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For Health Or Ratings, Live Surgery Hits Morning TV

May 12, 2010 7:54 am | News | Comments

David Bauder, AP Surgery at breakfast time is the latest odd television trend. ABC weatherman Sam Champion had skin cancer cells removed from his shoulder live on Good Morning America this morning, publicizing his own health issues to make viewers more aware of their own. All three network morning shows have gone into operating rooms or doctors' offices the past two months.

FDA Pushes Healthcare Providers To Report Misleading Drug Ads

May 12, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration said it will begin asking doctors to keep an eye out for misleading drug advertisements as part of the agency's latest effort to police the pharmaceutical industry's multibillion-dollar marketing machine. The agency's bad ad program urges doctors to report ads and sales pitches that violate FDA rules.

Can Cancer Be Overdiagnosed?

May 11, 2010 7:40 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The patient returned to my clinic several years after her original thyroid cancer surgery. “The cancer blood test never went completely back to zero,” she told me. “We knew there was cancer in there somewhere. Finally, the new ultrasound machine found it! I guess it is time for more surgery!”  I guess.

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RFID System Supply Management System

May 11, 2010 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

CareFusion introduces the Pyxis ProcedureStation™ Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system, a secure supply management system that helps hospitals manage high-value stents. The Pyxis ProcedureStation RFID system is the latest technology added to CareFusion's Pyxis® Supply Technologies that provide a measurable return on investment and integrates with health care information systems.

OR Integration System

May 11, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

STERIS Corporation and VTS Medical Systems, LLC have developed a new, compact, high-definition integration solution for the OR. The Harmony iQ 2100 Integration System has a smaller footprint than rack-based integration systems and offers flexible placement options. According to the company, the new technology provides: A flexible system for routing and controlling sources and destinations within a single operating room.

Video And Data Integration Solution

May 11, 2010 7:38 am | Skytron | Product Releases | Comments

Skytron’s new SkyLink provides a compact, economical solution for making a link for video, data and electrical outlets to MIS Carts, microscope, C-arm or other movable equipment (without tripping over cables and cords). SkyLink integrates video and data to multiple displays, simplifies connections, eliminates clutter, provides quick turn over, increased clinical workflow and improved efficiency in your OR.

App Monitors Health Care Professionals’ Hand Hygiene

May 11, 2010 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Do health care professionals perform hand hygiene? UI has an app for that. One of the most common causes of preventable health care-associated infections is poor hand hygiene. iScrub Lite 1.5, an iPhone and iPod touch application developed at the University of Iowa, makes monitoring hand hygiene compliance more efficient and accurate.

C-spine Rule Could Ease ER Overcrowding

May 11, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

Widespread use of the Canadian C-spine rule by triage nurses in emergency departments would ease discomfort of trauma patients and improve patient flow in overcrowded emergency departments in Canada and abroad, according to a study in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). This clinical decision rule helps clinicians with diagnostic or therapeutic decisions, and was previously developed for c-spine evaluation.

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eICU Services Growing In Rural Hospitals

May 11, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

As part of a growing trend, rural hospitals from across the country are collaborating with larger tertiary care facilities and independent critical care monitoring providers to bring eICU telehealth services and support to their local rural communities. Royal Philips Electronics is supporting this trend and addressing clinician shortages by expanding access to critical care support in rural communities with their.

MRSA Takes Center Stage

May 11, 2010 6:33 am | News | Comments

More Americans die annually from invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections than from HIV/AIDS, H1N1 influenza and Parkinson's disease, yet some feel the U.S. and other countries are not doing enough to combat it. “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by MRSA,” states MRSA Survivors Network founder Jeanine Thomas, a survivor of MRSA, sepsis and C.

Chimp Attack Victim Evaluated For Face, Hands Transplant

May 11, 2010 5:55 am | News | Comments

John Christoffersen, AP Brigham and Women's Hospital issued a statement saying Charla Nash will be at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital for a couple of days for the evaluation. A decision is not expected for months. “I'm cautiously optimistic right now,” said plastic surgeon Dr.

Easing Bone Marrow Transplants Key To Greater Adaption

May 11, 2010 5:39 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Bone marrow transplants are undergoing a quiet revolution: No longer just for cancer, research is under way to ease the risks so they can target more people with diseases from sickle cell to deadly metabolic disorders. The old way: High doses of radiation and chemotherapy wipe out a patient's own bone marrow before someone else's is infused to replace it, hopefully before infection strikes.

A Smiling Face Of Survival

May 10, 2010 7:47 am | News | Comments

Robert Lopez, AP Four-year-old Khalid Amos lifts his shirt up and reveals a faint scar on his chest. “That's my port,” he says. “That's where they put the medicine in, take blood out.” Khalid was diagnosed two years ago with neuroblastoma, a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body's fight or flight responses.

Underpaid ASCs File Lawsuit

May 10, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

A recently filed class action complaint against United Health and other health care plan administrators has been filed on behalf of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) across the country, citing that these ASCs have been underpaid by millions of dollars. The suit centers on improper calculations that have produced low reimbursement amounts for ASCs, effectively leaving patients on the hook for larger amounts than they should owe, argue attorneys from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.

Lockable Surgical Supply Cabinet

May 10, 2010 7:08 am | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

The new Lockable Mini Surgical Supply Cabinet with Clear Drawers from Medicus Health provides highly-visual secure storage in the operating room suite. Features include: Overall dimensions of 19.25"W x 13.25"D 38"H. Clear dividable storage drawers that help separate and monitor inventory levels for critical supplies.

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