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Barrier Gauze Wound Dressings

February 24, 2010 7:24 am | Derma Sciences | Product Releases | Comments

Derma Sciences, Inc.’s BIOGUARD™ barrier gauze wound dressings have recently been classified by the FDA as Class II medical devices. The newly issued guidance pertains to a wound dressing with permanently bound cationic biocide polyDADMAC, one of the molecular entities covered in nine Quick-Med U.

Universal Surgical Drainage

February 24, 2010 7:24 am | SurgiMark, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The DrainTow® closed suction wound drainage system provides rapid deployment of the surgeon’s choice of drains in laparoscopic or open surgical procedures. The DrainTow® traction obturator: Maintains pneumo during drain insertion for speed and precision. Provides smooth atraumatic passage through tissue in open surgery.

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Surgery Is A Team Sport

February 24, 2010 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Like many of you, I’ve spent my evenings the past week or so watching the Winter Olympics. While I’m not much of a winter-sport athlete myself, I generally enjoy watching the skiing and skating events. However, this Olympic Games, I discovered my new favorite event—curling.

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Researchers Use Microwave Oven To Sterilize Medical Equipment

February 24, 2010 7:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

Researchers at Glyndŵr University have developed technology for producing a portable device for sterilizing medical equipment—using a £40 microwave oven. The everyday kitchen device has been used to deliver a low cost, chemical-free solution to killing harmful bacteria on medical tools used in GP, dentists and veterinary surgeries.

Unnecessary Mastectomy Leads To Protocol Changes

February 24, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

The results of a misread pathology report and results unnecessary mastectomy at the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario has led hospitals throughout the region to reconsider their surgical protocols. Officials at Windsor hospitals said that surgeons are generally the only ones looking over the final pathology and clinical diagnosis report before surgery, even though many pairs of eyes may see a patient's chart and test results throughout the cancer diagnosis and treatment process, as is the case in most hospitals across Ontario.

Pediatricians Pushing For More Choking Warning Labels

February 24, 2010 5:43 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous. Some food makers, including Oscar Mayer, have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom.

Work Hours On The Decline For Doctors

February 24, 2010 5:31 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Doctors have steadily cut their work hours over the past decade, a new study finds, something that experts say may only worsen the health care situation. It's not that doctors are terrible slackers. Average hours dropped from about 55 to 51 hours per week from 1996 to 2008, according to the analysis, which will appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Hospitalization Linked To Cognitive Decline

February 24, 2010 5:12 am | News | Comments

Older patients hospitalized for acute care or a critical illness are more likely to experience cognitive decline when compared to older adults who are not hospitalized, according to a study in JAMA . Some studies have suggested that many survivors of critical illness experience long-term cognitive impairment, but these studies did not measure cognitive function before a critical illness, according to background information in the article.

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Two Sepsis Strategies Show Similar Results

February 24, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

A comparison of two strategies for treating severe sepsis or septic shock finds that using lactate levels measured in blood samples showed a similar short-term survival rate compared to a treatment regimen using central venous oxygen saturation measured using a specialized catheter, according to a study in JAMA .

Surgery Can Be Effective Tool In Fight Against Weight

February 23, 2010 6:21 am | Articles | Comments

Rabbi Nat Ezray’s decades of struggle with weight began early. He joined Weight Watchers in the fifth grade. In the 30 years to come, he would lose and gain weight several times over, each time gaining a bit more until his 5 foot 6 inch frame carried 280 pounds. “I felt hostage to it,” Rabbi Ezray said, “and powerless in the face of it, even though I did diet after diet.

Dissolvable Sinus Dressing

February 23, 2010 6:15 am | Arthrocare Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Arthrocare introduces a new Stammberger Foam dissolvable sinus dressing. According to the company, the dressing: Prevents adhesions within the nasal cavities. Controls minor bleeding and minimizes edema,. Eliminates the need for painful post-op removal of packing.

Biomaterial For Wound Healing

February 23, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mesynthes introduces the Endoform Dermal Template™. Endoform, a proprietary extracellular matrix biomaterial, provides a unique biologic template for tissue regeneration. The technology utilizes a proprietary extracellular matrix biomaterial containing a complex mixture of important biological molecules, including structural and adhesive proteins, such as collagens, elastin, fibronectin and laminin and glycosaminoglycans.

Report: Hospital Infections Killed 48,000

February 23, 2010 5:44 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) Pneumonia and blood-borne infections caught in hospital killed 48,000 patients and cost $8.1 billion in 2006, according to a recently unveiled report. The study is one of the first to put a price tag on the widespread problem, which is worsening and which some experts say is adding to the growing cost of healthcare in the United States.

Evaluating Length Of Stay vs. Cost Controls

February 23, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) An intensive look at two common conditions – pneumonia and heart failure – showed that it may be possible to lower costs in the U.S. system without hurting patients, the researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine . “Most evidence did not support the ‘penny wise and pound foolish’ hypothesis that low-cost hospitals discharge patients earlier but have higher re-admission rates and greater downstream inpatient cost of care,” Dr.

Exercise Reduces Patient Anxiety

February 23, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

The anxiety that often accompanies a chronic illness can chip away at quality of life and make patients less likely to follow their treatment plan, but regular exercise can significantly reduce symptoms of anxiety, a new University of Georgia study shows. In a study appearing in the February 22 edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine , researchers analyzed the results of 40 randomized clinical trials involving nearly 3,000 patients with a variety of medical conditions.

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