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Effective Skin Antiseptic

February 19, 2010 6:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carefusion offers ChloraPrep® 2% chlorhexidine gluconate/70% isopropyl alcohol skin antisepticis. The product features: A more rapid and persistent action against microorganisms. It cannot be neutralized by blood and other organic matter that would reduce its effectiveness and persistence.

New Drugs Offer Hope Against Superbugs, HAIs

February 19, 2010 4:45 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) Swiss scientists have found a new class of antibiotics, offering drug developers a fresh weapon in the fight against multi-drug resistant bacteria, or “superbugs”. Researchers from Swiss biotech company Polyphor and the University of Zurich said the potential medicines are effective against a type of bacteria known as “gram-negative,” and offer hope for new treatments for serious and often life-threatening infections, including hospital-acquired infections that can emanate from intensive care units.

Mind Over Matter - Matters

February 19, 2010 4:33 am | by by Maria Cheng, AP | News | Comments

When it comes to the placebo effect, it really may be mind over matter, a new analysis suggests. In a review of recent research, international experts say there is increasing evidence that fake treatments, or placebos, have an actual biological effect in the body. The doctor-patient relationship, plus the expectation of recovery, may sometimes be enough to change a patient's brain, body and behavior, experts write.

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Stimulation May Not Help After Spinal Surgery

February 19, 2010 4:23 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) A commonly used treatment for patients who still suffer chronic back and leg pain after having back surgery is essentially no better than specialized pain treatment or standard medical treatment, a study shows. But the findings do not mean that the procedure – spinal cord stimulation – will not help some people, Dr.

Drugs Could Help Lessen Tumor Removal Risks

February 19, 2010 4:10 am | News | Comments

More than 57,000 Americans face a diagnosis of kidney cancer each year, but now patients with soon have another treatment option. A pilot study at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center found that therapy before surgery with the drug Sorafenib can reduce the size of large tumors and could be safely administered without adding significantly to the risks of surgery.

Canada Targets Shorter Surgical Waiting Lists

February 19, 2010 3:51 am | News | Comments

Alberta Health Services will spend $8 million over the next six weeks to reduce surgical waiting times, especially those on hold for urgent cancer surgeries and hip and knee replacements. Although health services also announced plans to increase the number of surgeries, MRIs, CT scans and cataract procedures by 10 percent over the next year, health critics said the plan is a short-term fix that moves the province towards more private delivery of health care.

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Surgery For Diabetes

February 18, 2010 4:22 am | Videos | Comments

Type 2 diabetes can be a potentially deadly disease. Exercise and eating right can lower risk for stroke and death in patients who are overweight with diabetes. Cleveland Clinic Bariatric Surgery study is for patients who need additional help. The procedure reduces the size of the stomach and may help reduce or even treat all symptoms of diabetes without medicine.

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Patient Positioning And Preparation

February 18, 2010 4:21 am | Videos | Comments

Anthony A Romeo, M.D. shows proper patient positioning and preparation before implanting the Univers II into the patient. The Univers II Total Shoulder represents the definitive anatomic solution for total shoulder arthroplasty. The Univers II humeral component design accounts for anatomical variations of the proximal humerus commonly encountered by the surgeon.

CHG Cloths

February 18, 2010 4:20 am | Sage Products Inc | Videos | Comments

Sage 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) cloths are the first and only FDA-approved, alcohol-free applicator cloths designed for easy patient preoperative skin preparation, and are effective against resistant organisms including MRSA, VRE and others. These rinse-free, quick-drying cloths reduce these microorganisms on the skin, a known factor for surgical site infections (SSIs).

Modular Primary Hip System

February 17, 2010 6:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Stryker Orthopaedics introduces its Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System, which is designed to help recreate the anatomy and hip biomechanics of individual patients. The system was developed to optimize anatomic restoration. According to the company, the system features: Options that offer enhanced stability, modularity and intra-operative flexibility.

Breast Endoscopy System To Find Breast Cancer

February 17, 2010 6:06 am | Solos Endoscopy.Com | Product Releases | Comments

Solos Endoscopy MammoView™ Breast Endoscopy System employs advanced microendoscopes and optical technology to give physicians sharp, clear images of the milk ducts, where the majority of breast cancers arise. The MammoView™ system distinguishes and inspects suspicious precancerous lesions undetectable by other methods.

The Risks of Hospitals Live-Tweeting Surgeries

February 17, 2010 6:04 am | Articles | Comments

  Should hospitals send twitter "updates" on patients undergoing complicated catheter ablation procedures using "pre-approved" scripted story lines? In a far corner of the operating room Thursday, a Web producer and a cardiac expert with St. Vincent’s huddled over a laptop.

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Chlorhexidine Gluconate As An Antiseptic Agent

February 17, 2010 6:04 am | Articles | Comments

Researchers explore the effect not adhering to the product guidelines has on the efficacy of CHG as a surgical antisepsis in patient prep. February 17, 2010 Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is often diluted prior to its use in surgical antisepsis and is applied in a one-scrub application. The manufacturer of this solution, however, does not advocate dilution of the product and recommends a two-scrub application.

Fetal Surgery Continues to Advance

February 17, 2010 5:14 am | News | Comments

Repairing birth defects in the womb. Inserting a tiny laser into the mother's uterus to seal off an abnormal blood flow and save fetal twins. Advancing the science that may allow doctors to deliver cells or DNA to treat sickle cell anemia and other genetic diseases before birth. These are examples of the still-emerging field of fetal surgery.

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