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Labels For Hard-to-Scan Containers

November 2, 2010 5:26 am | Medi-Dose, Inc./EPS, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

As bar coding becomes more prevalent in all areas of the health care complex, increasing numbers of products require scanning. Attempts at scanning 1-D (linear) bar codes can frequently often prove frustrating on small or irregularly shaped containers.  Often, the entire bar code is not fully visible for the scanner to successfully read it.

What Would You Do If You Had A Year Left To Live?

November 2, 2010 5:05 am | by Susan Biali, MD | Articles | Comments

Though I’ve spoken about breast cancer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure (emphasizing the importance of early screening and detection), until recently I had never had a mammogram. In my training I’d been taught that mammograms weren’t that accurate or useful in women under 40 (our health system’s protocols reflect that), so I got regularly checked by my physician whenever I had a physical and otherwise was waiting until I was older to get testing.

Esteem® Blue Surgical Gloves

November 2, 2010 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Health offers Esteem® Blue surgical gloves with Neu-Thera® emollient coating as a colored underglove to support double gloving initiatives. Esteem® Blue with Neu-Thera® surgical gloves are powder-free and made from synthetic polyisoprene. The inside of the gloves are coated with a proprietary emollient coating called Neu-Thera® that enhances the skin wellness of caregivers and encourages compliance with hand washing and surgical hand antisepsis guidelines.


Achieve Positive Outcomes With Wound Closure

November 2, 2010 5:03 am | by Wendy Booker, Director, Marketing, Adhezion Biomedical, LLC, | Articles | Comments

Surgeons want to be confident, efficient and safe when closing incisions to provide the best healing results.  The following factors are instrumental in closing a wound: Strength - First and foremost, a wound closure device must keep the wound closed.  Both the surgeon and the patient want to leave the O.

Man Hopes Huge Tumor Is A Record Setter

November 1, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

Associated Press PIKEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man is celebrating successful cancer surgery in an unusual way: by seeking world record status for the tumor doctors removed from his abdomen. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Eugene Tyner of Pikeville has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for the status of heaviest cancerous kidney ever removed.

Grants Focus On Reducing Medical Risks, Hospital-Acquired Conditions

November 1, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc. announced today that it is funding ten new research projects in its second round of Prevention Above All Discoveries Grants focused on reducing the medical risks and harms associated with hospital-acquired conditions. To date the program has provided over $1.1 million in funding to front-line healthcare workers researching evidence-based solutions.


German Anatomist Now Selling Bodies Online

November 1, 2010 7:20 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Still wondering what to get that special someone for the holidays? Why not "earrings with giraffe tail slices" from German anatomist Guenter von Hagens' new online shop for euro41.53 ($57.55)? Von Hagens, famous for his "Body Worlds" traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts, said Friday his new Internet shop is going online Nov.

Intentional Swallowing Of Foreign Bodies A Costly Condition

November 1, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

Study from Rhode Island Hospital identifies an unusual yet financially impactful condition November 1, 2010 PROVIDENCE, RI – A new study from Rhode Island Hospital found that 33 individuals were responsible for 305 cases of medical intervention to remove foreign bodies that were intentionally swallowed, resulting in more than $2 million in estimated hospital costs.


Stereotactic Radiotherapy Slows Cancer Progression For Inoperable Patients

November 1, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

For pancreatic cancer patients unable to undergo surgery – the only known cure for this form of cancer – a highly targeted cancer radiation therapy may help slow cancer progression and lessen disease symptoms, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Called stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), the study found it was able to delay pancreatic cancer progression locally, on average, by almost six months.

Advanced Energy Device

November 1, 2010 7:13 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | Product Releases | Comments

HARMONIC ACE® 45E Curved Shears is a new advanced energy device from Ethicon Endo-Surgery that is longer (or 9 cm) than the standard length HARMONIC ACE®, enabling improved obese patients. As with other devices in the HARMONIC® family, the HARMONIC precisely cuts, coagulates, grasps and dissects – without instrument exchanges.

Endotracheal Tubes

November 1, 2010 7:12 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien exhibited new medical technologies at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting in October. The compay’s Mallinckrodt™ TaperGuard™ endotracheal tube can help to significantly reduce microaspiration by an average of 90%, compared to Mallinckrodt Hi-Lo endotracheal tubes.

Twice Shocked

November 1, 2010 7:11 am | Articles | Comments

It was a beautiful time of day - early evening as the sun was setting. She has just turned sixty and traveled south to visit her 39-year old daughter in a warmer climate. Both had decided to go swimming at the local pool early one evening. The water was perfect: not too warm and not too cool. The clear blue water was made more inviting by the pool lights that illuminated the swimming lanes.

Wound Drains

November 1, 2010 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Health offers a complete line of reservoirs and wound drains from Jackson-Pratt®, including classic perforated-style drains and silicone channel drains that provide improved drainage and high-tensile strength. The company’s wound drain portfolio also includes the uniquely designed Hemaduct® wound drain, which features a system of multiple ducts and lumens interconnected through a series of internal portals to provide more effective distribution of suction and fluid flow.

Wound Healing Solutions

November 1, 2010 7:08 am | by Reginald Stilwell, R&D Manager, AlloSource, November 1, 2010 | Allosource | Articles | Comments

What should surgeons consider when choosing wound closure and healing solutions to attain the best surgical outcome? Recent advances in the scientific understanding of the physiology of wound healing, substantiated by clinical data on the benefits of the presence of natural healing factors, has resulted in a trend toward the use of biologic wound coverings.

The Doctor-Patient Relationship In Team-Based Patient Care

October 29, 2010 6:10 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Articles | Comments

Is the doctor-patient relationship really more sacrosanct than the nurse-patient relationship? That’s the provocative question asked by Theresa Brown in a recent column from Well, the New York Times’ health blog.


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