My grandmother and her hospital roommate -- aged, tiny, frail, and sporting matching bright pink hairnets. They looked like twins -- two thin shrubs in winter that had each sprouted an improbable, big pink rose. Although sick and scared, my grandmother had admired the pink hairnet on the lady in the next bed, so my mother bought her one too, to make her feel better.
Every day in the OR, surgeons and surgical staff members may be putting themselves at risk for sharps safety injuries. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) have called for surgical practices to take steps to reduce the risk of suture needlesticks that can transmit disease to surgical professionals 1,2 .
Vestagen Technical Textiles, LLC, introduces Vestex™, nanotechnology-based, high-performance personal protective apparel. Vestex is made with a proprietary blend of three textile technologies bonded to a single layer of fabric. Engineered for the tasks medical professionals perform and the conditions they encounter, Vestex scrubs, lab coats and isolation gowns repel dangerous fluids, resist stains, rapidly kill microbes, wick away perspiration and control odors.
The American College of Surgeons recommends engaging in a hands-free passing technique to reduce sharps injuries. Sandel’s Stretch-A-Tray™ helps protect staff from these injuries and potential contamination. According to the company, the disposable, expandable tray facilitates the hands-free transfer of a wide variety of handles and instrument lengths.
One afternoon during my training, I watched as one of my closest friends, another surgery resident, was led into the office of the department chief. A week earlier she had been on call when a patient developed a rapid and irregular heart rhythm. He became unconscious and would have soon died if my friend had not stepped in and resuscitated him.
How technology using different forms of energy has helped to increase patient safety and surgeon efficiency in the OR. March 16, 2010 For years in open surgery, surgeons maintained bleeding by clamping bleeding vessels and tying them off with ligatures. Yet, the idea of using heat to stop blood flowing out of an incision can be traced back to Egyptian times, when heated stones were placed on bleeding blood vessels, says Dr.
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Several organizations including the American College of Surgeons and AORN, recommend the use of a Neutral Zone to prevent the devastating results of sharps injuries. Sandel’s Z-Friction Drape™ serves as a Neutral Zone, featuring: A bright orange color and flexible non-stick surface, allowing it to stand out in the sterile “sea of blue.
Aspen Surgical introduces a new addition to their Fluid Management Line: The SurgiSafe® CinchMat™. According to the company, this product offers: A combination of effective absorbency with an easier way to handle the mat during disposal. A top layer with superior wicking ability that quickly absorbs fluids to prevent pooling and splashing.
The elderly man came to the San Salvador Lutheran Medical Clinic nearly blind and almost completely deaf. Our interpreter helped me figure out what he wanted. “How can I help you?” we shouted. "I have a cough and get headaches sometimes. Can I get some medicines?” “Sure,” I said.
Surgeons have made great advances in developing single port surgery. Still, questions remain with regard to the impact the technique has in improving surgical care, leaving some surgeons to speculate that there is an even better technique on the horizon. March 15, 2010 When Italian surgeon Giuseppe Navarra, MD wrote the first reports of a gall bladder surgery performed through a single port in 1997, he discussed why he thought the technique would not go any further.
Designed by Thomas J. Montgomery, MD for use in his practice, the Montgomery Knee Board is a well-leg holder for use in arthroscopic knee surgery. It is used for positioning of the non-operative leg. Consisting of a piece of flat, 1/2 inch polyethylene with rounded edges, the Montgomery Knee Board is intended for use with a foam pad in order to safely and comfortably immobilize the well-leg.
Spinal intramedullary AVMs are rare and potentially life threatening. This surgical clip shows a large AVM with multiple feeders, extending from D3 to D7, being totally excised. The patient is a 27-year-old young man who became paralyzed waist down five years back. In view of the risks involved with surgery and the hope of spontaneous recovery, the patient had put off surgery until recently.
This video shows an ideal case of endoscopic ulnar nerve decompression at the elbow using macroscopic and the endoscopic surgical steps. This information has been taken from Endoscopic Decompression of the Ulnar Nerve at the Elbow, a manuscript published in the April 2010 issue of Neurosurgery, submitted by corresponding author Joachim Oertel, M.