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Tissue Dissection Device

April 12, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

PEAK Surgical, Inc. offers the PEAK® PlasmaBlade TnA (Tonsil and Adenoid) tissue dissection device, indicated for cutting and coagulation of soft tissue during otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat [ENT]) surgery, including removal of the tonsils and adenoids. The PEAK PlasmaBlade™ is a family of disposable, low-temperature surgical cutting and coagulation devices that offer: The exacting control of a scalpel and the bleeding control of traditional electrosurgery without the extensive collateral damage to surrounding tissue.

Live Ammo Removed From Soldier's Head

April 12, 2010 6:28 am | News | Comments

Pauline Jelinek, AP A U.S. military doctor removed a live round of ammunition from the head of an Afghan soldier in an unusual surgery. Doctors say a 14.5 millimeter unexploded round, which measures more than 2” long, was removed from the scalp of an Afghan National Army soldier at the Bagram Air Field hospital.

ACE Blade

April 12, 2010 6:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ACE Blade is a next-generation of cutting device to provide high performance electrosurgery. The ACE Blade, with a proprietary PTFE non-stick coating in the ACE Mode of Mega Power™ electrosurgical generator, will be marketed as a replacement to the scalpel, even for skin incisions.

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RF Cutting And Sealing Instruments

April 12, 2010 6:27 am | Aragon Surgical, Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Aragon Surgical, Inc. introduces Lektrafuse TELEO, the newest addition to its Lektrafuse platform. The expansion of the Lektrafuse Platform of radio-frequency (RF) based Tissue Sealing and Cutting Instruments allows surgeons to utilize the unique advantages of the Lektrafuse platform in a broader range of applications.

Doctors And Patients, Lost In Paperwork

April 12, 2010 6:25 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

In “The Hostile Hospital,” from the Lemony Snicket “Series of Unfortunate Events” books, the three young orphans at the center of the story visit the fictitious Heimlich Hospital, where Babs, the head of human resources, asks them if they know what the most important work done in a hospital is.

Device That 'Prints' Cells Over Wounds Closer To Human Testing

April 12, 2010 6:25 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, have developed a device that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims to protect and heal wounds as an alternative to skin grafts April 12, 2010 Inspired by a standard office inkjet printer, researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, have developed a device that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims, quickly protecting and healing their wounds as an alternative to skin grafts, Reuters reported last week.

Full-Volume 3D Imaging

April 9, 2010 7:47 am | Siemens Medical Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Healthcare introduces a new gold standard in cchocardiography: non-stitched, real-time full-volume 3D images of the heart acquired in one single heart cycle with the ACUSON SC2000™ volume imaging ultrasound system. The latest release of the system features: Unique technologies and applications that improve diagnostic confidence and workflow in echocardiography.

Deflectable Tip Video Laparoscopes

April 9, 2010 7:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus’ EndoEYE is a deflectable video laparoscope that combines a distally mounted video chip and with an advanced flexible tip design, providing a complete 100° field of view from multiple angles to visually capture the desired location head-on, from above, or even from behind.

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The Hippocritcal Oath

April 9, 2010 7:35 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Articles | Comments

I am a physician, and a neophyte political activist.  These are two separate titles that I keep wrapped up in two distinct packages.  When I graduated from medical school, I took an oath to care for my patients called the “Hippocratic Oath”.  One line from that oath proclaims, “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone”.

Study Finds Success In Single-Incision Technique For Arthroscopic PCL Reconstruction

April 9, 2010 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Study finds allograft soft tissue PCL reconstruction with an all-inside femoral fixation device through a single incision provides a safe and timely reconstruction and results in a reduction in bone and soft tissue injury. April 9, 2010 A new independent clinical study published in the February 2010 issue of Orthopedics reports Cayenne’s AperFix® System provides a safe, efficient and secure means of arthroscopic reconstruction of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) due to traumatic injury.

Doctors Separate Conjoined Irish Twins

April 9, 2010 7:17 am | News | Comments

(AP)  British doctors say they successfully separated conjoined Irish twins in a London hospital. The twin boys, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, were born in Cork, Ireland, joined at the chest. They did not share any major organs. About 20 doctors and nurses at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital were involved in a 14-hour surgery to separate the twins.

Blumenthal: Preparing For A Nationwide Transformation

April 9, 2010 7:10 am | News | Comments

A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: “I know that health care providers are concerned about implementing new health information technology and finding professionals who can operate and maintain such systems. I know many clinicians are unsure how they will develop or strengthen their skill set to incorporate using health IT efficiently and effectively without jeopardizing their communication with patients during a clinical visit.

Tissue-Engineered Grafts Could Replace Synthetic

April 9, 2010 6:54 am | News | Comments

Using adult stem cells, researchers have created functional blood vessels that could one day replace synthetic grafts often required in various vascular bypass surgeries, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Annual Conference 2010.

Post-Op Nicotine Withdrawal Can Be Harmful

April 9, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

Nicotine withdrawal can cause dangerous agitation in intensive care patients. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care found that, compared to non-smokers, agitated smokers were more likely to accidentally remove tubes and catheters, require supplemental sedative, analgesic or anti-psychotic medications, or need physical restraints.

Altered Report Leads To $800K Judgment Against Surgeon

April 9, 2010 6:16 am | News | Comments

A Los Angeles surgeon has been ordered to pay a Maryland patient and his wife $800,600 in a malpractice judgement. The ruling stems from Dr. Hrayr Shahinian performing an inappropriate surgery and then altering a pathology report to cover up his failure to remove a tumor. The award included $300,000 in punitive damages for “intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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