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Will Robots Render Surgeons Obsolete?

June 19, 2014 10:44 am | by Bloomberg | Videos | Comments

New York University Langone Robotic Surgery Center’s Dr. Michael Stifelman attempts to answer that question and discusses robotic surgery on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”              

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Busting The Urban Legends About Sterile Wrap Vs. Containers

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Randell Sprouse, LSSBB, Sterile Processing Technician, St. John Providence Health System | Articles | Comments

In today’s healthcare environment, it’s imperative to identify ways to save money and boost productivity – without compromising quality. At St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich., we set out to do just that by challenging a longstanding and widely held assumption – an “urban legend,” if you will – that containers are a more efficient and cost-effective solution than single-use sterile wrap for surgical instrument sets...

Opioid Use Prior To Spine Surgery Linked To Diminished Patient-Reported Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:42 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

A new study links the use of opioid pain relievers (prescription medications, such as Percocet) to less improvement and higher levels of dissatisfaction following spine surgery...                       

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Beta-Blockers Before Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery Not Associated With Better Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Use of beta (β)-blockers in patients who have not had a recent heart attack but were undergoing nonemergency coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery was not associated with better outcomes...                               

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Study Shows Cost-Effectiveness Of Smoking Cessation Counseling During Hospitalization

June 19, 2014 9:28 am | by University of Ottawa Heart Institute | News | Comments

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC), an intervention that includes in-hospital counseling, pharmacotherapy, and post-hospital follow-up, compared to usual care among smokers hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

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Study Examines How Brain 'Reboots' Itself To Consciousness After Anesthesia

June 19, 2014 9:22 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

One of the great mysteries of anesthesia is how patients can be temporarily rendered completely unresponsive during surgery and then wake up again, with their memories and skills intact. A new study and colleagues provides important clues about the processes used by structurally normal brains to navigate from unconsciousness back to consciousness...

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Dual Connection Offset Acetabular Reamer

June 19, 2014 9:04 am | by Symmetry Medical Inc. | Symmetry Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Symmetry Medical Inc., a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, launched the Dual Connection Offset Acetabular Reamer Driver.

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2014 Instrumentation Survey

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

A conservative attitude toward investment and lingering concerns about the short-term financial state of the healthcare industry will most likely define how hospitals approach the purchase of surgical instruments in 2014 and 2015...     

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Mammograms May Cut Breast Cancer Deaths By 28 Percent

June 18, 2014 10:55 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In the latest major study to consider whether the dangers of mammograms outweigh the benefits, experts say the tests can reduce the chances of dying from breast cancer by nearly 30 percent and that national screening programs should continue. The debate over the value of mammograms has raged in recent years...

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Surgeries Help Ukrainian Boy To Walk

June 18, 2014 10:32 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ihor Lakatosh struggles to describe his life before the surgeries, when his severe burns went untreated for years in his native Ukraine, leaving him with one arm fused to his body, unable to walk and abandoned by his mother...        

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2014 ESP Award Submission: Stryker's SYNK Wireless Platform

June 18, 2014 10:12 am | by Stryker | Stryker | Product Releases | Comments

The SYNK platform from Stryker increases OR freedom and efficiency by allowing users to wirelessly view HD video from multiple sources on up to 3 LED displays.

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Groundbreaking Research Finds Human Sweat Can Reduce Bacteria Defenses

June 18, 2014 10:01 am | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

Sweaty hands can reduce the effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals and schools after just an hour of coming into contact with them, according to scientists at the University of Leicester...               

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Ramsey Boy Doing Well After Laser Ablation Surgery On Previously "Inoperable" Brain Tumor

June 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota | News | Comments

A rare brain tumor in a previously inoperable area of an 8-year-old boy's brain remains dormant nearly four months after a second laser ablation surgery, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota reported today upon the story being featured on the nationally syndicated talk show, The Doctors...

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Anonymous Peer Feedback Through Social Networking Helped Residents Improve Their Skills

June 18, 2014 9:33 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | News | Comments

Surgical residents who received anonymous feedback from their peers through a social networking site on their robotic surgery skills improved more than those who did not receive any peer feedback on their procedures, UCLA researchers found...    

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Medtronic To Buy Covidien

June 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Josh Boak, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock. The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland's lower corporate tax rates. But the merged company would continue to operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000, the companies said late Sunday in a statement...

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