A new report from critical care experts at Johns Hopkins shows the benefits of reducing the use of prescription sedatives by half so that mild exercise programs can be introduced to critically ill patients in the ICU. Curtailing use of the drowsiness-inducing medications not only allows patients to exercise, which is known to reduce muscle weakness linked to long periods of bed rest, but also reduces bouts of delirium and hallucinations and speeds up ICU recovery times by as much as two to three days, the paper concludes.
Being obese may increase the cost of surgery for men with prostate cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 629 prostate cancer patients at their center who had a radical prostatectomy, obese men generally incurred greater costs. The difference came from higher costs for anesthesia and other services in the OR.
Tiffany Arnold, AP Roger Elliott was home alone Christmas Day when he had his first stroke. The year was 1997 and Elliott was 29. But because of a rare, untreatable genetic illness, it wouldn't be his last. He has survived four strokes before he turned 40. “I have moyamoya,” said Elliott, who's now 41.
PEAK Surgical, Inc. offers the PEAK® PlasmaBlade TnA (Tonsil and Adenoid) tissue dissection device, indicated for cutting and coagulation of soft tissue during otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat [ENT]) surgery, including removal of the tonsils and adenoids. The PEAK PlasmaBlade™ is a family of disposable, low-temperature surgical cutting and coagulation devices that offer: The exacting control of a scalpel and the bleeding control of traditional electrosurgery without the extensive collateral damage to surrounding tissue.
Pauline Jelinek, AP A U.S. military doctor removed a live round of ammunition from the head of an Afghan soldier in an unusual surgery. Doctors say a 14.5 millimeter unexploded round, which measures more than 2” long, was removed from the scalp of an Afghan National Army soldier at the Bagram Air Field hospital.
The ACE Blade is a next-generation of cutting device to provide high performance electrosurgery. The ACE Blade, with a proprietary PTFE non-stick coating in the ACE Mode of Mega Power™ electrosurgical generator, will be marketed as a replacement to the scalpel, even for skin incisions.
Aragon Surgical, Inc. introduces Lektrafuse TELEO, the newest addition to its Lektrafuse platform. The expansion of the Lektrafuse Platform of radio-frequency (RF) based Tissue Sealing and Cutting Instruments allows surgeons to utilize the unique advantages of the Lektrafuse platform in a broader range of applications.
In “The Hostile Hospital,” from the Lemony Snicket “Series of Unfortunate Events” books, the three young orphans at the center of the story visit the fictitious Heimlich Hospital, where Babs, the head of human resources, asks them if they know what the most important work done in a hospital is.
Researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, have developed a device that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims to protect and heal wounds as an alternative to skin grafts April 12, 2010 Inspired by a standard office inkjet printer, researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, have developed a device that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims, quickly protecting and healing their wounds as an alternative to skin grafts, Reuters reported last week.
Siemens Healthcare introduces a new gold standard in cchocardiography: non-stitched, real-time full-volume 3D images of the heart acquired in one single heart cycle with the ACUSON SC2000™ volume imaging ultrasound system. The latest release of the system features: Unique technologies and applications that improve diagnostic confidence and workflow in echocardiography.
Olympus’ EndoEYE is a deflectable video laparoscope that combines a distally mounted video chip and with an advanced flexible tip design, providing a complete 100° field of view from multiple angles to visually capture the desired location head-on, from above, or even from behind.
I am a physician, and a neophyte political activist. These are two separate titles that I keep wrapped up in two distinct packages. When I graduated from medical school, I took an oath to care for my patients called the “Hippocratic Oath”. One line from that oath proclaims, “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone”.
Study finds allograft soft tissue PCL reconstruction with an all-inside femoral fixation device through a single incision provides a safe and timely reconstruction and results in a reduction in bone and soft tissue injury. April 9, 2010 A new independent clinical study published in the February 2010 issue of Orthopedics reports Cayenne’s AperFix® System provides a safe, efficient and secure means of arthroscopic reconstruction of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) due to traumatic injury.
(AP) British doctors say they successfully separated conjoined Irish twins in a London hospital. The twin boys, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, were born in Cork, Ireland, joined at the chest. They did not share any major organs. About 20 doctors and nurses at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital were involved in a 14-hour surgery to separate the twins.
A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: “I know that health care providers are concerned about implementing new health information technology and finding professionals who can operate and maintain such systems. I know many clinicians are unsure how they will develop or strengthen their skill set to incorporate using health IT efficiently and effectively without jeopardizing their communication with patients during a clinical visit.