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Artery-Opening Procedure Still Used In Spite Of Changes

July 13, 2011 7:29 am | News | Comments

Despite changes in standard treatment practice guidelines issued by the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology several years ago, there has been no meaningful change in the practice of opening completely blocked coronary arteries with balloons and stents in the days after a heart attack, according to a new study published in the July 11, 2011 issue of Archives of Internal...

Surgeon Says Leg Transplant Patient Is Elated

July 13, 2011 7:17 am | News | Comments

Daniel Woolls, AP A young man who underwent the world's first double leg transplant might be able to walk with the aid of crutches in six or seven months if his rehabilitation goes well, the surgeon who oversaw the operation said Tuesday. Dr. Pedro Cavadas said the patient is a man in his 20s who lost his legs high above the knees in an accident, but gave no other details on him or the donor.

Linear Motion Shoulder Arthroscopy Chair

July 13, 2011 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Schuremed Linear Motion Shoulder Chair is the only chair on the market with a self-contained motor and does not have to rely on the surgical table for power.  The double ball joint head system safely secures patient’s head with even your kyphosis patients. Chair adjusts from 0-90* in 8 seconds in a slow controlled movement.


Steel Storage Cabinets

July 13, 2011 6:44 am | AKRO-MILS, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils announces the expansion of its line of heavy-duty 19-Series Steel Storage Cabinets to include five drawer colors — Black, Blue, Gray, Red and Yellow. The steel cabinets are ideal for storing, consolidating and organizing small parts. Available in six models, the cabinets feature a heavy-duty welded steel frame for strength; a chip-proof, durable powder-coated finish; built-in nesting feet for safe, stable stacking; and four...

HHS Moves To Give Americans The Same Insurance As Congress

July 12, 2011 6:24 am | News | Comments

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a framework to assist states in building Affordable Insurance Exchanges, state-based competitive marketplaces where individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase affordable private health insurance and have the same insurance choices as members of Congress.

ACS: Healthcare Reforms Could Trigger Labort Shortfalls

July 12, 2011 6:15 am | News | Comments

One consequence of the expanded access to healthcare reforms will be a shortfall in the necessary numbers of physicians and other advanced medical professionals, states a study published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The United States will face serious shortages in the combined workforce of physicians, advance practice nurses, and physician assistants over the next two decades, the study concludes...

Endoscope Cleaner & Reprocessor

July 12, 2011 6:10 am | Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) | Product Releases | Comments

The EVOTECH® EVOTECH® Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR) is the first fully automated washer and disinfector, providing automated cleaning, high-level disinfection and minimum effective concentration (MEC) monitoring. For more information, visit www.aspjj.


Waste Diversion

July 12, 2011 6:09 am | by Interview by Amanda Hankel | Articles | Comments

Lars Thording, Stryker Sustainability Solutions Stryker Sustainability Solutions, formerly Ascent, is one of the leading third-party medical device reprocessing organizations in the United States. The company’s reprocessing and remanufacturing programs help more than 1,800 hospitals divert thousands of pounds of medical waste from landfills.

Texas Mom Delivers 16-Pound Newborn

July 12, 2011 5:58 am | News | Comments

(AP) — A Texas mom expected a big baby, but nothing like 16 pounds, 1 ounce. Janet Johnson remained in an East Texas hospital after giving birth to what her doctors called one of the biggest newborns they've ever seen. She was awaiting word on whether her son, JaMichael Brown, ranked among the biggest births in state history.

Spain Claims World's First Double Leg Transplant

July 12, 2011 5:51 am | News | Comments

(AP) — Doctors in Spain have carried out the world's first double leg transplant, giving new lower limbs to a patient who lost both legs at mid-thigh in an accident, officials said Monday. The Valencia regional government said the surgical team was led by Dr. Pedro Cavadas, who in 2009 carried out Spain's first face transplant — the first anywhere to include a new tongue and jaw.

New Minimally Invasive Ankle Fracture Treatment

July 11, 2011 7:39 am | News | Comments

IlluminOss Medical, Inc. has announced the first use of its system in the repair and stabilization of a fibula fracture in an 80 year-old female patient. Dr. Thomas Gausepohl, a leading trauma surgeon in Germany, implanted the IlluminOss Photodynamic Bone Stabilization System. He stated, "With the IlluminOss system, I was able to stabilize the fibula using a small incision without disturbing the ankle joint or the skin surrounding the fracture.

Identifying Patients Who Should Not Undergo Hip Tendon Surgery

July 11, 2011 7:32 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery have identified a group of patients who may have increased difficulty for surgical treatment of a snapping psoas, a condition that usually develops because a teenager or young adult has a pelvis that grows faster than their psoas tendon. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Restricting Attending Physicians’ Work Hours

July 11, 2011 7:29 am | by Felicity Billings, MD | Articles | Comments

Dr. Lewis didn’t sleep last night. All day he stood, heavy in full surgical scrub with a human heart in his hands, replacing damaged valves and calcified arteries until the heart beat on its own again. After he finished, there were a few hours before the transplant to get some dinner, to call home.

Obese Patients Less Likely To Develop Respiratory Distress Syndromes

July 11, 2011 7:13 am | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered that obese adults undergoing surgery are less frequently developing respiratory insufficiency (RI) and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). And that when they do, they are less likely to have fatal outcomes. The researchers say they have several theories of how obesity protects patients from mortality associated with RI/ARDS, and pinpointing the protective mechanism could help them develop interventions...


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