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Study: Lax Infection Control At Surgery Centers

June 9, 2010 8:14 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — A new federal study finds many same-day surgery centers — where patients get such things as foot operations and pain injections — have serious problems with infection control. Failure to wash hands, wear gloves and clean blood glucose meters were among the reported breaches.

The Axis Of Medical Evil

June 8, 2010 7:38 am | by Dr. Rob | Articles | Comments

My recent  post about Medicare allowing patients to use drug vouchers  was met by a rousing reception. By crickets. It seems that some saw me as one who (gasp) trusted the pharmaceutical companies to do something good.  Has Dr. Rob lost (what's left of) his mind??  Drug companies do  everything  with themselves in mind, and there are  always  strings attached.

An OR With “Open Architecture”

June 8, 2010 7:37 am | by Jeff Dunkley, Director, Design and Business Development, BERCHTOLD | BERCHTOLD Corporation | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? In a fast paced, quickly changing OR it is critical that all the components (including booms) be designed and constructed with as much “open architecture” as possible.

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Fluid Collection And Disposal Station

June 8, 2010 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ORwell™ Fluid Collection and Disposal System from Cardinal Health is a clean and simple solution for the safe handling of high-volume surgical fluid waste. According to the company, the system provides: Enhanced clinician and patient safety. Reduction of the potential for cross contamination.

Reusable Transposal Canisters

June 8, 2010 7:36 am | Dornoch Medical Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Reusable Transposal canisters from Dornoch Medical Systems replace disposables everywhere they are used in a facility. Two sizes are available – 1800 and 2800cc. Each canister collector body is made of high-impact resistant polycarbonate plastic with an expected life of five-years.

New Treatment Approach To Rare Cancer Results In Prolonged Survival

June 8, 2010 7:34 am | News | Comments

Aggressive treatment of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma has dramatically increased survival in the small group of patients who chose to undergo it. Researchers at Mayo Clinic say a nationwide clinical trial is also planned Aggressive treatment of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma has dramatically increased survival in the small group of patients who chose to undergo it, say physicians at Mayo Clinic.

Clinical Hotline Launched For Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Patients

June 8, 2010 7:34 am | Smith & Nephew, Inc. | News | Comments

The hotline offers immediate access to product information for patients using the RENASYS™ Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Systems June 8, 2010 The Advanced Wound Management Division of Smith & Nephew, Inc., a subsidiary of Smith & Nephew plc (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) announced the launch of its Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) clinical hotline for patients.

Study: Radiation Boosts Prostate Cancer Survival

June 8, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are reporting a key advance in treating men with cancer that has started to spread beyond the prostate: survival is significantly better if radiation is added to standard hormone treatments. Results of the study were given Sunday at a cancer conference, where other research showed that an experimental drug boosted survival for women with very advanced breast cancer.

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Overtreated: Time May Be Best Treatment For Back Pain

June 8, 2010 7:28 am | by Lauran Neergaard AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Why did they cut you?" The shocking question came from a respected spine surgeon tracked down by Keith Swenson, who was still in severe pain after an earlier back operation. He didn't know what to believe. Two other surgeons had urged more operations, different ones.

Doctor Who Took Out Wrong Organ Fined

June 8, 2010 7:27 am | News | Comments

Health News Florida reports Monday that the board said Bernard Zaragoza is a good doctor, but he had bad luck. A state hearing officer recommended a penalty of a $5,000 fine and 50 hours of community service. Zaragoza has to reimburse the state $25,000 for the state's costs of investigation and prosecution.

New Treatment Helps Babies Smile

June 7, 2010 7:35 am | by Bob Cramblitt | Articles | Comments

Using 3D scanning technology, engineers have developed a new treatment for severe cleft lip and palate that reduces the cleft width before surgery without inhibiting upper-jaw growth. June 7, 2010 One of the first babies to receive the new cleft lip and palate treatment, during his initial visit to Shriners Hospital.

Bringing Doctors To The Dying Patient’s Bedside

June 7, 2010 7:34 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

When D., a woman in her mid-30s, learned that she was dying from complications of AIDS, she fully expected that her life would end in much the same way it had been lived: homeless, alone and among strangers. If it hadn’t been for Dr. Jason K. Alexander, a medical student at the time, she might have been right.

Semi-Rigid Canisters

June 7, 2010 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeRoyal SafeLiner Semi-Rigid canisters boast a safe design and offer a reduction in red bag waste. Patented adhesive on the disposable lid keeps fluids secure, preventing costly clean-ups, and providing a spill safe product for all clinicians. A filter technically proven to prevent backflow of aspirated fluids into hospital vacuums is innovative and a part of every canister created by DeRoyal.

Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System

June 7, 2010 7:30 am | Pall Medical | Product Releases | Comments

  The Laparoshield Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System is a passive smoke evacuation system which removes particulate, cells, virus and odor causing chemicals from surgical smoke generated in laparoscopic procedures while maintaining a clear field of vision.

Blowing The Whistle Or Inciting A Panic?

June 7, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

An NYU Medical Center doctor phoned her bosses' weight-loss surgery patients on the eve of their operations to warn them they could end up dead. Surgical resident Neelu Pal was so spooked after a lap-band surgery patient died in 2006 that she spent the weekend anonymously phoning patients scheduled for surgery that Monday.

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