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Consolidate Inventory With Performance

May 19, 2010 12:10 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The universal Standard Via-Guard® suction set from SurgiMark, Inc. alternates clog-free Tip and AdjustaFlo® Poole suction. It clears fluids faster, saves time, eliminates excess inventory, reduces SKUs and lowers costs. The Vascular-Pediatric Via-Guard® extends the unique features to a wide range of use covering most suction requirements.

Single Port Surgery Requires Unique Skills

May 19, 2010 8:08 am | News | Comments

A poster presented at the 12th World Congress Of Endoscopic Surgery in April of this year concluded that single port surgery laparoscopic surgery requires unique skills that can—and need to—be learned by surgeons in order to perform the technique effectively. In the research, titled “Performance Ramifications of Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery: Measuring Differences in Task Performance Using Simulation,” Nathan E Conway, MD and colleagues suggest that single port laparoscopic surgery is a promising technique, but one that may be associated with specific psychomotor challenges such as use of articulated and/or deliberately crossed instruments.

Secrets Of Nursing: It’s Not Doctors Directing Your Care

May 19, 2010 8:08 am | by Head Nurse | Articles | Comments

I got into the same conversation this morning that I do every week, with the guy stocking produce at the local Crazy Grocery Store. "How you doin'?" he asked. "Inelegant." I replied. "You look fiiiiine" he said, grinning and showing his two gold teeth. We talked today about the time he spent in the hospital a few months ago.


Surgical Radiation Detection

May 19, 2010 8:07 am | Care Wise Medical Products | Product Releases | Comments

Care Wise Medical Products offers a new product in surgical radiation detection, the C-Trak® Galaxy System. According to the company, the system is designed to increase effectiveness and efficiency in identifying sentinel nodes and other radiation sources. Features include: Touch screen interface to enhance visibility and allow the surgeon to view radiation counts from a distance.

Consolidate Your Inventory with Performance

May 19, 2010 8:04 am | SurgiMark, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Standard Via-Guard® from SurgiMark, Inc. offers clog-free Tip and AdjustaFlo® Poole suction in one instrument. It clears fluids faster, saves time, eliminates excess SKUs, and lowers costs. The Vascular-Pediatric Via-Guard® extends the unique features to a wide range of use covering most suction requirements.

Hospitals Repay Over $3 Million To Settle Surgical Claims

May 19, 2010 7:53 am | News | Comments

Two Indiana hospitals have repaid millions of dollars to the federal government to settle claims that they overcharged for a type of spinal surgery. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie paid just under $2 million. President and chief executive Mike Haley said the hospital had fully cooperated with the investigation and voluntarily agreed to repay the money.

FDA Warns St. Jude Over Device Marketing Approach

May 19, 2010 7:40 am | News | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to medical device maker St. Jude Medical, Inc. due to the company promoting its device for an unapproved use. In a letter dated April 23, the FDA takes issue with claims on a St. Jude website promoting its Epicor ablation system.

Canadian Doc Accused Of Illegally Treating Top Athletes

May 19, 2010 7:27 am | News | Comments

Carolyn Thompson, AP A Canadian sports medicine doctor whose superstar clients include Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez, faces federal criminal charges in the United States for allegedly bringing unapproved drugs into the country and unlawfully treating professional athletes. Dr. Anthony Galea was charged in a criminal complaint in U.


MIS Sinus Surgery Becoming More Popular

May 19, 2010 7:12 am | News | Comments

Sinus surgery performed using an endoscope appears to be increasingly common for the management of chronic sinus disease among Medicare beneficiaries, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery . Chronic rhinosinusitis is characterized by infection and inflammation of the sinus cavities and nose that lasts longer than three months, according to background information in the article.

Status, Gender Impacts Surgical Resident Career Plans

May 19, 2010 7:01 am | News | Comments

Surgical residents who are single or do not have children are more likely to plan for specialty fellowships, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Surgery . Graduate surgical education has changed significantly in recent decades, according to background information in the article.

Surgical Simulation Drives New Training And Certification

May 18, 2010 7:21 am | News | Comments

Simbionix USA Corporation, a leading provider of medical education and simulation training products, reports that their ANGIO Mentor virtual reality simulator was used during the 4th International Congress of the Polish Vascular Societies in April 2010 for the training and certification of vascular physicians from medical centers across Poland.


Playing Doctor

May 18, 2010 7:13 am | News | Comments

Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Trauma Team™ for the Wii™ gaming platform is now available. The game offers players six different fields of medicine to master, including surgery, diagnosis, orthopedics, endoscopy, forensics and first response. “Trauma Team combines the best aspects of medical dramas and crime investigation TV shows with satisfying game play that anyone can pick up,” stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus.

Better Care At Lower Costs Drive FHA, ACS To Partner

May 18, 2010 6:58 am | News | Comments

Florida hospitals and surgeons today launched a significant new initiative to improve patient safety and the quality of surgical care while reducing costs throughout the state. The Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI), a joint project of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a statewide collaboration that will focus on reducing surgical complications and improving the quality of care in participating hospitals.

Pay For Performance: Infection Rates Inaccurate In Determining Report Card Grades

May 18, 2010 6:36 am | News | Comments

ICU-acquired infection rates are not an indication of patients' mortality risk, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, undermining a central tenet of many pay-for-performance initiatives. Public reporting of quality data is increasingly common in health care. These report cards are designed to improve the quality of care by helping patients choose the best hospitals.

Speaking For Mom

May 18, 2010 6:26 am | by StorytellERdoc | Articles | Comments

I walked into Room 28 to examine a woman who had presented to our emergency department with complaints of abdominal pain. She had initially been examined by our chief resident, who was under my supervision for this particular shift. Unfortunately, this patient was a "frequent-flier," presenting to our ER multiple times in the past few years.


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