Reduce costs in laparoscopic appendectomies with Aesculap’s DS Ligation Clip System. The DS Ligation Clip provides a cost-effective solution, without compromising on security, for laparoscopic appendectomies. This is made possible by providing up to a 75 percent per procedure cost savings compared to endomechanical staplers and an innovative “double clip” design that acts like a fenestrated grasper for a firm hold on tissue.
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, have developed a novel graduate medical education initiative that enables surgical residents to hone their skills in quality improvement (QI). Surgical trainees who completed the year-long educational program found the QI training to be beneficial, and more importantly, believe it put them in a position to lead QI initiatives in the future.
In the business of medicine, one of the brightest hopes is the potential for re-optimizing our spend around what patients want. That’s important because decades of research in the field of shared decision making have shown that when there’s a range of options to treat a condition, informed patients choose less spending and less invasive treatment.
Patients in hospital who are on antibiotics may benefit from taking probiotics, according to researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Reena Pattani led a literature review that looked at the effectiveness of probiotics, live bacteria that can take up residence in digestive tracts, in treating common side effects of antibiotics, such as antibiotic-associated diarrhea and life-threatening side effects like Clostridium difficile infection.
Bariatric surgery led to greater weight loss and better glycemic control than nonsurgical treatment among patients with diabetes who were mildly obese, but the evidence for long-term efficacy and safety remains limited, a recent systematic review found.
Action Products, Inc., the leader in reusable patient positioners for the operating room, hires sales executive, Rick Olin, to lead its National O.R. salesforce. Mr. Olin will be based out of the Maryland office. As a National O.R. Sales Director, Rick Olin will work directly with Action field representatives, GPOs, IDNs, Hospitals and the internal customer service department to assist in the projected growth of the Medical Products Group.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The Comfort-Caddy from Nafra Worldwide is a patented and FDA-cleared, multi-pouch storage system that is designed to hold wound drainage collection tubes and bulbs for post surgical patients. It will help keep patients comfortable after surgeries that may require closed wound drainage, such as mastectomies, orthopedic procedures, spinal, or cosmetic surgeries.
Ansell utilizes proprietary technologies and formulations to offer a wide variety of gloves that provide optimal protection, comfort, and safety to meet any personal or surgical need. To ensure the highest degree of safety, Ansell surgical gloves provide a secure protective barrier validated by extensive quality controls. Each glove is designed with a high level of tear resistance, as well as resistance to alcohol-based hand disinfectants.
Advanced Centers for Surgical Education (ACSE), a premier organization that provides venue space for medical and surgical education opened a state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot facility across from the Texas Medical Center on Thursday, May 16. The education, training and research development center boasts 17 customizable training stations as well as classrooms and conference spaces.
"A more data driven and transparent healthcare marketplace can help consumers and their families make important decisions about their care,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “The administration is committed to making the health system more transparent and harnessing data to empower consumers.”
Measuring blood flow in the brain may be an easy, noninvasive way to predict stroke or hemorrhage in children receiving cardiac or respiratory support through a machine called ECMO, according to a new study. Early detection would allow physicians to alter treatment and take steps to prevent these complications—the leading cause of death for patients on ECMO.
A study, looked at eight years' worth of data from the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) and found that as many as nine percent of all pediatric and adolescent heart recipients (ages 18 and under) in the U.S. had an episode of NA that compromised their health within two years of receiving their transplant.
Conjoined Palestinian twins with a shared heart and other vital organs returned home to the West Bank Monday after Israeli doctors determined they could not successfully separate them. The mother, Basma Breiwesh, arrived at a Hebron hospital with her conjoined daughters three days after she gave birth at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem.
HYPE-WIPE bleach towelettes from Current Technologies enable portable and convenient disinfection of high touch areas such as light switches, IV poles, carts, trays, doorknobs, medical equipment, BP cuffs, and counters. HYPE-WIPES are individually packaged and contain the CDC/OSHA recommended 1:10 dilution.
(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Kimberly-Clark’s Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap is an innovative sterilization packaging designed to provide the durability necessary for the most demanding healthcare applications while reducing waste. Developed in collaboration with central service and operating room professionals, the wrap features triple-layer reinforcement.