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Catheter-Based Procedure Offers Non-Surgical Option

May 12, 2010 8:28 am | News | Comments

An innovative catheter-based procedure is providing relief to patients who suffer from shortness of breath and fluid overload as the result of a severely leaky heart valve, but who are too sick for open-chest surgery, according to a study presented at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) 33rd Annual Scientific Sessions.

TIMEOUT, Or Just A Waste Of Time?

May 12, 2010 8:19 am | by Stephen Lober, MD and Sean Berry, CNOR | Articles | Comments

Dr. Stephen Lober The surgical TIMEOUT is now a standard component of the Universal Protocol for the prevention of wrong-site surgeries.  In theory, it represents the last firewall between the patient and an untoward surgical mishap, acting as a final confirmation amongst the entire surgical team regarding what is about to transpire surgically.

Disposable Suction Solution

May 12, 2010 8:18 am | SurgiMark, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The unique disposable Standard Via-Guard® from SurgiMark, Inc. alternates clog-free Tip and AdjustaFlo® Poole suction. It helps clear fluids faster, saves time, cuts inventory and lowers costs. Additional features include: The availability of a clog-free standard tip or poole suction.

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Multi-Purpose Wheelchair Scale

May 12, 2010 8:17 am | Scale-Tronix, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Scale-Tronix, Inc. offers its Model 6702W high-capacity, multi-purpose electronic wheelchair scale for non-ambulatory patients. According to the company, features include: An oversized weighing platform that measures a generous 28 x 32 and can be used with wheelchairs, chairs or as a stand-on scale.

Israel Denies Surgery To Hamas Affiliate

May 12, 2010 8:11 am | News | Comments

Karoun Demirjian, AP Israel has barred a cousin of an assassinated Hamas operative from entering from Gaza for medical care, though the man’s doctors warn his life is in danger. Mohammed al-Mabhouh, 56, is the cousin of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was assassinated in Dubai in January in a hit local authorities blame on Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

For Health Or Ratings, Live Surgery Hits Morning TV

May 12, 2010 7:54 am | News | Comments

David Bauder, AP Surgery at breakfast time is the latest odd television trend. ABC weatherman Sam Champion had skin cancer cells removed from his shoulder live on Good Morning America this morning, publicizing his own health issues to make viewers more aware of their own. All three network morning shows have gone into operating rooms or doctors' offices the past two months.

FDA Pushes Healthcare Providers To Report Misleading Drug Ads

May 12, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration said it will begin asking doctors to keep an eye out for misleading drug advertisements as part of the agency's latest effort to police the pharmaceutical industry's multibillion-dollar marketing machine. The agency's bad ad program urges doctors to report ads and sales pitches that violate FDA rules.

Can Cancer Be Overdiagnosed?

May 11, 2010 7:40 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The patient returned to my clinic several years after her original thyroid cancer surgery. “The cancer blood test never went completely back to zero,” she told me. “We knew there was cancer in there somewhere. Finally, the new ultrasound machine found it! I guess it is time for more surgery!”  I guess.

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RFID System Supply Management System

May 11, 2010 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

CareFusion introduces the Pyxis ProcedureStation™ Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system, a secure supply management system that helps hospitals manage high-value stents. The Pyxis ProcedureStation RFID system is the latest technology added to CareFusion's Pyxis® Supply Technologies that provide a measurable return on investment and integrates with health care information systems.

OR Integration System

May 11, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

STERIS Corporation and VTS Medical Systems, LLC have developed a new, compact, high-definition integration solution for the OR. The Harmony iQ 2100 Integration System has a smaller footprint than rack-based integration systems and offers flexible placement options. According to the company, the new technology provides: A flexible system for routing and controlling sources and destinations within a single operating room.

Video And Data Integration Solution

May 11, 2010 7:38 am | Skytron | Product Releases | Comments

Skytron’s new SkyLink provides a compact, economical solution for making a link for video, data and electrical outlets to MIS Carts, microscope, C-arm or other movable equipment (without tripping over cables and cords). SkyLink integrates video and data to multiple displays, simplifies connections, eliminates clutter, provides quick turn over, increased clinical workflow and improved efficiency in your OR.

App Monitors Health Care Professionals’ Hand Hygiene

May 11, 2010 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Do health care professionals perform hand hygiene? UI has an app for that. One of the most common causes of preventable health care-associated infections is poor hand hygiene. iScrub Lite 1.5, an iPhone and iPod touch application developed at the University of Iowa, makes monitoring hand hygiene compliance more efficient and accurate.

C-spine Rule Could Ease ER Overcrowding

May 11, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

Widespread use of the Canadian C-spine rule by triage nurses in emergency departments would ease discomfort of trauma patients and improve patient flow in overcrowded emergency departments in Canada and abroad, according to a study in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). This clinical decision rule helps clinicians with diagnostic or therapeutic decisions, and was previously developed for c-spine evaluation.

eICU Services Growing In Rural Hospitals

May 11, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

As part of a growing trend, rural hospitals from across the country are collaborating with larger tertiary care facilities and independent critical care monitoring providers to bring eICU telehealth services and support to their local rural communities. Royal Philips Electronics is supporting this trend and addressing clinician shortages by expanding access to critical care support in rural communities with their.

MRSA Takes Center Stage

May 11, 2010 6:33 am | News | Comments

More Americans die annually from invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections than from HIV/AIDS, H1N1 influenza and Parkinson's disease, yet some feel the U.S. and other countries are not doing enough to combat it. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by MRSA,” states MRSA Survivors Network founder Jeanine Thomas, a survivor of MRSA, sepsis and C.

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