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National Trauma Institute Seeks To ‘Stop The Bleeding’

July 16, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

The National Trauma Institute (NTI), a non-profit organization dedicated to funding trauma research in the United States, launched a powerful awareness and giving campaign in the heart of New York City today. While the images in the 15-second message may disturb some, trauma surgeon and NTI chairperson Dr.

Study: Obese Men Face Higher Death Risk

July 16, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

The research, presented at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, also indicated that obesity usually develops before the age of 20 and that most people are unlikely to develop obesity later in life. More than 5,000 military conscripts took part in the study, starting from age 20 through to age 80.

Medical Gift Law Faces Possible Repeal

July 16, 2010 7:20 am | News | Comments

Lyle Moran, Associated Press Writer Two years after passing a law that required medical companies to disclose some of their gifts to doctors and banned others, there is a push in the Legislature to strike down the law. The 2008 law banned giving away sporting event tickets, tickets to the theater and vacation trips.

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Doctor's Dilemma

July 15, 2010 5:46 am | Videos | Comments

High-Definition Exoscope System For Microneurosurgery

July 15, 2010 5:45 am | Videos | Comments

July 14, 2010 Demonstrating the set-up and use of the HD-XOscope during a single level anterior cervical diskectomy (C5-6, case 7. The magnified surgical views were taken directly from the HD-XOscope and transferred to DVD prior to editing.

Patient Handoff Video Every Medical Intern Should See

July 15, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

July 15, 2010 Patient handoffs increase the risk of medical errors. As residency hours are restricted, more of these handoffs will take place. It’s imperative that this source of error be minimized. Vineet Arora, associate director at the University of Chicago’s Internal Medicine residency, is one of the nation’s authorities on patient handoffs.

Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

July 15, 2010 5:44 am | Videos | Comments

Cancer In A Transplant Kidney, Is It The Doctor’s Fault?

July 14, 2010 6:50 am | by Amy Tuteur, MD | Articles | Comments

May you never be an interesting case. That’s a cautionary proverb familiar to medical professionals. While it’s bad to get sick, it’s much worse to get sick with something uncommon or unusual. The more fascinating a case is for doctors, the more difficult it is for patients.

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Surgical Stapler

July 14, 2010 6:50 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien offers the Duet TRS™ Reload with Tissue Reinforcement. The Duet TRS Reload is an endoscopic stapler used in laparoscopic surgery to transect and staple tissue. The Duet TRS Reload is the only stapler of its kind that comes preloaded with a synthetic absorbable reinforcement material on each anvil and cartridge.

Subcutaneous Catheter Securement Device

July 14, 2010 6:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Interrad Medical, Inc. recently received FDA 510(k) clearance of its SecurAcath Universal™ Subcutaneous Catheter Securement System. The SecurAcath Universal System can reduce costs by decreasing the time required to secure, maintain and remove catheters. The device design allows for improved catheter site cleaning and minimizes catheter motion which may reduce catheter-related infections.

Q&A: Surgical Tables

July 14, 2010 6:44 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Articles | Comments

Rich Antoine, product manager for surgical tables at MAQUET, discusses with Surgical Products the latest developments in surgical tables, how they’ve evolved to accommodate bariatric patients, and what facilities looking to purchase new tables should know for the future.

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Final Rules Announced In Support Of EHRs

July 14, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the final rules regarding the expanded use of electronic health records (EHR). “For years, health policy leaders on both sides of the aisle have urged adoption of electronic health records throughout our health care system to improve quality of care and ultimately lower costs,” Secretary Sebelius said.

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YouTube Contest Recognizes Infection Prevention Practices

July 14, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

To highlight innovative infection prevention practices nationwide and to showcase original ways of improving patient care, 3M Infection Prevention Division today introduced the 3M™ Innovation Award  YouTube™ Video Contest.  This multi-phase contest will recognize the efforts of individuals and teams in healthcare facilities across the country who work to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

Arrogance The Biggest Cause Of HAIs?

July 14, 2010 4:13 am | News | Comments

In health care reform discussions, talk inevitably turns to making hospitals and physicians accountable for patient outcomes. But in a commentary being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , Johns Hopkins patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., argues that the health care industry doesn't yet have measurable, achievable and routine ways to prevent patient harm, and that there are too many barriers in the way to attain them.

Some Hesitant To Blow The Whistle On Colleague

July 14, 2010 3:38 am | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP A new survey finds that many American physicians fail to report troubled colleagues to authorities, believing that someone else will take care of it, that nothing will happen if they act or that they could be targeted for retribution. A surprising 17 percent of the doctors surveyed had direct, personal knowledge of an impaired or incompetent physician in their workplaces, said the study's lead author, Catherine DesRoches of Harvard Medical School.

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