0 Medical practice is a big business. Conservative estimates put the total cost of medical malpractice at nearly $35 billion annually and, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, nearly $5 billion is paid in claims each year. With an average claims payment of about $300,000 and up to 50% of that going to the lawyers representing the patient, its not surprising that practically every show on cable television has at least one advertisement imploring patients who have suffered practically any bad outcome to contact a lawyer immediately for “the compensation they deserve.
0 This story (from the NY Times) about the young palliative care physician in New York who died at age 38 from metastatic breast cancer is pretty harrowing. Dr. Desiree Pardi was a rising star, apparently, in the field of palliative care medicine. She was first diagnosed with cancer at age 31 and battled the recurrences with surgery and chemotherapy while maintaining a full work schedule over the subsequent 7 years.
0 We're stretched so thin, right now. No new hires in sight. Look at this list of patients: 22 of 'em, all over 70, eight "new's" among them, every one with tons of medical issues. Didn't get out of here until 10:30 last night. Then back at it at 8 (am) this morning. I'm telling you, I hate it.
A research team led by Mayo Clinic has found a national trend toward younger, more diverse patients having total knee replacement surgery. The findings were presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans. Additional audio and video resources including excerpts from an interview with Dr.
The Ortho-Light™ from Lumitex MD® is a new, patented illumination device that provides superior visualization for small-incision hip, shoulder or knee surgeries. Ortho-Light™ is a cool fiber optic panel that brings bright, shadowless light where it’s needed – inside the surgical cavity.
As an alternative to a dedicated orthopedic fracture table, STERIS Corporation offers the Orthopedic Extension. This table accessory serves as an ideal solution when current case load may not warrant a dedicated table, when budget restraints are a concern, when considering a supplemental or secondary fracture table or when the preference is to minimize the shuffle of tables.
Cast Comfort by Shafer Enterprises is a unique new aerosol spray product that stops unbearable itching, soothes the skin and helps eliminate odor. According to the company, orthopedic surgeons use the product to relieve discomforts that have always troubled casted patients.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces the new Soft-Grip™ Kerrison Rongeur. Made in Germany using German stainless steel, the Soft-Grip™ Kerrison rongeurs feature: A unique silicone-coated handle that provides comfort and a softer feel for the surgeon.
LB Medical introduces the Surgical Hand Restraint/Stabilizer System™. The system provides surgeons with a complete, ergonomic operating platform to position and secure the hand, fingers and wrist for surgical procedures. The system also features: A modular design that facilitates the performance of newer minimally invasive and specialized techniques.
The new MIS Hip Extension Device from MAQUET is designed for secure bilateral hip fixation and helps improve stability with minimized pelvis tilt. Lightweight and easily attached to most popular operating tables, the MIS Hip Extension Device features: The ability to minimize equipment costs by reducing the need for expensive specialty tables.
DePuy Spine, Inc. introduces the UNIPLATE® 2 Anterior Cervical Plate System, a next-generation single-screw midline fixation system. According to the company, the UNIPLATE 2 features: Use for 1- or 2-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). Single-screw midline fixation that allows the surgeon to affix an implant using one screw per vertebral body, which minimizes the need for retraction of soft tissue, such as the trachea and esophagus, during implantation.
The company makes its De Mayo Knee positioner lighter so it is easier to handle in the OR and for autoclaving April 20, 2010 Innovative Medical Products announces enhancements to the De Mayo Knee Positioner® making it lighter. The positioner’s lighter weight makes it easier for operating room personnel to place and manipulate the positioner on the OR table and for hospital personnel to transport and insert the equipment into a sterilizer, via a new sterilizing/storage case.
Sroufe Healthcare Products introduces the new SAS Sher™ Ankle Stabilizing Brace (Model 1765). The SAS Ankle Brace works to support weak or injured ankles during sports and activities. The brace is constructed in the popular lace up design with stabilizing figure-eight straps that mimic athletic ankle taping by providing inversion/eversion support and compression.
Cook Medical’s Women’s Health division introduces the Guardia™ AccessET Curved Embryo Transfer Catheter, featuring Cook’s patented EchoTip® technology. The catheter’s echogenic band allows the catheter tip to be seen more clearly under ultrasound, which can allow for more accurate embryo placement.
Covidien (NYSE: COV) announces that a new in vivo study concluded that the Mallinckrodt™ TaperGuard™ endotracheal tube provides significant protection from microaspiration and lung damage compared to the Mallinckrodt™ Hi-Lo endotracheal tube. The findings were presented at the annual International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM) Meeting, in Brussels, Belgium.