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Post-Op Nicotine Withdrawal Can Be Harmful

April 9, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

Nicotine withdrawal can cause dangerous agitation in intensive care patients. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care found that, compared to non-smokers, agitated smokers were more likely to accidentally remove tubes and catheters, require supplemental sedative, analgesic or anti-psychotic medications, or need physical restraints.

Altered Report Leads To $800K Judgment Against Surgeon

April 9, 2010 6:16 am | News | Comments

A Los Angeles surgeon has been ordered to pay a Maryland patient and his wife $800,600 in a malpractice judgement. The ruling stems from Dr. Hrayr Shahinian performing an inappropriate surgery and then altering a pathology report to cover up his failure to remove a tumor. The award included $300,000 in punitive damages for “intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Haiti Medical Relief: Broken Leg Surgery

April 8, 2010 6:56 am | Videos | Comments

This man was brought to the clinic after his motorcycle crashed leaving him with a broken leg. Orthopedic surgeons from the Austin, TX area treated him.

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Laparoscopic Nephrectomy

April 8, 2010 6:56 am | Videos | Comments

A video from the International Journal of Urology presents images of a laparoscopic nephrectomy in patients with renal vein and/or inferior vena cava anomalies April 8, 2010 This video from the International Journal of Urology presents images of the management of the renal pedicle in laparoscopic nephrectomy in cases where there were anomalies of the renal vein and inferior vena cava.

Computer Imaging And Robotics In MIS

April 8, 2010 6:55 am | Videos | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery takes advantage of advances in computer imaging and robotics to provide effective surgical cancer treatment with a much smaller impact on the patient. Robotic surgery systems consist of one or more robotic arms, precisely controlled by surgeons seated at a console, which enlarges 3-D views of the surgery site.

How Predictable?

April 7, 2010 8:46 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

With the start of the baseball season comes an onslaught of predictions. So-called experts citing why certain teams and players will perform well or poorly both intrigues and frustrates me. While I love to hear their thoughts on what I should expect from my team and its rivals, I also get annoyed when their prognostications differ from the heightened expectations I have for the Milwaukee Brewers this season.

Real Healthcare Rationing

April 7, 2010 6:32 am | by Kristina Fiore | Articles | Comments

Urologists have come up with better ways to bring attention to themselves. Some have advertised in urinals at baseball games. Others have lured patients for a vasectomy, promising a prescription of mandatory bedrest during March Madness. Dr. Jack Cassell, on the other hand, had to go create a national scandal.

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HD Display

April 7, 2010 6:31 am | Barco | Product Releases | Comments

The MD-4221, a 42" full HD, flat display for the operating room, is the next generation of Barco’s HD-42 display which has been further optimized for use in the digital operating room. Equipped with the latest high-quality LCD panel, the MD-4221 delivers bright, crisp images even in highly illuminated OR environments.

HDTV Gastroscope With Auxiliary Water Channel

April 7, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus introduces a 9.9-millimeter gastroscope that delivers HDTV image quality and Narrow Band Imaging (NBI). The new scope, the GIF-H180J model, is intended for upper gastrointestinal screening, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Features include: An auxiliary water channel, flushes away blood, mucus and other debris inside the upper gastrointestinal tract, helping to ensure a clear view at all times.

Health System Improves Efficiency With Lean Management Solutions

April 7, 2010 6:27 am | Articles | Comments

After exploring several manufacturing companies and hospitals that were applying the Toyota Production System (TPS) to improve processes and eliminate “waste,” St. Joseph Heath System-Humboldt County in California developed their own focused commitment on improvement called “The Humboldt Way.

Non-OR Factors Key In Predicting Hip Surgery Success

April 7, 2010 6:04 am | News | Comments

Hip fractures are the second leading cause of hospitalization of elderly patients. According to a new study published in the April 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS ), a person's pre-surgical health classification, as determined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), is a leading indicator as to how well the person will fare after surgery to repair the hip fracture.

Hospital That Was Vital During 9-11 Succumbs To Debt

April 7, 2010 5:52 am | News | Comments

Saint Vincent's Hospital, a 160-year-old institution in Manhattan that treated hundreds of victims of the September 11 attacks and was at the forefront of the AIDS epidemic, will cease operating most of its patient services after a prolonged but failed effort to rescue it from massive debt, officials said Tuesday.

Incisionless Option For Stomach Ulcer Bleeding

April 7, 2010 5:39 am | News | Comments

According to early clinical evidence from a safety study, a new endoscopic spray from Cook Medical may offer a new surgery-free procedure for treating acute bleeding of peptic ulcers. The early results, collected at the Chinese University of Hong Kong by lead investigators Dr. Joseph Sung of the Chinese University and Dr.

$35 Million From Pfizer To Doctors

April 7, 2010 5:11 am | News | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Pfizer, Inc. paid doctors and teaching hospitals a total of $35 million in the last half of 2009 for services ranging from speaking to other doctors about the company's products to running studies of its experimental drugs. The world's biggest drugmaker by revenue disclosed details of its payments to about 4,500 doctors and other health professionals.

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