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Hospital Wins Transplant-Cancer Lawsuit

June 1, 2010 7:57 am | News | Comments

Jennifer Peltz, AP A prominent organ-transplant hospital wasn't to blame for the death of a man who became riddled with cancer after getting a kidney from a donor who unknowingly had uterine cancer, jurors have found. The Queens jury found for NYU Langone Medical Center in the medical malpractice case surrounding Vincent Liew's 2002 death.

Sugary Band-Aid May Help Post-Op Healing

June 1, 2010 7:41 am | News | Comments

A compound found in sunless tanning spray may help to heal wounds following surgery, according to new results published by plastic surgeons from New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City and biomedical engineers at Cornell University, where it was developed. Procedures to remove cancerous breast tissue, for example, often leave a hollow space that fills with seroma fluid that must typically be drained by a temporary implanted drain.

Who Pays For Medical Complications?

June 1, 2010 7:36 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

One afternoon during my surgical training, I received a call from an intern, a first-year doctor-in-training; she wanted me to place a central line, a specialized catheter inserted in a major vein for intravenous access. Because of the patient’s previous procedures, I would have to put his line in the subclavian vein, a vessel that courses along the top of the chest, precariously close to the lungs.

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Make The Most Of Your Surgical Instrument Purchasing Process

June 1, 2010 7:35 am | Articles | Comments

Today, surgical departments face increasing pressure to say compliant with instrument processing standards set forth by major accreditation agencies. Often, facilities need to buy more instruments to meet these standards, yet are challenged by budget constraints, lack of support from their surgical instrument providers and increasingly complex instruments.

“Green” Patient Safety Solution

June 1, 2010 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sandel is now offering their biodegradable TIME OUT Beacon™ sterile through all direct and distribution channels.  The New Non-Woven TIME OUT Beacon™ provides hospitals with a cost-effective tool to increase patient safety and reduce the risk of wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient surgery.

New Tonsillectomy Techniques Reduce Complications

June 1, 2010 7:28 am | News | Comments

In a review of three different surgical techniques commonly used for tonsillectomy, the microdebrider technique (where a rotary cutting tool is used to shave tissue) had the lowest overall complication rate when compared to the other two techniques. The results are shown in new research published in the June issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery .

Refusing Cancer Surgery Lowers Survival Rates

June 1, 2010 7:11 am | News | Comments

Men who refuse surgery for prostate cancer and instead opt for monitoring progression without undergoing treatment have a significantly worse long-term survival rate than those patients that choose radiotherapy, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The study found that patients who refused any treatment for their prostate cancer had a 10-year overall survival rate of 51 percent, compared to 68 percent for those who chose radiation treatment.

Surgery The Solution For Enlarged Prostate Glands

June 1, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

Medications, laser treatment and surgery can all arrest the growth of an enlarged prostate gland, but only surgery can produce an improvement in symptoms, particularly a reduction in incontinence, researchers say. The procedure, transurethral resection of the prostate, or TURP, is generally reserved for those who have failed to respond to drug treatment or who cannot tolerate the medications.

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Body Contouring Taken to the Next Level

May 28, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Sound Surgical Technologies announces the launch of the new VASER Lipo System. The original VASER@ System was designed to provide patients with smooth, predictable results and fast recovery, while also allowing physicians to perform a wide array of body contouring applications. Now, the new VASER System has been re-engineered to improve the overall experience for physicians and provide even greater versatility for body contouring procedures.

Metal-On-Metal Primary Total Hip Implants Usage To Decline

May 28, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, finds that 25% of the 150 orthopedic surgeons surveyed in its newest Physician Forum publication plan to reduce their usage of metal-on-metal hip implants over the next twelve months. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been the subject of close media scrutiny in recent months due to reports of metal debris and soft-tissue damage resulting in revision surgeries in some patients.

Worth It

May 28, 2010 6:54 am | by Dr. Rob | Articles | Comments

I saw the note on the patient's chart before I opened the door: "patient is upset that he had to come in." I opened the door and was greeted by a gentleman with his arms crossed tightly across his chest and a stern expression.  I barely recognized him, having only seen him a handful of times over the past few years.

Surgical Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation

May 28, 2010 6:52 am | 3M Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

3M™ DuraPrep™ Surgical Solution is a patient skin prepping solution in a self-contained applicator combining two broad-spectrum antimicrobials. Effective in a single painted coat, surgical solution eliminates the need for a time consuming scrub and paint application by combining two proven, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents: alcohol for fast kill and fast drying, and iodine povacrylex for persistence in a water-insoluble film.

A Critical Component In The OR

May 28, 2010 6:51 am | by Mehul Vora, Product Manager - Lights & CSU, MAQUET, Inc. | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 31, 2010 A boom (Ceiling Service Unit) is one of the most critical component during OR renovation or new construction project.

Thank You

May 28, 2010 6:22 am | News | Comments

Repair Patch

May 27, 2010 12:48 pm | Synovis Surgical Innovations | Product Releases | Comments

Synovis® Surgical Innovations; Supple Peri-Guard® Repair Patch is derived from bovine pericardium that has been sourced using stringent criteria and manufactured with the company’s exclusive Apex Processing® and certified manufacturing practices. The product can be used as a prosthesis for pericardial closure and soft tissue deficiencies, which include: Defects of the abdominal and thoracic wall.

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