Three out of 20 flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes used for screening were found to harbor unacceptable levels of "bio dirt" – cells and matter from a patient's body that could pose potential infection risk -- according to a study of endoscopes used at five hospitals across the U.S.
A surgeon at Duke University performed the first U.S. implantation of a bioengineered blood vessel on Wednesday, using a new technique that may improve the lives of dialysis patients. A non-living tube built using living cells, a bioengineered blood vessel resembles natural blood vessels in size and strength but is not made of unnatural materials like synthetic blood vessels, called grafts.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The Wrong Site Sleeve by Patient Safety Gear, Inc. marks the surgical site with a skin marker which is placed on the patient’s “wrong limb” to avoid any mistakes once the patient is taken to the operating room. The safety sleeve’s fluorescent orange color alerts medical staff once again of the wrong limb for surgery.
Waterloo Healthcare is now offering a complete line of side load glove box dispensers to help you fight the spread of HAIs. Manufactured from lightweight yet durable aluminum, these glove box dispensers will stand up to the test of time. They are available in four different configurations and finishes.
The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White surgical glove from Ansell is powder-free and made from synthetic polyisoprene. Wearers experience exceptional fit that also provides tactile sensitivity and dependability. This glove delivers all the performance characteristics of natural rubber latex without the risk of natural rubber latex sensitization.
For the past several years, hospital CEOs have been talking a big game about accountable care. But investing in risk-sharing doesn’t mean health systems are giving up on the fee-for-service system, which rewards providers for every test and treatment whether or not it improves the health of a patient.
Among pediatric heart transplant recipients, failure to adhere to immunosuppressive medication is relatively common and is associated with a high mortality rate, researchers found.Over a 7-year period, 9 percent of heart transplant recipients younger than 18 were non-adherent at least once, which set back his or her recovery, according to Christopher Almond, MD, MPH, of Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues.
Encompass Group, LLC, one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of reusable textiles, professional apparel, and disposable and single use medical products, announces that John J. Wood has been named Chief Executive Officer, to commence July 1, 2013. John will succeed Mike Spurlock, who has announced his retirement and will continue as a member of the Board of Directors of Encompass Group.
The Murnaghan family of Newrown, Pa., is fighting a little known organ transplant policy that is effectively pushing 10-year-old daughter Sarah to the bottom of the adult transplant waiting list. However, a judge's recent decision gives her a better chance to survive.
Humans can now move robotic limbs using only their thoughts and, in some cases, even get sensory feedback from their robotic hands. Just a few years ago, this would sound impossible. However, now it is a reality. Learn more about this technology through the story of Jan Scheuermann, a Pittsburgh mother of two.
Medicare, the trust fund that pays for older Americans' healthcare, is now projected to last a bit longer than previous estimates. However, that doesn't seem to be the same case for Social Security. The future of Social Security is clouded with doubt.
Seema Biswas asks us to consider the valuable role that medical students can play in solving the health challenges of our modern world. By giving them the opportunity to outside of the classroom and engage in a meaningful way with patients around the world, students can not only play a critical part in serving vulnerable communities, but also become profoundly better doctors in the process.
Sarah, a 29-year-old dolphin, spent years working with children before her health sadly began to fail. A battery of tests revealed one of her airways had closed off 80 percent, so doctors used advances in human surgery and medicine to help her.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The innovative, reusable U.S. Patented ECT Gown increases patient satisfaction, improves nursing efficiencies, and address patient safety while helping to reduce cost for hospitals.
A new study released this week shows success in pinpointing individualized treatment for women with metastatic breast cancer, according to George Mason University researchers. The Side-Out Foundation’s pilot study is part of a cutting-edge approach to personalized medicine that looks beyond genomic analysis alone to combine it with what some say is the next frontier in targeted therapy: proteomics.