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Out of Africa…again? Infection Control in the Age of Ebola

October 9, 2014 10:06 am | by Dr. Douglas H. McConnell, Medical Director, OBP Medical | News | Comments

Once again, the medical community is taking notice of a highly contagious pathogen arising in Africa and potentially threatening all of mankind. The Ebola virus has now caused a very real pandemic that is wiping out villages and rapidly crossing borders in African nations. Those nations’ public health and social resources are challenge by this dangerous, aggressive killer ...

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Formerly Conjoined Twin From Panama On Road To Recovery

October 8, 2014 12:08 pm | by Lisa Sigell, CBSLA.com | News | Comments

A 2-year-old girl from Panama, who underwent surgery at a local hospital in Los Angeles, is on the road to recovery. Ana Paula was born a conjoined twin and underwent an operation 20 days later, which killed her twin and left her with a third leg and acute medical complications that could not be treated in her home country ...

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Universal Screening For MRSA May Be Too Costly

October 8, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Numerous experts and policy makers have called for hospitals to screen patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and isolate anyone testing positive to prevent the spread of these so-called "Superbugs" in healthcare settings. Several states have enacted laws requiring patients be screened for MRSA upon admission ... 

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Robotic Surgery: More Complications, Higher Expense For Some Conditions

October 8, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The results were published online today in Obstetrics & Gynecology ...

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CFI Medical Releases Zero-Gravity Suspended Radiation Protection System

October 8, 2014 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

CFI Medical, a leading manufacturer of innovative radiation protection products, announced CE (Conformité Européenne) approval for the Zero-Gravity Suspended Radiation Protection System Floor Unit today, paving the way for its widespread use internationally. BIOTRONIK, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cardio- and endovascular medical devices, headquartered in Berlin, Germany, will continue to act as exclusive distributor of Zero-Gravity outside North America.

ACS Releases New Edition of Resources for Optimal Care

October 8, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) announced on Monday the release of its 2014 edition of the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient.  Now in its sixth edition, the COT’s Resources document provides the guidelines used by the ACS Verification/Consultation Program to evaluate trauma centers ...

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Siemen's Kulkarni Looks at Future of Hybrid ORs

October 8, 2014 10:22 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Sudhir Kulkarni, segment director of hybrid OR, Siemens Healthcare ...

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Study: New Device Can Slow, Reverse Heart Failure

October 7, 2014 1:27 pm | News | Comments

A new, implantable device to control heart failure is showing promising results in the first trial to determine safety and effectiveness in patients, according to lead researcher Dr. William Abraham of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Results of the study are published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology Heart Failure ... 

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Patients Report Waking During Surgery But Unable To Tell Doctors

October 7, 2014 1:15 pm | by Clare Wilson, The Washington Post | News | Comments

If you’re facing surgery, this may well be your worst nightmare: waking up while under the knife without medical staff realizing. The biggest-ever study of this phenomenon is shedding light on what such an experience feels like and is causing debate about how best to prevent it ...

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Older Workers Turning To Plastic Surgery To Enhance Image

October 7, 2014 1:00 pm | by Alix Pianin, The Fiscal Times | News | Comments

With a growing number of baby boomers postponing retirement, venturing back into the job market, or striving to retain their standing at work, more and more seniors are turning to cosmetic enhancements to gain a competitive edge in the workforce ...

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New Technologies Could Replace Stitches For Wound Closure

October 7, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

The increasing reliability and versatility of adhesive approaches, and the growing need for better alternatives to surgical suturing and stapling, are ushering in a new era of wound repair devices that could one day replace stitches, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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Black Diamond Video Talks Hybrid OR

October 7, 2014 10:57 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Devon Bream, MPH, FACHE, Vice President, Global Medical Sales and Marketing.

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Ethicon study shows benefits of SURGICEL

October 7, 2014 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon, Inc. announced results of a large, retrospective study that showed the use of the SURGICEL® Family of Topical Absorbable Hemostats was associated with lower costs, reduced product usage, shortened length of hospital stay, and reduced transfusions compared to the use of other adjunctive hemostats.

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Camera That Takes Shots of Entire Body Could Help Doctors Spot Cancer Early

October 6, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer type in the United States, and it's also the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths. If caught early enough though, it is almost always curable. Now a camera, capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images of a patient’s skin may help doctors spot cancer early and save lives ...

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Link Between Breast Implants And Cancer Under Investigation

October 6, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

An international research group including Viennese pathologist Lukas Kenner has reviewed cases of possible association between breast implants and a form of lymphoma that may develop tumors at a later stage. The researchers conclude that breast implants can cause a new subtype of the rare yet malignant lymphoma known as ALCL ...

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