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Robotic Surgery Not Always Worth It

November 16, 2010 5:08 am | News | Comments

Traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery results in similar clinical outcomes, compared with robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, but at a significantly lower cost, concludes a new retrospective analysis of a large, national data-base. While the promotion of robot-assisted surgery has increased over the years, the study, a retrospective review of 36,188 patient records from 358 hospitals, found the robot-assisted hysterectomy procedure costs $2,667 more, on average for inpatient procedures and $1,971 more for outpatient procedures, than traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery with no significant improvement in clinical outcomes.

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Cardinal Health Steps Up Efforts To Green More ORs

November 16, 2010 5:08 am | News | Comments

Cardinal Health today announced that it has joined the group of founding corporate sponsors supporting the Practice Greenhealth Greening the Operating Room (GOR) Initiative, which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of operating suites in hospitals across the country. "With its GOR Initiative, Practice Greenhealth is bringing together the forward-thinking stakeholders in the health care supply chain to provide guidance that can help hospitals utilize operating room resources more effectively and reduce the volume of waste generated there," said Marc Mullen, senior vice president and general manager of Presource® at Cardinal Health.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Invents “Peace of Mind” Device

November 16, 2010 5:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Following her medical endeavor, Persichetti contracted a severe staph infection, and was both unaware and unprepared to deal with all the issues associated with recovering with Closed Wound Drains. The Comfort Caddy™ is an all purpose, comfortable mesh utility bag designed to deal with all the complex and frustrating issues associated with surgical post-op drains.

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Total Thyroidectomy Underused For Treating Cancer In Children

November 16, 2010 4:41 am | News | Comments

Thyroid cancer is the third most common malignancy in children, and the incidence is rising approximately one percent per year.  Now, a new analysis published in the October issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology indicates that although the proportion of young patients undergoing total thyroidectomy (TT) increased by 34 percent between 1985 and 2007, a variety of hospital and patient factors—including disparities in access to surgeons and state-of-the-art care—affect whether a child actually receives this procedure or another less extensive operation.

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World First For Robotic Heart Procedure

November 15, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

The world's first remote heart procedure, using a robotic arm alongside 3-D mapping, is due to take place at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester, England. It comes six months after Dr Andre Ng carried out the first ever remote catheter ablation procedure using the Amigo Robotic Catheter System. Dr Ng, is senior lecturer at the University of Leicester and consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Glenfield Hospital.

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NFL: There's No Perfect Helmet

November 15, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Howard Fendrich, AP As Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson prepared to return last weekend from his second concussion in less than a year, he was given a special, new helmet. While he hoped to be better protected, the helmet's maker certainly wouldn't — and couldn't — guarantee Jackson will be completely safe from brain injuries.

The Potential Guilt Of Live Donor Transplants

November 15, 2010 6:18 am | News | Comments

Pauline Arrillaga, AP There is a movie that plays over and over in Chad Arnold's mind. It starts with the urgent call from down the hall: "Code blue. Room 601." Then Ryan's wife running into his own hospital room. Her words to his sister: "I need you." Chad, still a jumble of IVs after the liver transplant, wresting himself from his bed and making his way just a few doors down to the room of his brother, his savior.

Top U.S. Hospitals For Heart Care

November 15, 2010 5:58 am | News | Comments

PRNewswire- Thomson Reuters has released its annual study identifying the top U.S. hospitals for inpatient cardiovascular services. According to Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement at Thomson Reuters, the recognized facilities " deliver higher survival rates, shorter hospital stays, fewer re-admissions, and lower costs - which adds up to enormous value for the communities they serve.

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Twice The Asset

November 15, 2010 5:55 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | News | Comments

In technical terms “hybrid” is a system that connects two technologies so they may benefit from each other. This also applies to the newest generation of operating theaters: Hybrid ORs combine diagnostic and surgical facilities which are usually found in separate locations. Thus procedures can be carried out in less time and involve less discomfort and risk for the patient.

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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.

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.

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