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Public System Needs Private Sector To Clear Surgical Logja

August 31, 2010 7:50 am | News | Comments

Saskatchewan has turned to private health care to help clear up a backlog of patients waiting for day surgeries. The province said Monday that the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has started booking patients for dental surgery and knee arthroscopy procedures at Omni Surgery Center, a private surgical facility.

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Agent Orange Now Part Of A Different Battle

August 31, 2010 7:34 am | News | Comments

Mike Baker, AP By his own reckoning, a Navy electrician spent just eight hours in Vietnam, during a layover on his flight back to the U.S. in 1966. He bought some cigarettes and snapped a few photos. The jaunt didn't make for much of a war story, and there is no record it ever happened. But the man successfully argued that he may have been exposed to Agent Orange during his stopover and that it might have caused his diabetes — even though decades of research into the defoliant have failed to find more than a possibility that it causes the disease.

C-Section Rate Will Continue To Rise

August 31, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP More women will be giving birth by C-section for the foreseeable future, government scientists said Monday, releasing a study into the causes of a trend that troubles maternal health experts. Overall, cesarean deliveries account for about one-third of births in the U.

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Hospitals Face Legal Dilemma In Testing Incapacitated Patients

August 31, 2010 7:05 am | News | Comments

Anaesthetists are calling for greater clarity on the legal implications of testing incapacitated patients for blood-borne viruses, after a survey found that this is often done following staff needlestick injuries, in possible breach of UK legislation. The paper, in the September issue of Anaesthesia , reports on the results of an anonymous survey of intensive care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Exclusive: Ownership Impacts Surgical Decisions

August 31, 2010 6:49 am | Articles | Comments

Orthopedic surgeons who have an ownership interest in a specialty hospital or ambulatory surgery center are more likely to schedule patients for procedures, a study published in the August issue of Archives of Surgery showed. Patients of these doctor-owners were significantly more likely to have carpal tunnel surgery, rotator cuff repair or arthroscopic knee surgery than patients whose physicians didn't have an ownership interest in an outpatient facility, according to Jean M.

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Can Concierge Medicine For The Few Benefit The Many?

August 31, 2010 6:42 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Articles | Comments

Earlier this summer a friend revealed that for the last nine years she has been a patient in a concierge, or boutique, primary care practice. For $350 each month, she is guaranteed around-the-clock access to her doctor, appointments within 24 hours of calling, longer office visits and the kind of personalized attention and care coordination she felt was missing with all her previous doctors.

Intraoperative Arm Positioner

August 30, 2010 7:50 am | Allen Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The Allen® Intraoperative Arm Positioner™ is a small, lightweight arm positioner for any shoulder procedure in the Beach Chair position. It attaches over the drape and provides positioning of the arm intra-operatively. The positioner delivers arm positioning for shoulder surgery in the Beach Chair position, as well as elbow and clavicle procedures.

Biodesign Hernia Graft Offers Long-Term Strengt

August 30, 2010 7:44 am | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical offers the Biodesign™ Hernia Graft, a product in which a five-year study recently demonstrated that it possesses the clinically important strength of non-absorbable mesh, while providing the benefit of decreased infection complications of absorbable mesh. According to the company, features of the Biodesign include the ability to provide signals and support for the body to restore itself and the incoporation of attributes of a biologic graft - complete remodeling and resistance to infection.

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13 Nails And 5 Needles Later, Maid Recovering From Surger

August 30, 2010 7:27 am | News | Comments

(AP) Doctors removed 13 nails and five needles from a Sri Lankan maid who says the couple she worked for in Saudi Arabia hammered them into her body. L.G. Ariyawathi, who was hospitalized with severe pain after returning from Saudi Arabia, has said the family she worked for punished her by heating the nails and needles before sticking them into her.

Specialty Surgical Instrumentation Launches New Site

August 30, 2010 7:17 am | News | Comments

Specialty Surgical Instrumentation, Inc. (SSI) a division of Symmetry Medical, Inc., has launch of a new e-commerce website at www.specsurg.com. It provides customers with easy-to-find product information and features a streamlined log-in portal where customers will be able to quickly cross reference products and place orders.

Stryker Inks Deal For Ulcer Device Maker

August 30, 2010 7:11 am | News | Comments

Stryker Corporation will pay $150 million for Gaymar Industries, which manufactures temperature management devices and pressure ulcer treatment technology. The deal is expected to close by October 1. Gaymar is owned by private equity firms Nautic Partners and Norwest Equity Partners. The buyout is the culmination of a 10-year relationship between the two companies.

Concussions On The Rise Among Kids Playing Sports

August 30, 2010 7:06 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Emergency room visits for school-age athletes with concussions has skyrocketed in recent years, suggesting the intensity of kids' sports has increased along with awareness of head injuries. The findings, in a study of national data, doesn’t necessarily mean that concussions are on the rise.

OR Fist Fight Leads To Birth Complications

August 30, 2010 6:44 am | News | Comments

(AP) Italy's health minister traveled to Sicily to apologize to a new mother for an operating room fist fight between two doctors that led to her botched delivery. Laura Salpietro, 30, had to have her uterus removed and her son Antonio suffered heart problems and possible brain damage following his birth in Messina's public hospital, Italian news reports said.

The System Goes Flat

August 30, 2010 6:31 am | by Dr. Rob | Articles | Comments

I got a flat tire this weekend. There were clues that I chose to ignore – the alignment going out suddenly, the steering wheel jiggling when I drove – but the sudden thwacking sound as I sped down I-20 was a clue I couldn't ignore. I pulled off, then unknowingly stood in a fire ant bed while I changed my tire.

Added Guidance For Combatting Surgical Errors

August 30, 2010 6:20 am | by Todd Neale, Staff Writer, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

Preventing surgical errors is the responsibility of the entire healthcare team and should involve educating the patient – who has the greatest stake in avoiding problems – according to new recommendations from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Carefully designing checklists for each step of the operation, eliminating distractions in the operating room (e.

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