A robot in every operating room? Tom Low leads a team of researchers and engineers working on the next generation of medical robots to be used in laparoscopic surgery. Pioneered in the 1980s by SRI, the procedures involve doctors making very small incisions and then using long, skinny, robotically controlled tools to maneuver inside the patient.
Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) announces newly published data showing the ASP EVOTECH® Endoscope Cleaner and Reprocessor (ECR) provides an automated approach superior to the manual cleaning required when using traditional AERs. Published in the July issue of Biomed Central, the combination clinical-use and simulated-use study was led by Michelle Alfa, Ph.
A new form of paper with the built-in ability to fight disease-causing bacteria could have applications that include anti-bacterial bandages. A report about the new material, which consists of the thinnest possible sheets of carbon, appears in ACS Nano , a monthly journal. Chunhai Fan, Qing Huang, and colleagues explained that scientists in the United Kingdom first discovered the material, known as graphene, in 2004.
Kelli Kennedy and Tom Hays, AP Elderly Russian immigrants lined up to take kickbacks from the backroom of a Brooklyn clinic. Claims flooded in from Miami for HIV treatments that never occurred. One professional patient was named in nearly 4,000 false Medicare claims. Authorities said busts carried out in Miami, New York City, Detroit, Houston and Baton Rouge were the largest Medicare fraud takedown in history.
Patients who undergo arthroscopic surgery for a mechanical disorder of the hip have a good chance of being able to return to their sport at a high level of competition, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Almost 80 percent of patients were able to return to play after hip arthroscopy at an average of 9.
Dear Patients: You have it very hard, much harder than most people understand. Having sat for 16 years listening to the stories, seeing the tiredness in your eyes, hearing you try to describe the indescribable, I have come to understand that I too can’t understand what your lives are like.
Two independent clinical studies show that Cook Medical’s BIGopsy® Backloading Biopsy Forceps’ ability to obtain larger tissue samples for biopsy can lead to an improved ability to diagnose the cause of suspicious ureteral or kidney lesions. The results of both studies were presented separately at the 2010 American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Bringing advanced technology to an affordable, versatile 15-inch high definition (HD) display, the Sony LMD-1530 widescreen medical LCD also provides a WXGA panel with 1280x769 resolution and high-performance 10-bit processing. The monitor accepts HD input through both an HDMI interface and analog connectors and is also backwards compatible with standard definition (SD) signal.
Transfusion with a trauma patient's own blood may offer a cost-effective alternative to transfusion with blood from another individual as a resuscitation method during surgery, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Surgery . Injury from trauma is the leading cause of death for individuals age 1 to 44 years, and extensive blood loss plays a significant role in as many as half of these deaths, according to background information in the article.
Athletes with bone and cartilage knee damage who are treated with transplanted tissue can return to sports after surgery, according to a study reported at the annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The study overturns the widely held belief that patients who undergo this surgery do not return to athletics.
In my practice I try to apply some common sense, adopting a colleagues’ phrase “common things are common”. This is particularly useful in the diagnosis of new problems that have eluded diagnosis, and I apply a lesson learned from a fellow resident (a PharmD before med school) who told me: new problems, ask about new meds.
CareFusion offers the EnView™, a device used to hold and maneuver an endoscope allowing surgeons a clear and stable view of the anatomy during laparoscopic surgery. The CareFusion EnView provides camera stability and helps eliminate challenges related to manually holding endoscopes, such as fatigue, hand tremors and miscommunication.
Vascular Technology’s (Kittner) utilizes a novel atraumatic foam tip that provides for delicate tissue dissection, making it safe and easy to use. The durable, non-absorbent foam tip means that virtually one dissector is used per operation—saving the hospital time and money.
Quick-Med Technologies, Inc.’s NIMBUS™ (Novel Intrinsically MicroBonded Utility Substrate) employs a family of advanced antimicrobial polymers that destroy bacteria at the cellular level, thereby eliminating the risk of developing drug resistance. Unlike any other microbicide on the market today, NIMBUS works by creating a permanent bond with a multitude of substrates (without leaching) and is less than 10% the cost of similar silver-based antimicrobials.
MediCycle has joined Practice Greenhealth, a membership organization for institutions and businesses in the healthcare sector that are engaged in helping lower the industry’s environmental footprint, as part of its commitment to environmental sustainability. MediCycle’s membership in Practice Greenhealth comes at a time when it’s experiencing heightened demand for its medical device recycling services, which are driving revenue and cost savings for hospitals while reducing the environmental impact of healthcare.