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Imaging Costs Rising Faster Than Cancer Care

April 28, 2010 5:51 am | News | Comments

The cost of imaging studies in cancer patients covered by Medicare is growing at twice the rate of the overall costs of cancer care in that group, according to scientists in the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). A dramatic increase in PET scans is leading the way. Imaging is the fastest growing expense for Medicare, but until now, it has not been analyzed as a specific component of care within the cancer population.

Gel Support Pad

April 27, 2010 8:46 am | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products introduces the Phase 4™ Gel, a soft, light gel support pad to aid in the prevention of pressure sores. Features of the pad include: Light weight. A micro-thin coating allowing it to move with the patient’s skin to minimize skin shear forces.

Survivor Of 43-Hour Tumor Removal Surgery Passes

April 27, 2010 7:36 am | News | Comments

Robert Collison, 59, died on Friday at a hospital in Milwaukee four months after undergoing 43 hours of surgery in New York to remove a huge cancerous tumor. The operation, described in an article from Science Times , was performed by Dr. Tomoaki Kato, an expert in ex-vivo resection. He had to remove Collison’s liver, then re-implant it.


An Unforeseen Complication Of Electronic Medical Records

April 27, 2010 7:27 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

One afternoon several years ago, I found myself faced with an unexpected challenge while seeing patients in clinic. The hospital had just put in effect an electronic medical records system, or EMR, and along with the dozens of shiny new computer terminals installed in nursing stations on every ward came the promise of fewer missing charts, streamlined information and efficient work-flow patterns for all.

Lollipop Arm Board

April 27, 2010 7:27 am | Medicus Health | Product Releases | Comments

Medicus Health offers their new Lollipop Arm Board, which creates an instant arm board when and where necessary. Features of the arm board include: A design to be used on tables in treatment areas that do not have mounting rails. Construction from ultra durable Phenolic Resin.

Spine Table Extension

April 27, 2010 7:26 am | Allen Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The Allen Spine System is an extension for the OR table that enables spine surgery with the positioning benefits of a Jackson table. The system offers: Intra-operative lumbar flex and a small storage footprint. Ability for the accessories to adjust to fit the individual patient's anatomy.

Pediatric Positioner Kit

April 27, 2010 7:24 am | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Action has assembled a versatile pediatric positioning kit for the OR. Akton® polymer positioners provide newborns through toddlers optimum pressure ulcer prevention during a wide variety of procedures and positions. The multipurpose set includes: Rectangular pad with indented channel to allow for chest expansion.

To Sleep Or Not To Sleep?

April 27, 2010 7:20 am | Articles | Comments

Algorithms manage sleeping patterns of astronauts, shift worker schedules. April 27, 2010 Shifting work schedules can wreak havoc on a person's ability to get enough sleep, resulting in poor performance on the job. Researchers funded by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) have developed software that uses mathematical models to help astronauts and ground support personnel better adjust to shifting work and sleep schedules.


Transplants Could Benefit Kids With Cerebral Palsy

April 27, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

A unique cell type that supports and surrounds (ensheathes) neurons within the nose (olfactory system) known as olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), possess the ability to regenerate, are relatively easy to obtain, and have become prime candidates for transplantation to repair a number of lesions in the central nervous system (CNS).

Avoiding Artificial Joints

April 27, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

Although the human body has an amazing capacity to repair itself, our joints are surprisingly fragile. The cost for a new hip or knee, the joints most commonly replaced, is $30,000 to $40,000, with out-of-pocket costs being $3,000 to $4,000. The population is getting older, more people are overweight, and an increasing number of children and young adults are playing serious sports and getting seriously injured — all factors that contribute to osteoarthritis.

MIT Students Develop Negative Pressure Wound Treatment

April 27, 2010 6:48 am | News | Comments

Doctors have known for a while that suction, or negative pressure, is an effective treatment for open wounds. In addition to quicker healing, there is also the benefit of less frequent bandage changing. But in the developing world, there are problems with the expense of these systems and the availability of reliable electrical systems.

Organ Donation Assistance

April 27, 2010 6:28 am | News | Comments

A new tool may help neurologists predict which coma patients could be candidates for organ donation, according to a study published in Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Coma patients and others with irreversible brain injuries are often potential organ donors because their other organs are usually healthy.

Two Worlds Collide

April 26, 2010 6:36 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

“ There’s a consult downstairs, Campbell. Go check it out and I’ll catch up with you later.”   “Sure, OK.” I was a third-year medical student fumbling through my first clinical rotations. The resident headed off to whatever he needed to accomplish and I trotted down the back stairwell.

Table Offers Freedom Of Positioning

April 26, 2010 6:36 am | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative MAGNUS OR table systems, by MAQUET, combine virtually unlimited patient positioning, with unparalleled trend/reverse trend and lateral tilt combinations, and a versatile height adjustment capability from a low of 21.1” to 48.6” high. Additional features include: The ability to be quickly and easily configured for specific surgical needs using custom modular components and a wide range of MAQUET accessories.

OR Table Pads

April 26, 2010 6:35 am | David Scott Company | Product Releases | Comments

David Scott Company offers a complete line of replacement OR Table Pads. Features include: Offerings from standard to mid-level to pressure management OR pads. Superior quality at a reasonable price point. Availability of accessories such as drain bags, table extensions, shoulder supports, hip positioners and more.


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