September 21, 2010 Maria Cheng, AP (AP) Some breast cancer patients may do just as well with a less invasive surgery to remove selected lymph nodes rather than the aggressive operation normally used to remove them all, a new study says. In the biggest trial yet to compare the two procedures, North American researchers found early breast cancer patients don't need the more interventionist surgery to live longer.
High blood glucose levels after surgery may be an important risk factor for infection at the surgical site in patients having general surgery, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Surgery . Surgical site infection accounts for 14 to 17 percent of hospital-acquired infections, making it the third most common type of infection acquired at health-care facilities and the most common among patients having surgery, according to background information in the article.
Doctors rushed a Cedar Rapids, Iowa man into a treatment room after they found a worm had taken up residence in his eye. John Matthews said he sought medical help after he noticed two spots obscuring his vision in his left eye. Several specialists tested him and he was sent to the ophthalmology department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Delays of 12 hours or more before surgery do not appear to adversely affect 30-day outcomes among patients undergoing appendectomies for acute appendicitis, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Surgery . "Appendectomy is the most common emergent surgical procedure performed worldwide, with appendicitis accounting for approximately 1 million hospital days annually," the authors write.
The first in-human study of a robotically assisted percutaneous coronary intervention system demonstrated that the technique was safe and feasible. The results of the study were presented at the 22nd annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation.
Document "proof of compliance" with OSHA's 1.0 ppm 8 hour PEL for personal exposure to hydrogen peroxide. The Kem Medical Product's #8560 Hydrogen Peroxide Monitor is a lightweight badge that is validated for accuracy. Includes pre-paid mailer, prompt laboratory analysis and report, phone notification of high results and technical support to help you provide a safe work environment for your employees.
The Standard Via-Guard® from SurgiMark, Inc. offers clog-free Tip and AdjustaFlo® Poole suction in one instrument. It clears fluids faster, saves time, eliminates excess SKUs, and lowers costs. The Vascular-Pediatric Via-Guard® extends the unique features to a wide range of use covering most suction requirements.
The QuickTrach II with Cuff from VBM Medical Inc. is an emergency cricothyrotomy device. According to the company, it provides a quicker and simpler solution for the one-step procedure without using a scalpel or set of dilators. For more information, visit www.vbm-medical.
Valisafe’s Wash Check E is a test to see if the scopes are getting cleaned properly. According to the company, features include: A designlike a flexible endoscopic instrument. The ability to monitoring endoscopic washing. Meant to be used with Wash-Checks H monitors.
Spectrum Laboratories, Inc., OR Disposables produces Ultrasound Probe Drapes (Elflex) with attached straps for clinician convenience and greater sterile integrity. According to the company, these straps make application quicker and easier by pulling and rolling on with a one-handed technique.
Adenna Inc. introduces new ADENNA brand self-sealing sterilization pouches. Available in ten different sizes, this full line of sterilization pouches is in addition to the ADENNA lines of quality examination gloves and ear loop face masks. Manufactured at an ISO 9001 certified facility, ADENNA sterilization pouches offer the same features and benefits of similar high quality pouches made in the USA but at more affordable prices.
Within days of being accepted into medical school, I started getting asked for medical advice. Even my closest friends, who should have known better, got in on the action. “Should I take vitamins?” “What do you think of this diet?” “Is yogurt good for me or not?” Each and every time someone posed such a query, I became immediately cognizant of one thing: the big blank space in my brain.
More than 100,000 children left homeless by Pakistan's floods are in danger of dying because they simply do not have enough to eat. The aid group Doctors Without Borders has already converted one ward into an inpatient feeding center. By Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer September 20, 2010 SUKKUR, Pakistan (AP) — Suhani Bunglani fans flies away from her two baby girls as one sleeps motionless while the other stares without blinking at the roof of their tent, her empty belly bulging beneath a green flowered shirt.
Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn't just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A frightened patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital told 911 operators that her parents were trying to keep the door to her room shut after they heard gunfire. Recordings of 911 released Friday to The Associated Press detail the tense moments after a man opened fire on a surgeon who was updating him on his mother's condition.