One of my best friends in med school was an O.B. nurse. Though she has moved almost all the way across the country and I haven’t seen her since I was in school, we’re still in touch and expect to be seeing each other at last in a couple of months. By some coincidence one of my best friends now is also an O.
As I write this column, I am lying in bed, head propped up on several pillows, laptop in front of me, surrounded by tissues, cough drops and the television remote. Yes – I am sick with a cold. I usually like to think of myself as pretty tough when it comes to colds.
(AP) — Intuitive Surgical, Inc. announced ts fourth-quarter net income rose 56 percent on better sales of its minimally invasive surgical platform, da Vinci. Net income increased to $121.2 million, or $3.02 per share, from $77.5 million, or $1.95 per share, in the same period a year earlier.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration is recommending stricter testing requirements for heart-zapping defibrillators after years of increasing problems with the emergency medical devices. Under the agency's proposal posted online, makers of external defibrillators would need to submit more data and undergo manufacturing inspections before launching a new product.
Kristen Wyatt, AP Some Colorado lawmakers say their state should be the first one where people become organ donors by default, even though other states' efforts have been halted by worries about making such a personal decision automatic. Colorado's proposal, introduced in the Legislature last week, would change the process for renewing driver's licenses and ID cards so applicants are assumed to be organ and tissue donors unless they initial...
Alicia Chang, Juliet Williams, AP A woman whose natural voice could have been silenced forever because of vocal cord damage is able to talk again after undergoing a rare voice box transplant. Brenda Charett Jensen, 52, reunited Thursday with the team of surgeons who performed the delicate operation last October, only the second surgery of its kind performed in the United States.
Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states continue their work to implement a key provision of the Affordable Care Act – Health Insurance Exchanges. When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2014, Health Insurance Exchanges will provide individuals and small businesses with a “one-stop shop” to find and compare affordable...
Connexall charts a hospital’s path to greater efficiency and lower costs, enabling hospitals to do more with less, particularly in OR applications. Connexall designs efficient workflow solutions throughout the hospital using enterprise middleware to reduce the cost of care while actually improving the overall quality of patient care and patient satisfaction.
The Philips InnerCool STx Surface Pad System for cooling and warming provides a solution with an advanced pad design for non-invasive temperature modulation therapy. With an intuitive user interface and a choice of manual or automatic modes, the STx Surface Pad System can be initiated in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, or Cath Lab by trained caregivers.
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El Camino Hospital is participating of the clinical trial for the CoreValve procedure, used to treat aortic stenosis. CoreValve is a revolutionary treatment as it is an alternative to open-heart surgery, which is typically required to treat aortic stenosis.
Blue Endo’s BLUE-HEAT Scope Warmer helps reduces scope fogging during laparoscopic procedures, by pre-heating laparoscopes you are able prevent condensation from occurring at the distal-tip of the optic. Taking this preventive measure can save time and reduce frustration so surgeons can focus on the procedure not on cleaning the lens.