Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer University of Maryland Medical Center infection control specialist Michael Anne Preas, right, inspects the catheter on Shock Trauma Center patient Lawrence Heil, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Baltimore. Every doctor, nurse and visitor who enters an intensive care patient's room at the University of Maryland Medical Center dons a bright yellow surgical gown and gloves so germs don't spread.
When doctors want their patients asleep during surgery they gently turn the gas tap. But Anaesthetic gasses have a global warming potential as high as a refrigerant that is on its way to be banned in the EU. Yet there is no obligation to report anaesthetic gasses along with other greenhouse gasses such as CO2, refrigerants and laughing gas.
Medical errors have been in the news lately. An Ontario provincial review probing unnecessary surgeries at a Windsor hospital found significant concerns with the work of a pathologist involved in a mistaken mastectomy case.
WoundVision™ introduces a revolutionary predictive bedside thermographic imaging system. The WoundVision system brings knowledge bedside by acquiring, analyzing and applying essential patient data to inform healthcare providers in the development of effective treatment and care plans.
Juno DRF Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) introduces the Juno DRF, a versatile diagnostic X-ray solution that represents the next step in patient care. The system was featured at the 96th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.
Covidien (NYSE: COV) announces 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the iDrive™ powered stapling system. This reusable stapling platform is battery-powered, enabling one-handed push-button operation of all primary controls and a reduction in the required firing force when compared to traditional endomechanical surgical staplers.
In order to help increase staff safety and avoid costly regulatory fines, Sandel Medical Industries has developed an entire line of sharps injury prevention products, including: Neutral Zone: A disposable friction drape designed to eliminate the hand-to-hand transfer of sharps instruments.
Aesculap’s new reusable Challenger Ti-P Multi-Fire Clip Applier System uses CO2 advance titanium clips specially designed to prevent slippage on tubular anatomical structures. The handle and shaft of the applier is reusable, and the only per procedure cost is the disposable cartridge.
According to the company, Action Products, Inc.’s Performance and Performance Plus Series OR operating room replacement pads provide for pressure ulcer management with: A continuous top layer of exclusive Akton® viscoelastic polymer for maximum pressure redistribution.
Dr. Vipul Patel Surgical Products recently had the opportunity to discuss current and future trends impacting robotic surgery with Dr. Vipul Patel, medical director of the Global Robotics Institute at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Dr. Patel has peformed over 4,000 robotic prostate removal surgeries in his career and been involved with robotic surgery techologies from its beginnings more than 10 years ago.
Cristina Silva, AP Jeneane Marie Cranert boasts of touring Europe with the Funk Brothers and Tito Jackson and warming up the stage over the years for such stars as Frank Sinatra, Liberace and Wayne Newton. It sounds glamorous, only Cranert is telling the story from beneath the covers of her bed, where a bone disease has confined her for weeks because she doesn't have health insurance and can't afford hip replacement surgery.
Alicia Chang, AP Andrea Ybarra's donated heart was beating rhythmically by the time she awoke from the grogginess of her surgery. Lub-dub. Lub-dub. Lub-dub. In fact, it was warm and pumping even before doctors transplanted it. Ybarra belongs to a small group of people who have had a "beating heart" transplant, an experimental operation that's mostly been done in Europe.
Matthew Perrone, AP About 12 million more obese Americans could soon qualify for Lap-Band surgery to help them lose weight by dramatically limiting their food intake. The Food and Drug Administration will make a final decision in the coming months. The device is currently implanted in roughly 100,000 people each year and usually helps patients lose 50 pounds or more.
Carolyn Thompson, AP Ethel Johnson couldn't get her prescription for pain medication filled fast enough. The 60-year-old Buffalo woman was hurting, but investigators say that wasn't the reason for the rush. According to secretly recorded telephone conversations, the sooner Johnson could pick up her pills, the more quickly she could sell them to her dealer.
For those of you who didn't know, I entered the National Novel Writing Month contest (which has no winners). I got to the goal of 50,000 words yesterday. One of the main questions that is asked in my novel (which may or may not ever see the light of day) is this: What would happen if a wonderful cure came along that would take away most, if not all sickness? Remember, it is fiction.