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Pushy Dispatchers Save Lives

July 30, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP More bystanders are willing to attempt CPR if an emergency dispatcher gives them firm and direct instructions — especially if they can just press on the chest and skip the mouth-to-mouth, according to new research. The two new studies conclude that hands-only chest compression is enough to save a life.

Robotic Prostatectomy: Anastomosis Using Barbed Suture

July 29, 2010 6:41 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Ali Moinzadeh, Director of robotic surgery at Lahey Clinic, demonstrates use of novel (2010) barbed unidirectional suture, during robotic assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy.

VARD In Infected Necrotizing Pancreatitis

July 29, 2010 6:41 am | Videos | Comments

Surgical technique used in the PANTER trial (New Engl J Med 2010) of the Dutch Pancreatitis Study Group. Marc Besselink, Bert van Ramshorst. Utrecht/Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. This is the CT of a 43 year old male patiënt with infected necrotizing pancreatitis that will undergo a VARD procedure; Videoscopic Assisted Retroperitoneal Debridment.


The Hybrid OR

July 29, 2010 6:40 am | Videos | Comments

The final piece of the nation's largest operating room renovation project is complete with the installation of Barnes-Jewish Hospital's "Hybrid OR," allowing both vascular and cardiac surgical procedures to be done in one single room for patients. For more information, visit http://www.

Infection In Ambulatory Surgical Centers

July 29, 2010 6:40 am | Videos | Comments

Lapses in infection control measures are a common feature of ambulatory surgical centers in the United States, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Here are some recommendations for preventing surgical site infections, from the Infectious Diseases Society of America: Administer antimicrobial prophylaxis in accordance with evidence-based standards and guidelines Do not remove hair at the operative site unless the presence of hair will interfere with the operation; do not use razors Control blood glucose level during the immediate postoperative period for patients undergoing cardiac surgery Researchers out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention organized to have 68 ambulatory surgical centers surveyed by agents from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) between June and October 2008.

Hospital Combats “July Effect”

July 28, 2010 7:59 am | Clearcount Medical Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Earlier this month, new studies indicated that being admitted to the hospital in July may increase the duration of a patient's stay in the hospital and increase a patient's risk of death. A study by researchers from the University of San Diego of 244,388 deaths caused by medication errors indicated that a patient has about the same chance of a lethal medication error throughout the year with one exception.

Greed Can Mend a Broken Heart

July 28, 2010 7:58 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Greed drives innovation in industry. While I might not always like it, when it comes time for me to deal with a serious medical condition, I want as many treatment and non-treatment options on the table as possible. July 28, 2010 In “What Broke My Father’s Heart,” a piece in New York Times magazine a couple weeks ago, journalist Katy Butler writes about how an implanted pacemaker kept her father’s heart ticking long after the rest of his body was ready to go.

Endovascular Finishing Coil

July 28, 2010 7:58 am | Codman | Product Releases | Comments

Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman), a global neuroscience and neurovascular company, announces the launch of the stretch resistant XTRASOFT™ ORBIT GALAXYT Coil (XTRASOFT), a soft endovascular finishing coil for use in the treatment of cerebral aneurysms. XTRASOFT is the first in a family of coils known as the ORBIT GALAXY™ Detachable Coil System, Codman's next generation, stretch resistant coil platform.


Magnification and Laser Safety Glasses

July 28, 2010 7:55 am | Vision USA | Product Releases | Comments

Vision USA, a Dentrex company, offers Magnification and Laser Safety Glasses! The company has designed a Loupe that can we worn over your Laser Safety glasses. Two styles available Headband or Fit Over style with telescopes that flip up and down. Available in 2.5x - 6.0x.

Using Fat For Breast Augmentation

July 28, 2010 7:24 am | News | Comments

Imagine breast augmentation without the use of a saline or silicone implant. Imagine using a woman's natural fat to give her a bigger bosom. That's the concept behind a new fat transfer procedure being offered by Dr. Bill Johnson at Dallas-based Innovations Medical. Organic Breast Augmentation combines Smart Liposuction with Autologous Fat Transfer to re-align a patient's sub-dermal fat.

Backing Up Robotic Surgery

July 28, 2010 7:12 am | News | Comments

Fifteen-year-old Tressa Scott hasn't been able to stand up straight for more than a year - until now. The teenager grew an inch-and-a-half and gained a dramatically straighter spine after undergoing a complex spinal surgery using a new type of surgical robot at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Plano.


Medical Tourism Yet to Reach Its Full Potential

July 28, 2010 6:46 am | News | Comments A survey published today by a prominent Medical Tourism consultant has revealed that 94 percent of medical tourism industry insiders believe their sector of the industry has yet to reach its full potential. The report, which can be viewed on-line at, shows that confusion, a lack of information and fear about complications following surgery are the main reasons for patient reluctance to cross international borders for health services.

Size Doesn't Matter For Hospital Safety And Quality Of Care

July 28, 2010 6:27 am | News | Comments

Smaller, rural hospitals may be quicker and more efficient at implementing surgical safety initiatives than their larger, urban counterparts, and are capable of providing a standard of surgical care that is at par with major hospitals that provide a comprehensive array of care services, according to an 18-month series of studies led by researchers from the University of Louisville Department of Surgery.

Fewer Complications Despite Greater Bariatric Frequency

July 28, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

An examination of 15,000 bariatric surgery patients in Michigan finds that the frequency of serious complications is relatively low, and is inversely associated with hospital and surgeon procedural volume, according to a study published in JAMA . With rates of bariatric surgery increasing over the last decade, it has become the second most common abdominal operation in the United States.


Studying The Impact Of Fresher Blood

July 27, 2010 7:46 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP The Food and Drug Administration allows red blood cells to be stored for 42 days, and hospitals almost always use the oldest in their refrigerators first to ensure none expires. The age of the blood a patient receives depends on how much the hospital has of that type on a given day.


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