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Surgeons Cut Woman 'In Half' To Remove Cancer

September 23, 2010 7:17 am | Videos | Comments

The Winnipeg Free Press reports the story of Janis Ollson, the first person to essentially have her pelvis cut in half so that surgeons could remove most of her cancerous midsection. The surgeons then reassembled her. The Canadian woman is being called a "miracle mom." Ollson was diagnosed with the bone cancer, chondrosarcoma, three years ago while pregnant with her second child.

Transoral Robotic Surgery

September 23, 2010 7:10 am | Videos | Comments

The FDA recently approved the use of robotic surgical techniques for transoral operations. The Nebraska Medical Center was the first hospital in Nebraska to begin offering this surgery for oral tumors. This approach can potentially save the patient from undergoing a longer, more complicated open surgery which comes with a much longer hospital stay and longer list of potential complications.

Friend Request

September 22, 2010 6:49 am | by Daniela Lamas | Articles | Comments

Last winter, in the middle of my intern year, I became Facebook friends with a young man who was dying in the intensive-care unit. An investment banker in his mid-20s, he thought he was healthy until a fluttering in his chest and swollen ankles took him to a doctor. Now he was in the I.C.U. with a rare cardiac condition and the vague possibility of a transplant.

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Managing Fluid Waste

September 22, 2010 6:49 am | Bemis Health Care | Articles | Comments

Managing infectious fluid waste in the OR is a major concern for both patients and healthcare professionals. Fluid must be contained properly and disposed of safely to protect the staff and comply with the facility’s infection control policy. A fluid waste management system should be safe and efficient but still provide the user the ability to manage volume loss.

2010 Hospital OR & Surgery Center Conference Breaks Records

September 22, 2010 5:02 am | News | Comments

Health Connect Partners (HCP) announced today that attendance of over 130 Hospital OR Directors, GPOs and Surgery Center Administrators exhibiting at the upcoming 2010 Hospital OR & Surgery Center Conference, set for October 13-15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville will be the largest combined group of OR directors and surgery eenter administrators ever exhibiting at a Reverse EXPO Conference.

Despite Debate, MS Patients Find Surgical Liberation In Mexico

September 22, 2010 4:51 am | News | Comments

Jim Bailey, Trail Daily Times TRAIL, B.C. — A pair of British Columbia brothers who travelled to Mexico for a controversial surgical procedure to avoid becoming wheelchair-bound say they're now recovering with a new sense of liberation. Matt Berukoff and his brother Dan, from Fruitvale, both suffer from multiple sclerosis.

Obesity Hurting Wallet And Health

September 22, 2010 4:40 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women. Doctors have long known that medical bills are higher for the obese, but that's only a portion of the real-life costs. George Washington University researchers added in things like employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline — and found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man.

More Hospital Patients Unable To Pay

September 22, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

Hannah Wolfson, AP More patients at UAB Hospital haven't been able to pay their bills over the last two years because of the tough economy, and hospital administrators are predicting the trend will continue in 2011. "High unemployment and fewer insured patients are affecting both the hospital and the faculty," John Faulstich, the UAB Health System's chief financial officer, told the University of Alabama System board of trustees.

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New Blood Clot Prevention Strategies

September 22, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

Treating hospital patients with thigh-length surgical stockings, rather than knee-high socks, can reduce life threatening blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that knee-high stockings, which are similar to flight socks, do little in stroke patients to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a life threatening form of blood clot that can travel up into the heart and lungs.

Orthopedic Surgeons Changing Lives In Vietnam

September 21, 2010 7:21 am | Articles | Comments

This year marks the 9th Annual Surgical Outreach Project to Vietnam by members of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). Since the first project in 2002, the AOFAS surgeons have transformed the lives of more than 600 Vietnamese children and adults with lower extremity deformities and disabilities through corrective surgery.

Harder Than Doing Something

September 21, 2010 7:21 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

“Are you giving up on me?” My patient looks at me severely. “There must be other treatment options! Aren’t there some experimental drugs out there? I have beaten this cancer twice before. Are you saying that I can’t beat it again?”     No one can ever know with absolute certainty whether my patient's newly recurrent cancer might miraculously disappear with one more treatment.

FlexiPort® Disposable Cuffs 

September 21, 2010 7:20 am | Welch Allyn | Product Releases | Comments

Welch Allyn has teamed with Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System to standardize their facilities with FlexiPort® blood pressure cuffs, a single-patient disposable cuff that travels with the patient throughout their stay. In doing so, the system, which includes the Seattle and American Lake Divisions and all community-based outpatient clinics, will help reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease and decrease their overall costs.

High-Intensity Diagnostic Light

September 21, 2010 7:16 am | Burton Medical Products | Product Releases | Comments

Burton Medical, Inc. introduces the Super Exam 50 LED (light emitting diode) to deliver higher illumination in a limited area for medical examination, including obstetrics, gynecology and emergency rooms. According to the company, the Super Exam 50 LED features: A15-watt light source that offers intensity, longevity and energy savings.

Jumbo Size Pre-Op Glove

September 21, 2010 7:14 am | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

Medicus Health’s new exclusive Jumbo Size Pre-Op Glove has twice the sticky surface area of the standard size Pre-Op Glove and also fits larger hands.  AORN, APIC and CDC recommend using surgical clippers to remove hair from a surgical site.  Surgical clipper manufacturers recommend using medical tape to remove hair remnants, for a large surgical site this can be a tedious and expensive task.

Less Invasive Surgery Approved For Breast Cancer Treatment

September 21, 2010 6:41 am | News | Comments

September 21, 2010 Maria Cheng, AP (AP) Some breast cancer patients may do just as well with a less invasive surgery to remove selected lymph nodes rather than the aggressive operation normally used to remove them all, a new study says. In the biggest trial yet to compare the two procedures, North American researchers found early breast cancer patients don't need the more interventionist surgery to live longer.

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