When I was a resident in internal medicine many years ago, I saw an elderly woman who came to the ER complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath. She had a history of heart disease. When I listened to her chest, the crackles I heard emanating from her wet lungs told me she had congestive heart failure.
With Infection Prevention Week and the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the signing of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) recently unveiled a study focusing on some frustrations regarding a lack of progress in implementing the strategies outlined in the Act.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces their new Surgical Instrument Stringer Stand. The unique design of Spectrum’s Stringer Stand promotes faster, safer instrument handling and allows for rapid, two-handed loading of any style instrument stinger. To use, simply place an instrument stringer of any width into the base of the Stringer Stand, and with both hands now free, string/stack instruments as you normally would.
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) showcased multiple recent innovations and previewed future advancements in surgery at the 96th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) this month. Of the instruments highlighted included the HARMONIC FOCUS® Long Curved Shears.
In a world first, a completely robotic surgery and anesthesia was recently performed at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The DaVinci surgical robot was first put to work this summer in the hospital, whereas the anesthesia robot, nicknamed McSleepy, has been providing automated anesthesia since 2008.
A look at how retractors and retractor systems have improved to allow surgeons to operate more efficiently and safely. October 20, 2010 Self-retaining retractors free up surgical staff members to concentrate on other important tasks during a procedure. Retractors have been around since surgery began, meeting the need to retract organs or tissue for visualization and access during a procedure.
Hospitals that had operating room personnel participate in a medical team training program that incorporates practices of aviation crews, such as training in teamwork and communication, had a lower rate of surgical deaths compared to hospitals that did not participate in the program, according to a study in the October 20 issue of JAMA .
A new independent study by HealthGrades of patient outcomes at America's hospitals found that patients at 5-star rated hospitals had a 72 percent lower risk of dying when compared with patients at 1-star-rated hospitals - an enormous gap that has held steady over the past years even as overall mortality rates have improved.
The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that, for the fourth consecutive year, it will award more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care. Earlier this year, the Cardinal Health Foundation awarded grants to 40 organizations in 25 states as part of its E3 Grant Program, which was launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care, nationwide.
By Bruce Campbell, MD No great artist ever sees things as they are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. -Oscar Wilde The physical exam of the head and neck is both simple and challenging. Simple, in that even children are familiar with the shape of the face, the sheen of the eye, the curve of the ear, and the texture of the tongue.
The 2011 Masimo Radical-7® is a non-invasive monitor with new capabilities. According to the company, features include: Measurements—rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring™ for accurate, easy-to-use, patient-tolerant respiration rate (RRa™); rainbow Pulse CO-Oximetry® for hemoglobin (SpHb®), oxygen content (SpOCTM), carboxyhemoglobin (SpCO®), methemoglobin (SpMet®), and Pleth Variability Index (PVI®); and ‘gold-standard’ Masimo SET® pulse oximetry for oxyhemoglobin (SpO2), perfusion index (PI), and pulse rate.
Sony showcased at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) conference this month a free-standing 3D medical-grade display, capturing the full image quality of today’s high definition (HD) 3D endoscopes and surgical microscopes. The LMD-2451MT LCD will finally enable minimally invasive (MI) surgeons to take advantage of the depth perception and spatial orientation that our natural vision provides, when utilized with the growing number of 3D HD surgical camera systems being used today in a full range of MI procedures.
Synovis Surgical Innovations’ Veritas Collagen Matrix is an effective solution for abdominal wall reconstruction as it rapidly revascularizes and repopulates by surrounding host tissue. According to the company, additional features include: Minimizes tissue attachment to viscera.
When rescuers needed to determine how to safely extract Chilean miners without their fainting and suffering a potentially devastating loss of blood to the brain, they turned to a UT Southwestern Medical Center scientist whose expertise typically is focused on astronauts in space, not mine workers trapped underground.
Individuals with co-occurring psychiatric illnesses, especially anxiety and depression, appear to have an increased risk of death within 30 days of surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Psychiatric illnesses occur along with physical complaints in an estimated five to 40 percent of hospitalized patients, according to background information in the article.