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SteriTek Offers New SPD Triage Center

December 20, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

In response to demand for sterile processing process improvement support, SterilTek, Inc. has launched a web-based resource for healthcare administrators; the SterilTek SPD Triage Center. The site provides administrators with access to information and tools that help them identify improvement opportunities for their sterile processing functions.

Stuffed Germ Toys Are Catching On

December 20, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

Stephanie Reitz, AP Jim Henson's Muppets made pigs and frogs endearing, and Walt Disney turned a common rodent into a cultural icon. Now, Drew Oliver thinks it's time for bacteria, viruses and other maligned microorganisms to share the love. Instead of standard Christmas gifts, a growing number of people are looking under the tree for giant stuffed cold germs, cuddly E.

Organ Preservation Unit

December 20, 2010 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

As part of a new six month pilot program, the vehicle will be staffed with personnel trained to get a donor family's consent, perform medical procedures necessary to keep the donor organ viable, as well as to transport the donor to the hospital so the organs can be harvested for transplant.

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More Children's Doctors Needed In Rural Areas

December 20, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP There are enough children's doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are oversaturated with pediatricians and family doctors. Other parts of the nation have few or none. Nearly one million kids live in areas with no local children's doctor.

Lack Of Specialists In ER Puts Patients At Risk

December 20, 2010 5:38 am | News | Comments

Almost three quarters of hospital emergency department administrators nationwide report that lack of medical specialists at their facilities poses a risk to ER patients – in some cases a very significant risk. They also express concern that health reform will cause additional ER crowding and that mental health services are becoming increasingly inadequate.

How Does Your Hospital Room Make You Feel?

December 20, 2010 5:37 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

During a conversation with the wife of one of my former surgery patients, I was surprised to learn that her husband had chosen to receive his postoperative chemotherapy treatments at a hospital across town from mine. His wife assured me that he had liked the highly respected colleague I had referred him to; what had troubled him was that the doctor’s office and the hospital chemotherapy infusion suites were, well, depressing.

New Test Predicts Kidney Disease Complications

December 20, 2010 5:37 am | News | Comments

A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco found that Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease.

Heavy-Duty Cooling Vest For Surgeons

December 20, 2010 5:37 am | Polar Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Surgeons and their staff are staying comfortable during procedures in hot operating rooms thanks to cooling vests made specifically for surgeons by Akron’s Polar Products, Inc. The Ohio company has developed a new heavy-duty vest style for their popular Cool Flow™ System, specifically designed for wear beneath lead aprons.

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Track And Monitor Hospital Assets, Patients

December 20, 2010 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Awarepoint’s Real-time Awareness Solutions are used to track and monitor assets and patients in hospitals.  These solutions provide enterprise awareness to improve efficiency, quality of care and workflows, and supply valuable location, status and movement data to clinicians and healthcare administrators to enable process improvement.

Warming Gown

December 20, 2010 5:35 am | Arizant Healthcare Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Bair Paws Flex™ warming gown combines the best of both worlds: the comfort and convenience of the Bair Paws gown with the powerful, proven warming of Bair Hugger® blankets. The single-use gown’s all-in-one warming capabilities make it a great option for achieving normothermia-related quality measures like SCIP-Inf-10.

Making Drug Testing Mandatory

December 17, 2010 7:03 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Product Releases | Comments

An article in one of this week’s First Cuts looks at doctors who abuse drugs. According to the article, reported originally by the Chicago Tribune , the situation of medical professionals abusing drugs is not uncommon in hospitals across the United States. It makes sense, really.

Tool For Writing In The Dark

December 17, 2010 6:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Z-Write Lite™ is a writing tool for healthcare professionals in the Operating Room (circulating nurses, anesthesiologists etc.), ICU /CCU, Radiology, Cath Lab, Nursing Floors or any dimly lighted environment. It provides a focused light directly on the writing surface to help increase the accuracy of documentation while not disturbing the surrounding area.

Strike Averted At Harlem Hospital

December 17, 2010 6:01 am | News | Comments

A looming strike by doctors at the city-run Harlem Hospital Center was averted, union officials said, after the physicians agreed in principle to a contract that would strip them of certain benefits but restore elements of patient care. Before the agreement, 75 percent of the hospital’s 200 doctors had voted to go on strike.

Brain-Damaged Woman Knows No Fear

December 17, 2010 5:54 am | News | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Meet SM, a 44-year-old woman who literally knows no fear. She's not afraid to handle snakes. She's not afraid of the "The Blair Witch Project," ''The Shining," or "Arachnophobia." When she visited a haunted house, it was a monster who was afraid of her. SM isn't some cold-blooded psychopath or a hero with a tight rein on her emotions.

Courts May Not Get Last Word In Health Care Fight

December 17, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are cheering a federal court ruling that one of its core provisions is unconstitutional. They may not realize that Obama has a fallback option that also could do the job. Even if the Supreme Court ultimately agrees that government cannot require individuals to carry health coverage, the Obama administration could borrow a strategy that Medicare has used for decades to compel consumers to join new insurance groups.

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