This new 9-volt battery insulation and continuity tester from Jac-cell Medica is a solution for locating potentially dangerous tears and cracks along the tube and handle of your laparoscopic instruments. According to the company, the product features: The ability to completely insulation verifiaction of laparoscopic electrodes, scissors, forceps and bayonet forceps.
SeeClear from CooperSurgical is a passive disposable multi-stage filter system that clears the operative field of view while trapping smoke, particulates and aerosolized pathogens to provide a safer environment for staff and patients. For more information www.coopersurgical.
The Derma Prene® IsoTouch® HydraSoft® synthetic polyisoprene, powder-free surgical glove from Ansell is designed as a moisturizing glove that prevents Type I latex allergic reactions and restores and improves hands. This glove combines proprietary skin moisturizing technology with the most advanced latex-free synthetic material to restore hand condition without risk of Type I allergic reactions.
The Double Grasper is a reusable device that can be used to grasp and hold tissues for approximation, and in preparation for suturing or stapling. Features include: Two independently operated jaws on either side of a shared central plate. Subtle yet effective teeth on each jaw to prevent slipping and sliding.
In the September print edition of Surgical Products , our editor, Amanda McGowan, talked about t he benefits of an honest and upfront approach to those surgical mistakes that, despite everyone’s best efforts, can occasionally take place. “Often, no matter how big or small the mistake, an apology is a good start to remedying the situation.
Videoconferences may be known for putting people to sleep, but never like this. Dr. Thomas Hemmerling and his team of McGill’s Department of Anesthesia achieved a world first on August 30, 2010, when they treated patients undergoing thyroid gland surgery in Italy remotely from Montreal.
Some intensive care patients develop post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) after the trauma of a difficult hospital stay, and this is thought to be exacerbated by delusional or fragmentary memories of their time in the intensive care unit. Now researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care have found that if staff and close relatives make a diary for patients, featuring information about their stay and accompanied by photographs, PTSD rates can be significantly reduced.
Risk factors for venous thromboembolism after total hip replacement (THR) surgery were identified in a new study published in the September 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) . While the rate of thromboembolism has been significantly reduced through medication, understanding the risk factors could further reduce the likelihood of patients developing this potentially fatal complication.
Donna Bryson, AP (AP) A major South African hospital chain and its chief executive have been charged after years of investigation into a human organ trafficking case that stretched from Israel to South Africa to Brazil. Police spokesman Vish Naidoo said 11 suspects were ordered to appear in court in November.
(AP) U.S. health officials say two Arizona organ transplant recipients died of an infection from a microscopic parasite they got from their organ donor. The deaths are the second confirmed cluster of tranplant-related encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris, an amoeba found in soil. It is especially dangerous to people undergoing organ transplants and who have weakened immune systems.
Alex Dominguez, AP A man who became distraught as he was being briefed on his mother's condition by a surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital pulled a gun and shot the doctor Thursday, then killed his mother and himself in her room, police said. The doctor, who was wounded in the abdomen, is expected to survive.
Sharps injuries in the surgical setting are on the rise. In order to increase staff safety and help avoid costly regulatory fines, Sandel Medical Industries has developed an entire line of sharps injury prevention products. Neutral Zone: A disposable friction drape designed to eliminate the hand-to-hand transfer of sharps instruments.
The SI-PCFTM system from Medisafe America uses the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical’s manual cleaning method, while being able to reprocess up to 10 EndoWrist® instruments simultaneously, within a time efficient and convenient process. The "Sonic Irrigation" equipment family is designed for cleaning cannulated, lumen, ported, non-ported and micro surgical instrumentation inside and out.
TOSI™ is the first device to provide a consistent, repeatable, and reliable method for evaluating the cleaning effectiveness of the automated instrument washer. This is possible because the blood soil is manufactured to exact specifications each and every time. When metered on to the stainless steel plate, the TOSI™ is completely analogous to a stainless steel instrument soiled with dried blood.
Skytron SolidCare solid surface cabinetry and workstations are manufactured from DuPont Corian and offer a wide menu of vibrant, healing colors for the healthcare space. Unlike traditional cabinetry, SolidCare surfaces are without seams or crevices, eliminating places where potentially infectious microorganisms, such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococccus Aureus (MRSA), can otherwise hide.