A Washington state blood center is offering donors a deal – give a pint of blood, get a pint of beer. Cascade Regional Blood Services in Tacoma says its “Give blood, get beer” promotion has worked so well that it's being expanded. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday that donors who are at least 21 years old are given a coupon for a free pint of beer.
University of Florida urologists have used robot-assisted surgery to cut about 20 minutes off the average surgery time for a conventional vasectomy reversal, and it appears to also provide a quicker return of the sperm count after surgery. “For a couple that's trying to get pregnant, this is a big deal,” said Sijo Parekattil, M.
The new TruLight™ 5000 LED surgical and procedure light from TRUMPF Medical Systems delivers up to 150,000 Lux of illumination with shadow control. The new optical system produces a homogeneous spot for all procedures providing the best possible visualization of the surgical site.
Action Products, Inc.’s Body Smart Solutions® are premier viscoelastic polymer positioning products for a green OR. According to the company, the clinically-proven pads and positioners help hospitals to accomplish their green goals. The company’s domestically made, exclusive Akton® polymer is a reusable product that will cut down on waste caused by disposable positioning products in the OR.
In men undergoing prostate surgery, excessive fluid absorption can lead to dangerously low sodium levels. Adding a small amount of glucose to the irrigation fluid used during surgery can help anesthesiologists prevent this complication, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The new technique provides an effective solution to the challenge of how to monitor fluid status during transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says concessions made to Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to win his vote on the health care overhaul bill were a rip-off for his state and is urging California lawmakers to vote against it. In an interview Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press , Schwarzenegger says giving extra Medicaid benefits to Nebraska to secure Nelson's vote, critical to Senate passage of the measure, was like buying a vote.
David B. Caruso, AP New York City health officials have already battled calories and trans fat. Now, they're taking on salt. The city health department released guidelines Monday recommending a maximum amount of salt that should be in all sorts of manufactured and packaged food. The recommendations posted on its website call for sizable reductions in the salt content of many products, from a 20 percent drop in peanut butter to a 40 percent decline in canned vegetables.
Budgets are tightening in most hospitals these days. Purchasing professionals are facing increasing pressures to buy the lowest priced products, yet maintain a high-quality. When purchasing surgical gowns and drapes, this is especially important. These materials are crucial to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe.
Fulcrum Methods, a provider of methodologies to assist healthcare IT personnel with project and program management, is extending its current product offerings to include curriculum and training programs for education and professional development purposes. An essential component of the program is designed to address the shortfall of skilled IT personnel needed to implement and support a national electronic healthcare system.
The ability to suction unlimited amounts of irrigants, blood and other body fluids from the floor. A raised design for easy repositioning. The ability to help reduce the likelihood of injuries associated with wet floors. The ability to help protect healthcare professionals and housekeeping personnel from contact with contaminated substances.
For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones and the Internet, to connect doctors to patients in far-flung locales. But are doctors ready for this form of technology? Telemedicine has the potential to improve quality of care by allowing clinicians in one “control center” to monitor, consult and even care for and perform procedures on patients in multiple locations.
Newswire A new approach to common cardiac procedures called transradial angiography might lead to reduced patient complications and recovery time, as well as lower hospital costs. Cardiologists at the University of Illinois and Jesse Brown VA medical centers are among the first in the Chicago area to offer the approach to heart angiograms and clearing blocked arteries.
Cook Medical is touting a recent study that compares its Zilver Biliary Stent to the most commonly used device, the Wallstent from Boston Scientific. Essentially, the conclusion of the international multi-center study, published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy , is that the two stents have very similar performance characteristics.
While numbers can be twisted to mean almost anything a user wants them to, those relating to obesity and the general overweight condition of the U.S. population are tough to ignore. What I find interesting is that while some organizations – political and charitable alike – have established programs aimed at promoting exercise and healthier eating in combating this situation, it’s tough to ignore that a fair amount of resources have also been used to assimilate these conditions into our society.
Laura Buchholz, Reuters Pregnant women tempted to induce labor for convenience rather than medical necessity may want to wait for nature to take its course. Dr. J. Christopher Glantz at the University of Rochester School of Medicine found that inducing labor introduces a risk of 1 to 2 cesareans per 25 inductions that might have been avoided by waiting for spontaneous labor to begin.