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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the past few weeks I’ve had ample opportunity to be on the other side. Not like some parents with chronically ill children or those with children who have suffered tragic illness. No, not like that; I am fortunate that hospitals aren’t a part of my family’s everyday (except for work).
A study of nearly 38,000 patients found Caucasian, Hispanic and female patients have the fewest complications and the shortest hospital stays after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, according to University of Nebraska Medical Center researchers who presented their findings today at the 27th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman) introduces the NEUROSCOUT™ 14 Steerable Guidewire, a newly developed steerable guidewire that facilitates the placement of diagnostic or therapeutic catheters within the neurovasculature. Neurovascular guidewires are placed inside catheters, flexible tubes that are used to carry coils or stents to treat conditions such as aneurysms and cerebral arteriovenous malformations, the two leading causes of hemorrhagic stroke.
Vestagen Technical Textiles today announced the completion of the first clinical trial involving its Vestex™ nanotechnology-based products. The clinical trial was conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Infection Control at Virginia Commonwealth University. Medical research has consistently documented that garments and fabrics used in the healthcare environment are contaminated with high levels of dangerous microbes such as MRSA, which may pose a threat to health care workers, their patients and the community.