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Q&A: Fighting Infection With Innovation

May 26, 2010 8:59 am | Articles | Comments

Recently, TYRX, Inc. announced that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market AIGISRx® ST, an antibacterial product for the surgical repair of damaged or ruptured soft tissue. Surgical Products spoke with Daniel Lerner, MD, a cardiologist and chief medical officer at the company about the new development, and why it works to help surgeons and surgical staff in their fight against hospital-acquired infection (HAI).

Papa Was An Electrical Engineer

May 26, 2010 8:58 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

My closest connection to the world of design and development is my dad – an electrical engineer who now works designing the chips that go inside pacemakers and heart defibrillators. Whenever I’m home I’ll ask him about how his latest project is going, if he has any new patents pending, or if I’d recognize any of the stuff he’s working on.

Bariatric Surgery Continues Growth

May 26, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

According to recent finings from HealthGrades, the number of bariatric surgeries being performed in the U.S. continues to rise, but the quality and safety of these procedures varies widely from one hospital to another, the study states. Overall rates of risk-adjusted, in-hospital complications and mortality related to obesity surgery are decreasing, according to the study.

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New Transcatheter Technology Successful

May 26, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

JenaValve™ Technology, Inc., a medical device company specializing in transcatheter valve implantation systems, has announced completion of its first-in-man procedures for its transapical transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) system. The procedures and implantations were uccessfully performed in nine patients in Leipzig, Germany.

One Explanation For Obesity - Fewer Kids Living Near Parks

May 26, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

Health officials say one reason so many American kids are overweight is that few have a nearby place to play and exercise. Only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report also finds that fewer than one in five U.

CT Results Best Indicator For Appendectomy

May 26, 2010 6:23 am | News | Comments

When CT results suggest appendicitis, but a patient's symptoms are inconsistent with the acute condition, physicians should consider a diagnosis of chronic or recurrent appendicitis and surgical treatment, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology . “The decision to forego surgery in these patients often results in missed appendicitis, with a possible increased risk of perforation,” said study co-author Emily M.

Evidence Based Medicine At The Expense Of The Art Of Medicine

May 25, 2010 8:10 am | by A Country Doctor, MD | Articles | Comments

Health care in the United States is struggling to redefine itself. We have been spending twice what other countries spend on health care, yet our citizens are less healthy. We now have legislation to create more or less universal insurance coverage, and we are about to embark on a technology-driven quest for quality and uniformity.

V-Patch For Soft Tissue Repair

May 25, 2010 7:43 am | Atrium Medical Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Atrium’s latest innovation in soft tissue repair, C-QUR™ V-Patch, combines the clinically-proven performance of ProLite™ polypropylene mesh with an all-natural, pharmaceutical grade Omega 3 fatty acid (O3FA) bioabsorbable coating and advanced deployment technology.

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Large-Pore Surgical Mesh

May 25, 2010 7:41 am | W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

GORE INFINIT Mesh is a 100 percent monofilament, large-pore knitted surgical mesh constructed entirely of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The product offers: The combination of the chemical inertness of the PTFE polymer in a large-pore structure. Engineering to minimize foreign body reaction and maximize long-term patient comfort and quality of life.

Fixation Device For Open Ventral Hernia Repair

May 25, 2010 7:41 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien introduces the extension of absorbable fixation into open ventral hernia repair—the new AbsorbaTack20 short fixation device. The AbsorbaTack 20 short fixation device is intuitive for the surgeon to use, and contributes to a safer surgical environment. Features of the fixation device include: 20 cm short shaft gives the surgeon ergonomic access to the defect.

Purchasing Equipment Booms

May 25, 2010 7:40 am | by Response by Chad Bittner, product manager, STERIS Corporation | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms, to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates?  May 25, 2010 To ensure that an equipment boom purchase will meet all future clinical needs:  1. Communicate with all stakeholders during the project planning stage.

Online Resource For Volunteering Abroad In Pediatric Surgery

May 25, 2010 7:39 am | News | Comments

The first website designed for pediatric surgeons who want to volunteer abroad has been unveiled. Developed by pediatric surgeon Marilyn Butler, MD, of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the Global Paediatric Surgery Network (http://globalpaediatricsurgery.org) helps pediatric surgeons worldwide find volunteer opportunities and also provides resources to make their efforts more effective.

Stanford Experts Remove Tiny Filter Embedded In Vein

May 25, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

Over the years, Susan Karnstedt had gotten used to the intermittent pain in her abdomen, chalking it up to her diet, or perhaps to her physically active lifestyle, as a water skier and yoga enthusiast. "The abdominal pain continued to get progressively worse, and was pretty debilitating," the 44-year-old Portola Valley resident said, describing how she was feeling when she visited the doctor earlier this year.

Britain Bans Doctor Who Linked Autism To Vaccine

May 25, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The doctor whose research linking autism and the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella influenced millions of parents to refuse the shot for their children was banned Monday from practicing medicine in his native Britain. Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 study was discredited—but vaccination rates have never fully recovered and he continues to enjoy a vocal following, helped in the U.

Increased Use Of Drug-Eluting Stents, ICDs Nets Higher Costs For Patients

May 25, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

Increased use of drug-eluting stents (DES) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) between 2003 and 2006 netted significantly higher costs for coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure patients, researchers said. The increased use of these technologies also partly explained the growth in healthcare costs during these years.

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