The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 76 children have died of swine flu in U.S. this year, including 19 new reports in the past week. The regular flu kills between 46 and 88 children a year. That suggests deaths from the new H1N1 virus could dramatically outpace children's deaths from seasonal flu, if swine flu continues to spread as it has.
Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer Workers may need to do more homework when they evaluate their health coverage options this fall. This year, more employers may include a new type of plan that can chop premium payments by nearly 20 percent and give consumers a tax break. The tradeoff is higher deductibles, which have the potential to swamp customers with big bills.
Tom Breen, AP Weary of being stuck with what they call the false label of America's unhealthiest city, Huntington, WV residents are offering a wary welcome to a celebrity TV chef who hopes to help them shape up. Jamie Oliver is starring in a reality TV show slated to be broadcast next year on ABC.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Limits on medical malpractice lawsuits would lead doctors to order up fewer unneeded tests and save taxpayers billions more than previously thought, budget umpires for Congress said Friday in a reversal that puts the issue back in the middle of the health care debate.
Pablo Gorondi, AP Writer It was a night for unnatural beauties. Contestants showed off breast implants, nose jobs and face lifts as Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 strove to promote the benefits of plastic surgery in a country where artificial enhancements are viewed mostly with a wary eye. “I think this competition is long overdue,” said photographer Marton Szipal, one of the pageant judges.
MAQUET ALPHAMAXX surgical tables deliver a 1,000 lb. maximum weight capacity with a 3-point stance base for optimal stability, including on floors that are not level. According to the company, features include: Low-height capability optimizing access during laparoscopic procedures.
The All New Ergo-Smart® Prep Station from Capsa Solutions was created with a focus on ergonomic design and functionality after researching the needs of the sterile prep department. According to the company, features include: Adjustable table height. Pull-out shelves, table top, adjustable footrest, overhead lighting and more.
Metrex Research Corporation expands their surface disinfectant category with a bleach product, CaviBleach™ Wipes, EPA-registered, premoistened towelettes with 0.525 percent sodium hypochlorite (1:10 bleach dilution) that attacks proteins in viruses, bacteria and fungi causing them to lose their chemical structure and killing the microorganism.
GF Health Products offers the Grafco® Non-Woven Infection Control Line. The line includes a 3814 Face Mask with Ties. Features of the face mask include: Latex-free. Light blue. 3-ply. Soft and breathable material Dust filtration efficiency of 95 percent.
Cook Medical introduces the new Spectrum Turbo-Ject PICC, an antibiotic-impregnated PICC capable of accepting the contrast media injection rates required for CT scans. The new product exhibits: The ability to power-inject contrast media and Spectrum technology’s proven ability to prevent CRBSIs, meaning that patients receiving PICC lines can gain high protection from deadly CRBSIs.
ETHICON, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, presents BIOPATCH® Protective Disk with CHG (chlorhexidine gluconate) to be applied around catheters to reduce the risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). According to the company, the product offers: The ability to be placed directly on the skin at the point of catheter insertion and provide 7 days of continuous active antisepsis.
A company’s new Phase 4 Gel™ Splint protects against skin breakdown, allowing greater flexibility in forearm and shoulder rotation, and adding stability and anatomical uniformity to patient positioning Innovative Medical Products introduces the Phase 4 Gel™ Splint, a unique forearm traction splint for shoulder or elbow arthroscopy.
GE Healthcare introduces the FDA-cleared CARESCAPE™ Monitor B850, which provides caregivers with a unique level of integration between patient monitoring data and hospital information systems. CARESCAPE Monitor B850 directly links hospital networks, electronic medical records (EMRs), diagnostic images, lab results and third-party devices with real-time patient monitoring data, to support efficient clinical decision-making.
Carl Zeiss, Inc. introduces new functions for the Axio CSM 700 microscope. The new functions of the Axio CSM 700 confocal light microscope enable materials scientists to measure the 3D topography over large sample areas with more convenience and flexibility. According to the company, features of the microscope include: A motorized scanning stage with a 150 x 150 mm travel range that is suitable for materials research, quality inspection and routine applications.
A study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology finds Iodophor-based skin preparation solutions may be superior to chlorhexidine in preventing surgical-site infections A new independent study, “Effects of Preoperative Skin Preparation on Postoperative Wound Infection Rates: A Prospective Study of 3 Skin Preparation Protocols,” has been published comparing the effects of three different skin preparation solutions on surgical-site infections, 3M Health Care.