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Learning From Mistakes

December 1, 2009 2:26 pm | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Like many of you, I often attend industry meetings and trade shows to learn about the latest surgical technology and stay up-to-date with what is going on in the operating room (OR). This is crucial in my work because unlike you I am not in an OR every day, seeing first-hand the successes and failures of the next great advancements in surgery.

Next-Generation 5 MegaPixel Grayscale Display

December 1, 2009 5:39 am | Barco | Product Releases | Comments

Barco introduces a new generation of its Nio 5MP diagnostic display system. The new display system offers several technological advancements that lead to higher optical performance, more efficient workflow and a longer product lifetime. According to the company, the new system features: Integration of a brand-new LCD panel based on IPS (In-plane switching) technology, so grayscale images are presented with more brightness, improved contrast and better black uniformity, under any ambient light condition.

EasyDiagnost Eleva

December 1, 2009 5:38 am | by Reported Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Royal Philips Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

December 7, 2009 Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) introduced its portfolio of products designed to manage dose radiation at this year’s 95th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago. One of the new products is the EasyDiagnost Eleva.

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Advanced PACS Technology

December 1, 2009 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Telemis Group, a medical imaging company specialized in PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) solutions, announces that it is to make its innovative, platform-independent technologies available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other third parties for the first time.

Compensating Doctors For After-Hours Call Coverage

December 1, 2009 5:33 am | by By: Dr. Wes | Articles | Comments

Should there be a premium added to physician compensation for on-call coverage after hours, or are Medicare rates enough? This appears to be the central question between two competing hospitals in Longview, Texas where a $300,000 stipend was paid to a cardiology group by one hospital and not the other for cardiology on-call coverage.

Q&A: Hand Hygiene

December 1, 2009 5:33 am | Articles | Comments

Surgical Products talks with Joan Blanchard of AORN about the importance of hand hygiene and a new initiative to engage and recognize nurses around the country for exemplary hand hygiene compliance. To raise awareness of the deadly risks associated with poor hand hygiene and encourage best practices among nurses and other healthcare professionals, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and 3M Infection Prevention have joined in an initiative to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)  in the surgical setting.

Nurse Abuse Could Involve Over 100 Victims

December 1, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

A metro Atlanta nurse anesthetist has been charged with molesting and sodomizing anesthetized patients in dental and medical offices, and police say the videotaped abuses could involve 100 or more victims. Paul Patrick Serdula, 47, who worked in dental and medical offices across metro Atlanta, was arrested on child molestation and sodomy charges.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers Best Hospitals In Some Procedures

December 1, 2009 5:11 am | News | Comments

Measuring five quality-based performance areas, an ambulatory surgical center out performed a standard hospital in otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research in the December 2009 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery . The cross-sectional study analyzed a total of 486 cases at a pediatric ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and a hospital-based facility (HBF).

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Flight Risks

December 1, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

The first ever published study of aviation-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. finds that more than 1,013 patients are admitted to U.S. hospitals with aviation-related injuries annually, and that 753 aviation-related deaths occur each year. The study, conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy and Columbia University, also reports that the largest categories of patients were occupants of civilian, noncommercial powered aircraft.

NOTES Approach Produces Another Success

December 1, 2009 4:42 am | News | Comments

Another advancement in NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopy Surgery) technique has been realized as surgeons used the transanal route to remove a rectal mass. The team of surgeons carried out the first surgical removal of a rectal mass using the TEM (Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery) technique in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.

Addressing Post-Surgical Depression Aids Recovery

December 1, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

In the so-called Bypassing the Blues trial, 50 percent of patients who were depressed after having coronary artery bypass surgery saw improvements of at least 50 percent in their negative mood after participating in the intervention, compared with 29 percent of control patients who received usual care.

Gunshot Victim Recovering After Face And Jaw Transplant

December 1, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

More than a year-and-a-half following the first near-total face and upper jaw transplant, the donor tissue appears successfully integrated, according to a report in the November/December issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery . The recipient has experienced no long-term rejection and has regained some functional abilities, including her senses of smell and taste.

Radical MS Theory Stirs Interest

November 30, 2009 6:28 am | by by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today | News | Comments

Can multiple sclerosis be treated with a simple surgical procedure? That question - raised by the research of an Italian physician - is causing a stir among those who study the condition, which has long been regarded as an autoimmune disease. Instead, according to Paolo Zamboni, MD, of the University of Ferrara, in Ferrara, Italy, MS may result from poor vascular circulation in the brain.

The Greatest Gift

November 30, 2009 6:14 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Color-coded denim cloths cover the row upon row of black body bags atop cold metal tables. Blue means a body that eventually will go into a common grave. Tan, the family wants those remains back for burial, eventually. These are bodies donated to science, awaiting one of the most sensitive rites in becoming a doctor.

Patients Not Up For Risky Business

November 30, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

A study that will appear in the December issue of Arthritis Care & Research suggests that increasing patient responsibility for making medical decisions may decrease their willingness to accept risky treatment options. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1.

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