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Review: Beware Of Claims About Cosmetic Stem Cells Procedures

July 30, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

"Stem cells offer tremendous potential, but the marketplace is saturated with unsubstantiated and sometimes fraudulent claims that may place patients at risk," write Dr. Michael T. Longaker of Stanford University Medical Center and colleagues. To date, just one stem cell procedure for cosmetic purpose has received FDA approval, after extensive evaluation.

Penn Team Makes Cancer Glow to Improve Surgical Outcomes

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

With a new technique, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a new strategy to help surgeons see the entire tumor in the patient, increasing the likelihood of a positive outcome. This approach relies on an injectable dye that accumulates in cancerous tissues much more so than normal tissues. When the surgeon shines an infrared light on the cancer, it glows, allowing the surgeon to remove it.

2014 ESP Award Submission: MOZART Radiography System

July 29, 2014 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

According to the company, Kubtec’s MOZART is the world’s first and only digital specimen radiography system with TomoSpec™ technology, allowing surgeons to bring tomosynthesis technology into the OR.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat

July 29, 2014 12:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig offers their PIG Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat with features that include an adhesive bottom that stays put to help keep O.R. floors clean and safe.

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Database Helps Curb Risk of Post-Op Blood Clots

July 29, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

Patients who are placed in contact isolation after their operations are at a particularly high risk for developing life-threatening blood clots, but ensuring they move around has helped curb the occurrence of venous thromboembolism in one hospital.

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Study Helps Compare Risks Of Treatments For Early Esophageal Cancer

July 29, 2014 11:48 am | News | Comments

A new study, published in the July, 2014, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Northwestern Medicine® researchers, sheds new light on the risks associated with the growing popularity of endoscopic resection in the treatment of localized, early-stage esophageal cancer. The study reviewed the outcomes of more than 5,000 patients from 824 hospitals.

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Quality Program Saves 533 Lives, $75 Million

July 29, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Compared with complication rates in 2009, mortality rates dropped by 31.5 percent. The collaborative saw improvements in 13 of the 17 types of complications, and nine improved significantly. The areas of most improvement included surgical site infections, pneumonia and urinary tract infections, which all dropped by approximately one-third.

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Non-endoscopic Migraine Surgery Provides Relief

July 29, 2014 11:33 am | News | Comments

A revised version of a surgical procedure to treat severe chronic migraine headaches led to significant symptom relief more than 90 percent of the time in patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). "We confirmed that surgery through standard incisions used for cosmetic procedures can be very effective in treating some of the most severe cases of chronic migraine," says William G. (Jay) Austen, Jr., MD.

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2014 ESP Award Submission: VOLISTA LED Lighting

July 28, 2014 12:53 pm | Product Releases | Comments

According to MAQUET, their VOLISTA LED lights provide a deep column of light with even distribution and true color clarity. They also feature easily maneuverable suspension arms that are integration-friendly and HD camera-ready.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Encision EndoShield

July 28, 2014 12:44 pm | Product Releases | Comments

According to Encision, their new AEM EndoShield™ Burn Protection System provides advanced AEM monopolar energy with guaranteed elimination of stray energy burns to patients.

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New Material For Surgical Products Could Aid In Healing Process

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers have created a biodegradable biomaterial that is inherently antioxidant and can be used to create elastomers, liquids that turn into gels, or solids for building devices or implants that are more compatible with cells and tissues, reducing inflammation or rejection.

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Safety Program Reduces Heart Surgery Infections

July 28, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

The project's goal was to reduce the cardiac NSQIP SSI rate to two percent. The team succeeded in lowering the infection rate to a NSQIP average of 1.6 percent in the nine months after fully instituting the surgical best practices bundle.

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Reused Syringes Lead To Clinic Suspension

July 28, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

West Virginia's state epidemiologist said an investigation found that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient, surgical masks were not worn during epidural injections, and that the facility had other sanitation and hygiene issues.

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House & Senate Agree On A Deal For VA

July 28, 2014 11:45 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | News | Comments

Their plan is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care.        

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2014 ESP Award Submission: WriteSite Skin Marker

July 25, 2014 12:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Surgical's WriteSite Plus Surgical Skin Marker has been formulated for use with ChloraPrep® products and designed to be nearly three times darker after prep with ChloraPrep products than markers using standard gentian violet ink. The ink is also formulated to reduce blurring.

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