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Compression Device Changes Post-Op Blood Clot Care

April 6, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

A mobile compression device is as effective as medication at preventing the formation of blood clots after hip replacement surgery but provides greater patient safety, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery . “This device is as useful as blood thinners for the reduction of blood clots after hip replacement and it’s superior in safety,” said Douglas E.

Reprocessing Key For Greening The OR

April 6, 2010 6:17 am | News | Comments

Ascent recently announced its sponsorship of a new initiative from Practice Greenhealth – The Symposium For Greening The OR, which will take place on April 27 in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s the first phase of an initiative that hopes to gather a select group of thought leaders from throughout the healthcare industry to discuss strategies for waste reduction and cost savings in operating rooms.

Justice Department: Incompetence Killed One Patient, Injured Others

April 6, 2010 5:58 am | News | Comments

The United States Justice Department has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Satilla Health Services, Inc., dba Satilla Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Najam Azmat submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid for medically substandard and unnecessary services. Among other things, the complaint alleges that the defendants submitted claims for medical procedures performed by Dr.

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Opening Day's All Surgical Team

April 5, 2010 7:10 am | News | Comments

With today signifying the start of the baseball season for most around the country, here’s a look at the All-Stars lighting up post-op. While none are on their team’s active roster for opening day due to their injuries, it’s a team many wouldn’t mind having once their surgeries mend.

3-D Takes Another Step Towards The OR

April 5, 2010 6:45 am | News | Comments

Yuri Kageyama, AP Sharp's latest 3-D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology. Now the bad news: They only work on a 3” screen held 1’ from the viewer's face. Sharp recently demonstrated liquid crystal screens for mobile devices that showed 3-D animation, touch-panel screens that switched from one 3-D photo to another and a display connected to a 3-D video camera.

Organ Donation Increases, But Still Not Enough

April 5, 2010 6:31 am | News | Comments

According to a new survey by Donate Life America, 43 percent of people are undecided, reluctant or do not wish to have their organs and tissue donated after their deaths. While an improvement over findings from a similar survey last year in which 50 percent reported the same, the statistic illustrates a need to continue to increase the level of support for organ donation.

Humans 

April 5, 2010 6:09 am | by Dr. Rob  | Articles | Comments

On the Facebook page of my podcast, I recently asked for readers to tell me some of the “war stories” they have from the doctor’s office. What are some of the bad things doctors do wrong? I quickly followed this with the flip-side, asking readers to comment on the best interactions that they’ve had with their doctors.

Single-Use Safety Scalpels

April 5, 2010 6:08 am | Qosina | Product Releases | Comments

Qosina offers the Futura® Single-Use Safety Scalpels, (#31210, 31211 and 31215) which have been designed for easy one-handed activation and with automatic retraction. According to the company, the scalpels offer: Blade sizes (#10, #11, and #15) color-coded in green, blue and yellow for easy identification.

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Cord Companion™

April 5, 2010 6:07 am | Progressive Dynamics Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The Cord Companion™ is a T-shaped, plastic composite device used in the OR to contain cords and hoses in a collectively streamlined manner. The Cord Companion™ enables surgical staff to maintain a sterile environment, while bringing a new level of safety and sanity to an OR.

Universal Drain Set For Laparoscopy

April 5, 2010 6:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DrainTow® system features fast, air-tight drain placement in Laparoscopic surgery and smooth passage in Open surgery. Ease and choice of drains encourages routine use that improves outcomes.  Maintains pneumo in laparoscopy. Cuts inventory, saves time and lowers costs.

General, Pelvic Endoscopic Procedures On The Rise

April 5, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

According to a recent report from Medtech Insight, general and pelvic endoscopic/laparoscopic surgeries such as gastric bypass, endometrial ablation, laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH), appendectomy and prostatectomy were performed more than 2.8 million times in 2008. This translates to the U.

The Embryonic Heart: Imaging Life As It Happens

April 5, 2010 6:03 am | Articles | Comments

Kirill Larin, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at UH, works in his lab documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, noninvasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ. Kirill Larin, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering at UH, and his colleagues in the Texas Medical Center are documenting the formation of the mammalian heart through a high-resolution, non-invasive imaging device, providing perhaps the best live imagery taken of the vital organ.

Expanding Stent Surgery

April 5, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

After Louis Prestes suffered a mini-stroke, his doctor told him the artery in his neck was 70 percent blocked with fatty plaque deposits and the likelihood of another, more serious stroke was high. Mr. Prestes, 76, was presented with two options to prevent another stroke. He could undergo conventional surgery performed on his carotid artery, a procedure performed 100,000 times a year in the U.

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Turning Away

April 2, 2010 8:20 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

The e-mail message about my long-term patient was disturbing.   In retrospect, her initial cancer treatment had been nothing short of a miracle. A large tumor of the mouth was completely controlled with a limited surgery and radiation therapy. When her cancer recurred again a few years later, treatment again came to the rescue.

Patient Safety Incidents At U.S. Hospitals Show No Decline

April 2, 2010 8:19 am | News | Comments

A recent study finds nearly one million incidents among medicare patients in years 2006 to 2008. The incidences were associated with $8.9 billion in costs. April 2, 2010 Nearly one million patient-safety incidents occurred among Medicare patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008, a figure virtually unchanged since last year’s annual study of patient safety by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization.

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