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Intentional Swallowing Of Foreign Bodies A Costly Condition

November 1, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

Study from Rhode Island Hospital identifies an unusual yet financially impactful condition November 1, 2010 PROVIDENCE, RI – A new study from Rhode Island Hospital found that 33 individuals were responsible for 305 cases of medical intervention to remove foreign bodies that were intentionally swallowed, resulting in more than $2 million in estimated hospital costs.

Stereotactic Radiotherapy Slows Cancer Progression For Inoperable Patients

November 1, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

For pancreatic cancer patients unable to undergo surgery – the only known cure for this form of cancer – a highly targeted cancer radiation therapy may help slow cancer progression and lessen disease symptoms, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Called stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), the study found it was able to delay pancreatic cancer progression locally, on average, by almost six months.

Advanced Energy Device

November 1, 2010 7:13 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | Product Releases | Comments

HARMONIC ACE® 45E Curved Shears is a new advanced energy device from Ethicon Endo-Surgery that is longer (or 9 cm) than the standard length HARMONIC ACE®, enabling improved obese patients. As with other devices in the HARMONIC® family, the HARMONIC precisely cuts, coagulates, grasps and dissects – without instrument exchanges.


Endotracheal Tubes

November 1, 2010 7:12 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien exhibited new medical technologies at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2010, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting in October. The compay’s Mallinckrodt™ TaperGuard™ endotracheal tube can help to significantly reduce microaspiration by an average of 90%, compared to Mallinckrodt Hi-Lo endotracheal tubes.

Twice Shocked

November 1, 2010 7:11 am | Articles | Comments

It was a beautiful time of day - early evening as the sun was setting. She has just turned sixty and traveled south to visit her 39-year old daughter in a warmer climate. Both had decided to go swimming at the local pool early one evening. The water was perfect: not too warm and not too cool. The clear blue water was made more inviting by the pool lights that illuminated the swimming lanes.

Wound Drains

November 1, 2010 7:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Health offers a complete line of reservoirs and wound drains from Jackson-Pratt®, including classic perforated-style drains and silicone channel drains that provide improved drainage and high-tensile strength. The company’s wound drain portfolio also includes the uniquely designed Hemaduct® wound drain, which features a system of multiple ducts and lumens interconnected through a series of internal portals to provide more effective distribution of suction and fluid flow.

Wound Healing Solutions

November 1, 2010 7:08 am | by Reginald Stilwell, R&D Manager, AlloSource, November 1, 2010 | Allosource | Articles | Comments

What should surgeons consider when choosing wound closure and healing solutions to attain the best surgical outcome? Recent advances in the scientific understanding of the physiology of wound healing, substantiated by clinical data on the benefits of the presence of natural healing factors, has resulted in a trend toward the use of biologic wound coverings.

The Doctor-Patient Relationship In Team-Based Patient Care

October 29, 2010 6:10 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Articles | Comments

Is the doctor-patient relationship really more sacrosanct than the nurse-patient relationship? That’s the provocative question asked by Theresa Brown in a recent column from Well, the New York Times’ health blog.


System Transfers Patient IV Equipment

October 29, 2010 6:10 am | BERCHTOLD Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

BERCHTOLD Corporation introduces an automated No Touch Transfer System, NTTS, which facilitates safe, quick and easy movement of a patient’s IV equipment and fluids throughout a hospital facility. The NTTS utilizes the lifting and lowering mechanisms of the hospital bed or boom to transfer an integrated IV pole between locations without the need for manual movement of equipment or fluids.

Instrument Lubricant

October 29, 2010 6:09 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces Spectra-Lube®, an easy-to-use, 32-ounce spray-on lubricant designed to protect and lubricate surgical instrumesants. Spectra-Lube® eliminates the need for costly and messy instrument “baths” by allowing the user to put lubrication where it’s needed.

Pre-Klenz™ Instrument Transport Gel

October 29, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pre-Klenz™ Instrument Transport Gel is a ready-to-use gel/surfactant formulation that initiates the cleaning process of surgical instruments at the point of use. It is designed to be used wherever blood, protein, mucous, fat and hard-to-remove soils are present, or where scrubbing is impractical.

Deconstructive Reconstruction

October 29, 2010 6:07 am | by Interview by Amanda Hankel, editor | Articles | Comments

Oncoplastic breast conservation surgery combines breast cancer surgery with plastic surgery techniques to offer breast cancer patients an option that rids them of their cancer while providing a better cosmetic result. October 29, 2010 Dr. Melvin Silverstein is a renowned oncoplastic surgeon, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Director of the Hoag Breast Program at Hoag Hospital.

“Ansell Protects” Program Helps Prevent Allergic Contact Dermatitis

October 29, 2010 6:06 am | News | Comments

Ansell Healthcare announces the launch of the Ansell Protects Program, a major new initiative aimed at helping healthcare facilities understand the risks associated with chemical allergies and providing solutions for them. It is estimated that hand dermatitis affects up to 33% of all nurses, costing the U.

Judge: McDonald's Must Pay Obese Employee $17.5K

October 29, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald's must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald's hired "mystery clients" to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.

Surgical Robot Developer Sees Progress

October 29, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Virtual Incision Corporation announces financing and the opening of its corporate headquarters as it works to develop in vivo single incision laparoscopic robotic surgical devices for abdominal and pelvic procedures October 29, 2010 Virtual Incision Corporation, a developer of in vivo robots for use in single incision laparoscopic surgery, today announced it has completed a $2 million Series A financing led by PrairieGold Venture Partners and Bluestem Capital.



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