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Reintroducing Aprotinin In Cardiac Surgery May Put Patients at Risk

September 30, 2014 12:10 pm | News | Comments

Cardiac surgery patients may be at risk because of a decision by Health Canada and the European Medicines Agency to reintroduce the use of aprotinin after its withdrawal from the worldwide market in 2007, assert the authors of a previous major trial that found a substantially increased risk of death associated with the drug ...

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3M Skin And Nasal Antiseptic Making Impact in Preventing SSIs

September 30, 2014 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

In 2010, 3M Skin and Nasal Antiseptic was launched to help address the rising concern about surgical site infections (SSI) caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). During the last three years, a growing body of evidence has proven the positive outcomes of utilizing this intervention as part of preoperative nasal preparation to reduce the risk of surgical site infection (SSI).

Sony Focuses On Latest In Hybrid OR Technology

September 30, 2014 11:18 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Evan Krachman, Sony Electronics, Medical Systems Division. Here are Krachman's responses:

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Study: Back Surgery Offers Long-Term Societal Benefits

September 30, 2014 10:46 am | by Josh Sandberg, OrthoSpineNews | News | Comments

Back pain is a significant problem in America. In 2010, more than 10 million people experienced back pain. More than 200,000 of these patients are diagnosed with a herniated disc. Employees who experience back pain miss an average of 26 days of work and spend nearly 34 days in bed each year. While at work, back pain can affect productivity ...

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Report: Risk of Opioids Outweigh Benefits For Pain

September 30, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. The position paper is published in the September 30, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology ... 

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Virtual Backtable 3.0 Could Be Breakthrough In OR Efficiency

September 29, 2014 12:12 pm | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Product Releases | Comments

Operating rooms continue to look for new ways to improve efficiency and trim costs. Innovations in software have allowed ORs to accomplish this goal and the Virtual Backtable 3.0, (VBT) from S2 Interactive, Inc., could be the next information technology innovation that meets both objectives. VBT provides instant analytics with dashboard metrics and analysis of surgical instrument usage specific to doctors and procedures.

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New Tool Assesses Skill Development In Robotic Surgery

September 29, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Decision Analysis Can Help Women Make Choices About Breast Reconstruction

September 29, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Decision analysis techniques can help surgeons and patients evaluate alternatives for breast reconstruction—leading to a "good decision" that reflects the woman's preferences and values, according to an article in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Researcher: Countries Must Work Together To Stop Organ Traffickers

September 29, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

The author of new research into organ trafficking has called for a concerted international effort to confront the problem. Dr. Ana Manzano, of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, says a combination of factors means nobody knows definitively how many organs are being traded across the world ...

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Comtron Introduces Medgen Electronic Health Records System

September 29, 2014 11:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Comtron, a leading provider of healthcare systems, is optimizing medical documentation and reporting processes with its electronic health records system, Medgen EHR, by giving clinicians an easy-to-use interface. 

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Philips Discusses Hybrid OR Innovations

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Susan Anderson, Sr. Field Marketing Manager, Philips iXR - Hybrid OR.

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Mechanized System Could Improve Nerve-Damaged Hands

September 26, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body ...

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Study: Gastric Bypass Better Overall Than Banding Surgery

September 26, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Gastric bypass surgery has better outcomes than gastric banding for long-term weight loss, controlling type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol levels, according to a new review by UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons of nearly 30 long-term studies comparing the two types of bariatric procedures ...

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DePuy Synthes Launches Angle Locking System

September 26, 2014 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson have launched two new variable angle plating systems featuring its proprietary variable angle locking technology. With this technology, surgeons can adapt screw trajectory to match patient anatomy and fracture pattern and angulate screws towards specific fragments of bone.

Toshiba's Sloop Looks at Hybrid OR Integration

September 26, 2014 11:03 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. This week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature David Sloop, director, XRVL Business Unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems. Here are Sloop's responses:

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