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Scrub Tech Causes Major Hepatitis Scare In Colorado

July 13, 2009 10:57 am | News | Comments

P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — Kimberly Spencer's 9-year-old son went to Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center last month for what was supposed to be a routine surgery. The rambunctious child stuck a BB in his ear and doctors had to operate to remove it. What happened next shocked the family.

Improved Intra-Abdominal Access

July 13, 2009 10:54 am | Surgiquest, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Airseal™ System from Surgiquest, Inc. employs an invisible air barrier within the access port's 2 to 12 mm cannula housing that automatically self adjusts for constant and proper intra-abdominal pressure, using the company's Dynamic Pressure System (DPS 1000) unit.

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Bariatric Surgical Instruments

July 13, 2009 10:52 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces a full line of bariatric instruments. These longer-length instruments offer: Availability in many patterns with lengths of up to 18", which include Tungsten Carbide needle holders, scissors, suction tubes and more, for improved reach in bariatric patients.

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Streamlined Design For Larger Patients

July 13, 2009 10:49 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | Product Releases | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. introduces the REALIZE™ Adjustable Gastric Band-C, a new gastric band with a streamlined design that eases placement and has an expanded adjustment range that can accommodate larger patients. The REALIZE Band-C has the same clinically proven high-volume, low-pressure system as the original REALIZE Band, but offers additional features, including: A 14 percent greater stoma adjustment range to accommodate larger patients.

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The Future Of Wireless Medical Devices

July 13, 2009 10:34 am | News | Comments

Globally there are more than a billion overweight adults, of whom at least 300 million are clinically obese. Both these conditions are major risks in the development of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. The global population is also getting older— the proportion 60-year-olds or above is projected to grow from 10 percent in 2005 to 21 percent by 2050.

Real Stories Behind The Healthcare Debate

July 8, 2009 7:18 am | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Change—it has been a common word in the news over the past year or so, stemming from the election of President Barack Obama. So, it’s no surprise that amidst the current healthcare debate, the word “change”—and the extent to which it’s necessary for our current healthcare system—is once again being used.

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Video: Begging For Change

July 8, 2009 7:13 am | Videos | Comments

Posted on YouTube by Maine’s Service Employees union called “Begging For Change.” The video, advocating for government-run healthcare, shows fundraising efforts for people struggling with medical bills. Snapshots of signs and posters and photos fade in and out of the video while the “Begging For Change Healthcare Blues” plays in the background.

Prevent Infection: Save Lives, Control Costs

July 8, 2009 6:53 am | Articles | Comments

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.

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Advocates Are Back With Real Health Care Stories

July 7, 2009 1:16 pm | News | Comments

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.

Video: da Vinci S-Robot In Action

July 6, 2009 1:41 pm | Videos | Comments

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.

Study: New Flu Inefficient In Attacking People

July 6, 2009 1:37 pm | News | Comments

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.

Parents Of Oregon Boy Settle In Surgery Lawsuit

July 6, 2009 1:31 pm | News | Comments

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.

Bone Agent Linked To Problems In Neck Surgeries

July 6, 2009 1:29 pm | News | Comments

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.

Scrub Tech May Have Exposed Thousands To Hepatitis

July 6, 2009 1:27 pm | News | Comments

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.

Europe's Free, State-Run Health Care Has Drawbacks

July 6, 2009 1:25 pm | News | Comments

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.

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