Derma Sciences, Inc.’s BIOGUARD™ barrier gauze wound dressings have recently been classified by the FDA as Class II medical devices. The newly issued guidance pertains to a wound dressing with permanently bound cationic biocide polyDADMAC, one of the molecular entities covered in nine Quick-Med U.
The DrainTow® closed suction wound drainage system provides rapid deployment of the surgeon’s choice of drains in laparoscopic or open surgical procedures. The DrainTow® traction obturator: Maintains pneumo during drain insertion for speed and precision. Provides smooth atraumatic passage through tissue in open surgery.
Like many of you, I’ve spent my evenings the past week or so watching the Winter Olympics. While I’m not much of a winter-sport athlete myself, I generally enjoy watching the skiing and skating events. However, this Olympic Games, I discovered my new favorite event—curling.
Researchers at Glyndŵr University have developed technology for producing a portable device for sterilizing medical equipment—using a £40 microwave oven. The everyday kitchen device has been used to deliver a low cost, chemical-free solution to killing harmful bacteria on medical tools used in GP, dentists and veterinary surgeries.
The results of a misread pathology report and results unnecessary mastectomy at the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor, Ontario has led hospitals throughout the region to reconsider their surgical protocols. Officials at Windsor hospitals said that surgeons are generally the only ones looking over the final pathology and clinical diagnosis report before surgery, even though many pairs of eyes may see a patient's chart and test results throughout the cancer diagnosis and treatment process, as is the case in most hospitals across Ontario.
Lindsey Tanner, AP When 4-year-old Eric Stavros Adler choked to death on a piece of hot dog, his anguished mother never dreamed that the popular kids' food could be so dangerous. Some food makers, including Oscar Mayer, have warning labels about choking, but not nearly enough, says Joan Stavros Adler, Eric's mom.
Carla K. Johnson, AP Doctors have steadily cut their work hours over the past decade, a new study finds, something that experts say may only worsen the health care situation. It's not that doctors are terrible slackers. Average hours dropped from about 55 to 51 hours per week from 1996 to 2008, according to the analysis, which will appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Older patients hospitalized for acute care or a critical illness are more likely to experience cognitive decline when compared to older adults who are not hospitalized, according to a study in JAMA . Some studies have suggested that many survivors of critical illness experience long-term cognitive impairment, but these studies did not measure cognitive function before a critical illness, according to background information in the article.
A comparison of two strategies for treating severe sepsis or septic shock finds that using lactate levels measured in blood samples showed a similar short-term survival rate compared to a treatment regimen using central venous oxygen saturation measured using a specialized catheter, according to a study in JAMA .
Rabbi Nat Ezray’s decades of struggle with weight began early. He joined Weight Watchers in the fifth grade. In the 30 years to come, he would lose and gain weight several times over, each time gaining a bit more until his 5 foot 6 inch frame carried 280 pounds. “I felt hostage to it,” Rabbi Ezray said, “and powerless in the face of it, even though I did diet after diet.
Arthrocare introduces a new Stammberger Foam dissolvable sinus dressing. According to the company, the dressing: Prevents adhesions within the nasal cavities. Controls minor bleeding and minimizes edema,. Eliminates the need for painful post-op removal of packing.
Mesynthes introduces the Endoform Dermal Template™. Endoform, a proprietary extracellular matrix biomaterial, provides a unique biologic template for tissue regeneration. The technology utilizes a proprietary extracellular matrix biomaterial containing a complex mixture of important biological molecules, including structural and adhesive proteins, such as collagens, elastin, fibronectin and laminin and glycosaminoglycans.
(Reuters) Pneumonia and blood-borne infections caught in hospital killed 48,000 patients and cost $8.1 billion in 2006, according to a recently unveiled report. The study is one of the first to put a price tag on the widespread problem, which is worsening and which some experts say is adding to the growing cost of healthcare in the United States.
(Reuters) An intensive look at two common conditions – pneumonia and heart failure – showed that it may be possible to lower costs in the U.S. system without hurting patients, the researchers reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine . “Most evidence did not support the ‘penny wise and pound foolish’ hypothesis that low-cost hospitals discharge patients earlier but have higher re-admission rates and greater downstream inpatient cost of care,” Dr.