intra-operative use of patient-specific surgical guides in osteotomies to correct compound wrist fractures-the first research project of its kind.

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The "Surgeon's Dread"

September 20, 2010 7:10 am | by Susan Spencer-Wendel | News | Comments

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It has been called the "surgeon's dread." The most common mistake made in surgery, according to medical journals, is leaving a sponge or instrument inside a patient. County Judge Nelson Bailey knows precisely what happens when something is left behind.

Bariatric Ring Marker

September 17, 2010 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Schreiber – Kapp Bariatric Ring Marker from Kapp Surgical, Inc. is a permanent marker of the bypassed stomach which anchors the stomach to the abdominal wall (Pre-Gastrostomy). This provides access to the bypassed stomach for future treatment and diagnostic options.

Battery Insulation And Continuity Tester

September 17, 2010 11:21 am | Jac-Cell Medic | Product Releases | Comments

This new 9-volt battery insulation and continuity tester from Jac-cell Medica is a solution for locating potentially dangerous tears and cracks along the tube and handle of your laparoscopic instruments. According to the company, the product features: The ability to completely insulation verifiaction of laparoscopic electrodes, scissors, forceps and bayonet forceps.

Smoke-Free Laparoscopic Procedure Solution

September 17, 2010 9:49 am | CooperSurgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SeeClear from CooperSurgical is a passive disposable multi-stage filter system that clears the operative field of view while trapping smoke, particulates and aerosolized pathogens to provide a safer environment for staff and patients. For more information www.coopersurgical.

Synthetic Surgical Glove

September 17, 2010 8:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Derma Prene® IsoTouch® HydraSoft® synthetic polyisoprene, powder-free surgical glove from Ansell is designed as a moisturizing glove that prevents Type I latex allergic reactions and restores and improves  hands. This glove combines proprietary skin moisturizing technology with the most advanced latex-free synthetic material to restore hand condition without risk of Type I allergic reactions.

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Double Grasper

September 17, 2010 8:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Double Grasper is a reusable device that can be used to grasp and hold tissues for approximation, and in preparation for suturing or stapling. Features include: Two independently operated jaws on either side of a shared central plate. Subtle yet effective teeth on each jaw to prevent slipping and sliding.

How Not To Handle A Retained Sponge

September 17, 2010 7:42 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

In the September print edition of Surgical Products , our editor, Amanda McGowan, talked about t he benefits of an honest and upfront approach to those surgical mistakes that, despite everyone’s best efforts, can occasionally take place. “Often, no matter how big or small the mistake, an apology is a good start to remedying the situation.

World’s First Transcontinental Anesthesia

September 17, 2010 7:27 am | Articles | Comments

Videoconferences may be known for putting people to sleep, but never like this. Dr. Thomas Hemmerling and his team of McGill’s Department of Anesthesia achieved a world first on August 30, 2010, when they treated patients undergoing thyroid gland surgery in Italy remotely from Montreal.

Diaries Can Help ICU Patients From Developing PTSD

September 17, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

Some intensive care patients develop post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) after the trauma of a difficult hospital stay, and this is thought to be exacerbated by delusional or fragmentary memories of their time in the intensive care unit. Now researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care have found that if staff and close relatives make a diary for patients, featuring information about their stay and accompanied by photographs, PTSD rates can be significantly reduced.

Reducing Blood Clot Risks Before Hip Replacement Surgery

September 17, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

Risk factors for venous thromboembolism after total hip replacement (THR) surgery were identified in a new study published in the September 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) . While the rate of thromboembolism has been significantly reduced through medication, understanding the risk factors could further reduce the likelihood of patients developing this potentially fatal complication.

South African Hospital Charged With Organ Trafficking

September 17, 2010 5:08 am | News | Comments

Donna Bryson, AP (AP) A major South African hospital chain and its chief executive have been charged after years of investigation into a human organ trafficking case that stretched from Israel to South Africa to Brazil. Police spokesman Vish Naidoo said 11 suspects were ordered to appear in court in November.

Amoeba Blamed In 2 More Organ Transplant Deaths

September 17, 2010 5:01 am | News | Comments

(AP) U.S. health officials say two Arizona organ transplant recipients died of an infection from a microscopic parasite they got from their organ donor. The deaths are the second confirmed cluster of tranplant-related encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoeba found in soil. It is especially dangerous to people undergoing organ transplants and who have weakened immune systems.

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