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Error In Judgment: Why Wrong-Site Surgery Is Still A Problem

March 5, 2014 7:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Wrong-site surgery is a devastating problem that affects all parties present in the operating room. To make matters worse, it’s an all-too-common occurrence today. Although efforts have been made to address this issue, it still remains a significant one. Why?...

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Surgeons Develop Standards For Optimal Resources For Children’s Surgical Care

March 5, 2014 6:56 am | News | Comments

“The intent of these recommendations is to ensure that all infants and children in the United States receive care in a surgical environment matched to their individual medical, emotional, and social needs,” said Keith T. Oldham, MD, FACS, task force chair and the surgeon in chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee...

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Carotid Artery MRI Helps Predict Likelihood Of Strokes, Heart Attacks

March 4, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology...

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Color Coding Barcode Data Matrix

March 4, 2014 9:41 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Surg-I-Band Data Matrix Color Coding Barcode offers hospitals a system to organize and track surgical instrumentation and devices. Combining the benefits of Surg-I-Band color coding with the technology of bar coding, Surg-I-Band Data Matrix is designed to offer a fast, easy, and precise organizational system. According to the company, it is also Censitrac compatible.

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Comprehensive Fluid Management Solution

March 4, 2014 9:26 am | by BASS Medical | Bass Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The BASS Medical comprehensive fluid management solution keeps the operating room floor dry during high fluid volume procedures such as shoulder and knee arthroscopy. The mat’s patented anti-splash and containment design keeps fluid from ever hitting the floor. It collects, contains, and rapidly evacuates contaminated fluid using standard wall suction.

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Lower Medicaid Signups Seen In Health Law Study

March 4, 2014 9:06 am | News | Comments

It's one of the most impressive statistics about the new healthcare law. The Obama administration says more than 8.9 million people have been, quote "determined eligible" for Medicaid from Oct. 1 through the end of January...     

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How To Select Surgical Residents: The Evidence

March 4, 2014 8:59 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

On Twitter a while ago, a medical student asked me how surgical program directors select new residents. Then a discussion arose among some academic surgeons on the same topic. Someone suggested that medical school grades were the best way to tell whether an applicant would be a successful resident. The fact is that we aren't really sure what the best way to choose residents is...

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Four Women With Transplanted Wombs Are Trying To Get Pregnant

March 4, 2014 8:51 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant. He would not say on Monday whether any of the women had succeeded. In all, nine women in Sweden have received new wombs since 2012...

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The Rise Of Robotics

March 4, 2014 8:13 am | by Anne-Marie Gannon, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs Specialist, neoSurgical | Articles | Comments

With the expectation of a sharp rise in the volume of robot-assisted procedures in the future, it is likely that the complexity of cases being performed robotically will increase. The availability of a greater range of instruments, accessories, and medical devices customized for use with robot systems will facilitate this shift in approach...

Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers' Traumatic Wounds

March 3, 2014 11:07 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Kansas surgeon is working on a $1.6 million research product that seeks to address combat-related trauma issues for soldiers. Michael Heggeness, the program director and chair of orthopedics of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, believes a so-called "bone putty" could be a viable alternative to typical treatment options for military veterans with serious lower-limb wounds...

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3D Imaging Sheds Light On Apert Syndrome Development, Treatment

March 3, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Three dimensional imaging of two different mouse models of Apert Syndrome shows that cranial deformation begins before birth and continues, worsening with time, according to a team of researchers who studied mice to better understand and treat the disorder in humans...

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HYPE-WIPE And MINI HYPE-WIPE Bleach Towelettes

March 3, 2014 10:33 am | by Current Technologies | Current Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EPA-registered HYPE-WIPE and MINI HYPE-WIPE bleach towelettes from Current Technologies are one-step disinfectant wipes for most centrifuges and glucometers. The individually wrapped towelettes are saturated with the CDC/OSHA/NCCLS recommended 1:10 dilution of sodium hypochlorite and stabilized for an extended shelf life.  These economical towelettes also contain detergent so that they clean and disinfect in one step.

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Pain Killers

March 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Improving patient outcomes, decreasing hospital length-of-stay, and reducing costs are tasks best classified as perennially unfinished by hospitals. Any chance to make improvements must be considered, including evaluating the use of opioid use for perioperative pain management. Furthermore, recent research and anecdotal evidence point to several potential benefits of reducing the use of opioids in healthcare settings...

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Doctors: Full Recovery For Formula One Champ Michael Schumacher Unlikely

March 3, 2014 9:59 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Nearly two months after Michael Schumacher suffered serious head injuries in a skiing accident and was placed in a drug-induced coma, some neurologists say the seven-time Formula One champion seems unlikely to make a full recovery...   

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Merging Healthcare With Modern Communications Technology

March 3, 2014 9:48 am | by Carrie Yang, Senior Healthcare Analyst, Results Healthcare | Blogs | Comments

Modern communications technology is starting to have a real impact on the way patients are managing their diseases and the delivery of healthcare. By collecting and transmitting real-time data, it is now possible to get a much better picture of a patient’s health and how it is changing. Electronic health records, too, enable more accurate information to be available to each provider involved in a patient’s care...

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