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Daily Oral Care With CHG Urged For Ventilated Patients

July 26, 2010 7:17 am | Sage Products Inc | News | Comments

CARY, Ill., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Oral care helps critical care patients defend against ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), a common, often fatal and very costly hospital-acquired infection. According to research cited by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), hospital mortality of ventilated patients who develop VAP is as high as 46 percent and each incident adds an estimated cost of $40,000 to a typical hospital admission.

Full Face Transplant Patient Displays New Look

July 26, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer Oscar,center, a man who underwent a full-face transplant in April, poses beside Dr. Joan Barret, fourth from left, and surrounded by doctors as he appears in public for the first time in a news conference at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, .

Medical Device Problems Hurt 70,000+ Kids Annually

July 26, 2010 7:15 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — More than 70,000 children and teens go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices, and contact lenses are the leading culprit, the first detailed national estimate suggests. About one-fourth of the problems were things like infections and eye abrasions in contact lens wearers.

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A Lonely Calling

July 26, 2010 7:15 am | by a Medical Resident | Articles | Comments

To walk along the water’s edge and be away from the hospital, even for a day, is relaxing. My breathing here is slower, deeper. When I look back on residency thus far, I can hardly believe how much has changed. Central lines slide into the internal jugular with ease; I slip breathing tubes just below the epiglottis and curve upwards into the vocal chords almost as often as I place a straw into a cold glass of iced tea.

General Skin Cleansing Patient Kit

July 26, 2010 7:14 am | Mölnlycke Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Mölnlycke Health Care U.S. introduces a General Skin Cleansing Patient Kit to be used at home prior to surgery as part of an effective strategy to fight surgical-site infections (SSIs) and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).  In 2008, the Association of PeriOperative Nurses (AORN) issued guidelines that recognized the use of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) for at home preoperative bathing the night before and the morning of surgery, specifically four percent CHG.

Antimicrobial For Infection Prevention

July 26, 2010 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

ChloraPrep® Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation from Carefusion is a rapid-acting, persistent and broad-spectrum antiseptic for a range of minor and major medical procedures. The 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate/70% Isopropyl Alcohol formulation has the ability to act on a broad spectrum of bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Exclusive Q&A: Surgical Display Systems

July 23, 2010 1:17 pm | Sony Electronics | Articles | Comments

As surgery becomes less invasive, facilities must ensure they have the adequate imaging and surgical display technology for surgeons to perform these procedures. Here, Surgical Products speaks with Anne Bondulich, Marketing Manager for Surgical Products at Sony, who discusses new advances in surgical display systems and what facilities should know when purchasing this technology now and in the future.

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Closing The Gap

July 23, 2010 8:02 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Articles | Comments

It’s clear among the surgical community that an increasing number of surgeons are embarking on the single port surgery approach. From the cosmetic benefit of virtually hiding the incision scar in the umbilicus to the potential for reduced pain and a quicker recovery, benefits of this new technique are becoming more apparent.

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Data And Transparency Is Needed To Reduce Medical Mistakes

July 23, 2010 7:25 am | by John Toussaint, MD, and Roger Gerard, PhD | Articles | Comments

Admitting Error In a lean environment, doctors and nurses must allow mistakes to be visible in order to perform root-cause analysis and fix the process. But showing mistakes hits most medical providers in a vulnerable place—right in the collective fear of lawsuits and a highly conditioned need to be heroic.

Can Deciphering Doctor's Notes Improve Care?

July 23, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't be offended if your doctor writes that you're SOB, or that an exam detected BS. The aim is to help, not insult: A project is beginning to test if patients fare better when given fast electronic access to more of their medical chart — the detailed notes that doctors record about you during and after every visit.

New Guidelines Aim To Reduce Repeated C-Sections

July 23, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Most women who've had a C-section, and many who've had two, should be allowed to try labor with their next baby, say new guidelines — a step toward reversing the "once a cesarean, always a cesarean" policies taking root in many hospitals.

CDC: 15 US Deaths Tied To Rare Tropical Fungus

July 23, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — A fungus usually found in the tropics has taken root in the Pacific Northwest and has been blamed in the deaths of 15 people over the last six years, health officials said Thursday. At least 60 people have been sickened in four states by the fungus, cryptococcus gattii, which grows on or around trees.

Rehab-First Promising For Amateur Athlete ACL Tear

July 23, 2010 7:23 am | News | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Attention, weekend athletes: Don't be too quick to agree to surgery for a common type of knee ligament tear. A study of Swedish amateur athletes — mostly soccer players — found that those who got an ACL reconstruction right away plus physical therapy fared no better than athletes who started out with rehab and got the surgery later if they still needed it.

Patient Falls Off Surgical Table, Hospital Sued

July 23, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

The straps holding a 300-lb., 61-year-old man to a surgical table failed in an OR at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. The man hit his head on the floor and eventually died. July 23, 2010 The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune recently reported that Max DeVries,61, a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital in St.

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