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Docs Choose Riskier Care For Selves Than Patients

April 12, 2011 5:46 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Physicians may choose riskier treatment for themselves than they'd recommend for their patients, according to a study that highlights a need for candid discussions about patients' preferences. The findings are important because patients faced with difficult medical decisions often ask their doctors, "What would you do?" The answer reflects the doctors' values —...

Air-Free Patient Warming

April 12, 2011 5:46 am | Augustine Biomedical & Design | Product Releases | Comments

Augustine Temperature Management offers new advancements in air-free patient warming: the new HotDog® Multi-Function controller, Torso Blanket and Underbody Warming Mattresses. According to the company, features include: The ability for the new controllers to power multiple conductive fabric blankets and a mattress simultaneously.

General Surgery, Acute Care Surgery & The Surgical Hospitalist

April 12, 2011 5:45 am | by Skeptical Scalpel, MD | Articles | Comments

As medicine adapts to the 21st century, new specialties arise. General surgery is seeing two new fields emerge. One is “Acute Care Surgery,” which encompasses three facets of general surgery—emergency surgery, critical care and trauma care. The other is the concept of a surgical hospitalist.


Surgeons Partner In Unusual Surgery

April 12, 2011 5:44 am | by Sara Wykes, Stanford Hospital & Clinics | Product Releases | Comments

Otolaryngology surgeon Jayakar Nayak (left), and Stefan Mindea, neurospine surgeon, collaborated on a very unusual procedure to reach patient Sandi Wearing’s brain stem by going through her sinuses. Here, Nayak begins a checkup on Wearing’s sinuses as Mindea follows along.

Wittmann Patch®

April 12, 2011 5:44 am | NovoMedicus | Product Releases | Comments

Millennium Surgical Expands Online Presence

April 11, 2011 7:20 am | News | Comments

Millennium Surgical, recently named one of the 100 Fastest Growing Privately-owned Companies in the Philadelphia region, is expanding its brand in the healthcare marketplace with the acquisition of the domain name . The domain provides greater access for surgical facilities to Millennium Surgical’s resources.

Hybrid Design

April 11, 2011 5:53 am | by Amanda Hankel | Articles | Comments

St. Joseph Hospital focused on universal use when choosing the imaging equipment for its hybrid suite. While every facility’s experience building a hybrid OR will be unique to them, learning from others who have completed their project, or are in the midst of it, can help facilitate the process.

The Doctors' Dining Room

April 11, 2011 5:52 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. (attributed) - Pericles     Before I went to medical school, I worked as an orderly in a private hospital. It was not glamorous work, but I loved the people.


Confirm Cleaning Of Robotic Arms

April 11, 2011 5:49 am | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark Industries Co. has developed a product to confirm the proper cleaning of surgical robotic arms— the RoboticArmCheck™ (RAC). Improper cleaning can lead to the build-up of bioburden inside of the instrument - representing not only a source of cross-contamination to patients, but shortening the useful life of the instrument itself.

Kidney Transplants Faring Better Than Previously Reported

April 11, 2011 5:47 am | News | Comments

A new study from Mayo Clinic, the largest long-term study of kidney transplant recipients published to date, demonstrates that progressive damage to kidney transplants may be less common and less severe than previously reported. The study, involving 797 patients transplanted between 1998 and 2004 and followed for at least five years, shows that 87 percent of patients have mild or no signs of progressive scar damage to the transplanted organ...

Increased Use Of Less Invasive Arthroplasty To Drive Hip, Knee Reconstruction

April 11, 2011 5:46 am | News | Comments

According to Millennium Research Group (MRG) the market for hip and knee reconstruction will be driven by increasing patient acceptance of unicondylar knee implants and resurfacing hip implants that allow for selective bone resection in patients in their 40s and 50s, combined with demand deferred by the poor economy.

Open-Incision Surgical Simulation Platform Developed

April 11, 2011 5:45 am | News | Comments

SimQuest LLC has developed the first platform for open-incision surgical simulation, which will enable surgeons to practice open surgical techniques with no risk to patients. The platform will allow surgeons to practice their skills in an environment that allows for errors and provide objective feedback on performance.

Medline Donates $50,000 In Critical Medical Supplies To Japan Relief Effort

April 11, 2011 5:45 am | News | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc., announces that it is donating $50,000 in medical supplies to Japan rescue and relief efforts following the country's devastating earthquakes and tsunami.  The aid includes supplies for surgical procedures as well as a government request for surgeon's gloves and gowns.

Study: Quality Improvement Programs Cut Costs, Improve Patient Care

April 11, 2011 5:44 am | News | Comments

In a paper published in the professional health care journal, Health Affairs , Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System report that their model for collaborative health care quality improvement has measurably improved safety and quality in several clinical areas, and has saved millions in health care costs.

No More Drugs Following Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

April 8, 2011 6:30 am | News | Comments

Deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure to suppress faulty nerve signals, allowed 77 percent of patients to stop their use of medications for essential tremors within one year following the surgery, University of South Florida researchers report. "It's a significant finding demonstrating that patients see a lot of symptom improvement with this treatment option," said Andrew Resnick, a research assistant in the USF Health Department of...


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