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Q&A: Point Of Infection

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Surgical Products recently spoke with Linda Homan, RN, BSN, CIC, Senior Manager, Clinical and Professional Service, Ecolab Healthcare, to talk about the medical community's efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections...      

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Position Perfect System

June 19, 2014 1:38 pm | by EHOB, Inc. | Ehob, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Not only complying with facility turning protocols, the Position Perfect System is designed as a unique turning, transferring, and positioning system that protects patients from added pressure and shearing forces. 

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African American Women With Breast Cancer Less Likely To Have Newer, Recommended Surgical Procedure

June 19, 2014 1:38 pm | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | News | Comments

African American women with early stage, invasive breast cancer were 12 percent less likely than Caucasian women with the same diagnosis to receive a minimally-invasive technique, axillary sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, even as the procedure had become the standard of surgical practice, according to research...

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Long-Term Follow-Up After Bariatric Surgery Shows Greater Rate Of Diabetes Remission

June 19, 2014 1:32 pm | by University of Gothenburg | News | Comments

In a study that included long-term follow-up of obese patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery was associated with more frequent diabetes remission and fewer complications than patients who received usual care, according to a study in the June 11 issue of JAMA, a diabetes theme issue...

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Hospital Ordered To Pay MRI Company $52M In Lawsuit

June 19, 2014 1:25 pm | by Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Idaho Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision Tuesday ordering a Boise hospital to pay more than $52 million for violating a contract it had with an MRI company. The decision is the latest development in St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center's lawsuit, involving one of the largest awards to come out of Idaho district courts. The hospital had appealed the multimillion-dollar verdict returned in 2011...

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VA Chief: More Vets Wait 30 Days For Appointment

June 19, 2014 1:15 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment — more than twice the percentage of veterans the government said last week were forced to endure long waits, the acting veterans affairs secretary said Wednesday...

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Will Robots Render Surgeons Obsolete?

June 19, 2014 10:44 am | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

New York University Langone Robotic Surgery Center’s Dr. Michael Stifelman attempts to answer that question and discusses robotic surgery on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”              

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Busting The Urban Legends About Sterile Wrap Vs. Containers

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Randell Sprouse, LSSBB, Sterile Processing Technician, St. John Providence Health System | Articles | Comments

In today’s healthcare environment, it’s imperative to identify ways to save money and boost productivity – without compromising quality. At St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich., we set out to do just that by challenging a longstanding and widely held assumption – an “urban legend,” if you will – that containers are a more efficient and cost-effective solution than single-use sterile wrap for surgical instrument sets...

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Opioid Use Prior To Spine Surgery Linked To Diminished Patient-Reported Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:42 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

A new study links the use of opioid pain relievers (prescription medications, such as Percocet) to less improvement and higher levels of dissatisfaction following spine surgery...                       

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Beta-Blockers Before Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery Not Associated With Better Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Use of beta (β)-blockers in patients who have not had a recent heart attack but were undergoing nonemergency coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery was not associated with better outcomes...                               

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Study Shows Cost-Effectiveness Of Smoking Cessation Counseling During Hospitalization

June 19, 2014 9:28 am | by University of Ottawa Heart Institute | News | Comments

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC), an intervention that includes in-hospital counseling, pharmacotherapy, and post-hospital follow-up, compared to usual care among smokers hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

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Study Examines How Brain 'Reboots' Itself To Consciousness After Anesthesia

June 19, 2014 9:22 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

One of the great mysteries of anesthesia is how patients can be temporarily rendered completely unresponsive during surgery and then wake up again, with their memories and skills intact. A new study and colleagues provides important clues about the processes used by structurally normal brains to navigate from unconsciousness back to consciousness...

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Dual Connection Offset Acetabular Reamer

June 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Symmetry Medical Inc. | Symmetry Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Symmetry Medical Inc., a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, launched the Dual Connection Offset Acetabular Reamer Driver.

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2014 Instrumentation Survey

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

A conservative attitude toward investment and lingering concerns about the short-term financial state of the healthcare industry will most likely define how hospitals approach the purchase of surgical instruments in 2014 and 2015...     

Mammograms May Cut Breast Cancer Deaths By 28 Percent

June 18, 2014 10:55 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In the latest major study to consider whether the dangers of mammograms outweigh the benefits, experts say the tests can reduce the chances of dying from breast cancer by nearly 30 percent and that national screening programs should continue. The debate over the value of mammograms has raged in recent years...

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