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Health System Improves Efficiency With Lean Management Solutions

April 7, 2010 6:27 am | Articles | Comments

After exploring several manufacturing companies and hospitals that were applying the Toyota Production System (TPS) to improve processes and eliminate “waste,” St. Joseph Heath System-Humboldt County in California developed their own focused commitment on improvement called “The Humboldt Way.

Non-OR Factors Key In Predicting Hip Surgery Success

April 7, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Hip fractures are the second leading cause of hospitalization of elderly patients. According to a new study published in the April 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS ), a person's pre-surgical health classification, as determined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), is a leading indicator as to how well the person will fare after surgery to repair the hip fracture.

Hospital That Was Vital During 9-11 Succumbs To Debt

April 7, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

Saint Vincent's Hospital, a 160-year-old institution in Manhattan that treated hundreds of victims of the September 11 attacks and was at the forefront of the AIDS epidemic, will cease operating most of its patient services after a prolonged but failed effort to rescue it from massive debt, officials said Tuesday.

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Incisionless Option For Stomach Ulcer Bleeding

April 7, 2010 5:39 am | News | Comments

According to early clinical evidence from a safety study, a new endoscopic spray from Cook Medical may offer a new surgery-free procedure for treating acute bleeding of peptic ulcers. The early results, collected at the Chinese University of Hong Kong by lead investigators Dr. Joseph Sung of the Chinese University and Dr.

$35 Million From Pfizer To Doctors

April 7, 2010 5:11 am | News | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Pfizer, Inc. paid doctors and teaching hospitals a total of $35 million in the last half of 2009 for services ranging from speaking to other doctors about the company's products to running studies of its experimental drugs. The world's biggest drugmaker by revenue disclosed details of its payments to about 4,500 doctors and other health professionals.

More Risk Means Higher Costs For Back Surgeries

April 7, 2010 4:57 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP A study of Medicare patients shows that costlier, more complex spinal fusion surgeries are on the rise. Findings also suggest these more challenging operations are riskier, leading to more complications and even deaths. “This is exactly what the health care debate has been dancing around,” said Dr.

If They Could Only All Be Taken To Rampart Hospital

April 6, 2010 7:09 am | Articles | Comments

Trauma surgery for me is a whole lotta non-operative care interspersed with occasional surgery for things like a ruptured spleen. This is because I don't practice in a large urban center, and most of the trauma patients I care for have suffered blunt force injuries rather than penetrating ones. For most of the non-physician population, the idea of trauma surgery is heavily influenced by television—shows like "E.

Widescreen Display With Full HD

April 6, 2010 7:08 am | Sony Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Sony introduces model LMD-3250MD, a new 32-in. (viewable area, measured diagonally) widescreen LCD display with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution for use as a primary display in hospital operating rooms. According to the company, the display exhibits: Multi-picture technology, enabling images from 2 modalities to be simultaneously viewed in either a side-by-side or picture-in-picture display.

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HD Zoom Flat Panel Displays

April 6, 2010 7:06 am | Skytron | Product Releases | Comments

Use of a patent-pending TAS (Target Acquisition System) that allows clinicians to zoom and pan any image directly from the touchpad control screen.  Availability in 19”, 24”, 26” and 42” sizes.  For more information, visit www.

Sharps Injuries Increase In Surgical Settings After Passage Of National Needlestick Legislation

April 6, 2010 7:05 am | Articles | Comments

A recently-published study finds that many surgical teams and hospitals are not using devices and procedures proven to reduce the risk of accidental needle sticks in the OR. April 6, 2010 The operating room (OR) is a high-risk area for occupational sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposure.

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FDA Approves Biodegradable Surgery Patch

April 6, 2010 6:49 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved TachoSil, a patch that's used to stop bleeding during heart surgery, and can be absorbed by the body. The protein-coated patch is made from horse tendons and can be used when traditional surgical procedures can’t stop mild-to-moderate bleeding.

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Conjoined Twins Exit Gaza For Surgery

April 6, 2010 6:41 am | News | Comments

(AP) A spokesman for Gaza's border authority says a pair of conjoined twins born in Gaza last month have crossed into Egypt on their way to Saudi Arabia for separation surgery. Adel Zourab says Gaza's Rafah crossing was opened briefly Tuesday to allow the twins, their parents and a medical team to cross.

Compression Device Changes Post-Op Blood Clot Care

April 6, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

A mobile compression device is as effective as medication at preventing the formation of blood clots after hip replacement surgery but provides greater patient safety, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery . “This device is as useful as blood thinners for the reduction of blood clots after hip replacement and it’s superior in safety,” said Douglas E.

Reprocessing Key For Greening The OR

April 6, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

Ascent recently announced its sponsorship of a new initiative from Practice Greenhealth – The Symposium For Greening The OR, which will take place on April 27 in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s the first phase of an initiative that hopes to gather a select group of thought leaders from throughout the healthcare industry to discuss strategies for waste reduction and cost savings in operating rooms.

Justice Department: Incompetence Killed One Patient, Injured Others

April 6, 2010 5:58 am | News | Comments

The United States Justice Department has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Satilla Health Services, Inc., dba Satilla Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Najam Azmat submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid for medically substandard and unnecessary services. Among other things, the complaint alleges that the defendants submitted claims for medical procedures performed by Dr.

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