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Nurses Form Super Union

December 8, 2009 10:21 am | News | Comments

Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle Nurses from three unions, including the California Nurses Association, have founded a new national union to influence national health care policies and to try and extend California's patient ratio law into other states. Organizers said the 150,000-member National Nurses United, the largest professional union for registered nurses in the country, will also flex its power to push for a stronger voice in the health care overhaul process.

Senator Seeks Health Group Funding Sources

December 8, 2009 10:03 am | News | Comments

The senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee has asked the American Medical Association and 32 other medical groups to disclose the financial backing they receive from drug and medical device manufacturers, as well as insurance companies. Senator Charles Grassley, whose panel is central to legislation overhauling U.

New Endoscopic Guidelines Okay Aspirin/NSAID Use

December 8, 2009 9:55 am | News | Comments

According to a new guideline from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) regarding the management of antithrombotic agents for endoscopy, the organization says aspirin and/or NSAIDs may be continued for all elective endoscopic procedures. When high-risk procedures are planned, clinicians may elect to discontinue aspirin and/or NSAIDs for five to seven days before the procedure, depending on the underlying indication for antiplatelet therapy.

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Focusable Loupe With Wide Field Of View

December 8, 2009 9:55 am | Vision USA | Product Releases | Comments

VISION USA offers a focusable loupe with a wide field of view. According to the company, 3-inch TASK-VISION 2.5x loupe offers: Optical, high-quality coated lenses with 2.5X magnification. The ability to be work like spectacles. Easy to adjustability.

Auxiliary Label For “PCA by Proxy” Errors 

December 8, 2009 9:47 am | Medi-Dose, Inc./EPS, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Joint Commission has issued a warning regarding the administration of PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) medication by those other than the patient or authorized healthcare professionals. As stated in a recent Sentinel Event Alert, serious adverse events can result when family members, caregivers or clinicians who are not authorized become involved in administering the analgesia for the patient "by proxy.

HeartPlus

December 8, 2009 9:43 am | by Evan Perriello | Articles | Comments

We do ten before lunch. We cut them. We tag them. We place them in a small pyramid so they don’t roll off the tray. “Whoo,” says Charles, as he pulls off his mask. The top one is still beating, and I look at it a while before pulling off my own. The patient gets up, and he looks too, and we’re all just staring as the heart slows and then stops.

Quicker Cardiac Testing Equipment Developed

December 8, 2009 9:32 am | News | Comments

Scientists at Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME) have developed a rapid and sensitive integrated system to test simultaneously for specific cardiac biomarkers in a finger prick amount of blood. The silicon-based system's features could help physicians arrive at the right diagnosis more quickly in patients suspected of having heart attacks – particularly those who do not show obvious signs of chest pains or shortness of breath, according to researchers at IME, one of the research institutes sponsored by Singapore's A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research).

Colon, Cancer Deaths In General Decrease

December 8, 2009 9:15 am | News | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP The estimate was made in an annual report that shows that, overall, the U.S. cancer death rate is continuing to decline, as it has since the 1990s. The report released Monday focuses largely on cancers of the colon and rectum, which together are the third leading cancer killer in the United States.

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My Grandmother's China

December 8, 2009 6:15 am | by By: Liz O'Brien | Articles | Comments

December 8, 2009 I feel like an anthropologist. I may have discovered an artifact that holds the clue to the cause of the obesity epidemic. It's my grandmother's china. It's nothing special -- just your inexpensive white dishware dating back to the 1940s -- but it's different in many ways from china today.

24-Hour Hand Sanitizer

December 8, 2009 6:14 am | AliMed, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

AliMed Inc. added Prefenz, a new, longer-lasting hand sanitizer and protectant, to the company’s comprehensive line of infection control products. According to the company, Prefenz is infused with an antimicrobial agent that kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi, including staph, strep, E.

In-Line And Pistol Grip Laparoscopic Instruments

December 8, 2009 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) introduces a new line of Snowden-Pencer® laparoscopic surgical instruments. According to the company, the new Snowden-Pencer in-line and pistol grip products offer flexibility and durability, and feature: The ability for a surgeon’s hands to be positioned in multiple configurations.

SYSTEM TWO Surgery Lighting

December 8, 2009 6:11 am | Medical Illumination International | Product Releases | Comments

Medical Illumination International introduces the new SYSTEM TWO series of surgery lighting, featuring: An all newly-engineered and vastly improved mounting system, with added capabilities and smoother, more stable articulation. Availability in traditional halogen-bulbsource models and in the all new “MH” metal halide series.

Does Skin Marker Type Prevent Erasure Of Surgical-Site Markings?

December 8, 2009 6:09 am | by Mean differences in grayscale contrast by skin preparation | Articles | Comments

Site marking is an essential part of the preoperative process to prepare the surgical patient. Currently, surgical associations mandate a time-out to verify the correct surgical site and surgery,[1,2] which is meant to eliminate wrong-site surgery.[3–5] According to the Joint Commission[6], site marking should be within the surgical field after draping and that the time-out be performed just before surgical incision.

Group Corrects Zhu Zhu Pets Safety Statement

December 8, 2009 5:57 am | News | Comments

A consumer group that reported several of the holiday season's must-have toys are unsafe wants to make a correction. Good Guide says it was wrong to claim in a Saturday statement that Zhu Zhu Pets robotic hamsters and International Playthings' “My First Purse&rdquo contained levels of the heavy metal antimony that exceed federal limits.

Investigation Of CT Radiation Overexposure Continues

December 8, 2009 5:47 am | News | Comments

Reuters Regulators are probing more cases of patients who were exposed to excess radiation from brain scans performed with equipment from General Electric and Toshiba, government officials said. The Food and Drug Administration said some patients received up to eight times the normal amount of radiation, which could cause cataracts and increase the risk of some forms of cancer.

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