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Court Rejects Medical Marijuana Limits

January 25, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

Reuters The California Supreme Court has rejected limits on medical marijuana imposed by state lawmakers, finding that people with prescriptions for pot can have and grow all they need for personal use. The high court ruled lawmakers improperly amended the voter-approved law that decriminalized possession of marijuana for seriously ill Californians with a doctor's prescription by limiting patients to eight ounces of dried marijuana and six mature or 12 immature plants.

Medtronic Announces $500 Million Expansion Plan

January 25, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Medtronic says it will pay up to $500 million for Invatec, a company that makes medical devices to treat cardiovascular disease. The company will pay $350 million initially to Invatec, which makes stents, angioplasty balloons and related therapies. The purchase also includes Fogazzi, which supplies polymer technology to Invatec, and Krauth Cardiovascular, a distributor.

County Cuts vs. Private Therapy

January 25, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego has found that prostate cancer treatments varied significantly between county hospitals and private providers. Patients treated in county hospitals are more likely to undergo surgery, while patients treated in private facilities tend to receive radiation or hormone therapy.

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Unnecessary Surgical Procedures Draw Malpractice Claim

January 25, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

At least one patient has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit and a federal investigation has been launched into a physician and hospital due to findings that a doctor may have performed hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures. According to a report on WBAL TV.com out of Baltimore, the medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr.

Advanced Access Platform

January 25, 2010 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GelPOINT™ advanced access platform from Applied Medical facilitates triangulation of multiple instruments through a single incision, enhancing cosmetic results for a wide range of procedures and specialties. According to the company, features and benefits of the product include:   GelSeal® Technology that provides a PseudoAbdomen™, platform for a larger outer working profile and for enhanced triangulation .

Steerable Instrumentation

January 25, 2010 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Steerable Technologix introduces the SurgiSteer™, high dexterity instrumentation for exceptional precision and control, enabling variable angles of in vivo triangulation through one port. According to the company, features of the steerable instrumentation include: The ability to bend the jaw 180° in one plane.

Disposable Multi-Instrument Access Port

January 25, 2010 5:19 am | Olympus America Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus introduces the QuadPort™, a disposable multi-instrument access port that can simultaneously accommodate up to four instruments, including a laparoscope, through a single incision. According to the company, the QuadPort features: 4 ports: one 15mm, two 10mm and one 5mm.

To Practice Or Not To Practice ... That Is The Question

January 25, 2010 5:17 am | Articles | Comments

By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Back in the day (oh how I hate the fact that I am old enough to say that!), there was one question that never entered my mind as I made my way through medical school.  That question was, “Do I want to practice medicine?”  Today, it is a different story.

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Health System Reduces Carbon Footprint

January 25, 2010 5:15 am | News | Comments

S t. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network in Pennsylvania purchases renewable energy and avoids more than $1 million in electricity costs January 25, 2010 St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network has taken a major step towards reducing its carbon footprint, a recent release on Business Wire reported.

New Social Site Connects To The OR

January 25, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

SeeMyOp.com is a new social website intended to be the first that lets members share their surgical procedures live with friends and followers, both on SeeMyOp.com as well via a live video stream from surgical scopes and instruments over Twitter and Facebook. The site’s creator, Edward Boches, also hopes a simple interface will allow for tweeting vital signs during an operation.

Purchasing Tips: Surgical Gowns & Drapes

January 22, 2010 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

Surgical gowns and drapes are crucial materials to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe. Choosing the right materials for your facility is important in terms of budget and safety. In the January/February issue of Surgical Products , we asked manufacturers of these materials: What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical gowns and drapes? Here Jay Hexamer, General Manager of Global Medical Supplies for Kimberly-Clark Health Care answers that question.

Tall ¾-Size Container

January 22, 2010 6:25 am | Aesculap, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The JN744, an 8 inch, ¾ size container, is the latest addition to Aesculap’s SterilContainer™ System. This system features: Suitability for containerizing tall power drill sets, multiple stacked instrument baskets or Rongeur/Kerrison bone punches that are secured in the Aesculap JF120R Storage Frame.

Kit Information Tracking System

January 22, 2010 6:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

AdvanTech’s QLM KITS system is designed to provide an alternative to high cost systems in support of OR and Central Sterile activities. KITS is a module of the company’s Quality Logistics Management (QLM) system and provides enhanced instrument processing, efficiency and saves hospitals money.

Sonic Irrigation For Cleaning Cannulated, Lumened Instruments

January 22, 2010 6:22 am | Medisafe America Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Medisafe adds the SI-PCFTM floor model, auto fills, drains and rinses to its line of Sonic Irrigation equipment especially designed for cleaning difficult cannulated, lumened instruments. The systems use the combined cleaning effects of powerful ultrasonic action to remove stubborn debris, enzyme injection into cannulated instrument core to breakdown hidden debris and a continuous flush of cannulated instrument lumens to remove all debris.

J&J Unit Closes Deal For Sinus Surgery Device Company

January 22, 2010 6:20 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon business said Thursday it completed its $785 million purchase of Acclarent Inc., which makes devices used in sinus surgery. Ethicon said the deal has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission. Ethicon, which sells surgical supplies and cosmetic medical products, agreed to buy Acclarent of Menlo Park, CA, in December.

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