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Beyond Grey’s Anatomy - Doctors and Nurses Behaving Badly

November 3, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

Screaming matches in front of bewildered patients. Angry surgeons hurling instruments across the operating room. Treachery and backstabbing as physicians and nurses try to undermine one another. It may sound like a script from a television medical drama, but these kinds of scenarios are occurring frequently in hospitals across the country, according to a new survey conducted by the American College of Physician Executives.

J&J Makes $900 Million Cuts

November 3, 2009 6:19 am | News | Comments

AP - Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will trim layers of management, cut jobs, and set other restructuring moves in motion to save up to $900 million next year. The company said the job cuts will affect six to seven percent of its global work force of roughly 118,700 workers, prompting a restructuring charge of up to $1.

Pre-Surgery Beta Blockers Key For High-Risk Patients

November 3, 2009 6:19 am | News | Comments

High-risk patients who are not taking beta-blockers should have an escalated beta-blocker therapy started before scheduled cardiovascular surgery, state recently updated guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Standard practices had called for initiating beta-blocker therapy on the day of the procedure, or to pump up the dose right before it in order to minimize cardiovascular surgery risks.

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Med, Nursing Schools Teaching Alternative Remedies

November 3, 2009 6:18 am | by Source: The Associated Press article, by Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Future doctors and nurses are learning about acupuncture and herbs along with anatomy and physiology at a growing number of medical schools. It's another example of how alternative medicine has become mainstream. And it's often done with Uncle Sam's help, a recent article published by the Associated Press reports.

Intraoperative Fluid Control Device

November 3, 2009 6:16 am | Promethean Medical Tech. Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Promethean Fluid Control Island® System is a patented, proactive device designed to capture and contain fluids lost from the patient and instrumentation during scope procedures. The product is a combination drape and collection vessel that rests on the floor, uses existing hospital wall suction and immediately evacuates fluids for measurements before they hit the floor.

Missing The Airport

November 2, 2009 5:44 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

"... [Former Delta pilot] Bill Mazzone, who flew jet airliners for 23 years, said it’s just as possible they got caught napping. "It’s kind of like being in an operating room. You know the physicians and the nurses…are listening to music, telling jokes, they’re doing what keeps them alert," he said.

House Calls As Cost-Saver In Health Care Reform?

November 2, 2009 5:44 am | by by Pauline Arrillaga, AP National Writer The Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Dr. Peter Boling holds the frail hands of 90-year-old Alberta Scott in a nursing home in Richmond, Va., Thursday Oct. 29, 2009. A geriatrician at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, he visits nursing home patients and is also one of the nation's few doctors leading a team of traveling specialists that take to the road, medical bags in hand, to see patients where and when they need it most: In their own homes, before a crisis lands them in the ER.

Liquid Waste Disposal Systems

November 2, 2009 5:42 am | Bemis Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Quick-Drain Systems provide safe and cost-effective disposal of liquid infectious waste. These systems satisfy OSHA, EPA, CDC and NIOSH guidelines for the removal of infectious waste risks. Two separate systems utilize Bemis Hi-Flow Rigid Suction Canisters and Bemis Quick-Fit Suction Liners.

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1 Bite, 13 Surgeries & 20 Months Later

November 2, 2009 5:42 am | News | Comments

Text attributed to Richard Johnson, Outdoor Life Abnormally wet fall weather in many parts of the U.S. has resulted in an unanticipated increase in snake bites. Venomous snakebites are sometimes erroneously viewed as not all that serious, because most victims survive. Rarely reported is the physical devastation that some survivors endure after envenomation.

Semi-Rigid Suction Liner System

November 2, 2009 5:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DeRoyal SafeLiner™ semi-rigid canister offers an innovative, patent-pending adhesive seal on the lid that keeps it securely in place, preventing spills and leakage once full. Additional features include: A self-aligning lid that allows for quick and easy lid assembly.

Suction Mat

November 2, 2009 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Surgical introduces the newest addition to our Fluid Management Line:  the SurgiSafe® Suction Mat. According to the company, the mat exhibits: Ideal use for fluid intense procedures. A combination of functionality of absorption and suction to efficiently remove unlimited amounts of fluid from the OR floor.

Post-Surgical Radiation Offers Benefits

November 2, 2009 5:02 am | News | Comments

According to a new study presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), high-risk melanoma patients who are treated with radiation after surgery have a significantly lower risk of their cancer returning to the lymph nodes (19 percent), as those who do not (31 percent).

New Guidelines On N95 vs Surgical Masks

November 2, 2009 4:50 am | News | Comments

According to a recent release from the Infectious Diseases Society of America, authors of a study that found N95 respirators were better than surgical masks at preventing the flu have retracted many of their findings. After a re-analysis prompted by questions from reviewers, the findings were no longer significant, said Holly Seale, PhD, of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Castro Fears U.S. InFLUence

November 2, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

Will Weissert, AP The 83-year-old ex-president wrote in state-controlled newspapers on Saturday that many of Cuba's early cases of the virus were visitors from the United States. “We had the strange case where the United States, on one hand, authorized more trips for a large number of people carrying the virus, and on the other prohibited us from obtaining equipment and medicine to combat the virus,” Castro said.

Bending The Rules Of Clinical Trials

October 30, 2009 6:54 am | Articles | Comments

By Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: Louise (not her real name), a scientist and avid runner in her 50s, first noticed the strange pangs under her right ribcage a few weeks before we met. Her CAT scan revealed a liver so riddled with islands of tumor that the radiologist called them “too numerous to count.

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