Given Imaging Ltd. recently announced that several new studies have demonstrated PillCam SB's clinical value in detecting and monitoring Crohn's disease and its utility in managing patients with obscure GI bleeding. The studies were presented at the United European Gastroenterology Week 2010 conference in Barcelona.
A simple, eight-item pre-operative questionnaire could help identify patients at risk for complications following surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Individuals prone to the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, as determined by the questionnaire, appear to have an increased risk of heart, lung and other complications following elective surgery.
Telementoring may be an effective way for subspecialist surgeons to assist remotely located general surgeons, according to new research findings published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . In the study, eight general surgery residents with no formal subspecialty training participated in three mock operations using animal cadavers intended to simulate live procedures.
K-Sun Corporation’s new GREEN MACHINE® and MaxiLabel® Pro Ver. 3.0 Windows® Labeling Software is a technologically advanced and environmentally friendly label printer system for laboratory, clinical and research professionals who need to design and print professional pressure-sensitive labels in-house and on-demand.
The ECHELON FLEX™ ENDOPATH® Stapler from Ethicon Endo-Surgery is an articulating endocutter that offers enhanced system-wide compression, which is key in achieving a uniform, hemostatic staple line. The stapler has also been proven to deliver superior staple formation, even in thick tissue.
Covidien exhibited new medical technologies and showcased some of its most-innovatiave products at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010. one of the products included Nellcor™ BIS™ Brain Monitoring technology. According to the company, the Nellcor Bispectral Index (BIS) brain monitoring technology helps provide an insight into the patient-specific effects of anesthesia on the brain.
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.