In “The Hostile Hospital,” from the Lemony Snicket “Series of Unfortunate Events” books, the three young orphans at the center of the story visit the fictitious Heimlich Hospital, where Babs, the head of human resources, asks them if they know what the most important work done in a hospital is.
Researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, have developed a device that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims to protect and heal wounds as an alternative to skin grafts April 12, 2010 Inspired by a standard office inkjet printer, researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, have developed a device that can spray skin cells directly onto burn victims, quickly protecting and healing their wounds as an alternative to skin grafts, Reuters reported last week.
Siemens Healthcare introduces a new gold standard in cchocardiography: non-stitched, real-time full-volume 3D images of the heart acquired in one single heart cycle with the ACUSON SC2000™ volume imaging ultrasound system. The latest release of the system features: Unique technologies and applications that improve diagnostic confidence and workflow in echocardiography.
Olympus’ EndoEYE is a deflectable video laparoscope that combines a distally mounted video chip and with an advanced flexible tip design, providing a complete 100° field of view from multiple angles to visually capture the desired location head-on, from above, or even from behind.
I am a physician, and a neophyte political activist. These are two separate titles that I keep wrapped up in two distinct packages. When I graduated from medical school, I took an oath to care for my patients called the “Hippocratic Oath”. One line from that oath proclaims, “I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone”.
Study finds allograft soft tissue PCL reconstruction with an all-inside femoral fixation device through a single incision provides a safe and timely reconstruction and results in a reduction in bone and soft tissue injury. April 9, 2010 A new independent clinical study published in the February 2010 issue of Orthopedics reports Cayenne’s AperFix® System provides a safe, efficient and secure means of arthroscopic reconstruction of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) due to traumatic injury.
(AP) British doctors say they successfully separated conjoined Irish twins in a London hospital. The twin boys, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, were born in Cork, Ireland, joined at the chest. They did not share any major organs. About 20 doctors and nurses at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital were involved in a 14-hour surgery to separate the twins.
A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: “I know that health care providers are concerned about implementing new health information technology and finding professionals who can operate and maintain such systems. I know many clinicians are unsure how they will develop or strengthen their skill set to incorporate using health IT efficiently and effectively without jeopardizing their communication with patients during a clinical visit.
Using adult stem cells, researchers have created functional blood vessels that could one day replace synthetic grafts often required in various vascular bypass surgeries, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Annual Conference 2010.
Nicotine withdrawal can cause dangerous agitation in intensive care patients. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care found that, compared to non-smokers, agitated smokers were more likely to accidentally remove tubes and catheters, require supplemental sedative, analgesic or anti-psychotic medications, or need physical restraints.
A Los Angeles surgeon has been ordered to pay a Maryland patient and his wife $800,600 in a malpractice judgement. The ruling stems from Dr. Hrayr Shahinian performing an inappropriate surgery and then altering a pathology report to cover up his failure to remove a tumor. The award included $300,000 in punitive damages for “intentional infliction of emotional distress.
This man was brought to the clinic after his motorcycle crashed leaving him with a broken leg. Orthopedic surgeons from the Austin, TX area treated him.
A video from the International Journal of Urology presents images of a laparoscopic nephrectomy in patients with renal vein and/or inferior vena cava anomalies April 8, 2010 This video from the International Journal of Urology presents images of the management of the renal pedicle in laparoscopic nephrectomy in cases where there were anomalies of the renal vein and inferior vena cava.
Minimally invasive surgery takes advantage of advances in computer imaging and robotics to provide effective surgical cancer treatment with a much smaller impact on the patient. Robotic surgery systems consist of one or more robotic arms, precisely controlled by surgeons seated at a console, which enlarges 3-D views of the surgery site.