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Initial Overhaul Provisions Kicking In

July 6, 2010 5:35 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP The first stage of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is expected to provide coverage to about one million uninsured Americans by next year, according to government estimates. That's a small share of the uninsured, but in a shaky economy, experts say it's notable.

EMRs Could Trigger The Need For More Handhelds

July 6, 2010 5:07 am | News | Comments

Stimulus incentives designed to spur hospitals and physicians to use electronic medical record systems are among several factors that will drive growth of handheld devices in healthcare, according to a new report from healthcare market research publisher Kalorama Information. The report, Handhelds in Healthcare: The World Market for PDAs, Tablet PCs, Handheld Monitors & Scanners , indicates that handheld device sales for healthcare use reached $8.

Bendable Armboard

July 2, 2010 7:21 am | Dale Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Dale Medical Products offers a bendable armboard that can be custom shaped to fit a patient's specific wrist positioning needs. The Dale® Bendable ArmBoard for stabilizing and securing IV and arterial lines can be bent and re-shaped and has a soft, padded cover for comfortably holding a patent's wrist in any desired position.

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Stainless Steel Utility Cart

July 2, 2010 7:20 am | EDGECO America | Product Releases | Comments

Edgeco introduces a new KD Stainless Steel Utility Cart. According to the company, the cart offers: East of assembly with no special tools required. The ability to support 400 lbs. The ability to be shipped in a sturdy, compact carton. Nuts that are pre-assembled to the shelf.

Managing OR Temperature

July 2, 2010 7:19 am | by John LaDue, Division Sales Director, Hospital Services Division, Shafer Enterprises LLC | Shafer Enterprises, LLC | Articles | Comments

The Joint Commission is focusing on patient normothermia issues for patient safety and new SCIP measures require that upon release to the PACU body temperature be maintained at 36 C or higher. One of the easiest ways to help unintended hypothermia in patients is to warm the temperature of the OR .

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Someone To Watch Over Me

July 2, 2010 7:18 am | Articles | Comments

A few years ago after learning of the death of a favorite teacher, a friend from surgical training and I began exchanging e-mail messages reminiscing about the man we once alternately referred to as “the Silver Fox” because of his dapper looks and “Chuckles” because of his easygoing manner.

Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

July 2, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

One year after weight loss surgery with laparoscopic gastric banding, extremely obese adults demonstrate not only better physical health, but also improved psychological health, a new study presented at The Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, states. So in addition to helping control Type 2 diabetes, the study offers perspective on how the long-term psychological status of morbidly obese individuals undergoing gastric banding has improved.

Best Practices For Managing A Nursing Shortages

July 2, 2010 6:50 am | News | Comments

API Healthcare recently issued a set of best practices to help hospitals of all sizes effectively prepare for and manage the challenging repercussions of healthcare reform legislation. Industry experts expect this legislation to generate millions of new patients, create a severe nursing shortage and have a significant financial impact on hospitals and other healthcare providers.

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The Risks Of Remote-Controlled Medicine 

July 2, 2010 6:42 am | by By: Dr. Wes | Articles | Comments

Increasingly our Western world culture assumes that most things in medicine can be reduced to a linear, data-driven, algorithmic process. One only needs to witness the now-famously heralded article on ICU check-lists to understand the unwavering trust we have in this model. ICU medicine's complexity reinforces our trust in this approach because patients are usually too sick to contribute to their care.

Living, Breathing Human Lung-On-A-Chip

July 2, 2010 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Researchers have created a device that mimics a living, breathing human lung on a microchip. It could be used as a potential drug-testing alternative July 2, 2010 Researchers from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, Harvard Medical School and Children’s Hospital Boston have created a device that mimics a living, breathing human lung on a microchip.

Intravascular Temperature Technology

July 2, 2010 6:41 am | Zoll Medical Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

ZOLL’s Intravascular Temperature Management (IVTM™) technology is used to regulate the core body temperature by precisely cooling and warming critically ill and surgical patients suffering from a variety of medical conditions. According to the company, the technology provides cooling and warming from a catheter inserted into the patient’s vein.

Reusable Trocar With Thermoplastic Handle

July 2, 2010 6:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

GMD Inc. introduces a reusable trocar with a thermoplastic handle. The medical instrument, which is used to implant GMD’s Universal Sling™ for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence, is made of 20 percent glass-filled Udel® GF-120 polysulfone (PSU) resin from Solvay Advanced Polymers, LLC for strong chemical resistance, low shrinkage, and excellent autoclave resistance (a minimum of 50 cycles).

Vitagel Surgical Hemostat

July 2, 2010 6:38 am | Orthovita | Product Releases | Comments

Vitagel Surgical Hemostat is a FDA approved Class III medical device used to control bleeding and facilitate healing while utilizing the patient's own biology. Vitagel is the only product of its kind to combine microfibrillar collagen and thrombin in combination with the patient's own plasma (fibrinogen and platelets).

Isolating The Genes That Extend Life

July 2, 2010 6:35 am | News | Comments

Randolph E. Schmid, AP The oldest among us seem to have chosen their parents well. Researchers closing in on the impact of family versus lifestyle find most people who live to 100 or older share some helpful genes. But don't give up on diet and exercise just yet. In an early step to understanding the pathways that lead to surviving into old age, researchers report in the online edition of Science that a study of centenarians found most had a number of genetic variations in common.

Overhaul May Mean Longer ER Wait

July 2, 2010 6:20 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can't find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under the nation's new health law. That might come as a surprise to those who thought getting 32 million more people covered by health insurance would ease ER crowding.

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