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Fixed-Cost Surgical Packages

March 9, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

(PRNewswire) Two core premises underlie Mobile Surgery International's (MSI) mission to broaden access to surgical choice and quality. The first is that patients (and payers) should be able to make decisions about surgical options based upon access to complete information up front about all of the necessary services associated with their surgical procedure, the skill and expertise of the surgeon carrying out the procedure, and the total costs involved.

A Genuine Pain In The ...

March 9, 2010 5:04 am | News | Comments

Six women in New Jersey are recovering after they received buttocks-enhancement injections containing the same type of silicone used to caulk bathtubs. State health officials say the women, from Essex County, apparently underwent cosmetic procedures from unlicensed providers in an area hotel. New Jersey health officials said the dangerous mixture had seriously damaging effects, including deep tissue and skin infections, as well as abscesses.

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New Pain Relief Techniques For Post-Op Patients

March 9, 2010 4:50 am | News | Comments

Non-traditional therapies are used to relieve pain in as many as 50 percent of hospitalized patients, offers a study in the Journal of Patient Safety . The study shows that an integrative program can have a significant impact on pain in an environment where pain management continues to be a major challenge, and traditional medications can have negative consequences.

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Medical Polymer For Chronic Implants

March 8, 2010 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

March 12, 2010 DSM PTG, part of DSM Biomedical, introduces Bionate® II PCU, a versatile medical polymer with built-in surface technology designed for chronic implants.  Bionate® II PCU is a line extension of the Bionate® Polycarbonate Urethane family, a medical polymer for long-term implants and is backed by an established FDA Master File.

Clipboards Safe For Now - iPad Launch Delayed

March 8, 2010 4:26 am | News | Comments

Barbara Ortutay, AP The much-anticipated iPad tablet computer from Apple, Inc., which was targeted for potential hospital use, will start hitting U.S. store shelves on April 3, slightly later than originally planned. When Apple unveiled the touch-screen device Jan. 27, the company said the first iPads would reach the market in late March worldwide, not just in the U.

Self-Expanding Stent Receives CE Marking

March 8, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

Medical device maker Stentys announced today that it has received CE Marking for its self-expanding and disconnectable stent to treat acute coronary syndrome (ACS).  According to the company, the self-expanding feature of the Stentys platform is designed to ensure optimal apposition of a stent in the initial hours and days after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) procedure, by being continuously applied to the vessel’s internal surface even during thrombus and vessel spasm relief, thereby avoiding malapposition.

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Post-Mastectomy Patients May Not Need Radiation

March 8, 2010 4:25 am | News | Comments

Breast cancer patients with early stage disease that has spread to only one lymph node may not benefit from radiation after mastectomy, because of the low risk of recurrence following modern surgery and systemic therapy, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Infection Control Concerns From Local Hand Sanitizers

March 8, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

Mike Melia, AP Puerto Rico's government has sent inspectors across the island to stop stores from selling locally produced hand sanitizers tainted with dangerous bacteria. The products were made by Puerto Rico Beverage, Inc. of Maunabo. A recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection of the plant found serious problems with manufacturing practices.

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Shoulder Function Not Fully Restored After Surgery

March 8, 2010 4:24 am | News | Comments

Shoulder motion after rotator cuff surgery remains significantly different when compared to the patient's opposite shoulder, according to Henry Ford Hospital researchers. In the study, researchers used X-rays providing a 3D view of motion of the arm bone in relation to the shoulder blade, compared to motion in the shoulders of 14 patients who had arthroscopic surgical repair of tendon tears and no symptoms in their other shoulders.

It’s Time For Surgery’s Future To Go Under The Knife

March 5, 2010 11:52 am | by Pier Giulianotti, M.D. University of Illinois at Chicago | Articles | Comments

It’s not enough to have mere awareness in robotic surgery; the imperative lies in applying it—and differently. March 8, 2010 Pier Giulianotti, M.D. Recently, I consulted with a leading medical manufacturer about a new surgical tool in development which would expand the depth and scope of robotic surgeries presently available to the medical community.

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Automating The Driver Of The Hospital

March 5, 2010 11:52 am | by Amanda McGowan | Articles | Comments

In response to the increased economic pressures and quality concerns facing hospitals today, many facilities are automating their perioperative systems in an effort to boost revenue and improve clinical outcomes. March 8, 2010 No one, no matter how smart they are, can remember everything,” says Susan Almquist-Baldwin, Vice President of Perioperative Systems at North Shore Long Island Jewish (NSLIJ).

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Michael J. Fox Named Honorary Doctor In Sweden

March 5, 2010 7:15 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Karolinska institute says it will give an honorary degree of medicine to Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox for his work to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease. The institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in medicine, says the Michael J.

Senators: Lift Ban On Gays Donating Blood

March 5, 2010 7:15 am | News | Comments

Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The time has come to change a policy that imposes a lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had gay sex since 1977, 18 senators said Thursday. "Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban," said Sen.

Lawsuit: Cosmetic Surgery Killed Mom Of 3

March 5, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

A mother of three wanted a change and went in for a common procedure -- a face-lift. She never came out of surgery. Her family now says that a well-known, nationwide chain is responsible for her death and has filed a lawsuit against Lifestyle Lift in Middlesex Superior Court. The company insists the procedure is safe and the patient is to blame.

Concerns Over ‘Metal On Metal’ Hip Implants

March 5, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

Some of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons have reduced or stopped use of a popular category of artificial hips amid concerns that the devices are causing severe tissue and bone damage in some patients, often requiring replacement surgery within a year or two. In recent years, such devices, known as “metal on metal” implants, have been used in about one-third of the approximately 250,000 hip replacements performed annually in this country.

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