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Surgeons' Pilot Prevention Program Reduces Postoperative Pneumonia

May 4, 2010 8:00 am | News | Comments

A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows the new low-cost program is successful in decreasing pneumonia in the hospital surgical ward. May 4, 2010 The results of new research results published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons show that a pilot pneumonia-prevention program significantly reduced postoperative pneumonia in a hospital surgical ward.

Defensive Medicine Worsens Patient Care And Raises Costs

May 4, 2010 7:51 am | by Roy Benaroch, MD | Articles | Comments

Health care in the United States costs too much, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change. Recent health care reform legislation doesn’t take any meaningful steps towards reducing or controlling costs. In fact, it explicitly forbids states from trying to curtail the costs of malpractice litigation in any way that would reduce lawyers’ fees.

Comparing Resistive-Polymer Versus Forced-Air Warming

May 4, 2010 7:50 am | News | Comments

In a recent study, researchers compare the efficacy of resistant-polymer and forced-air warming devices in maintaining normothermia in orthopedic patients. May 4, 2010 According to a study published in the March 2010 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, several adverse consequences can be caused by mild perioperative hypothermia.

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Hydrophilic Coating Enhances Maneuverability Of MIS Devices

May 4, 2010 7:50 am | Dsm Biomedical | Product Releases | Comments

DSM Biomedical has extended its partnership with CID based on the use of DSM ComfortCoat® Hydrophilic coating technology on the Optima Jet Stent Delivery System and the Fluydo PTCA Balloon Catheter. The DSM ComfortCoat® Hydrophilic Coating was designed to enhance maneuverability of devices in minimally invasive procedures.

Catheter For Varicose Veins

May 4, 2010 7:49 am | Vascular Insights Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Results from the initial clinical trial of the ClariVein® catheter, used in a new minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins, have been announced. The device combines mechanical and chemical modalities to accomplish vein treatment in an in-office setting. Steve Elias MD FACS FACPh was the principal investigator of this IRB-regulated trial conducted at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, NJ.

Antibacterial Patch For Soft Tissue Repair

May 4, 2010 7:47 am | TYRX, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TYRX, Inc. introduces AIGISRx® ST, its antibacterial product for the surgical repair of damaged or ruptured soft tissue. TYRX had previously received 510(k) clearance to market a product for hernia repair and other abdominal soft tissue deficiencies. The new clearance adds the use as a soft tissue patch to reinforce soft tissue where weakness exists and for the surgical repair of damaged or ruptured soft tissue.

Pay-For-Performance Could Hinder Obese Patient Surgeries

May 3, 2010 7:09 am | News | Comments

Pay-for-performance reimbursement of surgeons, intended to reward doctors and hospitals for good patient outcomes, may instead be creating financial incentives for discriminating against obese patients, who are much more likely to suffer expensive complications after even the most routine surgeries, according to new Johns Hopkins research.

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Fueling The Anger Of Doctors

May 3, 2010 7:00 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

At a recent social gathering, a doctor friend who has been in private practice for almost 15 years revealed something that caused one physician to nearly choke on her drink, another to gasp in disbelief and the rest of us to stop what we were doing and gawk as if he had committed some grave social faux pas.

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Obese Women Diagnosed With Larger, Later-Stage Breast Cancers

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

A new study finds obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese. May 3, 2010 Obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese, according to a study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Therapeutic Hypothermia System

May 3, 2010 6:58 am | Philips Medical Systems, N.A. | Product Releases | Comments

Philips introduces the InnerCool RTx Endovascular System for cooling and warming, which provides advanced whole body temperature modulation therapy in a closed-loop system from the inside out. The InnerCool RTx is a high-performance system that can rapidly raise and lower the body temperature of certain non-paralyzed, awake patients of all sizes in the intensive care setting.

Wireless Remote Temperature Monitoring

May 3, 2010 6:57 am | Shafer Enterprises, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Shafer Medical Devices, a division of Shafer Enterprises, introduces the Normothermia Monitoring and Management System (NMAMS) for monitoring patient temperature. According to the company features include: The ability to monitor up to 1,000 patients at one time.

Ansell's New Green Packaging

May 3, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

Ansell Healthcare Products has improved its glove packaging with a newer, greener design that reduces packaging waste. Ansell’s increased-count exam pack contains more exam gloves per box – and per case. The new dispensing box still fits into customers’ existing wall brackets, yet provides 50 to 100 percent more gloves, depending on the specific glove selected.

In Praise Of Mexican Surgery

May 3, 2010 6:33 am | News | Comments

Howard Huntington, AP “Life was not looking like it was worth living anymore. I couldn't see any way out. Then this came up. I jumped on it immediately. I didn't care if it was Kookamunga.” Jim Krois had been a photographer for the Daily Courier for five years when he was laid off in 2008.

System Automatically Tracks Radiation From CT Scans

May 3, 2010 6:09 am | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a computer-based system that can automatically track patient-specific radiation dose exposure (based on a patient's size and weight) for every patient that receives a CT scan, providing patients with a way to start tracking their cumulative health care-related radiation exposure, according to a study presented at the ARRS 2010 Annual Meeting.

Specially Trained Surgeons Interpret Mammograms

May 3, 2010 6:00 am | News | Comments

Dedicated breast surgeons, who are responsible for the treatment of breast cancers, performed as well as specialized breast radiologists when screening mammograms, stated a six-year study presented this week at the American Society of Breast Surgeons.  The prospective research involved 10,020 mammograms performed at a surgeon-run South African breast health center between January 2003 and June 2009.

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