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Optimizing Supply Management In The Surgical Suite

December 22, 2009 6:42 am | Articles | Comments

Ensure OR efficiency with the right storage solutions to manage your facility's surgical supplies December 22, 2009 The surgical suite is one of the most expensive departments in a hospital. Accounting for and sufficiently storing and tracking inventory of the multitude of supplies—from instruments to tissues implants and more—is crucial to the efficiency of the OR, and to the overall profitability of the hospital.

I Feel Your Pain ... No, Really

December 22, 2009 6:37 am | News | Comments

If you've ever thought that you literally feel other people's pain, you may be right. A brain-imaging study suggests that some people have true physical reactions to others' injuries. Using an imaging technique called functional MRI, UK researchers found evidence that people who say they feel vicarious pain do, in fact, have heightened activity in pain-sensing brain regions upon witnessing another person being hurt.

I Feel Your Pain ... No Really

December 22, 2009 6:36 am | News | Comments

If you've ever thought that you literally feel other people's pain, you may be right. A brain-imaging study suggests that some people have true physical reactions to others' injuries. Using an imaging technique called functional MRI, UK researchers found evidence that people who say they feel vicarious pain do, in fact, have heightened activity in pain-sensing brain regions upon witnessing another person being hurt.

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Vapor/Fume Control System

December 22, 2009 6:35 am | Pci Medical | Product Releases | Comments

PCI Medical offers the ductless GUS Vapor Control System that allows safe disinfection of endoscopes. The system can act as a back-up to automated reprocessors. Harmful vapors from OPA and glutaraldehyde are trapped in a patient filter and clean air is returned to the room.

Occam’s Razor, Resharpened

December 22, 2009 6:32 am | by Mike Rainone | Articles | Comments

Sometimes, out of the blue, comes a reminder that the best solutions to a problem are not necessarily the most complex. The Franciscan Friar William of Occam said it best about 700 years ago in the form of the principle of parsimony, which we now know as Occam’s Razor.

Piloting OR Safety

December 22, 2009 6:26 am | News | Comments

Aviation and medicine both require professionals to hold peoples' lives in their hands. Now, study findings hint that hospitals may improve patient safety by drawing on aviation-type safety initiatives. When medicine “turns its eyes to the sky,” patient safety on the ground may improve, offered Dr.

Out-Of-Sight Medical Care

December 22, 2009 6:11 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Emergency health alerts for the Facebook generation? The nation's ambulance crews are pushing a virtual medical ID system that will allow them to rapidly learn a patient's health history during a crisis and contain the ability to immediately text-message loved ones that the person is headed for a hospital.

Heart Transplant Can Lead To Cancer

December 22, 2009 5:34 am | News | Comments

Many heart transplant patients are developing multiple skin cancers, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Dermatology . “Solid organ transplant recipients are at increased risk for skin cancers,” the study’s authors wrote. “Incidence, tumor burden and risk factors for skin cancer are well documented in renal transplant recipients.

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Increased Abdominal Surgery Complications

December 22, 2009 5:21 am | News | Comments

The risk of complications and early death after commonly performed abdominal surgical procedures appears to be higher among older adults, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Surgery . “Approximately 2 million older Americans undergo abdominal surgical operations each year,” the study’s authors note.

New Grant Covers Face Transplants For Vets

December 21, 2009 6:44 am | News | Comments

The US military has awarded Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital a multimillion-dollar contract to pay for the face transplants of veterans who have survived catastrophic war injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense is hoping they will be able to complete face transplants on six to eight patients over the next 18 months, which would nearly double the nine known procedures completed worldwide.

What Was He Thinking?

December 21, 2009 6:16 am | News | Comments

Howard Fendrich, AP The National Football League is partnering with Boston University brain researchers who have been critical of the league's stance on concussion. The league now plans to encourage current and former NFL players to donate their brains to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has said it found links between repeated head trauma and brain damage in boxers, football players and, most recently, a former NHL player.

"Superman" Saves 6-Year-Old Girl

December 21, 2009 5:58 am | News | Comments

A Kansas mother is praising a neighbor as "Superman" after her 6-year-old daughter told her he somehow found the strength to lift a car off her. The girl escaped with minor injuries after being pinned under the vehicle. Harris said he doesn't know how he managed to lift the Mercury sedan off the child, but when he tried later that day to lift other cars, he couldn't.

High-Definition 3D Getting Closer To The OR

December 21, 2009 5:53 am | Articles | Comments

LG Display Co., Ltd., an innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced this month the world’s first commercial launch of a 3D LCD panel boasting full-HD resolution. What does this mean for surgeons and surgical teams? As Medgadget reports, the launch of this technology makes it more and more likely that 3D technology will soon be a common modality to view volumetric, live images in radiology rooms and in the OR.

Anesthesia Carts

December 21, 2009 5:49 am | Intermetro Industries Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Flexline™ Anesthesia Carts from InterMetro Industries offer integrated features that are designed to conform to the needs of the OR. The carts feature: A build to endure the rigors of daily use and provide enhanced security and organization required in Anesthesia Departments.

Computer Storage Cart

December 21, 2009 5:47 am | Herman Miller For Healthcare | Product Releases | Comments

Healthcare workers can work efficiently with a compact mobile cart from Herman Miller that lets them mobilize a computer, work surface and storage on their rounds. According to the company, the cart features: Modular, lightweight, and interchangeable components.

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