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Make The Most Of Your Surgical Instrument Purchasing Process

June 1, 2010 7:35 am | Articles | Comments

Today, surgical departments face increasing pressure to say compliant with instrument processing standards set forth by major accreditation agencies. Often, facilities need to buy more instruments to meet these standards, yet are challenged by budget constraints, lack of support from their surgical instrument providers and increasingly complex instruments.

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“Green” Patient Safety Solution

June 1, 2010 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sandel is now offering their biodegradable TIME OUT Beacon™ sterile through all direct and distribution channels.  The New Non-Woven TIME OUT Beacon™ provides hospitals with a cost-effective tool to increase patient safety and reduce the risk of wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient surgery.

New Tonsillectomy Techniques Reduce Complications

June 1, 2010 7:28 am | News | Comments

In a review of three different surgical techniques commonly used for tonsillectomy, the microdebrider technique (where a rotary cutting tool is used to shave tissue) had the lowest overall complication rate when compared to the other two techniques. The results are shown in new research published in the June issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery .

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Refusing Cancer Surgery Lowers Survival Rates

June 1, 2010 7:11 am | News | Comments

Men who refuse surgery for prostate cancer and instead opt for monitoring progression without undergoing treatment have a significantly worse long-term survival rate than those patients that choose radiotherapy, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. The study found that patients who refused any treatment for their prostate cancer had a 10-year overall survival rate of 51 percent, compared to 68 percent for those who chose radiation treatment.

Surgery The Solution For Enlarged Prostate Glands

June 1, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

Medications, laser treatment and surgery can all arrest the growth of an enlarged prostate gland, but only surgery can produce an improvement in symptoms, particularly a reduction in incontinence, researchers say. The procedure, transurethral resection of the prostate, or TURP, is generally reserved for those who have failed to respond to drug treatment or who cannot tolerate the medications.

Body Contouring Taken to the Next Level

May 28, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Sound Surgical Technologies announces the launch of the new VASER Lipo System. The original VASER@ System was designed to provide patients with smooth, predictable results and fast recovery, while also allowing physicians to perform a wide array of body contouring applications. Now, the new VASER System has been re-engineered to improve the overall experience for physicians and provide even greater versatility for body contouring procedures.

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Metal-On-Metal Primary Total Hip Implants Usage To Decline

May 28, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, finds that 25% of the 150 orthopedic surgeons surveyed in its newest Physician Forum publication plan to reduce their usage of metal-on-metal hip implants over the next twelve months. Metal-on-metal hip implants have been the subject of close media scrutiny in recent months due to reports of metal debris and soft-tissue damage resulting in revision surgeries in some patients.

Worth It

May 28, 2010 6:54 am | by Dr. Rob | Articles | Comments

I saw the note on the patient's chart before I opened the door: "patient is upset that he had to come in." I opened the door and was greeted by a gentleman with his arms crossed tightly across his chest and a stern expression.  I barely recognized him, having only seen him a handful of times over the past few years.

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Surgical Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation

May 28, 2010 6:52 am | 3M Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

3M™ DuraPrep™ Surgical Solution is a patient skin prepping solution in a self-contained applicator combining two broad-spectrum antimicrobials. Effective in a single painted coat, surgical solution eliminates the need for a time consuming scrub and paint application by combining two proven, broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents: alcohol for fast kill and fast drying, and iodine povacrylex for persistence in a water-insoluble film.

A Critical Component In The OR

May 28, 2010 6:51 am | by Mehul Vora, Product Manager - Lights & CSU, MAQUET, Inc. | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 31, 2010 A boom (Ceiling Service Unit) is one of the most critical component during OR renovation or new construction project.

Thank You

May 28, 2010 6:22 am | News | Comments

Repair Patch

May 27, 2010 12:48 pm | Synovis Surgical Innovations | Product Releases | Comments

Synovis® Surgical Innovations; Supple Peri-Guard® Repair Patch is derived from bovine pericardium that has been sourced using stringent criteria and manufactured with the company’s exclusive Apex Processing® and certified manufacturing practices. The product can be used as a prosthesis for pericardial closure and soft tissue deficiencies, which include: Defects of the abdominal and thoracic wall.

Patient Relationships With Their Doctors Over Time

May 27, 2010 12:38 pm | Articles | Comments

We as doctors and patients as well as medicine as a whole have evolved over time. What used to be a simple conversation of between a doctor and a patient has turned into a melee of medical issues, legal issues, insurance and financial issues and not to mention the complicated ICD 9 and CPT code system.

Preparing Your OR For the Future

May 27, 2010 12:37 pm | by Response by Scott Hodsden, Director of Sales and Marketing, Walters Healthcare Resources | Articles | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 28, 2010 When purchasing a boom, one of the main considerations should be the layout of the operating room and the best placement of the boom, in order to handle all the cases that will be done in that room for the perceivable future.

Uncertainty Over Medicare Pay Raises Concerns

May 27, 2010 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP For the third time this year, Congress is scrambling to stave off a hefty pay cut to doctors treating Medicare patients, even as the Obama administration mails out a glossy brochure to reassure seniors the health care program is on solid ground. The 21.3 percent cut will take effect June 1 unless lawmakers intervene in the next few days.

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