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Will Telemedicine Be The Next Killer App?

June 22, 2010 6:30 am | by Nancy Maas, Editor-in-Chief, Wireless Design Magazine | Articles | Comments

At the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting recently the results of a national survey were revealed. The survey of health care and information technology professionals, sponsored by Intel, found that a majority of decision makers believe that the emergence of telehealth will have a major role in improving the care for the globally aging population, aka the “baby boomers.

Oil Spill Stirs Debate Over Health Impacts

June 22, 2010 6:30 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP When an Associated Press reporter went scuba diving in the oil-streaked Gulf of Mexico this month, people commenting on websites worried about his health. But at the same time, the oil sure didn't bother some beachgoers in Alabama. “I was in the water two hours yesterday,” said Robert Theil, a French visitor to Orange Beach, as his sister acted as translator.

Helping Hospitals Attack C. diff And Other Superbugs

June 22, 2010 6:29 am | by Interview by Amanda McGowan, editor | Articles | Comments

While the danger of infection for patients has always been a top concern at health care facilities, the increased cost associated with hospital-acquired infections makes finding solutions to manage infection-causing microorganisms even more crucial. Recently, a UK study published in the June 1 print edition of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that Clostridium difficile (C.

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Diagnosing Gastric Band Slippage

June 22, 2010 6:10 am | News | Comments

Standard radiography (X-rays) can help in the diagnosis of laparoscopic adjustable gastric band slippage, a known complication of adjustable gastric banding surgery, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology . As adjustable gastric banding surgery becomes common, more patients are presenting to the emergency department with complications of the procedure, particularly those resulting from slippage of the gastric band.

Swiss Surgeons Report Negatives Of Resident Work Hour Limits

June 22, 2010 5:54 am | News | Comments

Many Swiss surgical residents and consultants believe recently implemented 50-hour workweek limitations for residents have a negative effect on surgical training and the quality of patient care, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Surgery . “On Jan. 1, 2005, the Swiss government implemented new work hour limitations for all residency programs in Switzerland, and the federal work law became effective for all medical and surgical residents throughout the country,” the authors write.

Gloves With Enhanced Grip

June 22, 2010 5:49 am | Mölnlycke Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Molnlycke Health Care introduces two new surgical gloves featuring enhanced grip to its Biogel® non-latex polyisoprene (PI) line. The new Biogel® PI UltraTouch® G is typically 15 percent thinner than Biogel® PI and offers improved sensitivity, a curved finger and a micro-roughened surface.

Quick Access To Protective Apparel

June 22, 2010 5:48 am | Health Care Logistics | Product Releases | Comments

Protection Organizers from Health Care Logistics offer a solution for keeping infection protection apparel stocked and ready-to-use in a consistent location.  According to the company, Protection Organizers are available in multiple styles to accommodate the varied needs of staff throughout the facility.

A Taxing Proposition for Medical Manufacturers

June 22, 2010 5:46 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Is the health care reform bill excise tax on medical device manufacturers a fair trade for more customers, or an unnecessary burden that threatens innovation? Although the health care reform bill was signed months ago, everyone seems to still be riffling through the pages trying to figure out what it means and where it’s probably gone wrong.

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Bringing Mobile Health One Step Closer

June 22, 2010 5:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, announced a new platform for enabling wireless connectivity from a medical device to on-line health services, compliant to the Continua Health Alliance standard. It will be available for demonstration at the Continua Summer Summit & Plugfest 2010 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 16-18 2010.

Judge Offers Malpractice Fix

June 21, 2010 7:37 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP To settle medical malpractice lawsuits, Judge Douglas McKeon sometimes quietly listens to heartbroken family members as they vent their anger. He calls it humanness. Curiosity about medical matters led the longtime New York City judge to become a specialist in resolving wrenching cases that involve life-changing harm to patients.

Judge Offers Malpractice Fix<

June 21, 2010 7:37 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP To settle medical malpractice lawsuits, Judge Douglas McKeon sometimes quietly listens to heartbroken family members as they vent their anger. He calls it humanness. Curiosity about medical matters led the longtime New York City judge to become a specialist in resolving wrenching cases that involve life-changing harm to patients.

Lawsuit Fears Lead To More ER Testing

June 21, 2010 7:19 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP The fear of missing something weighs heavily on every doctor's mind. But the stakes are highest in the ER, and that fear often leads to extra blood tests and imaging scans for what may be harmless ailments. Many ER doctors say the No. 1 reason is fear of malpractice lawsuits.

Real Survivors

June 21, 2010 7:02 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The stillness in the meeting room was electric.     First, one panelist addressed the audience members who have never experienced a malignancy. She described the unique and powerful bond that exists between cancer survivors. She described how the brush with mortality forces each survivor to renegotiate terms with Life itself.

Temperature Management In The OR

June 21, 2010 7:02 am | by Troy Bergstrom, Marketing Communications Manager, www.arizant.com | Arizant Healthcare Inc. | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing temperature management equipment in order to achieve adequate temperature in the OR for both patients and surgeons? June 21, 2010 With the CMS normothermia measure (SCIP-Inf-10) now a reality, hospitals will likely be warming patients that, in previous years, may have gone unwarmed.

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Cleaning System For Robotic Surgery Instruments

June 21, 2010 7:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Medisafe SI-PCF™ system has been tested and validated for cleaning da Vinci® EndoWrist® instruments. The SI-PCF system uses the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical's manual cleaning method, with the advantage of being able to reprocess up to 10 EndoWrist instruments simultaneously, within a time efficient and convenient process.

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