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Consider The Family’s Perspective In The Treatment Plan

August 18, 2010 7:10 am | by John Trahanas | Articles | Comments

She was not my patient. Actually, she was nobody’s patient, she was just a wife; she was “the family.” She was a rough, stern looking woman, and with good reason as she had weathered many difficult times. Her husband had been severely demented for many years; however, it was only in the past few months that he required such intensive inpatient care.

EVIS EXERA II™ Universal Platform

August 18, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

EVIS EXERA II™ is a high-definition Universal Platform designed specifically for application across medical and surgical endoscopy. The flexibility of this system allows for a common platform to be used for endoscopic observation and minimally invasive surgery in the O.

The Cold Costs Of Cancer

August 18, 2010 7:09 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Cancer is the world's top economic killer as well as its likely leading cause of death, the American Cancer Society contends in a new report it will present at a global cancer conference in China. Cancer costs more in productivity and lost life than AIDS, malaria, the flu and other diseases that spread person-to-person, the report concludes.

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Surgically Implanted Sponge Doesn't Reduce Infection

August 18, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Contradicting previous study results, insertion of a sponge that contains the antibiotic gentamicin at the time of surgical closure following cardiac surgery did not reduce the rate of sternal wound infections after three months, compared to patients who did not receive the intervention, according to a study in JAMA .

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Prediction Model Helps Determine Risks

August 18, 2010 6:21 am | News | Comments

A prediction score that includes factors such as age, blood pressure, and heart and respiratory rate has been developed for patients who received out-of-hospital emergency care associated with the development of a critical illness during their hospitalization. This could include complications such as severe sepsis, the need for mechanical ventilation or death.

Maximize The Use Of Your Instruments

August 17, 2010 7:57 am | by Dan Cusack, Superior Surgical, LLC | Articles | Comments

Maximizing the use of surgical instruments and ensuring many years of productive and satisfactory performance starts with caring for your instruments. New Instruments - Newly purchased instruments must be cleaned, lubricated and autoclaved immediately before use. Proper Use - Instruments are designed for a specific purpose and should be used only for that purpose Water and Stainless Steel - Tap water contains minerals that can cause staining.

Doctors Need To Become Whistleblowers After Medical Error

August 17, 2010 7:55 am | by Martin Young, MBChB, FCS(SA) | Articles | Comments

Perhaps the most important principle in practicing medicine, drummed into medical students and junior doctors time and time again, is to do no harm.  Our medical interventions and treatments can be given either too early, too late, or inappropriately, with sometimes terrible and tragic results.

Tragedy Of Romanian Hospital Blaze Continues

August 17, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

Alina Wolfe Murray, AP A fourth baby died Tuesday and seven remained in critical condition following a fire at a Bucharest maternity hospital. Authorities launched an investigation to determine what caused the blaze late Monday at Giulesti maternity hospital. The accident provoked a wave of public indignation, throwing light on Romania's poorly funded and understaffed health system.

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Diabetes Require Less Medication After Bariatric Surgery

August 17, 2010 6:33 am | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery appears to be associated with reduced use of medications and lower health care costs among patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery . “From an epidemiological standpoint, once these diseases develop they are rarely reversed.

Safe Surgery With Limited Resources

August 17, 2010 6:21 am | News | Comments

The humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders performed close to 20,000 procedures in resource-limited settings between 2001 and 2008, with an operative death rate of only 0.2 percent, suggesting surgical care can be provided safely in these circumstances with appropriate minimum standards and protocols, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery .

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Homecare After Hip Surgery Improves Recovery

August 17, 2010 6:08 am | News | Comments

Seniors who received home care after discharge from the hospital for partial hip surgery (hemiarthroplasty) were 43 percent less likely to die in the three months following the procedure, found a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal . However, less than 16 percent of elderly patients discharged home after partial hip surgery in the study group received home care.

Medtronic Acquires OsteoTech In Expanding Biologics Business

August 17, 2010 5:50 am | News | Comments

Medtronic, Inc. and Osteotech, Inc. have signed a definitive agreement under which Medtronic will acquire Osteotech for $6.50 per share in cash of Osteotech common stock. The total value of the transaction is expected to be approximately $123 million. Osteotech is a leader in the growing field of biologic products for regenerative healing, and has pioneered several technology platforms, including the Grafton® demineralized bone matrix, which has a growing body of evidence supporting its bone-generating capabilities.

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Human Patient Simulation Center Facilitates Medical Device Development

August 16, 2010 8:08 am | Articles | Comments

Designing and developing medical devices is a challenging business, and as America’s health care system evolves, Battelle creators are busy innovating new products. But the hurdles of the industry get higher all the time. That’s why Battelle turns to a hometown neighbor to get the process started easily.

Alarm Fatigue Can Cause Mistakes And Harm Patients

August 16, 2010 8:07 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Articles | Comments

The hospital is never a quiet place. Walk through the wards on a typical day, and you’ll hear a cacophony of alarms, bells, and other tones coming from both computers and medical equipment. American Medical News recently discussed so-called “alarm fatigue.”  They cite a study showing find that “16,934 alarms sounded in [a medical] unit during an 18-day period.

HD Camera

August 16, 2010 8:07 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

The Orchide HD Camera from MAQUET allows the surgical team to share images in full-HD quality. Features of the camera include: Picture quality of 2 Mio pixels. Realistic 3D images. High color accuracy to distinguish subtle differences in color and texture, as in direct non video-assisted vision.

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