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Overcoming The Challenges And Concerns Related To Renovating Your OR

April 23, 2014 11:16 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products and Brett Estabrook, Director of Design & Development, BERCHTOLD Corporation | Articles | Comments

Are you looking to renovate an operating room at your facility? Are you not sure where to start, or do you have some concerns about either the process or the end results of a renovation effort? Brett Estabrook, Director of Design & Development, BERCHTOLD Corporation, answered a handful of questions about OR renovation during a recent conversation with Surgical Products...

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Study Finds Physical Signs Of Depression Common Among ICU Survivors

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Depression affects more than one out of three survivors of critical illness, according to a Vanderbilt study. The majority of patients experience their symptoms physically rather than mentally...         

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Teaching (Or Lack Of It) In The Operating Room

April 24, 2014 10:33 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Blogs | Comments

I groaned.  "Don't make me operate with him again! I assisted him in surgery just last week!" I was low man on the totem pole and there was no point arguing. All of the residents and fellows kept track of the rotation and I knew it was, indeed, my turn. "What torture!" I whimpered as trudged off to the operating room...

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In Search Of Reliability And Accuracy

April 24, 2014 10:20 am | by Michael J. Cross, M.D., F.A.C.S., Breast Treatment Associates | Articles | Comments

A new approach has emerged that marks the target area with greater, reproducible accuracy and it appears to have other advantages for post-operative radiotherapy as well. This approach uses a new medical device that is placed by a surgeon when tissue is removed. The surgically implantable, spiral incorporates six permanent titanium clips that are "suspended" in a fixed three-dimensional arrangement that can clearly be identified...

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The Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip

April 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Cook Medical | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip from Cook Medical is now available to gastroenterologists in major global markets. The clip is used to stop gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding, which is a condition that can be challenging to treat because of the variations among bleeds. The Instinct clip has two specific features that can help a physician achieve hemostasis more quickly and easily.

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Study Suggests Ways To Widen Access To Fecal Transplants For C. Diff Infections

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

Using frozen stool from healthy, unrelated donors was safe and effective in treating patients with serious, relapsing diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, according to a new pilot study. The findings suggest approaches that may make this promising treatment more readily available to patients...

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Three American Doctors Killed In Afghanistan

April 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Amir Shah and Kay Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. Two of the dead Americans were a father and son. The third American was a Cure International doctor who had worked in Kabul for seven years...

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Will Automation Affect Surgeons' Skills?

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Although it has been known for over two years, news outlets are again reporting that automation is degrading pilots' skills. I blogged about this back then as part of a comparison of pilots to surgeons. My point was that surgeons did not have autopilots to rely on in the operating room. This new report has prompted some to wonder whether robotic surgery will lead to deterioration of surgeons' skills...

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Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM)

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF, part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM), new plates that are customized based on surgeon specifications and individual patient anatomy.  PSPM is designed to give the reconstructive surgeon greater control over plate design and screw placement which assists in planning of future dental restoration.

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Texas Children's Hospital Fetal Center Performs Successful Open Fetal Surgery To Treat Fatal Condition

April 23, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

Physicians at Texas Children's Fetal Center proudly announce the birth of Baby Cabellotrejo, a boy born healthy at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women following a complex pregnancy that included open fetal surgery. Early in the pregnancy, doctors diagnosed baby boy Cabellotrejo with a very large lung mass, called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation...

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Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Sp Single Port Robotic Surgical System

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Medgadget | Videos | Comments

Intuitive Surgical received FDA approval to market its new da Vinci Sp single port robot assisted surgical system. The system is designed for urologic minimally-invasive procedures that are already performed via a single incision. Intuitive Surgical will wait to release it to market until it’s been made fully compatible with the latest da Vinci Xi robot...

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The Man With The 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 9:11 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson, and cat...

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3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings

April 22, 2014 11:28 am | by 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division | 3M Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division announced enhancements to its 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings aimed at improving securement, wear time, and proper application.

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Study: U.S. Medical Innovation Needs Smarter Incentives To Cut Health Spending

April 22, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

To help rein in massive healthcare spending, a new RAND study concludes that U.S. policy makers should urgently find ways to incentivize pharmaceutical companies and device makers to develop products that produce more value. Instead of examining existing medical technologies and their use, a new study suggests the study identifies options to affect what drugs and medical devices get created in the first place...

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Report Recommends Insurers Use Prescription Monitoring Data To Reduce Opioid Abuse, Deaths

April 22, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University has issued a ground-breaking report recommending that medical insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce the overdoses, deaths, and healthcare costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs...

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SSIs: A Problem With No Quick Fix

April 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Beth Young, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist, GOJO Industries, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

As we wait for randomized, controlled clinical trials of new interventions and products, it’s imperative that we implement all the components of evidence-based bundles that have been proven to prevent surgical-site infections...   

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