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Study: Lesser-Known Bug A Bigger Hospital Threat

March 22, 2010 8:30 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — As one superbug seems to be fading as a threat in hospitals, another is on the rise, a new study suggests. A dangerous, drug-resistant staph infection called MRSA is often seen as the biggest germ threat to patients in hospitals and other health care facilities.

Employer Healthcare Costs Increase In 2009

March 22, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON Reuters – Average healthcare costs for U.S. employers rose by 7.3 percent in 2009, surpassing inflation and the growth rate in overall healthcare spending. Overall U.S. healthcare spending, including Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers, grew by 4.8 percent in 2009, the report found.

Botox Over Baghdad

March 22, 2010 7:18 am | News | Comments

Rebecca Santana, AP Dr. Abbas al-Sahan's patient wasn't a war victim. She didn't have a scar that needed cosmetic surgery. All she wanted was a cute nose. And she got it. Speaking after the surgery, bandages and swelling gone, 23-year-old Sarah Saad Abdul-Hameed was ecstatic. Friends who visited “were surprised with the change in my face,” she said.

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C U @ The OR

March 22, 2010 7:02 am | News | Comments

Sixteen-year-old Annie Levitz was recently diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome – which her doctors attribute to the teen sending over 100 text messages a day to family and friends. She might have to have surgery on both wrists. From the minute school was over to sometimes as late as 11 p.m.

Palestinian Girl Receives Reconstructive Skull Surgery

March 22, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

A year after a little girl from the Gaza Strip was shot in the head and nearly died, surgeons at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center preformed reconstructive surgery. She’s being treated as a charity case for a surgery that will provide the protection she needs to live a normal life. When Israeli tanks rolled into the Gaza Strip last January, six-year-old Noor Thabet and her siblings gathered to take a look.

Wall Mount Combo Mini-Workstation

March 22, 2010 6:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

AFC Industries, Inc. introduced the Wall Mount Combo 78-08 at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress March 13-18. The Combo 78-08 is a low-profile, height-adjustable, user-friendly mini-workstation that will help nurses access electronic healthcare records (EHR) and other patient information in high-traffic areas, bringing the benefits of computer technology’s ever-expanding to almost any location in a busy healthcare facility.

When Is the Worst Time To Go To The Hospital?

March 22, 2010 6:31 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

During staff cutbacks, hiring freezes and every July when a new class of interns hits the wards, hospital workers everywhere ask themselves one question: “When is the worst time to be a patient in the hospital?” That question crossed my mind one morning during my training when an emergency department nurse warned me about a pileup on a nearby interstate involving a school bus.

New Storage Solutions Showcased At AORN

March 22, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lean storage solutions help increase work capacity while decreasing operational costs . Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)technology provides secure supply management solution for high-value supplies. March 22, 2010 In a world of cost concerns, shrinking budgets, and staff reductions, performing at optimal efficiency is critical.

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Medical Center Implements Quality Initiatives, Sees Drop In Mortality Rate

March 19, 2010 7:06 am | News | Comments

Overall mortality rates from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2010 at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, FL have dropped from 3.4 to 2.1. A 1.3-point drop represents a huge reduction for any hospital and translates into lives saved. To date, Bay Medical Center's rate for heart attack is down from 15.

What Every Medical Student Should Know …

March 19, 2010 7:06 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The aim of education is the knowledge not of fact, but of values. - William R. Inge      “If there was one thing I would have every medical student learn, it would be this …” The woman was talking to her companion while moving down the clinic hallway.

Safety Scalpel Handle

March 19, 2010 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Breaking the mold of traditional safety scalpels, the Change-A-Blade™ is the first Safety Scalpel Handle. It provides surgeons with the freedom to utilize any standard #10, #11, or #15 blade and provides the comfort of a traditional #3 scalpel handle. Features include : A lockable safety shield that easily slides over the blade while maintaining the ability to fully retract into the scalpel handle.

Instrument Reprocessing Guidelines Poster

March 19, 2010 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Millennium Surgical Corp., a specialty surgical instrument supplier, announces the launch of its instrument reprocessing guidelines poster campaign. To emphasize the importance of following the guidelines for sterilization practices, the company partnered with nurse consultant Rose Seavey, RN, BS, MBA, CNOR, CRCT, CSPDT to develop a surgical instrument reprocessing poster highlighting the critical steps of instrument sterilization.

New Careers Start With A Good Match Day

March 19, 2010 6:23 am | by Kelly Brewington and Joe Burris, Baltimore Sun reporters | News | Comments

Nikki Alworth stared at the envelope, then stared again, her eyes scanning the words over and over. She wasn't imagining things. The University of Maryland medical student would remain at the university to begin her career as a doctor in emergency medicine. No need to sell the house in Rodgers Forge.

March Madness: Basketball and Vasectomies

March 19, 2010 5:58 am | News | Comments

Lauren Cox, ABC News A Wisconsin health care clinic ties in its vasectomy promotion with basketball. Yes, a vasectomy. In the past two years, more and more doctors across the nation have jumped on the tournament as a prime opportunity to get men to “take care of the equipment and lower your seed for the tourney,” as one advertisement for an Oregon urologist suggested.

Super-Elastic Metal Designed For Surgical Use

March 19, 2010 5:03 am | News | Comments

Reuters – Researchers in Japan have designed a super-elastic iron alloy which they hope can be used in sophisticated heart and brain surgeries. In a paper published by the journal Science , researchers said the metal's super-elasticity allows it to return to its original form and gives it additional properties, such as ductility and a change in magnetization.

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