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Case Study: Hospital Benefits From Standardizing Surgical Instrumentation

September 22, 2009 6:15 am | Articles | Comments

Mercy Hospital Cadillac in Cadillac, Michigan is a non-profit, acute care hospital providing health care to more than 80,000 residents across seven counties. In 2009, Thompson Reuters named the facility one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for its achievements in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance and operational efficiency.

Surgeon Creates Relief Device For Back Pain

September 22, 2009 5:46 am | by Jon Walker | News | Comments

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Jackie McNamara has a bullet in her back. A surgeon put it there. Dr. Wilson Asfora calls the little device a bullet cage. It wasn't his idea, but he's refined the science and now has the federal government's blessing to use it in his corner of neurosurgical medicine at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls.

Blog: The Save 

September 21, 2009 6:34 am | Articles | Comments

She sweeps into the office with a flourish, filling the place with her commanding personality. Because she can be curt, some of the staff members avoid her. She usually refuses to step on the scale to have her weight checked and reveals her septagenarian status only with reluctance.   Her office visits have never been complicated.

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Research Teams Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots From Numerous Locations

September 21, 2009 6:34 am | Articles | Comments

Universities and research groups demonstrate interoperability among telesurgical systems around the world Using the Interoperable Telesurgical Protocol, a new software protocol, nine research teams from universities and research institutes around the world collaborated to perform the first successful demonstration of multiple biomedical robots operated from different locations in the U.

Surgeon Battling Own Cancer Develops New Treatment

September 21, 2009 6:33 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The bump on his left ear looked innocent enough. At 33 and just two years out of surgical specialty training, craniofacial and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Stephen Cantrell was consumed with teaching and practicing in a busy university hospital. Then came the biopsy results: the little nuisance was in fact malignant melanoma.

Company Continues Fight Against Type 2 Diabetes And Obesity

September 21, 2009 6:32 am | Covidien | News | Comments

Covidien will be the presenting sponsor at the American Diabetes Association EXPOs in New York and Minneapolis NORTH HAVEN, Conn.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sep. 21, 2009-- Covidien (NYSE: COV), a global provider of health care products, announces it will be the presenting sponsor of the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes EXPOs in New York City and Minneapolis.

New Surgical Platform Recognized As 'Innovation of the Year'

September 21, 2009 6:30 am | News | Comments

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Awards company’s SPIDER™ System, a single-port platform Research Triangle Park , NC – TransEnterix’s revolutionary laparoscopic surgical platform that allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive abdominal procedures entirely through the umbilicus, leaving no visible scar, has been recognized as an “Innovation of the Year” by the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

Inflation Rates For Healthcare Supplies Projected To Remain Stable

September 21, 2009 6:29 am | News | Comments

Projected inflation estimates for Premier purchasing contracts less than 1 percent, well below industry averages Premier’s Economic Outlook and Inflation Estimates analysis through 2010 suggests annual market inflation rates will increase on average between 1.6 percent and 4 percent across categories such as cardiovascular services, facilities, imaging and nursing.

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'Mixed Reality' Surgical Simulator

September 18, 2009 10:07 am | Haptica | Product Releases | Comments

ProMIS™ from Haptica enables users to use real instruments on both virtual and physical models in the same unit while providing accurate, comprehensive feedback on performance. Utilizing a ‘mixed reality’ or hybrid approach, ProMIS Modules range from Basic Laparoscopic Skills to procedures such as LapAppendectomy and LapColectomy and ProMIS meets the ACS & ACGME RRC requirements for simulation.

A Tale Of Two Tactics

September 18, 2009 8:31 am | by Jeff Reinke | Product Releases | Comments

While it could have been the customary chill in the autumn air or my daughter going back to school, it was actually a couple of recent news items that sent me back to my high school football days. More specifically, I recalled a sign we kept in the locker room that read; “Are you conditioning yourself, or will you succumb to your conditions?” Motivational and preparedness ideologies aside, it’s an interesting question to ask right now if you’re aligned with the surgical field.

Spine Surgery And Sacroiliac Joint Experts Discuss Sacroiliac Pathology

September 18, 2009 6:51 am | News | Comments

Meeting focuses on development of a consensus diagnostic process with the goal of sharing this diagnostic strategy with surgeons worldwide MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SI-BONE, Inc. a San Francisco Bay-area, medical device company, announces the first ever meeting of thought leading spine surgeons to review data and develop a clinical diagnostic process for identification of SI Joint pathology, a frequent cause of low back pain.

Patient Regains Sight With “Eyetooth” Implant

September 18, 2009 6:51 am | News | Comments

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute performs modified osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (MOOKP) procedure MIAMI-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sep. 16, 2009-- Blind for nine years, Sharron "Kay" Thornton has just regained her sight through a first-in-the-U.S. surgical procedure at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Emergency Preparedness Scenerios Function On Patient Simulators

September 18, 2009 6:50 am | News | Comments

Scenarios developed to meet training challenges facing the Military, Paramedics, Hospital Personnel and other pre-hospital first responders WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Laerdal Medical, in conjunction with The University of Miami's Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education, is in the final stages of re-developing the Emergency Preparedness Scenarios - Terrorism package to function on Laerdal's VitalSim-capable Simulators.

Office of Minority Health Urges Prevention Of Blood Clots

September 18, 2009 6:49 am | News | Comments

One person dies every five to six minutes from a Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism related event in America and extended bed rest after a surgical procedure is a risk factor WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaking at the Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) Annual Meeting today, Dr.

Surgical Fire Patient Dies

September 18, 2009 6:47 am | Articles | Comments

Illinois woman dies after catching fire during surgery A southern Illinois woman died after suffering severe burns in a flash fire while undergoing surgery, the Associated Press recently reported. Janice McCall, 65, of Energy, IL, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, on September 8, six days after being burned while on the operating table at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, IL.

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