(AP) A man in northeastern Brazil is recovering after surgeons removed a 4" (10-centimeter) blade that had been stuck in his head for three years following a bar fight. Edeilson Nascimento, a 29-year-old tire repairman, told reporters he is feeling great after the three-hour surgery earlier this week.
People go to emergency departments when they've broken a leg, been stabbed or otherwise need urgent care. But a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine finds that 90 percent of EDs nationwide also offer preventive-care services. The high prevalence was surprising, said M. Kit Delgado, MD, the study's lead author and a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford's Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and it likely stems from less-than-ideal conditions.
The use of device-assisted enteroscopy, a technique that allows complete examination of the small bowel, may be just as successful in pediatrics as it has been in adult medicine, according to a study from Nationwide Children's Hospital. One of these techniques, known as Double-Balloon Enteroscopy (DBE), allows doctors to reach parts of the small intestine that cannot be reached using standard endoscopic procedures.
LED usage and advanced technology continues to shine in the OR. September 27, 2010 Since their introduction to the surgical market in 2007, light emitting diode (LED) surgical lighting has seen dramatic growth in the operating room. According to Joey Knight, Vice President of Sales at MAQUET Surgical Workplaces, in the approximately three years since LEDs have been available as lighting options for the surgical suite, the technology has claimed more than 50 percent of the market from the previous halogen technology, and projections for the future say that growth will only continue.
The HoverMatt® Air Transfer System now available in a disposable, Single-Patient Use model. Because it is patient-dedicated, the Single-Patient Use HoverMatt® further addresses infection control and reprocessing concerns, while providing the same safe and easy transfer you have come to expect from the HoverMatt® family of products.
Pointe Conception Medical’s single chip CCD endoscopic cameras offer the highest value integrated camera on the market today. Combined with PC-Medical’s EndoHub™, the Acquire-1.0™ delivers a cost-effective solution capable of providing integrated image capture, video recording, streaming over IP and network storage.
One-year data from the PARTNER clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine , demonstrates that transcatheter aortic-valve implantation, compared with standard therapy, resulted in significantly lower rates of death among patients who cannot undergo surgery for aortic stenosis.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option — a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests. Not yet known is whether easier-to-implant valves might work for the less sick who'd like to try the new technology rather than undergo the open-heart surgery required for standard valve replacements.
Lindsey Tanner, AP A report says treatment has improved substantially at U.S. hospitals for several ailments, including heart attacks, pneumonia and children's asthma. The information is based on more than 3,000 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent regulatory group. On average, hospitals in the report gave recommended heart attack treatment almost 98 percent of the time in 2009, versus 89 percent in 2002.
A simple, inexpensive blood test could soon help doctors halt organ rejection before it impairs transplanted hearts and kidneys. "In the past, we couldn't spot rejection episodes until they harmed the organ," said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, who is co-senior author of the new research and an associate professor of medical informatics and pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Recently, our class learned and practiced how to correctly ’scrub’ for surgery. During this little lab activity, we were all gowned up and washing our hands when a couple of classmates asked if I was going to be a surgeon. I said I didn’t really know yet, although I did find surgery pretty fascinating.
Clip mags are now available from Vision USA in three styles: distoration free aspheric lens; bifocal, full lens and extra large lens. All styles attach to your eye/safety glasses or laser glasses and add magnification + 1.0, +1.5, +2.0, +2.5, +3.5, +4.0 and new power +5.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. announces that their new, Processing Essentials Catalog 9th Edition is now available. The full-color, 76-page catalog features many new products for surgery and central sterile supply— from instrument cleaning brushes, instrument education, inspection and sharpness testing aides, to instrument trays, accessories, and protection devices.
Medicus Health offers their new light weight Aluminum Isolation Stations made from powder coated aluminum for superior durability. Aluminum Isolation Stations weigh approximately 5 lbs. and work for facilities that have issues with fire code regulations that don't allow plastic items mounted to the walls or doors.
Jerry and Becky Morefield enjoy some time together with their 15-year-old triplets with cerebral palsy in Mahomet, Ill., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. The nation's new health care law adds consumer protections that kick in Thursday, forcing insurers to meet new requirements.