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Heart Bypass Surgery May Heighten Taste Buds

July 27, 2010 6:54 am | News | Comments

Contrary to the researchers' predictions, detection of salty, sweet, sour and bitter tastes appeared to be enhanced rather than reduced following heart bypass surgery. The unexpected findings, they note, might be at least partially explained by hunger after fasting around the time of surgery. Nearly half a million coronary artery bypass surgeries are performed in the U.

Patient Safety Requires Doctors Report Incompetent Physicians

July 27, 2010 6:36 am | by by Kevin Pho, MD | News | Comments

Human Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

July 27, 2010 6:36 am | Videos | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) launched the e-market arm of the robot technology. APL scientists and engineers developed the technology behind DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics 2009 program, an ambitious effort over four years to create a prosthetic arm until there was an eclipse of the Second World War device and cable hook Most used by amputees.


Skin Prep Swab And Swabsticks

July 27, 2010 6:34 am | Pdi-Professional Disposables International | Product Releases | Comments

PDI, Inc.’s Chlorascrub™ is a 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (w/v) and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (v/v) solution that guards against pathogens like most bacteria, fungi/yeast and viruses, making it a choice for pre-operative and pre-injection skin preparation. The solutions comes in a swab, swab stick and maxi swabstick.

Sterility Assurance Products

July 27, 2010 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bowie-Dick test card Valisafe, the new sterility assurance division of Medisafe America, offers a complete range of new decontamination process and sterility assurance products to ensure simple, continuous and consistent monitoring of every decontamination and sterilization cycle, as well as every item you process.

OSU Teachers Use Video Link To Help Iraqi Doctors

July 26, 2010 7:17 am | News | Comments

Kim Archer TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The room full of doctors on the large TV screen spoke over one another, enthusiastically and in Arabic. "We want to know your needs and how we can help you," Dr. Stanley Grogg, interim provost and dean of the Oklahoma State University College of Health Sciences in Tulsa, told them.


Daily Oral Care With CHG Urged For Ventilated Patients

July 26, 2010 7:17 am | Sage Products Inc | News | Comments

CARY, Ill., July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Oral care helps critical care patients defend against ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), a common, often fatal and very costly hospital-acquired infection. According to research cited by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), hospital mortality of ventilated patients who develop VAP is as high as 46 percent and each incident adds an estimated cost of $40,000 to a typical hospital admission.

Full Face Transplant Patient Displays New Look

July 26, 2010 7:16 am | News | Comments

Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer Oscar,center, a man who underwent a full-face transplant in April, poses beside Dr. Joan Barret, fourth from left, and surrounded by doctors as he appears in public for the first time in a news conference at the Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, .


Medical Device Problems Hurt 70,000+ Kids Annually

July 26, 2010 7:15 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — More than 70,000 children and teens go to the emergency room each year for injuries and complications from medical devices, and contact lenses are the leading culprit, the first detailed national estimate suggests. About one-fourth of the problems were things like infections and eye abrasions in contact lens wearers.

A Lonely Calling

July 26, 2010 7:15 am | by a Medical Resident | Articles | Comments

To walk along the water’s edge and be away from the hospital, even for a day, is relaxing. My breathing here is slower, deeper. When I look back on residency thus far, I can hardly believe how much has changed. Central lines slide into the internal jugular with ease; I slip breathing tubes just below the epiglottis and curve upwards into the vocal chords almost as often as I place a straw into a cold glass of iced tea.

General Skin Cleansing Patient Kit

July 26, 2010 7:14 am | Mölnlycke Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Mölnlycke Health Care U.S. introduces a General Skin Cleansing Patient Kit to be used at home prior to surgery as part of an effective strategy to fight surgical-site infections (SSIs) and hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).  In 2008, the Association of PeriOperative Nurses (AORN) issued guidelines that recognized the use of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) for at home preoperative bathing the night before and the morning of surgery, specifically four percent CHG.

Antimicrobial For Infection Prevention

July 26, 2010 7:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

ChloraPrep® Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation from Carefusion is a rapid-acting, persistent and broad-spectrum antiseptic for a range of minor and major medical procedures. The 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate/70% Isopropyl Alcohol formulation has the ability to act on a broad spectrum of bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Exclusive Q&A: Surgical Display Systems

July 23, 2010 1:17 pm | Sony Electronics | Articles | Comments

As surgery becomes less invasive, facilities must ensure they have the adequate imaging and surgical display technology for surgeons to perform these procedures. Here, Surgical Products speaks with Anne Bondulich, Marketing Manager for Surgical Products at Sony, who discusses new advances in surgical display systems and what facilities should know when purchasing this technology now and in the future.


Closing The Gap

July 23, 2010 8:02 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Articles | Comments

It’s clear among the surgical community that an increasing number of surgeons are embarking on the single port surgery approach. From the cosmetic benefit of virtually hiding the incision scar in the umbilicus to the potential for reduced pain and a quicker recovery, benefits of this new technique are becoming more apparent.


Data And Transparency Is Needed To Reduce Medical Mistakes

July 23, 2010 7:25 am | by John Toussaint, MD, and Roger Gerard, PhD | Articles | Comments

Admitting Error In a lean environment, doctors and nurses must allow mistakes to be visible in order to perform root-cause analysis and fix the process. But showing mistakes hits most medical providers in a vulnerable place—right in the collective fear of lawsuits and a highly conditioned need to be heroic.


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