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Man Surprised To Discover Gunshot Wound

June 23, 2010 4:18 am | News | Comments

(AP)  Tracy Durham remembers hearing the pop. But the gunshot wound the Illinois man discovered after a neighbor asked about his limp? That was a surprise. The 48-year-old Durham told police he thinks he was shot by a friend during a party late Sunday at his home. Police say Durham recalled calling the friend's girlfriend ugly.

Noninvasive Technique Could Reduce Biopsies

June 23, 2010 4:15 am | News | Comments

By combining two technologies based on sound and light waves, researchers hope to lower the rate at which women undergo breast biopsies for suspicious lesions. Results of the study on ultrasound-guided optical tomography are published in the online edition and the August print issue of Radiology . “The goal of our study was to investigate the potential of diffuse optical tomography in the near infrared spectrum with ultrasound localization as a means of differentiating early-stage cancers from benign lesions of the breast,” said lead researcher Quing Zhu, Ph.

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Surgical Quality Not Associated With Lower Infection Rates

June 23, 2010 4:06 am | News | Comments

A study by investigators at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine published in this week's issue of JAMA found that public hospital comparison data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services does not accurately correlate with a patient's risk for surgical post-operative infection.

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U.S. Last In Health Care System Performance

June 23, 2010 3:46 am | News | Comments

Despite having the most expensive health care system, the United States trails Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom on measures of health system quality, efficiency, access, equity and the ability to lead long, healthy, productive lives, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report.

First Do No Harm

June 22, 2010 10:03 am | Videos | Comments

Study: Estrogen-Lowering Drugs Minimize Surgery In Breast Cancer Patients

June 22, 2010 10:03 am | Videos | Comments

A nationwide study has shown that estrogen-lowering drugs can increase the likelihood that breast cancer patients can undergo breast-conservation surgery, instead of mastectomy. The study was lead by Siteman medical oncologist Matthew Ellis, MD, BChir, PhD. Siteman Breast surgeon Julie Margenthaler, MD, was the lead investigator at the Washington University site.

Donning Surgical Gowns

June 22, 2010 10:01 am | Videos | Comments

Self-donning procedure steps for BARRIER® Standard sterile single use surgical gown - an educational video from Mölnlycke Health Care.

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Robot-Assisted Moschcowitz Procedure

June 22, 2010 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

In this five-minute video, Dr. Vadim Morozov performs the Robot-Assisted Moschcowitz Procedure. This procedure is used to treat vaginal prolapse in patients who have undergone hysterectomies. As he operates, Dr. Morozov discusses the history of the Moschcowitz Procedure and takes viewers through a detailed, step-by-step explanation of its individual components.

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Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring

June 22, 2010 7:35 am | Masimo Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Masimo announces the full market release of its latest medical technology breakthrough—Masimo Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring™— providing continuous and noninvasive respiration rate (RRa™) that is accurate, easy-to-use, and enhances patient tolerance. With full commercial availability to hospitals worldwide, Masimo Rainbow Acoustic Monitoring is expected to have a significant impact on the general care floor and during procedural sedation by helping clinicians detect respiratory compromise and patient distress earlier.

Fluid Warmer

June 22, 2010 7:31 am | Enthermics Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The ivNow fluid warmer from Enthermics Medical Systems quickly warms and maintains the temperature of injection/intravenous and irrigation solutions prior to their use. The specially contoured warming module cradles solution bags 1 liter in size. According to the company, features include: A modular configuration.

Nathanson Hook Liver Retractors®

June 22, 2010 7:30 am | Automated Medical Products Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

The Nathanson Hook Liver Retractors® are designed specifically to retract the liver during laparoscopic surgery. The retractors feature: The ability to hold the liver out of the way for the duration of the surgery when required. Availability in a set of 3 (small, medium and large), allowing the surgeon alternative options during the procedure.

Digital OR Integration Solution

June 22, 2010 7:30 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

Maquet introduces version 3.0 of its AV Conference operating room system that manages video feeds, monitors, and clinical data via a touchscreen interface. The system is designed to make video in the OR easy and intuitive, and to allow for surgical telemedicine as a practical option.

Rethinking the Way We Rank Medical Schools

June 22, 2010 7:28 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

During my internship, the first year after graduating from medical school, I took care of a middle-aged woman who began our first conversation with a question that patients still ask me today. “So doctor,” she said as I pulled my stethoscope out to listen to her heart, “where did you go to medical school?” In a social context, I might have considered her question to be polite chatter, a filler during an awkward quiet moment.

Disinfection Revolution

June 22, 2010 7:24 am | by Interview by Amanda McGowan, editor | Articles | Comments

In recent years, recognition to the role the environment plays in spreading potentially infection-causing microorganisms around hospitals has grown. As a result, new technologies have emerged that look to disinfect surfaces such as keyboards, countertops, bedrails and more that are discreetly contributing to hospital-acquired infections in patients.

The Economic Impact Of Hospitals

June 22, 2010 6:50 am | News | Comments

(AP)  U.S. hospitals support nearly one of nine jobs in the country and more than $2.1 trillion in economic activity, according to a study funded by the industry's trade group. The American Hospital Association report concluded hospitals directly employed nearly 5.4 million people in 2008. That's up from about 4.

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