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.
Will a universal EMR save dollars? Not right away, but in the near future, absolutely. Will it improve the safety, quality and efficiency of medical care and thereby save lives. Definitely. Is there any reason to maintain our system of primitive individual medical isolation? None at all, continued delay would be ridiculous.
Placing healthy organs in the same container we use to keep soda cold at a picnic seems archaic. But until recently, it was the only option hospitals had. That changed with heart-in-a-box. In 2006, surgeons in Europe transplanted the first heart using the TransMedics Organ Care System, a portable device that kept the heart "alive" -- beating, with blood and oxygen flowing through it -- during transport.
The Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative (CtSQC), a statewide group of 20 hospitals, meets regularly to share quality outcomes including successes and best practices for the benefit of all patients in the state. The CtSQC announced that six additional hospitals are joining this effort.
The annual Leape Ahead Award honors the dedication of Dr. Lucian Leape toward the advancement of efficient, effective, and caring delivery of medicine in the U.S. It also underscores ACPE's strong commitment to patient safety and quality, as well as the lifelong development and support of physician leaders.
Researchers conducted statistical analysis to evaluate risk factors that may predispose patients to postsurgical ORAEs and compared differences in length of stay, total hospitalization costs, 30-day readmission rates and inpatient mortality between the patients who experienced an ORAE and those who did not.
Donor mortality is about 1 in 500 donors with living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Research of transplant centers around the world found that those with more experience conducting live donor procedures had lower rates of aborted surgery and life-threatening "near-miss" events.
Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County (MHLC) recently strengthened patient safety measures by expanding the use of capnography technology to monitor patients using patient controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps to regulate their pain.
This single-site robotic platform provides surgeons with the increased dexterity, control and high-definition 3-D vision found with traditional robotic surgery, as well as the added benefit of performing the operation through a single, nearly invisible scar hidden in the navel.
The introduction of the Versapor Bladeless Optical 12mm Trocar is the newest addition to the wide offering of Covidien access products. It offers surgeons visualization during trocar placement to help clinicians minimize the risk of trocar injuries.
New PurMist from Integrity Supply is the only full body sanitizer that uses natural essential oils, offers glove-like protection for the hands and is an eco-friendly product. PurMist moisturizes skin/hands and offers four hours of continual protection after each application.