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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.

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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.

Opera In The OR

December 8, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

Carolyn Y. Johnson, Boston Globe Massachusetts General Hospital surgery resident Claudius Conrad is building upon his prior work with music in the ICU to research the effects it has on surgeons' learning, speed and accuracy. Conrad’s research began when he investigated how music affects intensive care unit patients.

Manager Steals Over $200K From ASC

December 8, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

A man was sentenced to serve up to five years in a Pennsylvania state prison for stealing $234,000 from an ambulatory surgical center where he worked as the business manager. Joseph Grostas pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzling using a company credit card and electronic transfers to his bank account.

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New, Faster Weapon In Battling HAIs

December 8, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

MicroPhage recently received its CE Mark for selling and distributing the first of its instrument-free, rapid staph infection testing products in Europe. Based on its Bacteriophage Amplification technology, the product is designed to identify Staphylococcus aureus (staph) bacteria as well as determine methicillin resistance (MRSA) or susceptibility (MSSA) in suspected cases of bacteremia-bacteria in the blood.

MRI Identifies Life-Threatening Complication

December 7, 2009 7:59 am | by by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

The risk of developing placenta accreta, the leading cause of death for women just before and after giving birth, increases with each cesarean section or uterine surgery. December 7, 2009 An MRI image showing that the placenta overlies the cervix, but has an irregular outer contour and a different appearance of placenta indicating uterine invasion.

Smart Phones Aid Quick Diagnosis

December 7, 2009 6:13 am | by by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

According to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last week, this technology has the potential to expedite emergency room care when consultation with a specialist is needed. December 7, 2009 Radiologists can accurately diagnose acute appendicitis from a remote location with the use of a handheld device or mobile phone equipped with special software, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago last week.

Microbial Sealant For Surgical Sites

December 7, 2009 6:12 am | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark InteguSeal* Microbial Sealant has a unique mechanism of action that immobilizes dangerous pathogens including MRSA on the surgical site that preps and incision drapes can leave behind. According to the company, the sealant features: Easy application and fast-drying.

Medical Errors, Malpractice And Healthcare Reform

December 7, 2009 6:10 am | by David B. Nash, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P.; Alexis Skoufalos, Ed.D. MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

Preventable medical errors are a critical driver of healthcare costs, both in human and financial terms, so it's in everyone's best interest to improve systems and processes. Quality is always less expensive; government payers and health plans have recognized this and are holding providers accountable by refusing to pay for "never events" such as wrong-site surgery and healthcare-acquired infections.

Controversial Kidney Transplant Technique Could Help The Very Ill

December 7, 2009 5:23 am | News | Comments

Surgeons who successfully performed kidney transplants after removing small cancerous and benign masses from the donated organs have published their results in the December issue of the urology journal BJUI . “Transplanting a living donor kidney which has been affected by a renal mass is controversial and considered a high risk,” says co-author Dr Michael W Phelan.

Patient Deaths End Anti-Bleeding Studies

December 7, 2009 5:11 am | News | Comments

Marley Seaman, AP Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. says it has stopped enrolling patients in trials of a drug intended to reduce bleeding during heart surgery because of deaths among patients that took it. Cubist said a data monitoring board wants to assess the difference between patients on the drug, and those who were on an alternative treatment.

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