Surgical glove perforation increases the risk for surgical site infection (SSI) unless antimicrobial prophylaxis is used, a prospective observational cohort study revealed in the June 2009 issue of the Archives of Surgery . According to a review of the study by Medscape Medical News, the study was performed at University Hospital Basel, where approximately 28,000 surgical procedures are performed each year.
dalimSurgNET Corporation out of Seoul, South Korea has announced receipt of the European CE Mark of approval to sell its OCTO Port laparoscopy device. The product provides up to four ports for introducing instruments via one incision. Features include a soft silicon cover with different port heights, a detachable port cap for added convenience in exchanging a port cap per the surgeon’s preference, and a round self-retraction and protection system to help prevent incision infection.
Analysts are predicting a strong year for shares of four medical device makers, saying that in 2010, investors may be more willing to take a risk on companies in high-growth fields. Analyst Lawrence Neibor of Robert W. Baird, upgraded shares of Cyberonics, Inc., Edwards Lifesciences Corp., Thoratec Inc.
Larry Lage, AP Former NFL player Kyle Turley told members of Congress on Monday that while he still had a severe headache, the St. Louis Rams cleared him for full-contact drills four days after a concussion seven years ago. “Frustrated with being injured and wanting to prove my toughness to my teammates and coaches, I used my head more aggressively than I normally would have in practice, not understanding the damage I was doing to my brain," Turley told the House Judiciary Committee.
According to a recent study in the JAMA , remote monitoring of patients in intensive care units can not be associated with an overall improvement in the risk of death or length of stay in the ICU or hospital. Experts recommend that intensivists (intensive care physicians) care for ICU patients onsite because of an associated lower rate of illness and death.
Adam Geller, AP The two-hour drive is done, but Hannah and Jack Hurst leave the Honda's engine running. Hannah's prayers have brought them here. Now there's little to do but turn up the car's heat, get some sleep and wait for morning. Still, Hannah doesn't complain. The 26-year-old mother of three has waited as long as she can remember to escape the pain throbbing through her jaws.
Carla K Johnson, AP Two new studies have identified shortfalls in the Food and Drug Administration's approval process for heart devices like pacemakers and stents. These include safety targets that often weren't clearly spelled out in the research submitted by device makers and important patient information is often missing, according to one study conducted by researchers from the FDA and Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
A vascular surgical technique pioneered at UT Southwestern Medical Center calls for replacing infected aortic grafts with the body’s own veins. Early results show a patient’s veins to be more durable and less prone to new infection than similar procedures using synthetic or cadaver grafts.
The new ECT Patient Gown from American Dawn, Inc. that is designed to help prevent Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs). Features of the ECT Gown include: Generous sizing to fit most patients and reducing the need to stock multiple sizes, lowering inventory requirements.
Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE:CMN) has made a strategic investment in Biosafe, Inc. and plans to incorporate the Biosafe antimicrobial additive in a number of products. The first product to be commercialized is the Ultra Sensitive Face Mask from Cantel’s Crosstex International division, which is introducing the mask in selected markets outside the United States.
Does consuming caffeinated drinks during adolescence contribute to later use of legal or illicit drugs? Jennifer L. Temple, a neurobiologist and assistant professor of exercise and nutrition sciences at the University at Buffalo, is looking for answers to these three questions via a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Kimberly Clark’s new KC100 Lavender Nitrile Exam Glove is an alternative to vinyl gloves in barrier protection, performance and comfort by keeping hands cool, creating less hand fatigue and yielding significantly more tactile sensitivity and hand movement. According to the company, the Lavender Nitrile features: The ability to keep hands cool and create less hand fatigue.
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. -Albert Einstein Holiday music plays in the background as I scan my Cancer Center clinic schedule for the day. Most of the names are familiar. There will be three or four new patients that I have never met, a few that are coming to the office for postoperative wound checks, a few that are returning for routine cancer survivor visits, and a few that have noticed alarming new symptoms.
Surgical site infections (SSIs) impact nearly 750,000 individuals in the United States (1), lengthening a patient’s hospital stay for as many as ten days and increasing costs by $20,842 per admission (2). As 2009 comes to an end and a resolution on new healthcare legislation appears imminent in 2010, reform remains top of mind.
Recent findings from the American Academy of Otolaryngology, which have been published in their journal, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery , shows that upwards of 76 percent of patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) experienced significant quality of life improvements after undergoing endoscopic sinus surgery (ESS).