A literature review, led by Dr. Joseph Lee, published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) suggests that a herniated disk is one of the most frequent causes of low back and leg pain in adults, but surgery is not for everyone. Between 60 and 80 percent of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.
Israel's PolyTouch Medical has received FDA clearance to market its PatchAssist laparoscopic hernia mesh placement device, Medgadget recently reported. The tool was developed to allow surgeons a more predictable and standardized approach to apply hernia patches. Realizing the need for an accurate and easy mesh deployment and placement technique, PolyTouch Medical has developed PatchAssist, a novel mesh deployment and placement technique for laparoscopic hernia repair.
Covidien (NYSE: COV) introduces its proprietary Tri-Staple™ technology platform for endoscopic stapling. The technology enables surgeons to use staplers in a wider variety of laparoscopic procedures and in a broader range of tissue thicknesses than ever before. The new Endo GIA stapling system includes an ergonomically enhanced, lightweight handle designed for precise control.
I get emails, and one which caught my interest was this recent one from loyal reader Nurse J (lightly edited): "Do you assess everybody that comes into your ER for everything, or do you just assess the complaint? I am a newish critical care nurse at A Great Big Hospital, and my wife is a sixth year ICU nurse at a Smaller Hospital.
In a pilot study, researchers find a fibrinogen concentrate may be effective in reducing the risk of haemorrhage during and after surgery. June 29, 2010 A joint clinical trial conducted by the University Hospital and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that an element in human blood, fibrinogen, is likely more vital to the blood’s clotting ability in connection with heart surgery than previously considered.
Advanced imaging technologies have helped shift biopsy techniques away from more invasive approaches toward imaging-guided percutaneous—or through the skin—techniques, according to a new study appearing online and in the September print edition of the journal Radiology . The first percutaneous needle biopsy of the liver was reported in 1923, and the technique developed into an invaluable diagnostic tool in many organ systems.
Rohan Sullivan, AP An American doctor accused of botching a string of operations while he was the chief surgeon at an Australian hospital has been found guilty of killing three of his patients and grievously harming another. Jayant Patel, 60, was ordered into police custody until sentencing after a jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges against him.
Arthroscopic surgical repair of torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) or meniscal cartilage injuries in the knee does not decrease the chances of developing osteoarthritis, according to a new study published online and in the August print issue of the journal Radiology . A decade after the initial injuries were diagnosed using MRI, localized knee osteoarthritis was evident in patients, regardless of whether or not the injuries had been surgically repaired.
This is a painful story to write. A close friend of mine, in his 40’s, had a persistent light cough for many months. Finally, when he had an X-ray taken, it showed a large tumor on his lungs. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. As a non-smoker and strapping, physically fit man, he was shocked, as you can imagine.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing temperature management equipment in order to achieve adequate temperature in the OR for both patients and surgeons? Patients and surgeons are both interested in the same goal – the best possible outcome. According to several studies, patients who successfully maintain normothermia (36C – 38C) during surgery require fewer transfusions, experience less post-operative bleeding, spend less time on mechanical ventilators, require less time in intensive care and go home sooner.
BioGlue® and HemoStase™ from CryoLife offer safe, simple and effective solutions to meet a surgeon’s product needs in procedures ranging from the most diffuse bleeding situation to the most complex cardiovascular procedure. Product features include: BioGlue, which seals, reinforces and adheres tissues in cardiac and vascular surgical procedures.
HemCon Medical Technologies, Inc. introduces the flexible-by-design, HemCon® Patch for use for external, temporary control of bleeding during interventional and diagnostic cardiac catheterization, interventional radiology, electrophysiology and dialysis access procedures.
Z-Medica Corporation announces the QuikClot® Interventional™ hemostatic bandage. A primary application of the bandage is to control arterial and venous bleeding following cardiac catheterization or other vascular access procedures. According to the company, features include: Indication for use in the local management and control of external bleeding from vascular access sites and percutaneous catheters or tubes utilizing sheaths of up to 12 Fr.
(AP) The apparently endless market for images of Marilyn Monroe now extends to inside the bombshell's body. A set of three Monroe chest X-rays from a 1954 hospital visit sold for $45,000 at the Hollywood Legends auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Julien's Auctions, which sold the X-rays, estimated that they would only fetch a total of about $3,000.
A newspaper's investigation into two years of data from Las Vegas-area hospitals shows patients suffered more preventable injuries, life-threatening infections or other harm more frequently than was initially reported. The data published in a copyrighted story by the Las Vegas Sun was drawn from records of 425,0000 inpatient visits in a state database.