Using plastic fibers and human cells, doctors have built and implanted a windpipe in a 2 ½-year-old girl — the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ. The surgery, which took place on April 9 here at Children’s Hospital of Illinois and will be formally announced Tuesday, is only the sixth of its kind and the first to be performed in the United States.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) – among the most widely prescribed antidepressant medications – are associated with increased risk of bleeding, transfusion, hospital readmission and death when taken around the time of surgery, according to an analysis led by researchers at UC San Francisco and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.
Scientists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center used a catheter to re-direct the flow of bile from the bile duct into the small intestine, producing the same metabolic and weight-loss benefits as bariatric surgeries such as gastric by-pass. They named the procedure bile diversion, or BD.
The Steris OT 1000 Series Orthopedic Surgical Table is designed to offer superior control and access to the operative site. The revolutionary SWAN technology provides virtually effortless movement of the anatomy for Anterior Approach Total Hip Arthroplasty (AATHA), fracture reduction, and many other orthopedic procedures.
Geneva Healthcare is pleased to offer the complete line of POSI-BLOCK and POSI-COMFORT products. Well-known POSI products are a welcome compliment to Geneva Healthcare’s extensive line of foam and gel positioners.
Available in four sizes (Original, Standard, Pediatric & Bariatric), EHOB’s WAFFLE Seat Cushion redistributes a patient’s weight, provides comfort, and works to prevent and treat pressure ulcers. The cushion features a unique, low-profile design that contours and cradles surgical patients while in the seat.
The rise of these superbugs, along with increased pressure from the government and insurers, is driving hospitals to try all sorts of new approaches to stop their spread: "Star Wars" machines that emit ultraviolet light or hydrogen peroxide vapors, and germ-resistant copper bed rails, call buttons and IV poles. While these products can help get a room clean, their true impact is still debatable.
Robotic technologies combined with improved sensors and sophisticated intelligence will make inroads into many aspects of medical care, including surgical centers and operating rooms. With a proven ability to automate actions with outstanding repeatability and reliability, the opportunity exists for robots to move into non-critical and routine medical procedures.
The ER has become increasingly important as a place where people go for acute unscheduled care, however there has been little rigorous analysis of its cost structure. A new cost analysis suggests that emergency care accounts for far more than the commonly accepted 1.9 percent of the nation’s $2.6-trillion annual health care bill. It’s more likely between 4.9 and 5.8 percent.
Roboticists are currently developing machines that have the potential to help patients with caregiving tasks, such as housework, feeding and walking. But before they reach the care recipients, assistive robots will first have to be accepted by healthcare providers such as nurses and nursing assistants.
Five of the ten largest medical device markets in the world are in Western Europe; Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Spain. Like all other sectors, the medical device markets will be impacted by the current eurozone crisis in the short term. This is a danger for domestic manufacturing industries, especially in Germany, which rely on demand for exports of their products.
Eighty-four million people―nearly half of all working-age U.S. adults―went without health insurance for a time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.
Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 12 watt infrared LED light emitter, designed to provide output and operation suitable for medical applications. The LEDLB-4E-IR-M-110V 110 Volt Medical Infrared LED Light Bar provides those in the medical fields with a powerful and effective source of infrared light.
Tronex Healthcare introduces its Sterile Nitrile Powder-Free Fully Textured Examination Gloves. These advanced gloves are 100 percent latex free, featuring a fully textured surface for an improved grip in both wet and dry environments and for various procedures.
Calzuro footwear is Latex free and can be worn in the OR or anywhere. Made in Italy, the material is thermo-injectable anti-static copolymer rubber compound and halogen-free. Thirteen colors, two styles, and various accessories (heel strap kit and comfort insoles) are available.