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.
A surgeon at Southwest Washington Medical Center is using a cosmetic treatment to help reduce pain for women undergoing reconstructive surgery.
Professional women's motocross racer Sydney Babcock dislocated her shoulder several times. She sought treatment at the UW Sports Medicine Clinic with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christopher Wahl. He pioneered the DAISY graft procedure. This minimally invasive surgery restores a patient's normal shoulder anatomy, and with quicker recovery.
Dr. Jason Foster is one of a very small number of surgical oncologists in the United States practicing HIPEC, or hot chemotherapy. It's used to treat cancers of the appendix, ovaries, colon as well as mesothelioma. Surgeons first remove the visible tumor from inside the abdominal cavity, then fill the cavity with a heated chemotherapy solution.
When I was a resident in internal medicine many years ago, I saw an elderly woman who came to the ER complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath. She had a history of heart disease. When I listened to her chest, the crackles I heard emanating from her wet lungs told me she had congestive heart failure.
With Infection Prevention Week and the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the signing of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) recently unveiled a study focusing on some frustrations regarding a lack of progress in implementing the strategies outlined in the Act.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces their new Surgical Instrument Stringer Stand. The unique design of Spectrum’s Stringer Stand promotes faster, safer instrument handling and allows for rapid, two-handed loading of any style instrument stinger. To use, simply place an instrument stringer of any width into the base of the Stringer Stand, and with both hands now free, string/stack instruments as you normally would.
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) showcased multiple recent innovations and previewed future advancements in surgery at the 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) this month. Of the instruments highlighted included the HARMONIC FOCUS® Long Curved Shears.
In a world first, a completely robotic surgery and anesthesia was recently performed at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The DaVinci surgical robot was first put to work this summer in the hospital, whereas the anesthesia robot, nicknamed McSleepy, has been providing automated anesthesia since 2008.
A look at how retractors and retractor systems have improved to allow surgeons to operate more efficiently and safely. October 20, 2010 Self-retaining retractors free up surgical staff members to concentrate on other important tasks during a procedure. Retractors have been around since surgery began, meeting the need to retract organs or tissue for visualization and access during a procedure.
Hospitals that had operating room personnel participate in a medical team training program that incorporates practices of aviation crews, such as training in teamwork and communication, had a lower rate of surgical deaths compared to hospitals that did not participate in the program, according to a study in the October 20 issue of JAMA .
A new independent study by HealthGrades of patient outcomes at America's hospitals found that patients at 5-star rated hospitals had a 72 percent lower risk of dying when compared with patients at 1-star-rated hospitals - an enormous gap that has held steady over the past years even as overall mortality rates have improved.
The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that, for the fourth consecutive year, it will award more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care. Earlier this year, the Cardinal Health Foundation awarded grants to 40 organizations in 25 states as part of its E3 Grant Program, which was launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care, nationwide.