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Difficult Patients More Likely To Experience Worse Symptoms

January 26, 2011 5:53 am | News | Comments

Difficult' patient-clinician encounters have a negative impact on patients' health outcomes in the short-term, according to a new study by Sheri Hinchey from the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, and Jeffrey Jackson from the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Their findings show that nearly 18 percent of patients are perceived as difficult by their physicians and are less likely to trust or be satisfied with their doctor.

First Pediatric Surgical Quality Program Shows Potential

January 26, 2011 5:46 am | News | Comments

A first of its kind surgical quality improvement program for children has the potential to identify outcomes of children's surgical care that can be targeted for quality improvement efforts in helping prevent complications and save lives. The results of a study of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program-Pediatric phase 1 pilot were published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College...

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Ohio To Use Surgical Drug In Lethal Injections

January 26, 2011 5:39 am | News | Comments

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP Ohio is set to become the first state to use a surgical sedative as its sole means of executing condemned inmates, a switch made as the shortage of the drug normally used for executions has worsened. Beginning in March, the state execution team will use a single, powerful dose of pentobarbital, a drug sometimes used to induce surgical comas, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced.

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Analysis Shows Elderly Patients Don't Receive Same Quality Of Care

January 26, 2011 5:31 am | News | Comments

As elderly citizens represent an ever growing proportion of the population, trauma centers are being challenged to provide them with same quality of care that younger patients receive during a medical emergency. A recent study by researchers using the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Trauma Databank (NTDB) published in the January 2011 issue of Annals of Surgery reveals that trauma centers that excel in the care of severely...

FDA Approves New Robotic-Guided Surgical Implants

January 26, 2011 5:10 am | News | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of surgical robotic systems and complementary products, announced today that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the marketing of Emerald, their guided-surgical implant system for spinal fixation procedures. Mazor's flagship product, SpineAssist, is a surgical robotic system that enables surgeons to conduct spine surgeries in a safer and more accurate...

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What She Taught Me

January 26, 2011 4:42 am | Articles | Comments

Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. -Ralph Waldo Emerson    A smile filled her face eternally and she seemed incapable of ever being self-conscious. Despite that, the first time she arrived at my office for an appointment, my eyes were drawn — not to her smile or the twinkle in her eye, nor to the stark whiteness of her upper denture — but to the surgical scars...

Skin And Nasal Antiseptic

January 26, 2011 4:42 am | 3M Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Addressing the rising concern about surgical site infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), 3M introduces the 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic (Povidone-Iodine Solution 5% w/w (0.5% available iodine) USP) Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation.

Endoscopy Containment Systems

January 26, 2011 4:41 am | Vortek Surgical, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The ENDODRAPE® Colonoscopy and Upper Endoscopy Draping Systems provide effective containment of secretions and pathogens predictably encountered during endoscopic procedures. This draping system establishes and maintains a zone of protection, safely containing snares, biopsy forceps and any secretions, bacteria or other byproducts throughout the procedure.

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Safety Scalpel Handle™

January 26, 2011 4:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Impressions of safety scalpels have generally been unfavorable amongst the surgical community. Due to the inadequate performance of existing safety scalpels, surgeons claim that the use of such devices would alter their current technique. As a result, Sandel Medical Industries has developed a revolutionary product which increases safety for surgical teams while maintaining the functionality and performance surgeons demand.

Reducing The Risk For Surgical Site Infections

January 26, 2011 4:38 am | Articles | Comments

A Q&A with John S. Foor, MD, a vascular surgeon and infection prevention specialist at Mount Carmel Vascular and Vascular surgeons of Ohio, Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. January 26, 2011 The government has cut reimbursement for treating certain healthcare-associated infections and has issued an action plan to prevent infections, including vascular catheter-associated bloodstream infections (BSIs)...

Independent Radiation Center Looks To Redefine Patient Care

January 25, 2011 5:52 am | News | Comments

According to officials at Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, patients tired of endless waits, cold exam rooms and impatient staff can turn to their independent treatment center. Here, they state, more is done to cater to the individual and minimize the impact on patients’ personal lives.

Operation Makes Dementia Patients Faster, Smarter

January 25, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital are the first in the world to show that an operation can help patients with dementia caused by white matter changes and hydrocephalus. Presented in the Journal of Neurosurgery , the results are based on the world's first study to demonstrate the effects of a shunt operation using a placebo control.

World First In Cardiac Surgery

January 25, 2011 5:16 am | News | Comments

(PRNewswire) Doctors at London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) are the first in the world to use a new implantable surgical device that could revolutionize aortic valve bypass surgery. On November 3, 2010, LHSC's cardiac surgery team led by Drs. Bob Kiaii and Linrui Guo successfully performed an aortic valve bypass using a specialized Aortic Valve Bypass (AVB) device.

Red Cross Issues National Appeal For Blood

January 25, 2011 5:08 am | News | Comments

(PRNewswire) Severe winter weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross. With more winter weather and a possible coastal storm predicted, the Red Cross is urging all eligible blood donors to help boost its blood supply back up to sufficient levels.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Surgeons Discuss Treatment Plan

January 25, 2011 4:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Neurosurgeon Dong Kim, right, speaks at a press conference regarding the treatment planned for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at Memorial Hermann Hospital Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, in Houston. At the table with Kim are from left: neurotrauma surgeon Bryan Oh, Arizona trauma surgeon Randall Friese and trauma surgeon John Holcomb.

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