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Chimp Attack Victim Evaluated For Face, Hands Transplant

May 11, 2010 5:55 am | News | Comments

John Christoffersen, AP Brigham and Women's Hospital issued a statement saying Charla Nash will be at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospital for a couple of days for the evaluation. A decision is not expected for months. “I'm cautiously optimistic right now,” said plastic surgeon Dr.

Easing Bone Marrow Transplants Key To Greater Adaption

May 11, 2010 5:39 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Bone marrow transplants are undergoing a quiet revolution: No longer just for cancer, research is under way to ease the risks so they can target more people with diseases from sickle cell to deadly metabolic disorders. The old way: High doses of radiation and chemotherapy wipe out a patient's own bone marrow before someone else's is infused to replace it, hopefully before infection strikes.

A Smiling Face Of Survival

May 10, 2010 7:47 am | News | Comments

Robert Lopez, AP Four-year-old Khalid Amos lifts his shirt up and reveals a faint scar on his chest. “That's my port,” he says. “That's where they put the medicine in, take blood out.” Khalid was diagnosed two years ago with neuroblastoma, a tumor of the sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body's fight or flight responses.

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Underpaid ASCs File Lawsuit

May 10, 2010 7:22 am | News | Comments

A recently filed class action complaint against United Health and other health care plan administrators has been filed on behalf of Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) across the country, citing that these ASCs have been underpaid by millions of dollars. The suit centers on improper calculations that have produced low reimbursement amounts for ASCs, effectively leaving patients on the hook for larger amounts than they should owe, argue attorneys from Hooper, Lundy & Bookman.

Lockable Surgical Supply Cabinet

May 10, 2010 7:08 am | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

The new Lockable Mini Surgical Supply Cabinet with Clear Drawers from Medicus Health provides highly-visual secure storage in the operating room suite. Features include: Overall dimensions of 19.25"W x 13.25"D 38"H. Clear dividable storage drawers that help separate and monitor inventory levels for critical supplies.

Vertebral Body Derotation Instrument Set

May 10, 2010 7:07 am | Depuy Spine, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Spine, Inc. introduces the EXPEDIUM® Vertebral Body Derotation (VBD) Set to help surgeons correct spinal alignment and decrease rib rotation in patients with scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine that affects about 6 million people in the U.S. The new instrumentation is the latest addition to the EXPEDIUM® Spine System and features the EXPEDIUM® Derotation Quick Stick, an extension to pedicle screws that attaches quickly and securely to facilitate three-dimensional spine correction.

Facility Improves On-Time Surgeries In 30 Days

May 10, 2010 7:06 am | Picis | Articles | Comments

Lahey Clinic Medical Center, located in Massachusetts, consists of a 328-bed academic medical center and ambulatory surgery center. Picis CareSuite high-acuity solutions have been used at these locations beginning with OR Manager in 2003, Extelligence and SmarTrack in 2004 and 2007, and Picis Perioperative Dashboard in 2008.

Instrument Reprocessing Program

May 10, 2010 7:05 am | Ecolab | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab Inc. introduces its new OptiPro™ Instrument Reprocessing Program, a comprehensive approach to instrument reprocessing that features Ecolab’s solid technology and advanced formulations. The program is supported by Ecolab’s service and training on industry best practices to achieve improved patient outcomes and process standardization.

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What You Don't Want To Think To Yourself Upon Entering A Room

May 10, 2010 6:59 am | by Head Nurse | Articles | Comments

"Hm. Where's all that blood coming from?" You especially don't want that to be your first thought when your patient is intubated and ventilated and Dipped and generally not terribly responsive. Moreover, you don't want that to be your first thought, because your second thought will invariably be, "Gosh.

Travel Health Insurance Vital, Yet Easy To Overlook

May 10, 2010 6:57 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Plane tickets, check. Passport, check. Medical evacuation insurance? It's probably not something most people think about when packing for a vacation. But Louise Robbins says she'd probably be bankrupt without it. The University of Wisconsin library educator and her husband, Robby, were in southwest China last summer when Robby slipped and fell backward on a hotel walkway made of the region's famed red marble.

Kidney Removal May Not Extend Cancer Patients' Lives

May 10, 2010 6:35 am | News | Comments

A new study indicates that patients 75 years or older who have confined kidney tumors do not live longer if they have their entire kidney removed. The research reveals that these patients typically have other medical problems of greater significance and that many should receive more conservative cancer-related care, such as observation or treatments that spare the non-cancerous parts of their kidneys.

Jumping The Gun 

May 7, 2010 7:36 am | Articles | Comments

By: Todd Neale, MedPage Today   I recently got back from the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension, where I witnessed a prime example of "getting ahead of yourself." In a press conference Monday discussing the next morning's late-breaking clinical trials session to close out the meeting, we heard preliminary results from a pivotal trial of the Rheos Baroreflex Activation Therapy system, which is being developed by CVRx for treating resistant hypertension.

Surgeon Uses New Technique To Repair Facial Nerve

May 7, 2010 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Instead of using the patient’s own nerve, the surgeon uses AxoGen's Avance Nerve Graft to successfully reconstruct a missing portion of the patient's facial nerve. May 7, 2010 Dr. Renata Weber used AxoGen's Avance Nerve Graft to successfully repair the facial nerve.

Non-Invasive Surface Cooling

May 7, 2010 6:55 am | Medivance | Product Releases | Comments

Medivance offers the Arctic Sun® Temperature Management System, a thermoregulatory device that monitors and controls patient temperature within a range of 33°C to 37°C (91.4°F to 98.6°F). According to the company, the system exhibits: The Model 2000 automated controller featuring: The ability to monitor and control patient temperature The ability to pull temperature-controlled water ranging between 4°C and 42°C (39.

Probes For Temperature Monitoring

May 7, 2010 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

DeRoyal offers general purpose probes for temperature monitoring. The company offers both nasopharyngeal probes and nasal probes. The Nasopharyngeal Probe features: A very soft sheath for atraumatic insertion to minimize epistaxis. An 18” sheath on a 30” wire that provides additional flexibility.

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