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Drowning In A Sea Of Health Complaints

November 15, 2010 5:54 am | by Danielle Ofri, MD | Articles | Comments

The patient was a classic “worried-well” type of patient — a thin, 50-year-old educated woman with a long litany of nonspecific, unrelated complaints and tight worry lines carved into her face. She unfolded a sheet of paper on that Thursday morning in my office with a brisk snap, and my heart sank as I saw 30 lines of hand-printed concerns.

Mazur Rongeur

November 15, 2010 5:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ability to increase the accuracy of bone shaping and osteophyte removal. The ability to help surgeons work faster and more accurately. The ability to increase the strength of your cervical spine plate and screw constructs. The ability to increase fusion success rates.

Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair Solution

November 15, 2010 5:52 am | Davol, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

BARD’s™ SORBAFIX™ Absorbable Fixation System and SEPRAMESH™ IP Composite create a complete system for LIVH that result in a strong repair while leaving less foreign material behind. The SorbaFix™ Absorbable Fixation System is pre-loaded with either 15 or 30 absorbable fasteners that are deployed via a 5mm, low-profile delivery system.

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Antimicrobial Lockers

November 15, 2010 5:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Antimicrobial protection in hospital and healthcare facilities is paramount against the spread of mold, bacteria, and possible “super bugs” like staph and MRSA virus. Sycamore System’s antimicrobial Exchangemaster lockers are another line of defense against the spread of facility-born infections.

New Blood Thinner Better For The Heart

November 15, 2010 5:33 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP A study finds that a new and easier-to-use blood thinner prevents strokes in people with a common heart rhythm problem as well as Coumadin does, and without an increase in bleeding or side effects. The drug is called rivaroxaban (riv-ah-ROCKS-ah-ban). It was tested against warfarin, the generic version of Coumadin, in more than 14,000 people with atrial fibrillation.

Defining Success

November 12, 2010 6:32 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Product Releases | Comments

As the last of 2010, I’d say the November/December issue of Surgical Products is quite an exciting one. In this issue, we announce the winners of the second annual Excellence in Surgical Products Awards and the first annual Surgeons of the Year Award. As I put the issue together, it got me questioning: What defines success? In the case of these awards, what makes a product or a clinician successful, or worthy of an award in the surgical industry? Take for example, the winning products of this year’s ESP Awards, Healthmark Industries Co.

Doctors Brace For Possible Big Medicare Pay Cuts

November 12, 2010 6:12 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP WASHINGTON (AP) — Breast cancer surgeon Kathryn Wagner has posted a warning in her waiting room about a different sort of risk to patients' health: She'll stop taking new Medicare cases if Congress allows looming cuts in doctors' pay to go through. The potential cuts have raised alarms that real damage to Medicare could result if the lame-duck Congress winds up in a partisan standoff and fails to act by Dec.

Doctors And Government Dispute Over Pay, Workload

November 12, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

That's the sales job shaping up for medical recruiters as a nasty dispute pits the provincial government against doctors who say they're overworked, unfairly paid and politically bullied. Fourteen specialists with skills ranging from emergency pediatric care to internal medicine have threatened to quit en masse on Feb.

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Hospitals Try High-Tech To Better Inform Patients

November 12, 2010 5:59 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Learning he had prostate cancer floored John Noble. Then came the prospect of surgery and his overpowering fear of being "put under" with anesthesia. Remarkably, he found comfort in a computer. A soothing woman's voice explained the operation step-by-step, its risks and benefits, and even answered his questions.

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EU In Kosovo Probes Organ Trafficking

November 12, 2010 5:59 am | by NEBI QENA,Associated Press | News | Comments

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — At least seven people, including a former senior health ministry official, are suspected of involvement in an international network that falsely promised poor people payment for their kidneys and then sold the organs for as much as euro100,000 ($137,000), according to an indictment obtained by The Associated Press.

Antibiotic-Impregnated Catheters

November 12, 2010 5:58 am | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Responding to increased demand for technology to help prevent potentially fatal catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), Cook Medical has expanded its Spectrum Turbo-Ject line of antibiotic impregnated peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs) to treat a wider range of patient needs.

Stretcher-Chair

November 12, 2010 5:58 am | TransMotion Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

caption Transmotion Medical will introduces in 2011 the TMM6, a stretcher-chair with both power drive and power positioning. These new features will allow the stretcher chair to provide for safe patient handling and transport. For more information, visit www.

Optical Inspection Devices

November 12, 2010 5:55 am | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

AAMI ST79 recommends the use of visual aids to improve post cleaning inspection of instruments. Healthmark has developed professional-quality optical inspection tools to help health care professionals see what they have been missing in damaged or soiled surgical instruments.

Preventing Surgical Site Infection

November 12, 2010 5:54 am | by Terry Coggins, MSN, RN, WOCN, CWCN, Medical Education Manager, Smith & Nephew | Smith & Nephew, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Terry Coggins, MSN, RN, WOCN, CWCN Medical Education Manager, Smith & Nephew One of the biggest concerns in hospitals today is related to surgical site infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are an estimated 780,000 operations every year that are complicated by surgical site infections.

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