By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Back in the day (oh how I hate the fact that I am old enough to say that!), there was one question that never entered my mind as I made my way through medical school. That question was, “Do I want to practice medicine?” Today, it is a different story.
S t. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network in Pennsylvania purchases renewable energy and avoids more than $1 million in electricity costs January 25, 2010 St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network has taken a major step towards reducing its carbon footprint, a recent release on Business Wire reported.
SeeMyOp.com is a new social website intended to be the first that lets members share their surgical procedures live with friends and followers, both on SeeMyOp.com as well via a live video stream from surgical scopes and instruments over Twitter and Facebook. The site’s creator, Edward Boches, also hopes a simple interface will allow for tweeting vital signs during an operation.
Surgical gowns and drapes are crucial materials to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe. Choosing the right materials for your facility is important in terms of budget and safety. In the January/February issue of Surgical Products , we asked manufacturers of these materials: What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical gowns and drapes? Here Jay Hexamer, General Manager of Global Medical Supplies for Kimberly-Clark Health Care answers that question.
The JN744, an 8 inch, ¾ size container, is the latest addition to Aesculap’s SterilContainer™ System. This system features: Suitability for containerizing tall power drill sets, multiple stacked instrument baskets or Rongeur/Kerrison bone punches that are secured in the Aesculap JF120R Storage Frame.
AdvanTech’s QLM KITS system is designed to provide an alternative to high cost systems in support of OR and Central Sterile activities. KITS is a module of the company’s Quality Logistics Management (QLM) system and provides enhanced instrument processing, efficiency and saves hospitals money.
Medisafe adds the SI-PCFTM floor model, auto fills, drains and rinses to its line of Sonic Irrigation equipment especially designed for cleaning difficult cannulated, lumened instruments. The systems use the combined cleaning effects of powerful ultrasonic action to remove stubborn debris, enzyme injection into cannulated instrument core to breakdown hidden debris and a continuous flush of cannulated instrument lumens to remove all debris.
NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon business said Thursday it completed its $785 million purchase of Acclarent Inc., which makes devices used in sinus surgery. Ethicon said the deal has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission. Ethicon, which sells surgical supplies and cosmetic medical products, agreed to buy Acclarent of Menlo Park, CA, in December.
Doctors at a small practice in Virginia got a big surprise when a tennis ball-sized meteorite traveling at an estimated 220 miles per hour punched a hole through their a roof. January 22, 2010 LORTON, VA (AP) — Doctors at a small practice in Virginia got a big surprise when a tennis ball-sized meteorite punched a hole through their roof.
A Johns Hopkins study in hip fracture patients suggests a 50 percent drop in risk of postoperative delirium when the depth of sedation during procedures is limited January 22, 2010 A common complication following surgery in elderly patients is postoperative delirium, a state of confusion that can lead to long-term health problems and cause some elderly patients to complain that they “never felt the same” again after an operation.
Surgeons embarking for Haiti to assist earthquake victims can have their surgical devices refurbished prior to departure at no cost through the non-profit organization Instruments of Mercy, Inc®. “We’ve heard reports of surgeons having to use rusty instruments and hacksaws to amputate limbs,” says Gene Robinson, founder of Instruments of Mercy and CEO of IMS, a surgical instrument management and consulting company that supports Instruments of Mercy.
Cardinal Health announces the company is donating approximately $1 million worth of supplies through four organizations: World Vision, AmeriCares, Map International and Heart to Heart International. To most efficiently help meet the critical needs on the ground in Haiti, and leverage resources and the capabilities of relief organizations, they are directing donations through these four organizations.
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Balloon Retention Facilitates Transgastric Laparoscopic Cysto-gastrostomy In Treatment Of Pancreatic PseudocystJanuary 21, 2010 5:24 am | Videos | Comments
Objective: This presentation demonstrates intragastric balloon retention facilitating a transgastric laparoscopic cysto-gastrostomy for pancreatic pseudocyst. Methods: Via endoscopic and laparoscopic methods, 3 balloon-tipped operating trocars were inserted into the stomach.