A clinical study shows biologic graft reduced pain and discomfort while creating a repair as durable as synthetic mesh in treating inguinal hernias. February 9, 2010 Results from a clinical study led by Luca Ansaloni, M.D., showed that Cook Medical’s Biodesign Inguinal Hernia Graft causes less postoperative pain and discomfort while creating a repair as durable as synthetic mesh when used in Lichtenstein’s hernioplasty procedures.
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. But a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that simply limiting the depth of sedation during procedures could safely cut the risk of postoperative delirium by 50 percent.
The new LUCEA™ LED Light series from MAQUET brings MAQUET surgical lights to the smaller venue of the ICU, cath lab, and clinic. Utilizing an effective combination of LEDs and special HECOL lenses, LUCEA produces a light with exceptional shadow dilution. Additional features include: A unique, arrow-shaped light head design helps focus the light precisely at the desired site.
During my training, I took care of a man in his 50s with a devastating surgical complication: His abdominal incision had split open a week after an emergency operation. Even after we had taken him back to the operating room, sewn the deepest layer of his abdominal wall closed and treated the infection that had caused his wound to fall apart in the first place, he still had a three-inch long crevice along the middle of his belly.
In October 2009, TrueVision Systems, Inc. released two new products in the realm of HD in the OR: TrueWare™ 7.0 3D Visualization and Guidance Platform and TrueZoom™ 3D Surgical Camera for its suite of microsurgery systems. Together these new products provide an advanced 3D multi-window user interface and innovative 3D camera with new features to enhance productivity during surgery.
February 8, 2010 Sony presents the PMW-10MD full HD (1920 x 1080) medical-grade camera system. The camera system exhibits: Integration of high-quality HD video acquisition with digital recording. Compact size and remote camera-head for easy and adjustable overhead mounting above the operating table as well as on surgical microscopes.
February 8, 2010 Skytron’s Aurora II Series Precision HD Camera System is mounted on Aurora II Series lightheads to deliver HD, high-resolution images. According to the company, the camera features: A design that permits transport from room to room.
How to achieve compliance to increasingly robust standards for improved patient safety, risk reduction and staff safety. February 8, 2010 The trend over the last five years has been a continued, dedicated effort to establishing standards and steps for improving patient safety.
By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Most every physician I know has hilarious stories of doctor-patient encounters where the patient, when asked his or her medical history, had trouble conveying the name of a medication or procedure that they had taken or had undergone. I distinctly remember my first such encounter with medical translation.
The Illinois Supreme Court recently overturned the state’s five-year-old medical malpractice law because it limited compensation to injured patients for pain, suffering and other non-economic harms. The ruling came down as federal proposals to cap malpractice awards are receiving fresh attention in Washington.
About 40 percent of cancers could be prevented if people stopped smoking and overeating, limited their alcohol, exercised regularly and got vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, experts say. The International Union Against Cancer released a report focused on steps that governments and the public can take to avoid the disease.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Government is poised to become king of the hill in America's vast health care system, with or without President Barack Obama's planned redo. According to a recent report, federal and state programs will pay slightly more than half the tab for health care purchased in the United States by 2012, says the analysis by Medicare number crunchers published in the journal Health Affairs .
It occurred to Anne Mitchell that she might lose her job, but it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a nurse must: inform state regulators that a doctor at her rural hospital was practicing bad medicine. When she was fingerprinted and photographed at jail last June, it felt as if she had entered a parallel universe.
Action Products, Inc. has commenced its 40th year of providing pressure ulcer prevention products to the world. Troy McKnight, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “It’s gratifying to see the tremendous progress that’s been made by the medical community in the treatment and prevention of decubitus ulcers and to know that Action Products has contributed to this progress for more than 40 years through its products, technology and dedication.
As I sat down to put this column together, there were a number of topics running through my head. So instead of trying to detail just one of them, here are my thoughts on some recent political, industry and social points following an election, in anticipation of Sunday’s big game and how the future face of the OR needs to be ready for a change.