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The Viability of Spinal Surgery in Patients Over 80

February 10, 2015 12:29 pm | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | News | Comments

Between 2000 and 2010 the U.S. population, age 80 and older, increased 22 percent to 11.2 million, and approximately 47 percent of Americans age 60 and older have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal due to the wear and tear associated with aging.

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DePuy Synthes Companies announced that it has acquired Olive Medical Corporation

February 10, 2015 12:24 pm | by Depuy Mitek, Inc. | Depuy Mitek, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DEPUY SYNTHES COMPANIES ACQUIRES OLIVE MEDICAL CORPORATION Visualization Platform Technology and Expertise to Broaden Arthroscopy Portfolio Raynham, Mass. (February 10, 2015) –Today DePuy Synthes Companies announced that it has acquired Olive Medical Corporation, a Utah-based privately held provider of high definition (HD) visualization systems for minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Fi...

Best Dressed: Doctor's Appearance Impacts Patient Perceptions

February 10, 2015 12:17 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

What should doctors wear? And how does something as simple as their choice of a suit, scrubs or slacks influence how patients view them? A new analysis takes a comprehensive look - and finds that the answer isn't as simple as you might think.

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U.S. Seeing Decline in Donor Hearts, Increase in Need

February 10, 2015 11:52 am | by American Journal of Transplantation | News | Comments

There was a significant decrease in donor heart acceptance from 44 percent in 1995 to 29 percent in 2006, and a subsequent increase to 32 percent in 2010. Older donor age, female sex and medical conditions predicted non-acceptance of hearts from donors.

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Test Shows Which Patients Benefit From Radiation After Prostate Surgery

February 10, 2015 11:46 am | by Journal of Clinical Oncology | News | Comments

GenomeDx Biosciences recently announced the publication of a positive validation study for a genomic test for prostate cancer. It showed that patients with low genomic risk may be optimally managed with observation after radical prostatectomy, while those with high genomic risk may be better managed earlier with adjuvant radiotherapy.

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Mini Hype-Wipe

February 10, 2015 11:30 am | by Current Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Mini Hype-Wipe bleach towelettes from Current Technologies, Inc. provides fast, portable disinfection of equipment and hard surfaces.

The Future of Hernia Surgery

February 10, 2015 11:20 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Articles | Comments

Dr. Bruce Ramshaw has become one of the nation’s leading innovators in hernia repair surgery. In this exclusive interview with Surgical Products, Dr. Ramshaw looks at the current state of hernia repair, how it can improve and what lies ahead for a procedure that impacts millions of lives every year.

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Zero Footprint OR

February 9, 2015 5:55 pm | by Black Diamond Video | Black Diamond Video | Product Releases | Comments

An industry first, Black Diamond Video’s Zero Footprint OR locates BDV’s Integrated Digital Surgical Suite™ (IDSS) equipment rack outside of the operating room. By removing the equipment rack from the OR, BDV also removes the ambient heat, noise and dust inherently produced by equipment racks, creating a cooler, quieter, and more sterile operative environment. “BDV’s focus is on solving real...

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Primum Non Nocere

February 9, 2015 1:29 pm | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Blogs | Comments

“I want the surgery today!” She started to cry. “I’m ninety-four years old. I’ll accept any risk. Just take this thing out!” She looked back and forth between the anesthesiologist and me. Her golf-ball sized tongue cancer had been growing over the past six months.

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Despite Recommendations, Mastectomy Patients Passing On Post-Op Chemo

February 9, 2015 1:13 pm | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Only 65 percent of women are getting the recommended postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). Since 2000, the National Cancer Institute and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have recommended PMRT, in addition to chemotherapy, for most breast cancer patients who opt for breast removal and have a high risk of tumor recurrence.

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Basing Trauma Center Designations On Population Needs

February 9, 2015 12:54 pm | News | Comments

At their core, trauma systems are developed to achieve care that is optimal for injured patients. The problem is that some areas are now seeing a perceived oversupply of trauma centers because the provision of trauma care can, in some instances, become highly profitable.

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Facilities Facing More Pressure To Prevent Bed Sores

February 9, 2015 12:36 pm | by Kevin Damask | Articles | Comments

On average, the cost of managing one full-thickness pressure ulcer can cost nearly $70,000. In the U.S., the total cost for treating pressure ulcers is estimated at $11 billion annually.                                       

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Next Generation Insulation Tester

February 9, 2015 12:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Jac-Cell insulation tester is the original portable battery-operated insulation plus continuity tester. The tester features third-generation microcontroller driven, completely reusable accessories and was tested at 2800 volts DC with continuous tension.

Flexible Inspection Scope

February 9, 2015 12:13 pm | by Healthmark | Product Releases | Comments

The Flexible Inspection Scope includes a distal tip composed of a light source, a camera lens at the end of a 50 cm, flexible shaft, and is designed for instruments 3.2 mm in diameter or larger.

You Get What You Pay For In Emergency Care

February 6, 2015 10:47 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

To those unfamiliar with healthcare policy debates, the finding might seem predictable. But in recent years some frequently cited studies have suggested that higher spending levels do not necessarily produce better levels of care. This study supports the notion of higher costs equating to better care.

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