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Source: Surgical Error May Be To Blame For Murtha’s Death

February 9, 2010 6:35 am | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania congressman and longtime friend of the late Rep. John Murtha says the congressman's large intestine was damaged during gallbladder surgery and an infection developed. February 9, 2010 The sudden death Monday of Rep. John Murtha could be attributed to a surgical error, according to a source close to a congressman.

Beer A Source For Bone Health

February 9, 2010 6:32 am | News | Comments

A new study finds that beer is a rich source of silicon which may help prevent osteoporosis February 9, 2010 A new study suggests that beer is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density. Researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California, Davis studied commercial beer production to determine the relationship between beer production methods and the resulting silicon content, concluding that beer is a rich source of dietary silicon.

Investors Losing Patience With Hospitals

February 9, 2010 6:31 am | News | Comments

As Congress looks less likely to pass a health-care bill, hospital stocks have dropped as much as 20 percent from their January peaks. February 9, 2010 As Congress looks less likely to pass a health-care bill, investors are steering clear of hospitals, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports.


Study: Biologic Grafts Reduce Postoperative Pain

February 9, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

A clinical study shows biologic graft reduced pain and discomfort while creating a repair as durable as synthetic mesh in treating inguinal hernias. February 9, 2010 Results from a clinical study led by Luca Ansaloni, M.D., showed that Cook Medical’s Biodesign Inguinal Hernia Graft causes less postoperative pain and discomfort while creating a repair as durable as synthetic mesh when used in Lichtenstein’s hernioplasty procedures.

Lighter Sedation For Elderly In Surgery May Reduce Disorientation

February 9, 2010 6:29 am | News | Comments

A common complication following surgery in elderly patients is postoperative delirium, a state of confusion that can lead to long-term health problems and cause some elderly patients to complain that they “never felt the same” again after an operation. But a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers suggests that simply limiting the depth of sedation during procedures could safely cut the risk of postoperative delirium by 50 percent.


LED Light Series

February 8, 2010 1:27 pm | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

The new LUCEA™ LED Light series from MAQUET brings MAQUET surgical lights to the smaller venue of the ICU, cath lab, and clinic. Utilizing an effective combination of LEDs and special HECOL lenses, LUCEA produces a light with exceptional shadow dilution. Additional features include: A unique, arrow-shaped light head design helps focus the light precisely at the desired site.

When The Patient Can’t Afford The Care

February 8, 2010 1:24 pm | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

During my training, I took care of a man in his 50s with a devastating surgical complication: His abdominal incision had split open a week after an emergency operation. Even after we had taken him back to the operating room, sewn the deepest layer of his abdominal wall closed and treated the infection that had caused his wound to fall apart in the first place, he still had a three-inch long crevice along the middle of his belly.

3D Visualization And Guidance Platform For Microsurgery

February 8, 2010 1:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

In October 2009, TrueVision Systems, Inc. released two new products in the realm of HD in the OR: TrueWare™ 7.0 3D Visualization and Guidance Platform and TrueZoom™ 3D Surgical Camera for its suite of microsurgery systems. Together these new products provide an advanced 3D multi-window user interface and innovative 3D camera with new features to enhance productivity during surgery.


Medical-Grade HD Camera

February 8, 2010 5:06 am | Sony Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

February 8, 2010 Sony presents the PMW-10MD full HD (1920 x 1080) medical-grade camera system. The camera system exhibits: Integration of high-quality HD video acquisition with digital recording.  Compact size and remote camera-head for easy and adjustable overhead mounting above the operating table as well as on surgical microscopes.

Precision HD Camera System

February 8, 2010 5:04 am | Skytron | Product Releases | Comments

February 8, 2010 Skytron’s Aurora II Series Precision HD Camera System is mounted on Aurora II Series lightheads to deliver HD, high-resolution images. According to the company, the camera features: A design that permits transport from room to room.

Exclusive: Infection Prevention

February 8, 2010 5:02 am | by Robert Edelstein, president, Millennium Surgical Corp. | Articles | Comments

How to achieve compliance to increasingly robust standards for improved patient safety, risk reduction and staff safety. February 8, 2010 The trend over the last five years has been a continued, dedicated effort to establishing standards and steps for improving patient safety.


Do You And Your Patient Speak The Same Language?

February 8, 2010 5:02 am | Articles | Comments

By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Most every physician I know has hilarious stories of doctor-patient encounters where the patient, when asked his or her medical history, had trouble conveying the name of a medication or procedure that they had taken or had undergone.  I distinctly remember my first such encounter with medical translation.

Illinois Court Overturns Malpractice Statute

February 7, 2010 8:31 am | News | Comments

The Illinois Supreme Court recently overturned the state’s five-year-old medical malpractice law because it limited compensation to injured patients for pain, suffering and other non-economic harms. The ruling came down as federal proposals to cap malpractice awards are receiving fresh attention in Washington.

Nearly Half Of All Cancers Are Preventable

February 7, 2010 8:20 am | News | Comments

About 40 percent of cancers could be prevented if people stopped smoking and overeating, limited their alcohol, exercised regularly and got vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, experts say. The International Union Against Cancer released a report focused on steps that governments and the public can take to avoid the disease.

Government Picks Up Huge Health Care Tab

February 7, 2010 8:14 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Government is poised to become king of the hill in America's vast health care system, with or without President Barack Obama's planned redo. According to a recent report, federal and state programs will pay slightly more than half the tab for health care purchased in the United States by 2012, says the analysis by Medicare number crunchers published in the journal Health Affairs .


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