St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD, is facing lawsuits and a pair of federal investigations related to its cardiac care business, has informed another 169 heart patients that they received expensive and potentially dangerous treatments they might not have needed. The additional cases brings the total number to 538 patients that have been notified by St.
Wacom® introduces the DTU-2231 and DTU-1631 interactive pen displays. The new DTU models' direct pen-on-screen input is designed to allow healthcare professionals to draw diagrams, write notes or annotate directly on digital images. According to the company, the DTU-2231 is an HD interactive pen display with a 21.
DePuy introduced the Delta XTEND™ Reverse Shoulder System, a reverse shoulder replacement system in the U.S. in 2004, and now it adds a new high mobility cup with an advanced cross-linked polyethylene to the system. The new Delta XTEND™ High Mobility Humeral Cup with Premieron™ X-Linked Polyethylene is a total, semi-constrained shoulder arthroplasty featuring the ability to reverse the normal relationship between the scapular and humeral components.
Borries Marking Systems introduces a highly-accurate DataMatrix marking system, the BM52, developed specifically for the medical industry. According to the company, it features: A fast positioning capability (via a light pointer) and high-precision marking—even in the smallest fields, due to an electrical marking head.
My grandmother and her hospital roommate -- aged, tiny, frail, and sporting matching bright pink hairnets. They looked like twins -- two thin shrubs in winter that had each sprouted an improbable, big pink rose. Although sick and scared, my grandmother had admired the pink hairnet on the lady in the next bed, so my mother bought her one too, to make her feel better.
Every day in the OR, surgeons and surgical staff members may be putting themselves at risk for sharps safety injuries. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) have called for surgical practices to take steps to reduce the risk of suture needlesticks that can transmit disease to surgical professionals 1,2 .
Vestagen Technical Textiles, LLC, introduces Vestex™, nanotechnology-based, high-performance personal protective apparel. Vestex is made with a proprietary blend of three textile technologies bonded to a single layer of fabric. Engineered for the tasks medical professionals perform and the conditions they encounter, Vestex scrubs, lab coats and isolation gowns repel dangerous fluids, resist stains, rapidly kill microbes, wick away perspiration and control odors.
The American College of Surgeons recommends engaging in a hands-free passing technique to reduce sharps injuries. Sandel’s Stretch-A-Tray™ helps protect staff from these injuries and potential contamination. According to the company, the disposable, expandable tray facilitates the hands-free transfer of a wide variety of handles and instrument lengths.
One afternoon during my training, I watched as one of my closest friends, another surgery resident, was led into the office of the department chief. A week earlier she had been on call when a patient developed a rapid and irregular heart rhythm. He became unconscious and would have soon died if my friend had not stepped in and resuscitated him.
How technology using different forms of energy has helped to increase patient safety and surgeon efficiency in the OR. March 16, 2010 For years in open surgery, surgeons maintained bleeding by clamping bleeding vessels and tying them off with ligatures. Yet, the idea of using heat to stop blood flowing out of an incision can be traced back to Egyptian times, when heated stones were placed on bleeding blood vessels, says Dr.
Medicus Health offers new Hygiene Station Panels for Exam Rooms. Hygiene Station Panels for Exam Rooms include: Hands Free Purell Dispenser with Spalsh Guard. Powder Coated Metal Double Glove Dispenser. An Easy Change Sign Frame. Premium woodgrain panels available in 4 different panel styles: Mahogany, Cherry, Maple and Grey.
Several organizations including the American College of Surgeons and AORN, recommend the use of a Neutral Zone to prevent the devastating results of sharps injuries. Sandel’s Z-Friction Drape™ serves as a Neutral Zone, featuring: A bright orange color and flexible non-stick surface, allowing it to stand out in the sterile “sea of blue.
Aspen Surgical introduces a new addition to their Fluid Management Line: The SurgiSafe® CinchMat™. According to the company, this product offers: A combination of effective absorbency with an easier way to handle the mat during disposal. A top layer with superior wicking ability that quickly absorbs fluids to prevent pooling and splashing.
The elderly man came to the San Salvador Lutheran Medical Clinic nearly blind and almost completely deaf. Our interpreter helped me figure out what he wanted. “How can I help you?” we shouted. "I have a cough and get headaches sometimes. Can I get some medicines?” “Sure,” I said.
Surgeons have made great advances in developing single port surgery. Still, questions remain with regard to the impact the technique has in improving surgical care, leaving some surgeons to speculate that there is an even better technique on the horizon. March 15, 2010 When Italian surgeon Giuseppe Navarra, MD wrote the first reports of a gall bladder surgery performed through a single port in 1997, he discussed why he thought the technique would not go any further.