Bruce Campbell, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist I have worked in hospitals long enough to remember when there were few smoking restrictions. The air in the emergency room where I had my first hospital job as an 18-year-old nursing assistant was thick with smoke from the nurses and physicians.
CINCINNATI, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the success and popularity of REALIZE mySUCCESS for REALIZE™ Band patients, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. announced today it will expand availability of the Web-based clinical support tool to gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy patients. Since its inception in January 2008, there are now roughly 15,000 patients enrolled on the site.
Covidien offers the AbsorbaTack™ 20 Short Fixation Device and Parietex™ Composite Open Skirt (PCO OS) Mesh, an open ventral hernia repair system featuring: A 20-tack, short shaft fixation device. Skirted hydrophilic polyester and collagen composite mesh. A design for ergonomic access to the defect site and patient comfort.
Cook Medical’s Biodesign Hernia Graft combines attributes of a biologic graft— resistance to infection and complete remodeling—with the added benefits of moderate price, ease of use and ample shelf life for on-site availability. Features of the graft include: Upon deployment, the ability for the graft to reinforce the abdominal wall.
Jennifer Loven, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to detail in a prime-time address precisely how he wants to expand health care, and his spokesman said Obama's offer of flexibility will be coupled with a fresh argument for the much-debated public option.
Ten years ago, endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) was FDA-approved to treat abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. Now, a one-year trial study published in the October issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, published by the Society for Vascular Surgery, reports EVAR, a minimally-invasive technique, results in better surgical outcomes than open surgical repair (OSR) while maintaining similar costs.
Company announces voluntary recall of certain surgical instrument products CONMED Corporation's (NASDAQ: CNMD) CONMED Linvatec unit announces a voluntary recall for certain model numbers of the PRO5 & PRO6 series battery handpieces manufactured prior to May 31, 2008, and certain lots of the MC5057 Universal Cable manufactured prior to December 1, 2006 used with certain of CONMED Linvatec's electric powered handpieces.
LINDSEY TANNER,Associated Press Writers VALERIE BAUMAN,Associated Press Writers ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tens of thousands of health care workers who typically avoid flu shots are under more pressure than ever to get vaccinated as hospitals and clinics prepare for a spike in swine flu cases this fall and winter.
by Amanda McGowan I read a commentary piece on cnn.com the other day headlined “Why Primary Care Doctors Are Fed Up.” The article was written by a primary care physician in California who says that the availability of primary care doctors in the United States is lessening, and the reason is because PCPs are underpaid, overworked and under appreciated.
Larry Margasak, The Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Time is running out for a two-party compromise on health care as a bipartisan group of six Finance Committee senators considers a new proposal that might be the last, best hope for an overhaul agreement. The six were to meet Tuesday on Sen.
Ex-administrator of NY surgery clinic where man died during liposuction pleads guilty to fraud Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press NEW YORK — The former administrator of a Manhattan cosmetic surgery clinic where a man died while undergoing liposuction pleaded guilty to fraud charges Friday, a decade after authorities uncovered a fraud they said cost insurance companies more than $900,000.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — If you pay the mechanic $1,000 to fix your transmission and it breaks again next week, the garage should find and fix the problem for free. So if you get an infection following open-heart surgery because the doctor forgot an antibiotic, why are you charged extra to clear up the wound? At Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, pay a flat fee for bypass surgery and you'll get essentially a 90-day warranty on your heart fix.
Operation Walk Pittsburgh team provides life-changing hip and knee replacements to the disabled PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Operation Walk Pittsburgh team, consisting of 50 healthcare providers from Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, and Philadelphia recently returned from an extraordinary mission abroad to Antigua, Guatemala.
A recent study shows that a 2003 reform of the length of resident on-duty hours could be connected to an increase in the rate of perioperative complications for patients treated for hip fractures. Among other things, this reform limited the resident workweek to 80 hours. This timeline corresponds to an increasing rate of worse outcomes seen in teaching hospitals, according to a study published in the September 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).