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Surgical Robot Adopters Use Recommended Procedure For Kidney Cancer

December 12, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Hospitals with robotic surgical systems are more likely to perform "nephron-sparing" partial nephrectomy--a recommended alternative to removal of the entire kidney--in patients with kidney cancer, reports a study in the December issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. ...

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Children Without Public Insurance Waited Longer For Tests

December 12, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Children with public insurance waited longer after initial evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) to undergo polysomnography (PSG, the gold standard diagnostic test) and also waited longer after PSG to have surgery to treat the condition with adenotonsillectomy (AT) compared with children who were privately insured, according to a report published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. ...

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AORN Cleaning Steps Practical For Efficient OR Turnover

December 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by Michael Gil and Linda Homan, Ecolab Healthcare | News | Comments

The AORN Recommended Practices state that “Every patient deserves a clean OR,” but historically there has been no easy way to objectively quantify that the OR is clean. In addition, surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to be a significant source of clinical complication and economic consequence for hospitals. ...

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Myelin Linked to Speedy Recover of Vision After Tumor Removal

December 11, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of neuroscientists and neurosurgeons from the University of Rochester has used a new imaging technique to show how the human brain heals itself in just a few weeks following surgical removal of a brain tumor. ...     

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Robotic Surgery Leads to Organ Preservation For Kidney Cancer Patients

December 11, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy -- the recommended treatment for localized tumors -- when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study. ...       

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Meniscus Regenerated with 3D-Printed Implant

December 11, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Columbia University Medical Center researchers have devised a way to replace the knee’s protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that prompt the body to regenerate the lining on its own. .... 

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Study: Patients Given Less Blood During Transfusions Do Well

December 11, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

Patients with heart disease who receive transfusions during surgeries do just as well with smaller amounts of blood and face no greater risk of dying from other diseases than patients who received more blood, according to a new Rutgers study. ...     

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Pathfinder’s Vision Gives Man New Life After Cancer

December 11, 2014 10:18 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

I always enjoy hearing the latest in 3-D innovation in the operating room, and last week brought another terrific story. ...                           

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Drug Proves Effective Against 'Superbugs'

December 10, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A treatment pioneered at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is far more effective than traditional antibiotics at inhibiting the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, including so-called "superbugs" resistant to almost all existing antibiotics, which plague hospitals and nursing homes. ...    

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Ear Surgery Aims to Improve Self-Esteem in Both Children and Adults

December 10, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Ears that excessively protrude from the head can have a considerable negative impact on one's self-esteem, whether it be a child or an adult. Through otoplasty, prominent ears can be corrected at any age after four – early enough to prevent the psychological effects of bullying. Many adults choose to undergo otoplasty to improve self-confidence and be more satisfied with the appearance of their ears. ...

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Research Shows Promise in Reducing Complications of Gastrointestinal Surgery

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

ACell, Inc. announced recently that a peer-reviewed study, "Esophageal Reinforcement with an Extracellular Scaffold During Total Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer," was published in the October, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology, featuring its MatriStem Surgical Matrix PSM device. ...

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New Approaches Key to Reducing Surgical Site Infections

December 10, 2014 11:13 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Charles E. Edmiston Jr., PhD., CIC, Professor of Surgery & Hospital Epidemiologist - Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee about the importance of reducing surgical site infections and how the use of a surgical care bundle is aiming to improve patient care across the country. ...  

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Restricting Surgical Residents' Hours Doesn't Improve Outcomes

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Controversial restrictions on hospital residents' duty hours imposed in 2011 did not improve surgery patients' outcomes, reports a large new Northwestern Medicine study of U.S. hospitals, one of the first national evaluations of the results of the restrictions. ...    

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November/December 2014

December 9, 2014 3:56 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the November-December 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

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Wireless Headsets Coordinate Ebola Treatment Personnel

December 9, 2014 12:01 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Masks, face shields, and surgical helmet systems effectively safeguard both doctor and patient from cross contamination yet they impair the ability of medical teams to communicate effectively. Specialty headsets from the Eartec Company overcome this limitation by providing instantaneous wireless voice communications.

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