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Blogging From The Hospital Bed

April 28, 2010 8:02 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

While browsing the health section on CNN’s website yesterday, I came across an article about a 25-year-old woman who recently passed away from cystic fibrosis. What made her story especially unique, though, was that up until the very end of her life, she blogged about her experience.

Experts Discuss Potential For Radiosurgical Technique To Treat Cancer

April 28, 2010 7:55 am | News | Comments

Radiosurgical approaches to cancer treatment are showing promise in the treatment of lung, liver, and spinal tumors, according to four leading clinical experts who presented at a symposium in New York earlier this month. New approaches to image-guidance and motion management are making it possible to successfully target tumors that are typically hard to reach with a radiosurgical technique doctors call stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).


Leg Positioning Device

April 28, 2010 7:53 am | TRUMPF | Product Releases | Comments

The ARCH Table Extension from TRUMPF is an easy-to-use, leg-holding traction device. Designed for the Direct Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement, it is also an excellent solution for hip and femur fracture cases. Features include: The ability for optimal leg positioning, including hyperextension, abduction and external rotation, to be achieved with constant, measurable, safe traction and precise reference points.


Epidural Positioning Device

April 28, 2010 7:52 am | Valley Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The EPD offers: Ample support of the chest to stabilize the back. The ability to clamp onto operating room tables using standard 5/8" clamps or to be used with the company’s self-supporting Labor and Delivery Stand (LDS). Suitability for a wide range of body sizes with simple adjustments.

Bariatric Solution For Positioning In Hip Surgery

April 28, 2010 7:51 am | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products introduces the large De Mayo Hip Positioner®--a bariatric solution for lateral positioning of obese patients during hip surgery or in any surgery requiring lateral positioning. The solution stabilizes bariatric patients in the same orientation throughout the surgical procedure, while eliminating the need for any strenuous lifting of the patient by OR personnel.

Suspended Brain Surgeons Supported By Expert

April 28, 2010 6:43 am | News | Comments

Frank Eltman, AP An expert on a rare form of brain surgery is backing a Long Island hospital under scrutiny after two of its top physicians were suspended for leaving a patient on the operating table. In a review commissioned by North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health Systems, UCLA neurosurgeon James Ausman called the Long Island hospital's Chiari Institute “the finest center of its kind in the world.

Mr. Baseball To Undergo Heart Surgery

April 28, 2010 6:26 am | News | Comments

Chris Jenkins, AP Bob Uecker has made a 40-year career out of delighting baseball fans with his self-deprecating sense of humor. Even facing heart surgery at the end of the week, that didn't change. Addressing reporters, the Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer opened up by joking that he called a press conference to announce that he was joining the Brewers' active roster.

5-Minute Test Could Save Thousands

April 28, 2010 6:14 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP A five-minute colon cancer test could reduce the number of deaths from the disease by about 40 percent, a new study says. British researchers followed more than 170,000 people for about 11 years. Of those, more than 40,000 had a flexi-scope test, an exam that removes polyps that could become cancerous.


Infection Control Better Investment Than Nuclear Weapons

April 28, 2010 6:02 am | News | Comments

For a fraction of the cost of maintaining a nuclear arsenal, the 11 nuclear power states (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran, and possibly Syria) could eliminate neglected infections within their borders—which account for up to 50 precent of the global disease burden, says an editorial published in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases .

Imaging Costs Rising Faster Than Cancer Care

April 28, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

The cost of imaging studies in cancer patients covered by Medicare is growing at twice the rate of the overall costs of cancer care in that group, according to scientists in the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). A dramatic increase in PET scans is leading the way. Imaging is the fastest growing expense for Medicare, but until now, it has not been analyzed as a specific component of care within the cancer population.

Gel Support Pad

April 27, 2010 8:46 am | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products introduces the Phase 4™ Gel, a soft, light gel support pad to aid in the prevention of pressure sores. Features of the pad include: Light weight. A micro-thin coating allowing it to move with the patient’s skin to minimize skin shear forces.

Survivor Of 43-Hour Tumor Removal Surgery Passes

April 27, 2010 7:36 am | News | Comments

Robert Collison, 59, died on Friday at a hospital in Milwaukee four months after undergoing 43 hours of surgery in New York to remove a huge cancerous tumor. The operation, described in an article from Science Times , was performed by Dr. Tomoaki Kato, an expert in ex-vivo resection. He had to remove Collison’s liver, then re-implant it.

An Unforeseen Complication Of Electronic Medical Records

April 27, 2010 7:27 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

One afternoon several years ago, I found myself faced with an unexpected challenge while seeing patients in clinic. The hospital had just put in effect an electronic medical records system, or EMR, and along with the dozens of shiny new computer terminals installed in nursing stations on every ward came the promise of fewer missing charts, streamlined information and efficient work-flow patterns for all.

Lollipop Arm Board

April 27, 2010 7:27 am | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

Medicus Health offers their new Lollipop Arm Board, which creates an instant arm board when and where necessary. Features of the arm board include: A design to be used on tables in treatment areas that do not have mounting rails. Construction from ultra durable Phenolic Resin.

Spine Table Extension

April 27, 2010 7:26 am | Allen Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The Allen Spine System is an extension for the OR table that enables spine surgery with the positioning benefits of a Jackson table. The system offers: Intra-operative lumbar flex and a small storage footprint. Ability for the accessories to adjust to fit the individual patient's anatomy.


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