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Keeping Patients “In Good Hands”

August 3, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

Hand therapy is one of the most vital treatment steps in recovery from hand injury surgery, according to a literature review published in the August 2010 issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). In fact, many patients spend more time with the hand therapist than the orthopaedic surgeon in the effort to ensure the best results and long-term recovery.

Aspen Surgical Products, Inc., Acquires Surgical Blade And Scalpels Business

August 3, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

Aspen Surgical Products, Inc. (“Aspen”) announces that it has acquired the Bard-Parker™ surgical blades and scalpels business from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company).  Aspen is a leading manufacturer of disposable medical products with an emphasis on the operating room environment and safety.

New Regulations Require Public Reporting Of Certain HAIs

August 3, 2010 7:00 am | News | Comments

Beginning next year, consumers across the country will be able to find out how their hospital stacks up when it comes to preventing certain infections under new hospital acquired infection reporting regulations adopted by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).  The new reporting requirements apply to hospitals that participate in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "pay-for-reporting" program.



August 3, 2010 6:21 am | Articles | Comments

We say we exchange words when we meet. What we exchange is souls. -Minot J. Savage It was Monday evening. The shelves in the electronics department overflowed with different styles, prices, and brands of headphones, all displayed in sealed plastic cases. I was in the mood to buy but was baffled by the array of options in front of me.

Suture Solutions

August 3, 2010 6:18 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon, Inc. offers multiple suture solutions for wound closure. According to the company, the MONOCRYL* Plus Antibacterial (Poliglecaprone 25) Suture offers: Protection for subcuticular closure and soft tissue approximation wound support for approximately 14 days Consistent absorption rate with a predictable decrease in tensile strength Smoothness of MONOCRYL Plus Suture results in less tissue drag than chromic gut sutures and braided synthetic absorbable sutures6 Knot security Coated VICRYL* Plus Antibacterial (Polyglactin 910) Sutures provide: Protection and strength for tissue approximation Wound support for approximately 4 weeks Knot snug-down, first-throw hold security and no tissue tearing A critical wound-healing period of 3 to 4 weeks PDS* Plus Antibacterial (Polydioxanone) Suture features: Protection and strength for slow-healing tissue Provides wound support for approximately 6 weeks A stronger suture with greater pliability Smooth passage through tissue For more information, visit www.

Deep Draw Cartridge Heater

August 3, 2010 6:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chromalox Precision Heat Introduces the new, innovative Deep Draw Cartridge Heater specifically designed to ensure safety and electrical integrity for critical Medical & Analytical Instrument applications where patient safety and process stability are essential. The Deep Draw Cartridge sheath has no welded disc ends, which are subject to faulty welds that enable moisture to enter heater, causing seal failure leading to excessive and dangerous leakage current levels.

Surgery Leftovers Could Repair Damaged Hearts

August 2, 2010 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Paolo Madeddu, Professor of Experimental Cardiovascluar Medicine Scientists have for the first time 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.

Transplant Advance In Windpipe Cancer

August 2, 2010 7:40 am | News | Comments

Colleen Barry, Associated Press Writer ROME (AP) — Doctors have successfully transplanted windpipes into two cancer patients in an innovative procedure that uses stem cells to allow a donated trachea to regenerate tissue and create an organ biologically close to the original, they said Friday.


Growing Debate In South Korea Over Traditional Medicine

August 2, 2010 7:39 am | News | Comments

Hyung-Jim Kim, Associated Press Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Nam-soo has stuck needles into generals, actors, tycoons and at least one president for more than six decades as South Korea's acupuncturist to the stars. Grateful patients say his treatments combining acupuncture with the ancient practice of burning herbs on the skin do as much good, or more, as Western medicine in treating everything from arthritis to diabetes, burns and even cancer.

New Technique In Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy

August 2, 2010 7:39 am | News | Comments

Stress urinary incontinence is one of the most feared complications of radical prostatectomy. The weighted mean continence rate immediately after catheter removal following robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALP) is 25.7%. Evidently, early recovery of urinary continence remains a challenge to be overcome.


Patients Lose Weight After Total Joint Replacement

August 2, 2010 7:38 am | News | Comments

Osteoarthritis patients who were obese lost weight after undergoing total knee or hip replacement surgery, according to a recent study published in Orthopedics. Among a study group of 196 patients, researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine found that nearly 20% lost at least 5% or more of their body weight and experienced a significant decrease in body mass index (BMI) -- a measurement of height and weight -- after undergoing total joint replacement, or arthroplasty.


Should Patients Read The Doctor’s Notes?

August 2, 2010 7:38 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | News | Comments

Their request seemed simple enough: the patient and his wife, both in their 70s, wanted a copy of what I’d written in their medical file. During their visit, I had watched them refer to a well-thumbed collection of doctors’ notes and medication lists, so when they asked for a copy of my note just before leaving, I assumed it would simply be added to the others.

Articulating Suturing Device

August 2, 2010 7:37 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien introduces the SILS™ Stitch articulating suturing device for advanced laparoscopic surgery, including SILS single-incision procedures. The new SILS Stitch instrument is an automated suturing device with articulating features and a rotating tip for optimal mobility.

Physician Blows Whistle On “Hectic Lap-Band Factory”

July 30, 2010 8:10 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

It’s always been a newsworthy topic among the surgical community always, but following the recent release of revealing survey data, it’s once again come to the surface. The issue: whether or not medical professionals feel comfortable reporting colleagues who appear impaired, incompetent or may be practicing “bad medicine.

Study: Anesthesiologists Have Role In SSI Prevention

July 30, 2010 8:09 am | News | Comments

A study published in the August issue of Anesthesiology reports patients who undergo a primary total hip or knee replacement procedure with general anesthesia have a higher risk of surgical site infection (SSI) than those who undergo the procedure with epidural/spinal anesthesia. Chuen-Chau Chang, M.


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