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Increased Use Of Drug-Eluting Stents, ICDs Nets Higher Costs For Patients

May 25, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

Increased use of drug-eluting stents (DES) and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) between 2003 and 2006 netted significantly higher costs for coronary artery disease and chronic heart failure patients, researchers said. The increased use of these technologies also partly explained the growth in healthcare costs during these years.

Change Results In Fewer Unnecessary Imaging Exams

May 25, 2010 7:37 am | News | Comments

A new rule preventing medical support staff from completing orders for outpatient imaging exams that were likely to be negative resulted in a marked decrease in low-yield exams for patients, according to a study appearing in the June issue of Radiology. Many medical institutions request and schedule outpatient diagnostic imaging exams through use of web-based radiology order entry systems.

Worst Doctor In Norway Still Operating

May 24, 2010 7:19 am | News | Comments

A surgeon who lost the right to operate in Norway after 29 cases of malpractice is working unhindered at a hospital in northern Sweden, where managers were previously unaware of her error-strewn past. Danish doctor Johanne Krogh, 62, has become synonymous in Norway with medical malpractice after a series of high profile incidents that changed patients’ lives for the worse.

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Frequency Of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion Surgery Grows

May 24, 2010 7:12 am | News | Comments

With the recent launch of the Neurosurgical Spine Program at Saint Louis University Hospital’s Center for Cerebrovascular and Skull Base Surgery, the hospital has seen a dramatic increase in the number of minimally-invasive spinal procedures, including lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Designed to stop the motion at a painful vertebral segment, this procedure is traditionally performed via a large incision on the back, stripping muscles away from the spine.

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When Patients Don’t Fill Their Prescriptions

May 24, 2010 7:10 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

Not long ago, a doctor friend recounted the story of a patient who had recently died from complications stemming from the treatment of a chronic bleeding problem. “I felt terrible about it,” said my friend, who had cared for the patient for several years. “Something didn’t add up in this case, and I had to wonder if it was my fault, if I had done something wrong.

Solid Repair

May 24, 2010 7:09 am | by Interview by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

Surgeons provide insight into the latest material choices and technique approaches for ventral and inguinal hernia repair, as well as what to expect for the future as this area of surgery continues to advance. Dr. Siegel uses self-fixating mesh for his inguinal hernia repair cases to avoid the need to suture or staple the mesh in place.

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Curved Shears For Improved Access

May 24, 2010 7:06 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | Product Releases | Comments

The HARMONIC ACE® 45E Curved Shears from Ethicon Endo-Surgery is an addition to the HARMONIC® family of ultrasonic devices. The device is designed to improve access in obese patients and is 25 percent longer (or 9cm) than the standard length HARMONIC ACE® device.

Major Advances In Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery

May 24, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

By the age of five Rachel had been struggling with seizures brought on by intractable epilepsy for nearly three years.  During these episodes, her body would jerk and shake and then go limp. Her lips would turn blue, her breathing would become shallow and her eyes would move rapidly back and forth.

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Anesthesia Producing Misconceptions, Anxiety

May 24, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

A recent survey shows that 85 percent of participating patients said they were anxious about receiving a general anesthetic. The report is published in the May issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing . Key concerns included dying while asleep, not waking up after surgery, waking up during surgery and anxiety while waiting to go into surgery or arriving at the OR door.

Surprising Hub For Plastic Surgery

May 24, 2010 6:22 am | News | Comments

Despite being more affiliated with the conservative nature of Mormon religion than the blatant silicon endowments of communities like L.A. or Miami, Salt Lake City continues to be a hub for plastic surgery. The number of cosmetic surgeons in the city even led Forbes to dub it the vainest city in the U.

A ‘Black Box’ For The Hospital

May 21, 2010 8:20 am | Articles | Comments

Recently, Surgical Products spoke with Lucas Huang, co-founder of B-Line Medical about their simulation technology. Surgical Products: How did you get your start in simulation? Huang: Historically, foreign medical students that wanted to practice in the United States, they had to go to a center to test their interviewing and diagnostic skills with standardized patients, actors extensively trained to be patients.

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To The Crazy Ones

May 21, 2010 8:17 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

Back in the late 1990s, Apple ran an ad campaign entitled “Think Different.” I was so enamored with the message and the feeling it helped embody that a full-page ad from the Wall Street Journal , which was part of that promotion, hung on my office walls for some time.

Estrogen-Lowering Drugs Minimizes Breast Cancer Surgery

May 21, 2010 8:04 am | News | Comments

A nationwide study has confirmed the benefit of giving estrogen-lowering drugs before surgery to breast cancer patients. The treatment increased the likelihood that women could undergo breast-conservation surgery, also called lumpectomy, instead of mastectomy. Sponsored by the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group, the study took place at 118 hospitals across the country and involved 352 postmenopausal women with estrogen-receptor positive (ER+) breast tumors.

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Trauma Surgery Simulator

May 21, 2010 7:53 am | Simulab Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Simulab offers the TraumaChild, a high-fidelity soft tissue simulator designed to train advanced trauma surgical skills. This simulated five-year-old breathes, bleeds and has replaceable tissues for a first cut experience. According to the company, the system can train on procedures such as: Cricothyroidotomy Percutaneous Tracheostomy Needle Decompression Pericardiocentesis Chest Tube Insertion Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage Additionally, features include: Anatomically correct five year old body form with articulating head Replaceable tissues bleed when cut, enhancing realism and obscuring student's vision Airway system powered by internal ventilator; providing an airway response to the trachea, lungs & thoracic cavity Anatomically and tactilely correct tissues are easy to replace and offer each student a first cut experience Designed with the course coordinator in mind with simplified cleaning and maintenance of replaceable parts Product components include: TraumaChild Body Form Replaceable Tissues Ventilator User's Guide/Instructor's Guide Maitenance Kit, including skin conditioning powder and arterial fluid Dissected DPL Sample Carrying Case For more information, visit www.

Large Body Training System

May 21, 2010 7:50 am | 3-Dmed Surgical Trainers | Product Releases | Comments

The Large Body System with Removable Monitor from 3-D Med is designed to remove the monitor from the trainer and set it on the included pedestal. This allows the user to drape the trainer and locate the monitor for best viewing visibility. The body is torso-like in size with 14 ports that provide flexibility for training and demonstration.

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