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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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Building A Heart Care Partnership

February 17, 2010 4:59 am | News | Comments

Retailer Lowe’s will offer its employees heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, under an alliance between the hospital and the home improvement chain. Mooresville, N.C.-based Lowe’s says the new benefit will provide full-time workers and their covered dependents with the “best of the best&rdquo in cardiac care, with lower out-of-pocket expenses than at other facilities.

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Simple Test For Athletic Concussions

February 17, 2010 4:46 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) A simple, inexpensive test of reaction time may help determine on the sidelines whether an athlete has suffered a concussion, according to research from the American Academy of Neurology. Research has shown that reaction time is slower after a concussion – even as long as several days after other symptoms have resolved.

Tweeting Matters Of The Heart ... Surgery

February 17, 2010 4:36 am | News | Comments

Robert Peacock is no celebrity, but his heart may be on its way to becoming one. He allowed St. Vincent's Medical Center in Jacksonville to tweet his heart procedure, with a hospital representative giving a snip-by-snip account of the procedure live on Twitter. For the occasion, he insisted on star treatment.

Forgotten Instrument Plagues Woman For 5 Months

February 17, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

It took five months for a Czech woman to discover the reason for her abdominal pain – surgeons had left a medical tool inside her abdomen. Doctors at a clinic in the southeastern town of Ivancice discovered their colleagues had forgotten to remove a spatula-like surgical instrument from the woman following gynecological surgery in September.

Pre-Op Glove

February 16, 2010 6:08 am | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

AORN, APIC and CDC recommend using surgical clippers to remove hair from a surgical site. Surgical clipper manufacturers recommend using medical tape to remove hair remnants, for a large surgical site this can be a tedious and expensive task. The new Medicus Health Pre-Op Glove has an adhesive back to pick up all the tiny hair remnants and lint from the patients skin in one easy step.

Take A Time Out

February 16, 2010 6:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

As wrong site, wrong procedure and wrong person surgery continues to remain an important safety issue, Sandel Medical Industries introduces a new product to its TIME OUT® product portfolio. The new Non-Woven TIME OUT Beacon™ is a disposable, bio-degradable option for hospitals.

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Surgical Instrument Re-Use

February 16, 2010 6:05 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Articles | Comments

Hospitals today are looking for ways to “go green” in their processes, especially in the OR. Reusing surgical instruments and equipment is one way the OR can be more eco-friendly in its practices, but it’s important how  to do so properly. Here, Matt Rudolph, Vice President of Operations and Chief Customer Advocate for Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp.

Apparently … Homey Does Play That Game!

February 16, 2010 6:03 am | Articles | Comments

By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS As I pack for my much-anticipated trip to Dubai  (which I affectionately refer to as the “Lost Vegas” of the Middle East), and Jordan, I am making a conscious effort to recite my meditation mantra over and over in my head in an attempt to remain calm.

Revisional Bariatrics Pose Greater Patient Risks

February 16, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

Revisional bariatric surgery appears to be associated with a higher risk of complications than the initial procedure, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Surgery . Surgical treatment is currently the only effective approach for long-term weight loss in the severely obese, according to background information in the article.

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New Laser Surgical Technique Reduces Scars

February 16, 2010 5:06 am | News | Comments

Ablative fractional resurfacing (AFR) is a new laser surgery technique for resurfacing the skin, and could be a safer and more effective way to remove scars from surgery or trauma, a new study offers. Six months after treatment, women with atrophic scars showed marked improvement in texture, pigmentation, atrophy and overall appearance of their skin, according to a report published on-line in the Archives of Dermatology .

Specialists Impact Orthopedic Surgical Outcomes

February 16, 2010 4:54 am | News | Comments

The more specialized a hospital is in orthopedic surgical care, the better the outcomes appear to be for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery, University of Iowa researchers report in a new study of Medicare patients. Among more specialized hospitals, there were fewer serious post-surgical complications such as blood clots, infections and heart problems, as well as fewer deaths.

Cardinal Targets Improved ASC Profitability, Efficiency

February 16, 2010 4:32 am | News | Comments

Cardinal Health’s Presource® Products and Services and Clinical Apparel/Patient Protection businesses conduct full clinical and logistical assessments in identifying supply chain pain points and recommending product and workflow solutions to reduce inventory, promote staff safety and productivity, and improve cost effectiveness.

Herbal Medicines Can Be Lethal

February 16, 2010 4:08 am | News | Comments

University of Adelaide forensic pathologist Roger Byard recently published his findings in the Journal of Forensic Sciences outlining the highly toxic nature of many herbal substances, a large percentage of which are mistakenly believed to be completely safe. His report cites the potentially lethal concentrations of arsenic, mercury and lead.

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