The Web Initiative for Surgical Education of Medical Doctors (WISE-MD) educational program aims to enhance the teaching of common surgical problems to medical students. WISE-MD modules are artfully crafted by surgical experts working with technicians using state-of the art technologies including animation, computer graphics and video to illustrate the important principles related to the diagnosis and treatment of surgical illnesses.
Alan S. Nasar, MD performs a Zimmer knee replacement using Patient Specific Instrumentation (PSI) custom cutting guides. The surgical video is narrated and demonstrates the technique. PSI guides are fabricated based on pre-operative MRI's of the patient's knee. They are custom made for each patient.
The devaluation of doctors' time continues unabated. As we move into our new era of health care delivery with millions more needing physician time (and other healthcare providers' time, for that matter) -- we're seeing a powerful force emerge -- a subtle marketing of limitless physician availability facilitated by the advance of the electronic medical record, social media, and smart phones.
Frank Jordans, Associated Press Writer GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic officially over Tuesday, months after many national authorities started canceling vaccine orders and shutting down telephone hot lines as the disease ebbed from the headlines.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Aggressive, drug-resistant staph infections caught in hospitals or from medical treatment are becoming scarcer, another sign of progress in a prevention effort that has become a national public health priority. The decline was seen in a federal study of methicillin-resistant staph, or MRSA.
Ana Jimenez-Salgado had her breasts surgically removed at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center after two outside pathologists determined the cells obtained from an August 2007 biopsy were cancerous. She later underwent reconstructive surgery. The hospital's pathologists examined tissue obtained during that procedure and concluded she did not have breast cancer.
With the generous sponsorship of FedEx (NYSE: FDX), ORBIS International's Flying Eye Hospital - the world's only eye surgical and training hospital with wings - touches down in two Southeast Asia countries to deliver sight-saving surgeries to those suffering with blindness and visual impairments, and to conduct skills exchange programs with the local ophthalmic community.
The Cardinal Health Foundation announces that, for the third consecutive year, it has awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care. Forty organizations in 25 states have been awarded grants ranging from $7,500 up to $37,500 as part of the 2010 Cardinal Health Foundation E3 Grant Program, which was launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care, nationwide.
Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Emergency room nurse Erin Riley suffered bruises, scratches and a chipped tooth last year from trying to pull the clamped jaws of a psychotic patient off the hand of a doctor at a suburban Cleveland hospital. A second assault just months later was even more upsetting: She had just finished cutting the shirt off a drunken patient and was helping him into his hospital gown when he groped her.
Kimberly-Clark Professional introduces the KIMTECH* One-Step Germicidal Wipe. KIMTECH* One-Step Germicidal Wipe is an EPA registered product that features a new chemistry to quickly and effectively clean and disinfect environmental surfaces, killing MRSA in 30 seconds and C.
Optronics® introduces the Microcast® HD Pro-Lite™ and Print Pro™ camera models to their line of full 1080p HD digital microscope camera systems. The new camera models are designed to provide end-user customers more flexibility in terms of their HD microscope imaging requirements.
The Endo Stitch™ automated endoscopic suturing instrument from Covidien enables advanced laparoscopic procedures that require endoscopic suturing and knot tying. According to the company, features include: An integrated needle and suture that eliminates the need for loading and unloading the needle.
Stryker’s MiniLap instrument line allows for access and instrumentation in one laparoscopic device. According to the company, the instruments are designed percutaneous entry through the abdominal cavity, and feature: A diameter of 2.3 mm. Availability in 4 tip styles for a variety of laparoscopic procedures.
It has been 10 years since the landmark Institute of Medicine report “To Err is Human” uncovered disturbing deficiencies in the quality of our nation’s medical care. Progress in correcting these deficiencies remains frustratingly slow, and it has become clear that achieving the quality and safety improvements we seek will require us to examine our approach to medical education.
Images from the desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry analysis of prostate tissue samples are shown next to stained slides of the same samples. The images show that cholesterol sulfate is present in cancerous tissue and precancerous legions called high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, or PIN.