Data reporting the costs of treating hospital-acquired infection shows why it’s crucial for hospitals to practice preventative infection control not only for the sake of its patients, but for its bottom line. Infection in a hospital is costly on a number of levels. From a patient perspective, infections can cause severe complications, pain, and even death.
Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — When carpenter Greg Douglas crashed his pickup truck, his toolbox hit him and smashed his ribs and collarbone. After a month in the hospital, the medical bills hit him even harder, totaling $165,000. Douglas is among thousands of people now telling their stories on videos, ads and Web sites on both sides of the health care debate.
This segment from the TV program Inside Jacksonville highlights Baptist Health's da Vinci S-Robot. The da Vinci is a new addition to Baptist's surgical program, further improving surgeons' capability to perform minimally invasive procedures. The S-Robot, the latest version available in the da Vinci Surgical System, is used for procedures in gynecology, gynecologic oncology, adult and pediatric urology and pediatric general surgery.
Randolph E. Schmid, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — With swine flu continuing to spread around the world, researchers say they have found the reason it is — so far — more a series of local blazes than a wide-raging wildfire. The new virus, H1N1, has a protein on its surface that is not very efficient at binding with receptors in people's respiratory tracts, researchers at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology report in Friday's edition of the journal Science.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The parents of a 3-year-old boy who died after an Oregon doctor operated on him have agreed to settle a wrongful death lawsuit for $200,000. The parents of Ian McClellan contended Dr. Jayant Patel perforated the boy's bowel while attempting to place a feeding tube inside of him on Feb.
Carla K. Johnson, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — A bone growth agent used in thousands of spinal fusion surgeries for neck pain has been linked to complications and higher cost, according to the first nationwide study of the product. Safety questions arose last year about the protein product, BMP, when used in fusion surgeries in the neck region, a use not approved by federal regulators.
DENVER (AP) — A former surgery technician may have exposed thousands of Colorado patients to hepatitis C when she swapped her own dirty syringes for ones filled with a powerful narcotic, federal authorities said Thursday. Kristen Diane Parker faces criminal charges for allegedly making the swaps while working at Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center in Colorado Springs and Rose Medical Center in Denver.
Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — As President Barack Obama pushes to overhaul the American health care system, the role of government is at the heart of the debate. In Europe, free, state-run health care is a given. The concept has been enshrined in Europe for generations.
The first annual Excellence in Surgical Products Awards will be determined by the educated, hands-on recommendation of our expert readers. The actual users of this innovative technology will tell us which companies and products are deserving of the ESP Award, those products that contributed most to surgical performance, efficiency and safety.
Caltech Industries, Inc. introduces the new CITRACE® Hospital Germicide, a solution for pathogenic organisms in clinical settings. According to the company, CITRACE features: The ability to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria on hard, non-porous surfaces in just 30 seconds. The ability to disinfect high-touch surfaces to eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Rhinovirus, Influenza and MRSA.
Company’s oxidizing chemistry is safe for patients, staff and devices for disinfection in the GI suite STERIS Corporation offers Resert XL HLD High Level Disinfectant, a new non-aldehyde solution, for hospitals and health centers. According to the company, the Resert XL HLD High Level Disinfectant is a broad-based microbicide-based on AHP™, a proprietary formulation from Virox Technologies that utilizes hydrogen peroxide as the active agent.
For a time during college, I worked as a waitress to make a little extra cash. Needless to say, it didn’t go so well. While waitressing is a great job for those with the patience and personality for waiting on people, it was definitely not the position for me. It wasn’t long before I sought out a different job more along the lines of what I wanted to do.
The AirPal RAMP (Rapid Airway Management Positioner) is a medical device to assist in safe patient handling and positioning for Airway Management. Proper patient positioning during direct laryngoscopy is frequently overlooked by novice intubators. Manual attempts are nonstandard, unreliable and extremely time inefficient.
Clare Williams Tager, BSE, is the President of High Country Medical and an Educator and Consultant for Allen Medical Systems. She has worked for the past 18 years in thousands of operating rooms with OR nurses and surgeons, observing different procedures, new technologies, trends, and determining both correct and incorrect ways to position patients.
Dan Allen received his BFA from Kent State University and in 1976 he began a career long commitment to the study of anatomy and physiology relating to surgical patient posturing and positioning. He is the inventor of the Allen Universal Stirrup and the retired founder of Allen Medical Systems and has been involved in the development, pioneering and marketing of innovative OR devices, posturing equipment, pressure management and pressure sore prevention products during his 30 year career in the medical device industry.