Patients undergoing planned surgery appear more likely to die if they have their operation at the end of the week. The mortality rate was lowest for patients having operations on Monday, and increased for each subsequent day of the week. The odds of death were 44 percent higher for operations on a Friday than a Monday.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Nuvo introduces the Nuvo VistOR MS LED Surgical light. The VistOR MS LED light provides 120,000 lux, excellent shadow control, unique pattern adjustment, and the Nuvo sterile handle controls. According to the company, this product is available in a single-, dual-, or triple-ceiling mounted system.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Thermoflect Heat Reflective Technology can prewarm surgical patients and warm patients throughout the surgical journey even in procedures lasting an hour or less. Thermoflect Heat Reflective Technology patient warming products offer a simple solution to hypothermia. The patient warming products are based on technology pioneered by NASA.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) NDS Surgical Imaging's ScaleOR is a universal video format scaler and converter, the first of its kind, designed specifically for the healthcare industry. Until now, OR staff had to deal with numerous devices to surmount the challenges presented by the signal complexities of video conversion. With ScaleOR, one single device can now make the bridge between analog and digital, standard definition and high definition.
Studies have shown that without encouragement, hospital workers wash their hands as little as 30 percent of the time that they interact with patients. So in addition to video snooping, hospitals across the country are training hand-washing coaches, handing out rewards like free pizza and coffee coupons, and admonishing with “red cards.”
An intracranial bleed? You couldn’t do much worse than miss an intracranial bleed. How had I let my craze to decrease my patient load overtake proper medical care? I had failed to check the head CT! I was appalled at myself, mortified by my negligence. I stumbled through the rest of the day, an acrid mix of shame and guilt churning inside me.
Dr. Patrick Chiasson is using the SPIDER Surgical System to perform the weight-loss procedure through a small incision made near the patient’s belly button – resulting in a virtually invisible scar. He also is using the novel platform to perform a single-incision cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal.
A survey of anesthesia educators and investigators at the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) found that existing pulse oximetry sensors have significant limitations that hamper their reliability. The survey also found that fingertip sensors can be problematic.
People who have had a stroke often take blood thinners such as aspirin or warfarin to prevent another stroke. Blood thinners are also used to prevent a first stroke in people with atrial fibrillation, an irregular or fast heartbeat. Blood thinners can prevent blood clots from forming that can cause strokes. These drugs also can increase the risk of bleeding, which is especially a concern when someone is having a procedure or operation.
Obese mothers tend to have kids who become obese. Now provocative research suggests weight-loss surgery may help break that unhealthy cycle in an unexpected way — by affecting how their children's genes behave. In a first-of-a-kind study, Canadian researchers tested children born to obese women, plus their brothers and sisters who were conceived after the mother had obesity surgery.
In a new study, researchers at Karolinska Institutet describe how resolvins could protect against the cognitive impairment that often affects recovery of surgical and critically ill patients. The study adds new knowledge on how peripheral surgery affects the brain and neuronal function contributing to the processes of cognitive decline.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Flagship Surgical's Safe Cord Floor Strip is a durable, disposable safety strip designed to cover cables and cords on the OR floors, thereby reducing the risk of staff tripping hazards and injuries. It has adhesive strips on the underside which secure the product to the floor, but will not leave any residue.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The Allen Advance table (from Allen Medical) is used for dedicated spine positioning where 360-degree radiolucency is required. It can be used in prone or supine positions with the ability to “flip” the patient intraoperatively. The Allen design addresses the safety concerns associated with pulling the wrong pins that can result in table collapse with patient.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The 2View Specimen Mammography Container is designed to reduce the incidence of re-excision in partial mastectomy surgery cases by providing 90-degree orthogonal views without the risk of damage from manipulation.
A Polish man who received a life-saving face transplant just three weeks after a work accident is already making sounds and practicing swallowing, his doctors said. The 33-year-old man, identified only as Grzegorz, underwent a 27-hour operation May 15 to reconstruct his jaw, nose, cheeks, and eye sockets, which were then swathed with skin from a deceased donor.