Doctors have known for a while that suction, or negative pressure, is an effective treatment for open wounds. In addition to quicker healing, there is also the benefit of less frequent bandage changing. But in the developing world, there are problems with the expense of these systems and the availability of reliable electrical systems.
A new tool may help neurologists predict which coma patients could be candidates for organ donation, according to a study published in Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Coma patients and others with irreversible brain injuries are often potential organ donors because their other organs are usually healthy.
“ There’s a consult downstairs, Campbell. Go check it out and I’ll catch up with you later.” “Sure, OK.” I was a third-year medical student fumbling through my first clinical rotations. The resident headed off to whatever he needed to accomplish and I trotted down the back stairwell.
Innovative MAGNUS OR table systems, by MAQUET, combine virtually unlimited patient positioning, with unparalleled trend/reverse trend and lateral tilt combinations, and a versatile height adjustment capability from a low of 21.1” to 48.6” high. Additional features include: The ability to be quickly and easily configured for specific surgical needs using custom modular components and a wide range of MAQUET accessories.
David Scott Company offers a complete line of replacement OR Table Pads. Features include: Offerings from standard to mid-level to pressure management OR pads. Superior quality at a reasonable price point. Availability of accessories such as drain bags, table extensions, shoulder supports, hip positioners and more.
Featuring a continuous support layer of Akton® polymer, the new Action® Performance and Performance Plus Series of OR table pads from Action Products, Inc. are clinically engineered for the OR. The pads ensure head-to-toe pressure management while providing the stability and shear protection necessary for optimal surgical outcomes.
1. Understand the technology available. Technological advancement has created a lot of opportunities for customers to achieve some great results ultimately improving the surgeon’s work environment and increased patient safety. Often times the definition of Hi Def technology associated with cameras and video systems can be very confusing for customers and can tarnish the industry if a sound purchase decision is not achieved.
Matthew Perrone, AP A top congressional watchdog is pushing the Centers for Disease Control to do more to catch financial conflicts that could sway the opinions of scientists who make public health recommendations. Republican Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to the agency last week asking what CDC is doing to better monitor and disclose financial ties of experts who serve on its 17 medical advisory committees.
Christine Simmons, AP A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them. The company told the Food and Drug Administration that there were also about 1,200 complaints of leaks involving the recalled devices, said FDA spokesman Tom Gasparoli, adding the agency is investigating the deaths and complaints.
Scientists have succeeded in extracting vital stem cells from sections of vein removed for heart bypass surgery. Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that these stem cells can stimulate new blood vessels to grow, which could potentially help repair damaged heart muscle after a heart attack.
Skytron has announced a collaborative agreement with Siemens to deliver hybrid operating rooms for minimally invasive surgical procedures, targeting the specific areas of vascular and cardiovascular surgeries. The hybrid room solutions combine imaging systems from the Siemens Artis zee® family, including the robotic-assisted Artis zeego®, with Skytron’s surgery room equipment and fiber optic, digital OR integration system.
Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer MADRID (AP) — A hospital in Spain said it has carried out the world's first full-face transplant, giving a young man who lost his in an accident a new nose, skin, jaws, cheekbones, teeth and other features. The operation was carried out by a 30-member medical team in late March and took 24 hours to perform, according to Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona.
The standard practice of cooling and then re-warming a patient to prevent organ damage during cardiac bypass surgery may impair the body's mechanism that controls blood flow to the brain, potentially increasing the patient's risk of stroke, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests. “For reasons we don't yet understand, it appears that during re-warming, an auto-regulation mechanism that protects the brain from fluctuations in the body's blood pressure can malfunction,” says Brijen Joshi, M.
On March 31, French authorities banned the manufacture, use and export of PIP breast implants after complaints of high rupture rates. Now, plastic surgeons worldwide have been advised to prepare all women implanted with silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothse (PIP) on the need to remove them.
Steris has just announced the availability of additional information to aid customers in their transition to the new sterilization equipment and process. This includes: A new website with a number of downloadable tools, including the Certificate of Medical Necessity (or CN) that customers must submit to continue receiving sterilant, accessories and parts throughout the 18-month transition period.