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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.

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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.

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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.

Patient Referrals Impact Hospital Infection Rates

March 19, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

Patient referrals between hospitals influence the rates of hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology . It went on to explain that referred patients often have the potential to carry a hospital-acquired infection with them. The prevalence of hospital-acquired infection is widely believed to reflect the quality of hygiene and health care in individual hospitals, and is therefore often used as a benchmark for hospital quality.

Iowa Surgeons Face Stiffer Penalties For Wrong-Site Errors

March 19, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

New legislation means Iowa physicians who perform a wrong-site procedure will be subject to new state sanctions from the Iowa Board of Medicine. Stronger actions stem from the board’s feelings that these situations represent preventable medical errors that can be addressed via standardized procedures in the perioperative environment.

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Atlanta Surgical Team Saves Lives In Haiti

March 18, 2010 7:14 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Alan Larsen, Dr. Maurice Goins and nurses Sonya, Chato and Eleanor spent a week performing numerous operations on earthquake victims in Haiti.

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Transplant Recipient: 'This is Like Science Fiction'

March 18, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

by Gitika Ahuja and Suzan Clark A Harrisburg, Pa., man who lost both hands in a farming accident is now recovering after having become the first man in U.S. history to get a transplanted arm and forearm. "You know, this is like science fiction," Chris Pollock, a mechanic and National Guardsman, said on "Good Morning America.

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Robotic Hysterectomy

March 18, 2010 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

Dr Herbert Gretz presents Robotic Surgery Series. Tools and Techniques: Left Pelvic Sidewall and Bladder Flap. Monopolar and Bipolar electrosurgery.

Hand Hygiene Video Contest Winner

March 18, 2010 7:06 am | Videos | Comments

3M and AORN announced Billings Clinic as the winner for the "It's In Your Hands" Video Contest at the AORN Annual Congress in Denver, Colo.

British Hospitals: No Sitting

March 17, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Britons trying to cheer up their hospitalized friends and relatives often have to do so standing up - sitting on the bed usually isn't allowed. In a commentary published Wednesday in the British medical journal BMJ , Dr. Iona Heath argues the recommendation is unjustified and denies patients the chance to be close to their loved ones.

Retired NFL Players Not In Much Better Shape Than Fans

March 17, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

Frederik Joelving, Reuters Despite all their hard work on the field, retired National Football League players may be facing the same health problems that plague obese men who stick to watching the game. “We see these guys as supermen, they are the pinnacle of health,” said Dr. R. Todd Hurst of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Age Impacts Post-Surgical Chemo

March 17, 2010 5:59 am | News | Comments

Even though older patients with colon cancer are less likely to receive chemotherapy following surgery because of concerns of adverse events, new research indicates that when they do receive this treatment, it is less toxic and of shorter duration than therapy younger patients receive, and older patients experience fewer adverse events, according to a study in JAMA .

New Device Recall Platform

March 17, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Access MediQuip, LLC, a prominent supplier of outsourced implantable medical device management solutions, unveiled its proprietary Recall Management Service. The new release is designed to protect patients, inform and empower surgeons and facilities, and help payers improve quality while managing costs.

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