Recently, the New York Times reported lawmakers are questioning the inner workings of group purchasing organizations (GPOs) as they look to widen health care coverage and keep costs down. The senators questioning these organizatons are worried that GPO practices may actually be inflating health costs for taxpayers because of how much the government reimburses hospitals through Medicare.
Advancements in surgical technology and procedures are driving further developments in cameras and video systems in the OR Brian Zimmer is the Senior Marketing Manager for Sony Electronics Inc., Medical Systems Division Surgical Products: How would you say advancements in surgery (for example, minimally invasive techniques) have driven developments in camera/video technology? Zimmer: I believe that advancements in technology for such devices as surgical instruments, implants, wound care products and endoscopic camera systems are the primary drivers behind advancements in all surgery specialties.
This video illustrates the flexible tip camera from Olympus used during Laparo-Endoscopic Single Site (LESS)/single incision laparoscopic surgery. Surgical Products is conducting a brief, one-question survey about healthcare insurance coverage.
Untitled Document Vision USA offers a LED Megaview loupe featuring a hoodless design allowing the user to look around the lens when viewing. This product is designed for both in-office and portable use. Additional features include: 3 bright, long-lasting LED lights. Adjustable illumination angle.
Untitled Document The new FreeHand® Laparoscopic Camera Controller from Prosurgics, Inc. gives surgeons direct control of the laparoscopic camera. The new product exhibits: Precise control of the scope for the surgeon via gentle head movements. Rock-steady image.
Untitled Document New Wave Surgical introduces the Advance Laparoscopic Care Kit. This inexpensive, user-friendly kit includes: D-Help Device: heats up anti-fog solution to eliminate fogging during laparoscopy; balances video camera by way of white balancing target, reduces fire hazards by eliminating need for fiber optic light; soft foam material functions as lens protector when scope not in use.
Untitled Document Megadyne offers the Pediatric Mega Soft® reusable return electrode to address the small patient size and fragile skin challenges associated with pediatric electrosurgery. Features of the product include: Current limiting technology that automatically limits circuit current in the event of contact disruption, available for use with patients weighing between 0.
Untitled Document Hologic releases a redesigned version of its Fluoroscan InSight mini C-arm system. Features include: A deeper C-arm to improve maneuverability. A redesigned flex arm that increases the articulation range. A new locking mechanism to insure the precise approach and angle.
Untitled Document Cool-View offers the Novalite Micro XL 1400 surgical headlight system, exhibiting: Adjustable focus of 50-120 mm. LED solid state illumination with low-to-no ambient heat generated. No bulb maintenance. Replaceable comfort pads.
Untitled Document Ansell Healthcare Products introduces Micro-Touch NitraFree nitrile exam gloves. For every case sold, Ansell will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, supporting breast cancer research. Additional information about this product: Manufactured without sulfur-based chemical accelerators.
FreeHand from Prosurgics, Inc. is a small, easy-to-use, lightweight device that provides surgeons with direct control of the laparoscopic camera. The device provides benefits such as: Precise control of the scope via small head movements. Reduced scope cleaning interruptions, and places the scope right back where it was when re-inserted.
Barry Broughton is a successful marketing executive who has traveled the world and faced a lifetime of challenges. But few challenges would be as difficult as the diagnosis he received last year of prostate cancer. Barry’s cancer was diagnosed following a test called a PSA, or prostate-specific antigen test, which measures a protein produced by the prostate that is elevated in most men with prostate cancer.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer Breast cancer patients with even the tiniest spread of the disease to a lymph node have a much higher risk of it recurring years later and may need more treatment than just surgery, new research suggests. For years, doctors and patients have struggled with what to do about a microscopic tumor or stray cancer cells in a lymph node.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The family of a Norwich woman who died five days after ovarian surgery has received $1 million from the insurance company of two doctors sued for medical malpractice. The lawyer for Barbara Beaudoin's estate says her family was paid last week. The money is from a settlement of her relatives' lawsuit against doctors Margarita Olivares and Harold Bodin, both affiliated with the Norwich OB-GYN Group.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — A trial date has been set for an American doctor charged with manslaughter in the deaths of three patients at a rural Australian hospital. The Queensland state Supreme Court on Friday scheduled Jayant Patel's trial for March 22. Patel is charged with three counts of manslaughter and two counts of grievous bodily harm.