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How Progress Can Get In The Way

January 18, 2010 6:59 am | Articles | Comments

by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS This morning, I am sitting in front of my computer, drinking my coffee, and chatting with a good friend from my surgical residency days named Chris.  Chris is helping me with a humanitarian project that I am currently working on.  I am designing solar and wind powered units that can run a small surgical clinic in a remote area, or in areas of disaster relief.

New Alternative For Pancreatic Biopsy

January 18, 2010 6:57 am | News | Comments

It is reasonable to obtain a histological diagnosis before treating patients who have pancreatic masses and are unsuitable or unwilling to undergo surgery. As the pancreas is a deep-seated organ surrounded by other vital structures, it is a challenge for the physician to obtain an adequate specimen for histological examination.

Artificial Muscles Restore Facial Movement

January 18, 2010 6:51 am | News | Comments

Surgeons from UC Davis Medical Center have demonstrated that artificial muscles can restore the ability of patients with facial paralysis to blink, a development that could benefit the thousands of people each year who no longer are able to close their eyelids due to combat-related injuries, stroke, nerve injury or facial surgery.

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Helping Haiti – The Struggle Within

January 15, 2010 7:56 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

Right now it’s tough to find any news outlet not offering something relative to the tragedy encompassing the earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti – my apologies to any of you that may have looked to this newsletter as an escape from that type of coverage.

Efficient, High-Volume Washing

January 15, 2010 5:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

STERIS Corporation offers the Reliance Vision Single-Chamber Washer/Disinfector to its line of automated washing systems for sterile processing departments (SPD). The company feels the washer/disinfector can more efficiently process high volumes of medical devices, utensils and delicate instruments with features like the following: Optimized cycles allowing racks to exit as fast as every 20 minutes.

Gowns And Drapes To Manage Surgical Fluid

January 15, 2010 5:39 am | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care’s expanded lines of surgical gowns, drapes and packs offer the right protection for the right procedure. The new KC100 line offers reliable, cost-effective protection for everyday use during lower fluid, shorter procedures.

Suction Mat For Fluid-Intense Procedures

January 15, 2010 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

For extremely fluid intense procedures, Aspen Surgical is offers the SurgiSafe® Suction Mat. According to the company, the mat exhibits: Ideal use for fluid intense procedures. A combination of functionality of absorption and suction to efficiently remove unlimited amounts of fluid from the OR floor.

Purchasing Perspectives: Surgical Gowns And Drapes

January 15, 2010 5:35 am | Articles | Comments

As purchasing professionals are faced increasing pressures to buy the lowest priced products, yet maintain high-quality, making the right purchasing choice for surgical gowns and drapes is especially important. These materials are crucial to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe.

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Texted Donations For Haiti Pass $5 Million

January 15, 2010 5:22 am | News | Comments

Barbara Ortutay, AP U.S. cell phone users have contributed more than $5 million in $10 increments to the Red Cross for Haiti disaster relief, by far the largest outpouring of support via mobile devices in history. The response to the devastating earthquake produced the highest amount of mobile donations that we have ever seen, said Jenifer Snyder, executive director of mGive Foundation, the nonprofit group that is working with the Red Cross and wireless carriers to channel the donations.

Study Casts Doubt On Surgical Recovery Technique

January 15, 2010 5:09 am | News | Comments

New research casts doubt on increasingly popular blood-based injections reportedly used by Tiger Woods and other athletes to speed recovery after orthopedic surgery. In a small study at a hospital in The Netherlands, the treatment worked no better than salt water injections in patients with Achilles tendon injuries.

Obesity Rate Still High, But Steady

January 15, 2010 5:00 am | News | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP The nation's obesity rate appears to have stalled, but the latest numbers still show that more than two-thirds of adults and almost one-third of kids are overweight, with no sign of improvement. According to government data from the years 2007-08 published this week, the obesity rate has held steady for about five years.

Armed With A New Windpipe

January 15, 2010 4:46 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP For more than a quarter of a century, Linda De Croock lived with constant pain from a car accident that smashed her windpipe. Today, she has a new one after surgeons implanted the windpipe from a dead man into her arm, where it grew new tissue before being transplanted into her throat.

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Law Will Require Hospitals To List "Avoidable Mistakes" On Web

January 15, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

A new law is taking effect that will require New Hampshire hospitals to report avoidable mistakes to the public. It’s something the family of Carol Scaison, a 57-year-old mother from Danville, NH who spent the last days of her life as a paraplegic and blind, belief is over due. The family's attorney alleges her condition resulted from a mistake at a local hospital.

Adverse Event Report Shows Good & Bad

January 15, 2010 3:57 am | News | Comments

The sixth annual report of adverse health events released by the Minnesota Department of Health saw a patient given the wrong medicine, resulting in serious disability, a woman inseminated with the wrong sperm, serious falls and a patient-against-patient sexual assault. In a knee replacement, surgery on the wrong leg was caught in time, but not before the wrong leg was given regional anesthesia.

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