Several years ago I helped care for a man who had been hospitalized with a severe infection of the abdominal wall. When his primary doctors discovered that the bacteria responsible was resistant to most antibiotics, they quickly isolated him, moving him into a single room with a sign on the door proclaiming “Contact Precautions” and directing visitors to put on gloves, mask and gown before entering.
A year ago, Medgadget originally reported news about a device designed by students and clinicians at Johns Hopkins University to help surgeons move bowels out of the way. A year later, the device has been FDA-cleared and is being marketed by Seguro Surgical. According to the product page : Lap Pak is a simple yet effective medical device that is employed during abdominal surgery to safely retain the bowels away from the surgical field.
New research shows that a surgical procedure using a cutting-edge super glue pioneered a year ago by Calgary researchers can improve the recovery of heart patients after open-chest surgery. Recently, Dr. Paul Fedak presented his findings to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010. The glue, called Kryptonite™, is being used to enhance the closure of the breastbone after surgery.
October 22, 2010 You’ve probably heard about it already this October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s the Pink Glove Dance video that was posted on YouTube last year by Medline Industries and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, OR.
By Edwin G. Avery, IV, M.D., C.P.I. Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Vice Chairman, Director of Research University Hospitals Case Medical Center Associate Professor of Anesthesiology Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, OH October 22, 2010 Introduction Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) based cerebral oximetry has been adopted by many cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesiologists to provide continuous intraoperative insight into brain perfusion and oxygenation dynamics.
Spectros offers advanced molecular sensing devices that shed light on life-threatening diseases, including ischemia and cancer. The medical devices build upon optical molecular technologies to speed diagnosis, reduce complications and lower costs. The company’s T-Stat is a device to be labeled by the FDA as “sensitive to Ischemia” and has been proven in multiple trials as an easy-to-use and reliable tool for assessing the adequacy of oxygen delivery to tissue.
Approximately 40 people without health insurance and in desperate need of outpatient procedures will receive free medical procedures through Project Access San Diego, a project of the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. The procedures will be performed in partnership with Kaiser Permanente San Diego at the Otay Mesa facility on Saturday, October 23.
DePuy Spine, Inc. has signed an agreement with Osseon Therapeutics, Inc. to market and distribute the Osseoflex™ Steerable Needle with DePuy Spine’s CONFIDENCE Spinal Cement System™. The CONFIDENCE System is a unique solution for the minimally invasive treatment of painful vertebral compression fractures, a condition that affects about 550,000 people each year.
The STERRAD® NX™ System from ASP is a fast, low-temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma sterilizer. It has the ability to sterilize a wide range of instruments, including single-channel flexible endoscopes and semi-rigid ureteroscopes. And it provides the flexibility of having dry, packaged, sterile instruments ready whenever you need them.
(AP) Some don't like it hot. A Steak 'n Shake restaurant in Cleveland, TN was sued by a couple who claimed it served a hot sauce that sent their son to the hospital. Tim and Mary Katherine Gann said a restaurant server gave their minor child a bottle of Blair's Mega Death Sauce for his chili and encouraged him to eat some.
The TransEnterix SPIDER® Surgical System, a platform that allows for operating through a patient’s belly button, has received regulatory approval to market in the European Union. With this approval in place, Professor Helmut G. Weiss, a respected expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques, used the SPIDER system to remove the gallbladders of two patients, repair an inguinal hernia in a third patient, and perform a colorectal procedure in a fourth.
At Loyola University Health Systems, 20 percent of orthopaedic faculty and 16 percent of orthopaedic residents are women. And at Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine, six of the 11 fourth-year students applying for orthopaedic residencies are women. Among podiatrists, two of the five attending and two of the seven residents are women.
With a video depicting an infection prevention biathlon, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis received more than 10,000 votes and was named the winner of the 3M Innovation Award. The contest invited healthcare facilities across the country to showcase original ways of improving patient care and helping to reduce the risk for healthcare-associated infections through video or written submissions.
Visit Pink Glove Dance: http://www.pinkglovedance.com Medline is proud to present the sequel to the highly popular Pink Glove Dance video, which brought hope and joy to those affected by breast cancer. This new video features more than 4,000 healthcare workers and breast cancer survivors from all over the United States and into Canada.
Medical Director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital, Dr. Vipul Patel shares his vision of the next steps of robotic surgery. He believes telesurgery is a future application of the daVinci robot. Dr. Patel performed his 4,000th robotic removal of the prostate, a milestone no single surgeon has achieved.