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Interactive Media Aiding Patient Understanding Of Surgery

October 6, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Patients facing planned surgery answered 36 percent more questions about the procedure correctly if they watched an interactive multimedia presentation (IMP), as opposed to just talking to medical staff, according to research in the October issue of the urology journal BJUI . Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, randomised 40 patients due to undergo radical prostatectomy into two groups.

Fluid Waste Control

October 4, 2010 3:12 pm | Boehringer Laboratories Inc. | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing fluid waste control products to ensure infection control and staff safety in the OR? Kevin Klocek Marketing Manager www.boehringerlabs.com October 6, 2010 Suction is used in the OR not only for surgical field clearance but also airway management, blood salvage and tissue stabilization.

iDrive™ Right Angle Linear Cutter

October 4, 2010 3:11 pm | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

At ACS this week, Covidien will offer a preview of its iDrive powered handle and Right Angle Linear Cutter (RALC) is a reusable stapling platform that offers microprocessor-controlled precision and push-button control. The RALC was also specially designed to give surgeons deeper access to, and better visibility in, the pelvis for low anterior resection procedures.

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Complex Soft Tissue Reinforcement

October 4, 2010 3:10 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) announces the availability of larger sized GORE® BIO-A® Tissue Reinforcement, a valuable alternative to biologics for reinforcement of soft tissue in surgical procedures. GORE BIO-A Tissue Reinforcement is a unique non-biologic scaffold that is gradually absorbed by the body.

Remote HD IP Camera System

October 4, 2010 8:00 am | Sony Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The new MD2GO™ HD IP Remote Camera system is designed on a portable cart which can be transported anywhere throughout the hospital. Ideal for use as a HD video communications tool in remote consultation applications, Sony utilizes the SNC-RH124HD robotic camera at the heart of the system.

South Africa To Research Mood-Lifting Plant

October 4, 2010 7:54 am | News | Comments

Jenny Gross, Associated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods. Now they have a license to study and market it, and plan to sell it over-the-counter worldwide.

Artistic Discipline Meets Modern Technology To Enhance Surgical Proficiency

October 4, 2010 7:54 am | News | Comments

This is the conclusion of new research from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center presented Oct. 2 at this year's annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco. The research studied the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique at improving the surgical posture and technical performance of urological surgeons during laparoscopic skills assessment exercises.

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Fighting Fire In The Operating Room

October 4, 2010 7:53 am | News | Comments

New resources from AORN help perioperative professionals protect surgical patients. October 5, 2010 October is National Fire Prevention Month – a time when perioperative professionals review policies on fire safety, educate staff, conduct mock fire drill and overall, ramp up awareness of prevention and management methods fo surgical fires in the operating room.

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Medical Center Decreases Manual Charting Events During Surgery By 90 Percent

October 4, 2010 7:53 am | News | Comments

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has bridged the gap anesthesiologists have been battling between time spent manually charting data points throughout surgical procedures versus the amount of time devoted to making crucial patient care decisions. Penn State Hershey implemented Cerner CareAware® technology, which enables connectivity between devices and the electronic health record (EHR), and Draeger anesthesia machines and monitors to dramatically decrease data charting events during surgery.

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Nurses Are The Greatest Ally Of Medical Students

October 4, 2010 7:52 am | by Shawn Vuong | Articles | Comments

Besides the fact that I am going to marry one, I want to say that nurses are the greatest ally to the medical student. “Nurses can make or break you.”  I don’t remember where I read this quote, so I do not know who to give the credit to, but the quote is true.  Nurses talk about doctors and medical students all of the time.

Second Skin

October 4, 2010 7:52 am | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

The hands are one of, if not the, most important surgical tool. Protecting them with the right surgical glove is necessary for patient and staff safety, as well as a procedure’s overall success. October 5, 2010 Infection control and patient and staff safety standards demand surgical team members to don gloves for protection against bloodborne pathogens and other infection risks.

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Purchasing Fluid Waste Products

October 4, 2010 6:55 am | Multisorb Technologies | Articles | Comments

Russell D’Anna Business Development Leader, Spill Control Multisorb Technologies, Inc. www.multisorb.com October 4, 2010 There are several key points to remember when purchasing fluid waste control products to prevent occupational exposure when capturing the bio-waste inside of OR unit suction canisters.

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The Day That Medicine Broke Her And Destroyed Her Innocence

October 4, 2010 6:54 am | by Jordan Grumet, MD | Articles | Comments

I was a third-year medical student in the first week of my obstetrics rotation. The obstetrics program was known to be high-pressure, its residents among the best. Mostly women, they were a hard-core group–smart, efficient, motivated–and they scared the heck out of us medical students.

Test-Tube Baby Pioneer Wins Medicine Nobel

October 4, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

Karl Ritter, Associated Press Writers Malin Rising, Associated Press Writers October 4, 2010 STOCKHOLM (AP) — Robert Edwards of Britain won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for developing in-vitro fertilization, a breakthrough that ignited heated controversy in the 1970s but has helped millions of infertile couples since then have children.

US Apologizes For '40s Syphilis Study In Guatemala

October 4, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — American scientists deliberately infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago, a recently unearthed experiment that prompted U.S. officials to apologize Friday and declare outrage over "such reprehensible research.

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