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Antibacterial Patch For Soft Tissue Repair

May 4, 2010 7:47 am | TYRX, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TYRX, Inc. introduces AIGISRx® ST, its antibacterial product for the surgical repair of damaged or ruptured soft tissue. TYRX had previously received 510(k) clearance to market a product for hernia repair and other abdominal soft tissue deficiencies. The new clearance adds the use as a soft tissue patch to reinforce soft tissue where weakness exists and for the surgical repair of damaged or ruptured soft tissue.

Pay-For-Performance Could Hinder Obese Patient Surgeries

May 3, 2010 7:09 am | News | Comments

Pay-for-performance reimbursement of surgeons, intended to reward doctors and hospitals for good patient outcomes, may instead be creating financial incentives for discriminating against obese patients, who are much more likely to suffer expensive complications after even the most routine surgeries, according to new Johns Hopkins research.

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Fueling The Anger Of Doctors

May 3, 2010 7:00 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

At a recent social gathering, a doctor friend who has been in private practice for almost 15 years revealed something that caused one physician to nearly choke on her drink, another to gasp in disbelief and the rest of us to stop what we were doing and gawk as if he had committed some grave social faux pas.

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Obese Women Diagnosed With Larger, Later-Stage Breast Cancers

May 3, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

A new study finds obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese. May 3, 2010 Obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese, according to a study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Therapeutic Hypothermia System

May 3, 2010 6:58 am | Philips Medical Systems, N.A. | Product Releases | Comments

Philips introduces the InnerCool RTx Endovascular System for cooling and warming, which provides advanced whole body temperature modulation therapy in a closed-loop system from the inside out. The InnerCool RTx is a high-performance system that can rapidly raise and lower the body temperature of certain non-paralyzed, awake patients of all sizes in the intensive care setting.

Wireless Remote Temperature Monitoring

May 3, 2010 6:57 am | Shafer Enterprises, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Shafer Medical Devices, a division of Shafer Enterprises, introduces the Normothermia Monitoring and Management System (NMAMS) for monitoring patient temperature. According to the company features include: The ability to monitor up to 1,000 patients at one time.

Ansell's New Green Packaging

May 3, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

Ansell Healthcare Products has improved its glove packaging with a newer, greener design that reduces packaging waste. Ansell’s increased-count exam pack contains more exam gloves per box – and per case. The new dispensing box still fits into customers’ existing wall brackets, yet provides 50 to 100 percent more gloves, depending on the specific glove selected.

In Praise Of Mexican Surgery

May 3, 2010 6:33 am | News | Comments

Howard Huntington, AP “Life was not looking like it was worth living anymore. I couldn't see any way out. Then this came up. I jumped on it immediately. I didn't care if it was Kookamunga.” Jim Krois had been a photographer for the Daily Courier for five years when he was laid off in 2008.

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System Automatically Tracks Radiation From CT Scans

May 3, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a computer-based system that can automatically track patient-specific radiation dose exposure (based on a patient's size and weight) for every patient that receives a CT scan, providing patients with a way to start tracking their cumulative health care-related radiation exposure, according to a study presented at the ARRS 2010 Annual Meeting.

Specially Trained Surgeons Interpret Mammograms

May 3, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

Dedicated breast surgeons, who are responsible for the treatment of breast cancers, performed as well as specialized breast radiologists when screening mammograms, stated a six-year study presented this week at the American Society of Breast Surgeons.  The prospective research involved 10,020 mammograms performed at a surgeon-run South African breast health center between January 2003 and June 2009.

Lawmakers Want More Oversight Of Surgical Staff

April 30, 2010 7:42 am | News | Comments

Samantha Abernethy, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — The case of a surgical technician exposing 6,000 patients in Colorado to Hepatitis C while feeding her drug addiction has prompted legislators to consider requiring surgical staff to register with the state. The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Thursday on two bills designed to increase oversight of the medical staffers.

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Medtronic Agrees To Buy ATS Medical For $350M

April 30, 2010 7:42 am | Medtronic | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Medical device company Medtronic Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to buy heart device maker ATS Medical Inc. for $350 million in cash, expanding its products for cardiac surgery. Medtronic is offering ATS Medical $4 per share, which is a 54 percent premium to the stock's closing price on Wednesday.

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Thai Hospital Evacuated After Protesters Storm It

April 30, 2010 7:41 am | News | Comments

Denis D. Gray, Associated Press Writer BANGKOK (AP) — A major Thai hospital evacuated patients and suspended all but emergency surgery Friday after anti-government protesters stormed in to hunt for security forces they suspected were taking positions there overlooking their barricaded enclave.

Remote Heart Operation Performed Using Robotic Arm

April 30, 2010 7:40 am | News | Comments

An expert at University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital will use the Catheter Robotics Remote Catheter Manipulation System for the first time in a heart rhythm treatment procedure. April 30, 2010 A pioneering world first robotics system operation is to be conducted at Glenfield Hospital Leicester thanks to expertise at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester.

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Positioning For A Clear View

April 30, 2010 7:20 am | TRUMPF | Product Releases | Comments

The TRUMPF T3 Spinal Frame, developed in collaboration with Allen Medical Systems®, is a completely portable, radiolucent system that can be placed directly on the TRUMPF JUPITER carbon fiber table to create a fully-functional spine table. The system offers superior intra-operative scanning in iCT suites.

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