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Semi-Rigid Canisters

June 7, 2010 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeRoyal SafeLiner Semi-Rigid canisters boast a safe design and offer a reduction in red bag waste. Patented adhesive on the disposable lid keeps fluids secure, preventing costly clean-ups, and providing a spill safe product for all clinicians. A filter technically proven to prevent backflow of aspirated fluids into hospital vacuums is innovative and a part of every canister created by DeRoyal.

Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System

June 7, 2010 7:30 am | Pall Medical | Product Releases | Comments

  The Laparoshield Laparoscopic Smoke Filtration System is a passive smoke evacuation system which removes particulate, cells, virus and odor causing chemicals from surgical smoke generated in laparoscopic procedures while maintaining a clear field of vision.

Blowing The Whistle Or Inciting A Panic?

June 7, 2010 7:29 am | News | Comments

An NYU Medical Center doctor phoned her bosses' weight-loss surgery patients on the eve of their operations to warn them they could end up dead. Surgical resident Neelu Pal was so spooked after a lap-band surgery patient died in 2006 that she spent the weekend anonymously phoning patients scheduled for surgery that Monday.

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Wrong Back Surgery Nets $2 Million Ruling

June 7, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

A Roanoke, NC jury awarded a 38-year-old woman $2 million in a malpractice judgment against Carilion Clinic after hearing claims that a neurosurgeon performed the wrong type of surgery on her herniated discs, prolonging her pain. Carilion has asked that the verdict be reduced to a reasonable sum or that the court grant a new trial.

Surgeons Fined For Overbilling Medicare By More Than $1 Million

June 7, 2010 6:52 am | News | Comments

The Oregon Medical Board has fined four Eugene heart surgeons for allegedly overbiling Medicare. The doctors agreed to each pay a $10,000 fine and serve 100 hours of community service. The Register-Guard newspaper reports the action comes more than two years after Drs. David Duke, Warren Glover, Richard Hicks and Stanley Baldwin reached a settlement with the federal government in which they agreed to pay $2.

Pulmonary Embolism Pioneer Recognized

June 7, 2010 6:42 am | News | Comments

Lazar J. Greenfield, MD, FACS of Ann Arbor, MI, was the recipient of the 16th Jacobson Innovation Award of the American College of Surgeons. The Jacobson Award, which honors living surgeons who have been innovators of a new development or technique in any field of surgery, was presented to Dr. Greenfield during a dinner that was held in conjunction with the ACS Board of Regents meeting.

H1N1 Experts Linked To Pharmaceutical Industry

June 7, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

Key World Health Organization personnel who advised on the stockpiling of pandemic flu drugs had financial ties with companies which stood to profit, an investigation has found. The British Medical Journal says these individuals had openly declared these interests, yet WHO made no mention of the links.

Listening To Nurses Is Key To Being A Good Doctor

June 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Doctor Grumpy | Articles | Comments

I’m a doctor. We get all the glory. And credit. And guess what? We only deserve part of it. I started out in medicine in the mid-80’s, volunteering at an ER. And the biggest shock to me was learning how much of what happens in a hospital is nurse territory. Doctors will see you anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes a day, depending on how sick you are.

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Male Sling For Stress Urinary Incontinence

June 4, 2010 6:37 am | Coloplast Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Coloplast introduces a new male sling, Virtue. Virtue offers treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) because it both elevates and compresses the urethra, a key step toward reducing urine leakage occurring, for example, after prostate cancer surgery. With the launch of Virtue, men suffering from SUI can look forward to improved relief from incontinence.

Backloading Biopsy Forceps

June 4, 2010 6:34 am | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Urologists treating patients with suspicious ureteral or kidney lesions now have a tool to help them more effectively make diagnoses. Cook Medical has introduced the BIGopsy Backloading Biopsy Forceps, a device designed and engineered to obtain large renal or ureteral tissue specimens up to 4 mm3 for cancer diagnosis.

Abdominal Wound Closure System

June 4, 2010 6:34 am | Canica Design, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The ABRA Abdominal Wall Closure System is part of the line of Canica Dynamic Wound Closure Systems, which allows users to control domain and achieve delayed primary closure of retracted wounds in normal and Bariatric patients. The ABRA System provides surgical dynamic reduction for full thickness, severely retracted abdominal defects.

Navigation System For Human Body In Development

June 4, 2010 6:29 am | Articles | Comments

The TLEMsafe model can be personalized for individual patients and surgeon can use it to enhance their preparations for surgery. June 4, 2010 Researchers from the University of Twente's MIRA research institute, UMC St Radboud and various other institutions have developed a highly detailed computer model of the musculoskeletal system of the lower half of the human body.

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Ablation As Effective As Traditional Surgery

June 4, 2010 6:03 am | News | Comments

A minimally invasive technique used to destroy kidney tumors with an electrically controlled heating probe showed similar effectiveness as surgical removal of tumors in curbing cancer recurrence rates for up to five years after treatment. In an article available online in the journal Cancer , Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu, professor of urology and radiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, reported the outcomes of more than 200 patients who were treated with radiofrequency ablation.

Reimbursement System Stunting MIS Developments

June 4, 2010 5:48 am | News | Comments

Two decades after the first successful minimally invasive surgery, today’s techniques and technologies are being held back from providing better patient care and more efficient procedures, according to a report issued today by Cambridge Consultants.  The report analyzes the barriers and opportunities for the future growth of the $15 billion global MIS market, with data collected through input from pre-eminent representatives with backgrounds in imaging and navigation, surgical robotics, regulatory affairs, laparoscopy and endoscopy.

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Adding A Finishing Touch To Robotic Surgery

June 4, 2010 5:16 am | News | Comments

Immersion Corporation, a leading developer and licensor of haptics technology, has announced that SOFAR S.p.A., a leading Italian manufacturer of medical devices for minimally invasive surgery, has obtained a license to Immersion's TouchSense haptics technology for use in its ALF-X (Advanced Laparoscopy through Force Reflection) telesurgical robot system.

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