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Robotic Surgery Expert Weighs In On Overseas Da Vinci Prostatectomies

September 15, 2009 6:09 am | News | Comments

In light of the economy and rising unemployment, people are looking to cut costs wherever they can. As the costs of many surgeries and procedures continue to rise in the US, many are looking for cheaper alternatives abroad. This big business is known as "medical tourism," and often promises healthcare options at a fraction of the cost as in the United States.

Wall Street Journal Recognizes OR Patient Safety Solution Provider

September 15, 2009 6:08 am | Clearcount Medical Solutions | News | Comments

Company’s surgical sponge counting and detecting system recognized under the "Medical Devices" category PITTSBURGH-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Sep. 15, 2009-- ClearCount Medical Solutions, an innovator of patient safety solutions for the operating room, announced today that its SmartSponge(R) System was named a runner-up under the medical devices category in the Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards.

Cable and Lead Wire System

September 15, 2009 6:07 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien introduces the Kendall™ DL disposable ECG cable and lead wire system, allowing hospitals to use a new set of lead wires for every patient, helping to reduce the risk of cross contamination.  Features of the system include: Single patient use from patient to monitor for reduced risk of cross contamination from reusable cables and leads.

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Video Laryngoscope

September 15, 2009 6:05 am | Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

KARL STORZ offers a range of products to simplify airway management—including unexpectedly difficult intubations. The new KARL STORZ C-MAC™ Video Laryngoscope is designed for portable use, with virtually no learning curve. Features include: The ability for still images and video sequences to be recorded quickly and simply using controls on the C-MAC™ blade, which can be then transferred to an SD memory card while requiring no additional data cables or software.

Laparoscopy Lesson In Video Games

September 15, 2009 6:04 am | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Recently, I’ve been exploring technology from fields outside of medicine that may soon have an influence in the OR. In the September issue of Surgical Products , for example, you will read about a surgeon, Steven F. Palter, MD, founder and medical director of Gold Coast IVF where he specializes in infertility and reproductive endocrinology, who has helped transform surgical viewing in the OR.

Study Reveals Improved Patient Outcomes, Cost Savings Associated With MIS

September 15, 2009 6:03 am | Articles | Comments

According to a recent study published in The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology , minimally invasive hysterectomy procedures can result in significant cost-savings compared to open hysterectomy procedures when performed on the right candidates. This cost-savings, the study reports, is thanks to the lessened degree of complications patients face post-operatively with a minimally invasive hysterectomy, allowing the patient to migrate from the inpatient to outpatient setting faster, and thus, saving money.

Malpractice Changes Ahead?

September 14, 2009 6:43 am | Articles | Comments

The possibility that malpractice changes could be part of health care legislation sends doctors and trial lawyers scrambling After President Barack Obama’s offer to compromise on the issue of healthcare reform, congressional health negotiators are considering alternatives to medical malpractice lawsuits.

Company To Host Hip, Knee and Shoulder Specialists At Inaugural Fellowship Meeting

September 14, 2009 6:43 am | Smith & Nephew, Inc. | News | Comments

ANDOVER, Mass., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew's (NYSE: SNN; LSE: SN) Endoscopy Division announced the kick-off of its inaugural fellowship meeting, The Wider Scope of Arthroscopy, at its global headquarters in Andover, Mass., starting Sept. 14 through Sept. 15. The event is also being supported by DJO, a leading global developer, manufacturer and distributor of high-quality medical devices that provide solutions for musculoskeletal health, vascular health and pain management.

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Fiber Optic Illuminator

September 14, 2009 6:39 am | Luxtel Llc | Product Releases | Comments

OptiLux is a fiber optic illuminator from LuxteL. The LED device is well-suited for several platforms, featuring: Use of a single, large-area LED chip. Custom collection optics that couple light into 3- to 6-mm fiber optic bundles. A heat sink and fan. Linear intensity control.

Swine Flu Shots May Start In Early October

September 14, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's first round of swine flu shots could begin sooner than expected, with some vaccine available as early as the first week of October, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Sunday. Sebelius said she is confident the vaccine will be available early enough to beat the peak of the expected flu season this fall and that early doses are intended for health care workers and other high-priority groups.

State Lawmakers Try To Halt Health Care Changes

September 14, 2009 6:37 am | News | Comments

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in more than a dozen states opposed to President Barack Obama's push for health care overhaul have mounted state-driven efforts to block federal intervention in health care, with some early success. The push-back centers in some areas on fact — Obama's stated determination that all Americans should be required to get health care coverage, for example.

Safe Measuring, Weighing Solution

September 14, 2009 6:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

A customized base placement compatibile with the seca 727 and 728 baby scale to ensure safety and security. A high-quality wrap-around bumper to prevent injuries. 21” storage compartment with an adjustable shelf and pre-drilled threaded holes for side-mounted accessories.

Blog: When Patients Think They Have Something To Hide

September 14, 2009 6:36 am | Articles | Comments

“Do you drink much alcohol, wine, or beer?” He was a patient with a newly diagnosed mouth cancer. I was working through my checklist while we became acquainted.     “I have a beer most nights before dinner. Maybe I’ll have a couple more on weekends.

Heart Device Batteries Losing Power

September 14, 2009 6:35 am | by Marley Seaman, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Medtronic Inc. warned doctors on Friday that about 6,300 of the company's implanted heart devices may not last as long as expected. Medtronic said the batteries in the Concerto and Virtuoso devices may have to be replaced a few months earlier than expected because of a current drain, although it said the implants are working properly.

Test Can Help Identify Potential Malignancies, Guide Surgical Decisions

September 14, 2009 6:34 am | News | Comments

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared a test that can help detect ovarian cancer in a pelvic mass that is already known to require surgery. The test, called OVA1, helps patients and health care professionals decide what type of surgery should be done and by whom.

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