Megan Brooks, Reuters The problem, Dr. Martin A. Makary of Johns Hopkins University notes, is that hospitals are not creating a “culture of speaking up. If people are not speaking up regarding their own safety concerns, it's probably a surrogate marker of people not speaking up about patient safety concerns.
Maggie Fox, Reuters Stung by the continuing struggle to make a vaccine against the swine flu pandemic, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Tuesday her department would review its approach to disaster preparedness. The goal, Sebelius said, will be streamlined regulations that speed the approval of new technologies being promoted through government contracts with private companies.
A group of European scientists say they have successfully connected a robotic hand to a man who had lost an arm, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial hand and control it with his thoughts. The experiment lasted a month. Scientists say it was the first time an amputee has been able to make complex movements using his mind to control a biomechanical hand connected to his nervous system.
An international study that examined the extent of infections in nearly 1,300 intensive care units (ICUs) in 75 countries found that about 50 percent of the patients were considered infected, with infection associated with an increased risk of death in the hospital. The full study will appear in the December 2 issue of JAMA.
Erik Schelzig, AP Market Center Management has announced plans to build and operate a $250 million Nashville Medical Trade Center on the site of the city's existing convention center. Officials say it could create 2,700 jobs. The 12-story structure would be built on top of the largely underground facility that would become available if the Metro Council approves the construction of a new $585 million convention center a few blocks away.
December 16, 2009 The new Bair Paws Flex™ gown from Arizant Healthcare fully covers patients and also warms them before, during and after surgery with “forced-air warming”—a warmed stream of air flowing through the garment’s inserts. It can also help hospitals easily comply with a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) patient warming quality measure that went into effect on October 1 that could eventually result in millions more surgical patients being warmed each year.
Gauthier Biomedical introduces a new line of specialized surgical instruments with their innovative Twist-N-Load Connection System. The company says that with the Twist-N-Load, users don’t have to pull back on any collar, or push a button to begin the connection process.
For hospitals and surgical centers aiming to minimize accidental scalpel cuts, needle sticks, and other such hazards in the OR, Advanced Medical Innovations (AMI) introduces its Safe Sharps Management product line, which includes the Reusable Saf-T-Scalpel™. This reusable safety scalpel is identical to the standard scalpel handle used routinely in surgery with a thin metal guard to cover the blade while passing it to the surgeon within the Neutray™.
A recent study reveals a seven-fold increase in the potentially lethal superbug in outpatient hospital units between 1999 and 2006 The community-associated strain of the deadly superbug MRSA—an infection-causing bacteria resistant to most common antibiotics—poses a far greater health threat than previously known and is making its way into hospitals, according to a study in the December issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Like many of you, I often attend industry meetings and trade shows to learn about the latest surgical technology and stay up-to-date with what is going on in the operating room (OR). This is crucial in my work because unlike you I am not in an OR every day, seeing first-hand the successes and failures of the next great advancements in surgery.
Barco introduces a new generation of its Nio 5MP diagnostic display system. The new display system offers several technological advancements that lead to higher optical performance, more efficient workflow and a longer product lifetime. According to the company, the new system features: Integration of a brand-new LCD panel based on IPS (In-plane switching) technology, so grayscale images are presented with more brightness, improved contrast and better black uniformity, under any ambient light condition.
December 7, 2009 Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) introduced its portfolio of products designed to manage dose radiation at this year’s 95th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago. One of the new products is the EasyDiagnost Eleva.
Telemis Group, a medical imaging company specialized in PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) solutions, announces that it is to make its innovative, platform-independent technologies available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other third parties for the first time.
Should there be a premium added to physician compensation for on-call coverage after hours, or are Medicare rates enough? This appears to be the central question between two competing hospitals in Longview, Texas where a $300,000 stipend was paid to a cardiology group by one hospital and not the other for cardiology on-call coverage.
Surgical Products talks with Joan Blanchard of AORN about the importance of hand hygiene and a new initiative to engage and recognize nurses around the country for exemplary hand hygiene compliance. To raise awareness of the deadly risks associated with poor hand hygiene and encourage best practices among nurses and other healthcare professionals, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and 3M Infection Prevention have joined in an initiative to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the surgical setting.