For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones and the Internet, to connect doctors to patients in far-flung locales. But are doctors ready for this form of technology? Telemedicine has the potential to improve quality of care by allowing clinicians in one “control center” to monitor, consult and even care for and perform procedures on patients in multiple locations.
Newswire A new approach to common cardiac procedures called transradial angiography might lead to reduced patient complications and recovery time, as well as lower hospital costs. Cardiologists at the University of Illinois and Jesse Brown VA medical centers are among the first in the Chicago area to offer the approach to heart angiograms and clearing blocked arteries.
Cook Medical is touting a recent study that compares its Zilver Biliary Stent to the most commonly used device, the Wallstent from Boston Scientific. Essentially, the conclusion of the international multi-center study, published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy , is that the two stents have very similar performance characteristics.
While numbers can be twisted to mean almost anything a user wants them to, those relating to obesity and the general overweight condition of the U.S. population are tough to ignore. What I find interesting is that while some organizations – political and charitable alike – have established programs aimed at promoting exercise and healthier eating in combating this situation, it’s tough to ignore that a fair amount of resources have also been used to assimilate these conditions into our society.
Laura Buchholz, Reuters Pregnant women tempted to induce labor for convenience rather than medical necessity may want to wait for nature to take its course. Dr. J. Christopher Glantz at the University of Rochester School of Medicine found that inducing labor introduces a risk of 1 to 2 cesareans per 25 inductions that might have been avoided by waiting for spontaneous labor to begin.
Shares of companies that make orthopedic implants, like Biomet, could be strong performers heading into 2010. Biomet, which is privately held, reported sales for its fiscal second quarter that showed revenue growth of eight percent, rising to $695.6 million. That included 15 percent growth in revenue from knee implants, an eight percent gain in hip implant revenue, and a 29 percent jump in revenue from procedures on the extremities.
Stephanie Nano, AP It looks like doctors aren't the only ones who should scrub before surgery. Bathing patients with an antiseptic and squirting medicated ointment up their noses dramatically cut the rate of dangerous staph infections afterward, researchers found. A second study found the antiseptic did a better job of preventing infections than the reddish-brown iodine solution that's been used for decades to swab the skin before an operation.
Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Director of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, recently started using Twitter as a means of disseminating the latest information in facial plastic surgery techniques, new products and beauty trends to his patients and anyone else interested in facial rejuvenation.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care recently announced the findings of their prospective, randomized, controlled, multi-center trial on cuffed versus uncuffed endotracheal tubes in small children, which has been published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia . The study found that the incidence of tube exchange was 15 times less in children who received cuffed ET tubes than those who received uncuffed ET tubes.
Vision USA offers the Lana Loupe Fit Over Telescope glasses that can be worn over prescription, safety or safety laser glasses. According to the company, features include: Lightweight, high-quality optical lens and available in 2.5x and 3.5x. The ability for the telescopes to flip up or down in front of you prescription/safety/safety laser glasses.
Ingen Technologies, Inc. introduces the new Oxyview Pulse Oximeter. The Oxyview Pulse Oximeter is a device to check patient blood-oxygen saturation (SpO2) level and pulse rate. According to the company, features include: The ability to fit both Adult and Pediatric patients.
Spectrum Labs' full line of OR equipment drapes are 100 percent latex-free and made in the USA. According to the company, the drapes are strong and durable, and feature: A soft anti-stat material, with medical grade tape strips. Clear polyethylene that will not obstruct view.
Study shows bacterial contamination associated with home-laundered surgical scrubs is significantly greater than other options. Facility-laundered, third-party laundered and single-use scrubs are “cleaner.” January 8, 2010 A study comparing the aerobic bacterial bioburden associated with surgical scrub attire shows significantly greater contamination among home-laundered attire than scrubs laundered by the healthcare facility, scrubs sent out by the facility to a third-party company for laundering, or single use/disposable scrubs.
Unlike some forms of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gowns or masks which are worn only during particular situations, gloves are worn constantly on a daily basis. This video clip from HCPros "Personal Protective Equipment Training Video," shows how to safely put on and remove medical gloves.
This is a surgical procedure of laparoscopic myomectomy being performed with the use of da Vinci Surgical System. This patient had minimal blood loss and was able to go home from the hospital within 23 hours. Return to normal activity within two weeks.