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Inconsistent Bloodstream Infection Surveillance Among Medical Centers

November 10, 2010 5:46 am | News | Comments

"Public reporting of hospital-specific infection rates is widely promoted as a means to improve patient safety. Central line [central venous catheter]-associated bloodstream infection (BSI) rates are considered a key patient safety measure because such infections are frequent, lead to poor patient outcomes, are costly to the medical system, and are preventable.

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Doctors In The House – And Senate

November 9, 2010 5:36 am | by Marianne Mattera | Articles | Comments

  [Last] Tuesday's election brought us what I think must be a record number of physicians in Congress – 19. I haven't done my own retrospective analysis, but I did find a nice little piece of research from Johns Hopkins that found a total of only 25 physicians in the House or Senate in all the years from 1960 to 2004.

Electrosurgical Smoke Evacuation Pencil

November 9, 2010 5:35 am | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

With a sleek compact design, the PlumePen Electrosurgical Pencil combines precision surgical smoke plume management with electrosurgery in one device.  With an extendable/retractable capture tube, the PlumePen allows surgeons to customize the placement of the smoke evacuation inlet for optimum visibility and the most effective capture regardless of blade length.

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Laparoscopic Instrument Sterilization Tray

November 9, 2010 5:34 am | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Laparoscopic ProTech™ Tray from Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. is designed to secure and protect laparoscopic instruments during sterilization, storage and transportation. The unique 2-level design of this Double Decker model offers: The ability for the tray to hold twice the number of instruments in the same amount of space.

Fully Covered Esophageal Stent

November 9, 2010 5:33 am | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical’s controlled-release esophageal stent fully covered in silicone has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making available yet another advanced solution from Cook Medical. The Evolution® Controlled Release Esophageal Fully Covered Stent is designed to improve quality of life for patients with malignant esophageal strictures and tracheoesophageal fistulas (TEF) by improving the patients’ ability to swallow, and its silicone that fully covers the stent helps prevent tumor ingrowth.

Limited Care For Burn Victims In Indonesia

November 9, 2010 5:32 am | News | Comments

Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press An Indonesian medic check an injured Maunt Merapi victim at hospital in Yogyakarta, Indonesia , Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010. The hospital at the foot of Indonesia's most volatile volcano is struggling to cope with victims brought in after the mountain's most powerful eruption in a century.

MIS Techniques Recommended For Most Hysterectomies

November 9, 2010 5:31 am | News | Comments

Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States annually to treat benign disorders of the pelvis. More than two-thirds are performed through an abdominal incision. In an evidence-based position statement published online today in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology, the AAGL, a medical specialty society of over 5,000 gynecologic surgeons, advocates the practice of performing these procedures vaginally or laparoscopically in a minimally invasive manner, thus reducing morbidity and facilitating a faster recovery period.

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Breast Cancer Patients Prefer Silicone Implants After Mastectomy

November 9, 2010 5:30 am | News | Comments

A new study has found that women who receive silicone implants after a double mastectomy are more satisfied with their breasts than women who receive saline implants. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may help physicians and breast cancer survivors as they together make decisions related to postmastectomy reconstructive surgery.

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Doctors Use Hybrid Approach To Stop Deadly Arrhythmias

November 9, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

New techniques now being used at UCLA allow doctors to more precisely target certain areas of the heart to stop ventricular arrhythmias — serious abnormal rhythms in the heart's lower chambers — in high-risk patients. Generally, arrhythmias can be controlled by medications, and sometimes defibrillators.

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MDs Slash Some Drug Co. Ties Amid Rising Scrutiny

November 9, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors have sharply cut some financial ties to drug companies, thanks to increased scrutiny about relationships that critics say improperly influence medical treatment, a survey suggests. The biggest change occurred in the number of doctors who accept drug company money for attending medical meetings, including covering travel to sometimes exotic locations.

A New Threat

November 8, 2010 5:32 am | by ShadowFax | Articles | Comments

I wish I could say that every patient encounter worked out well, that all my patients went home happy and satisfied.   It would be nice, but unfortunately that is not true at all.   There are many patients who present with unrealistic expectations or an agenda which is non-therapeutic and I am relatively straightforward and unapologetic about correcting patient's misconceptions about the care that is or is not appropriate in the ED.

Patient-Specific Bicompartmental Knee Resurfacing System

November 8, 2010 5:30 am | Conformis, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ConforMIS announces the availability of the iDuo® G2 , the next generation of its bicompartmental knee resurfacing system. The iDuo G2 combines the best of both worlds by incorporating proven principles for patella treatment from traditional total knee replacement with the unique advantages of the ConforMIS partial knee system.

What Do Surgeons Want?

November 8, 2010 5:30 am | by Craig Johnson MD, Associated Professor of Plastic Surgery, Consultant, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery and Department of  General Surgery, Mayo Clinic | Articles | Comments

Since the origins of surgery many millennia ago, the goal of caring for a wound was simply healing. As the complexity of surgical procedures evolved, the same realistic outcome remained the same, that being a strong, stable closure that yields a long term, pain free, infection resistant closure.

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Helping Soldiers Who Have Lost Limbs

November 8, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University's Bone Tissue Engineering Center is working to help soldiers who have lost limbs in combat. CMU's Jeffrey O. Hollinger, director of the center, and Professor Krzysztof Matyjaszewski have received a three-year, $2.9 million U.S. Department of Defense research grant to develop a therapy that would aid amputees, specifically wounded soldiers.

Study: CT Scans Modestly Cut Lung Cancer Deaths

November 8, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A major study shows giving heavy smokers special CT scans can detect lung cancer early enough to modestly lower their risk of death — the first clear evidence that a screening test may help fight the nation's top cancer killer.

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