As I sit here in a medical innovation conference, I find myself becoming more and more angered by one of the speakers. A man with an MBA and fancy title from PriceWaterhouseCoopers is lecturing us about how doctors are essentially money-grubbing, change-resistant, quality-care avoiding “pains in the you-know-what,” obstructing progress in healthcare reform and blocking technology adoption.
DxNA has announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its 2009 H1N1 influenza virus diagnostic test for use in DxNA’s GeneSTATTM detection platform. According to the company, the new platform enables faster detection of the virus in a portable composition that weighs less than 10 pounds.
At www.cnn.com you can find what they feel are the top medical developments for 2009. Here are the first five, with the conclusion appearing tomorrow. 10. Warm Organ Perfusion Device. Currently, organs waiting to be transplanted are rushed to the patient in a freezer, but after five hours the heart or lung or liver has usually deteriorated so much that it becomes useless.
JoAnne Allen, Reuters Americans may live significantly longer in the future than current U.S. government projections, and that could mean sharply higher costs than anticipated for Medicare and other programs, researchers have reported. By 2050 Americans may live as much as eight years longer than government forecasts, and that spending by Medicare and Social Security could rise by as much as $8.
The pain in Dan Abrams' leg throbbed so much he could barely stand. Still, the 60-year-old Somerville, NJ resident, who friends say had just canceled his health insurance because of the tough economy, debated from a hospital emergency room whether he should stay and run up thousands of dollars in debt, or take antibiotics from home and hope they arrested the mysterious infection in his leg.
A Miami hotel has been evacuated after one guest died and two more fell ill from contaminated drinking water. The hotel in question is the Luxury Epic in downtown Miami – which was housing more than 300 guests at the time of the evacuation. On Sunday, all guests were relocated to surrounding hotels, following a cluster of physical illnesses.
One morning as a medical student on the surgery service, I learned about a patient who had been hemorrhaging on the operating table the night before. The intern who had assisted during the operation took great pains to describe every detail of the failed efforts of several senior surgeons and the final, ultimately lifesaving, maneuvers of the department chairman.
Medivance offers the Arctic Sun® Temperature Management System, a thermoregulatory device that monitors and controls patient temperature within a range of 33°C to 37°C (91.4°F to 98.6°F). According to the company, the system exhibits: The Model 2000 automated controller featuring: The ability to monitor and control patient temperature The ability to pull temperature-controlled water ranging between 4°C and 42°C (39.
Neonatal Whole Body Cooling is shown to improve outcomes for newborns meeting the requirements for HIE. Cincinnati Sub-Zero’s Blanketrol III with its “Gradient Technology” and the Kool-Kit Neonate provide accurate and safe patient temperature management.
Susanne M. Schafer, AP Thousands of Army training recruits line up at least once more before heading home for the holidays, this time for mass inoculations against swine flu. The Army's largest training camp, Fort Jackson, just outside Columbia, S.C., and other posts are hurrying to finish the shots before the year-end break.
In a question-and-answer session, Rick Schultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. in Stow, OH, discusses what to expect in terms of operating room purchasing in 2010. December 14, 2009 Surgical Products: How do you see OR purchasing changing in 2010 vs.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Doctors in the nation's capital have performed a record-setting kidney swap, part of a pioneering effort to expand transplants to patients who too often never qualify. These 26 operations put healthy kidneys into 13 desperately ill people. When relative after relative failed to be a match for his wife Irene, Tom Otten, a suburban St.
As good as laparoscopy is in preventing some of the stresses of open surgery on the body, it can have drawbacks, including reduced blood flow that can impact organ function. However, by adding another gas to the carbon dioxide used to inflate the surgical area during laparoscopy, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found they can preserve more normal blood flow during noninvasive surgery.
The FDA recently advised healthcare providers over a growing concern related to rare, but potentially fatal complications from negative pressure wound therapy. The therapy involves a device that uses a vacuum pump to produce sub-atmospheric pressure over a chronic wound or burn. Although the procedure can aid healing and closing of wounds by creating a vacuum to remove excess fluid and infected material, the FDA noted that bleeding and infection can occur.
President Barack Obama said pledged nearly $600 million from the $787 billion economic stimulus plan to help create jobs at 85 community health centers. Obama is under heavy pressure to generate job growth, with November unemployment rates at over 10 percent. The White House said the $600 million would awarded to help pay for major construction and renovation projects across the country and assist networks at the centers to move to electronic records.