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Purchasing Positioning Equipment

March 12, 2010 4:16 am | by Joey Knight, Vice President Sales, US Surgical Workplaces, MAQUET, Inc. | Articles | Comments

What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing patient positioning products? March 12, 2010 1. Try to achieve the safest patient positioning with the surgical table. It is important to consider the surgical table and its capabilities to achieve special positions.

A Sporting Chance For Knee Replacement Patients

March 12, 2010 4:00 am | News | Comments

Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients may be able to participate in high-impact sports without increasing risk of early implant failure, according to a new study presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). In addition, the authors observed better clinical scores in the group of patients who participated in activities discouraged by the Knee Society (KS) than those of the control group.

Osteoporosis Drug Improves Recovery

March 12, 2010 3:46 am | News | Comments

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is successful for pain management, but in many patients it does not result in full recovery of function. New research shows an approved therapy for osteoporosis, use of the drug Forteo, may speed healing and improve patient outcomes. The preliminary study from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting in New Orleans.

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Gastric Bypass Increases Kidney Stone Risk

March 12, 2010 3:37 am | News | Comments

Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience changes in their urine composition that increase their risk of developing kidney stones, suggests research from UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators. A new study, published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology , found that some of these urinary changes place weight-loss surgery patients at higher risk for developing kidney stones than obese patients who do not undergo the procedure.

More Potentially Unnecessary Surgery Patients Identified

March 12, 2010 3:22 am | News | Comments

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.

Interactive Pen Displays

March 11, 2010 2:11 pm | Wacom Technology Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

New Option For Reverse Shoulder Replacement

March 11, 2010 2:10 pm | Depuy Orthopaedics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Medical Marking System

March 11, 2010 2:09 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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Ma, Don't Worry

March 11, 2010 2:08 pm | by Liz O'Brien, Medpage Today | Articles | Comments

  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.

Needlestick Prevention In The OR

March 11, 2010 2:08 pm | Articles | Comments

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 .

Nanotechnology-Based Personal Protective Apparel

March 11, 2010 1:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Hands-Free Transfer Trays

March 11, 2010 1:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Learning To Keep Patients Safe In A Culture Of Fear

March 11, 2010 1:13 pm | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Articles | Comments

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.

Energized Operation

March 11, 2010 1:13 pm | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

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.

Hygiene Station Panels For Exam Rooms

March 11, 2010 12:03 pm | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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