Lindsey Tanner, AP Too much cancer screening, too many heart tests, too many cesarean sections. A spate of recent reports suggest that too many Americans — maybe even President Barack Obama — are being overtreated. Is it doctors practicing defensive medicine? Or are patients so accustomed to a culture of medical technology that they insist on extensive tests and treatments? A combination of both is at work, but now new evidence and guidelines are recommending a step back and more thorough doctor-patient conversations about risks and benefits.
Graham-Field introduces the Lumiscope® Advanced Upper Arm and Wrist Blood Pressure Monitors. According to the company, features include: A World Health Organization 6-color LED risk indicator. An automatic time and date stamp. 4-user memory with averaging (396 total; 99-reading memory for each user) 5 average modes: hour, day, week, month and total.
CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) introduces the Pyxis ProcedureStation™ Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system, a secure supply management system that helps hospitals manage high-value stents. The company is launching the product at the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Congress.
What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing patient positioning products? March 12, 2010 1. Try to achieve the safest patient positioning with the surgical table. It is important to consider the surgical table and its capabilities to achieve special positions.
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients may be able to participate in high-impact sports without increasing risk of early implant failure, according to a new study presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). In addition, the authors observed better clinical scores in the group of patients who participated in activities discouraged by the Knee Society (KS) than those of the control group.
Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is successful for pain management, but in many patients it does not result in full recovery of function. New research shows an approved therapy for osteoporosis, use of the drug Forteo, may speed healing and improve patient outcomes. The preliminary study from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York was presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meeting in New Orleans.
Patients who undergo gastric bypass surgery experience changes in their urine composition that increase their risk of developing kidney stones, suggests research from UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators. A new study, published in the March issue of The Journal of Urology , found that some of these urinary changes place weight-loss surgery patients at higher risk for developing kidney stones than obese patients who do not undergo the procedure.
St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, MD, is facing lawsuits and a pair of federal investigations related to its cardiac care business, has informed another 169 heart patients that they received expensive and potentially dangerous treatments they might not have needed. The additional cases brings the total number to 538 patients that have been notified by St.
Wacom® introduces the DTU-2231 and DTU-1631 interactive pen displays. The new DTU models' direct pen-on-screen input is designed to allow healthcare professionals to draw diagrams, write notes or annotate directly on digital images. According to the company, the DTU-2231 is an HD interactive pen display with a 21.
DePuy introduced the Delta XTEND™ Reverse Shoulder System, a reverse shoulder replacement system in the U.S. in 2004, and now it adds a new high mobility cup with an advanced cross-linked polyethylene to the system. The new Delta XTEND™ High Mobility Humeral Cup with Premieron™ X-Linked Polyethylene is a total, semi-constrained shoulder arthroplasty featuring the ability to reverse the normal relationship between the scapular and humeral components.
Borries Marking Systems introduces a highly-accurate DataMatrix marking system, the BM52, developed specifically for the medical industry. According to the company, it features: A fast positioning capability (via a light pointer) and high-precision marking—even in the smallest fields, due to an electrical marking head.
My grandmother and her hospital roommate -- aged, tiny, frail, and sporting matching bright pink hairnets. They looked like twins -- two thin shrubs in winter that had each sprouted an improbable, big pink rose. Although sick and scared, my grandmother had admired the pink hairnet on the lady in the next bed, so my mother bought her one too, to make her feel better.
Every day in the OR, surgeons and surgical staff members may be putting themselves at risk for sharps safety injuries. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) have called for surgical practices to take steps to reduce the risk of suture needlesticks that can transmit disease to surgical professionals 1,2 .
Vestagen Technical Textiles, LLC, introduces Vestex™, nanotechnology-based, high-performance personal protective apparel. Vestex is made with a proprietary blend of three textile technologies bonded to a single layer of fabric. Engineered for the tasks medical professionals perform and the conditions they encounter, Vestex scrubs, lab coats and isolation gowns repel dangerous fluids, resist stains, rapidly kill microbes, wick away perspiration and control odors.
The American College of Surgeons recommends engaging in a hands-free passing technique to reduce sharps injuries. Sandel’s Stretch-A-Tray™ helps protect staff from these injuries and potential contamination. According to the company, the disposable, expandable tray facilitates the hands-free transfer of a wide variety of handles and instrument lengths.