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Patients' Lives At Risk Due To Faulty US Implant Tracking System

October 6, 2009 6:51 am | Articles | Comments

Experts say there is major weakness in the nation's system for recalling thousands of medical devices routinely implanted in people's bodies, ranging from screws and plates to artificial knees and hips. Three years ago, the maker of a surgical clip called the Hem-o-lok issued an urgent recall notice warning doctors to stop using the fasteners on living kidney donors, a recent Associated Press article reports.

Forced-Air Warming Gown

October 5, 2009 6:20 am | Arizant Healthcare Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Arizant Healthcare introduces a new product in forced-air warming, the Bair Paws Flex™ gown, which incorporates the Bair Hugger blanket into a comfortable patient gown that warms before, during and after surgery. Features of the gown include: A head drape and adhesive tape that perforate off, returning the garment to a standard warming gown for post-operative use.

Hic Sunt Dracones

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | Articles | Comments

The New York Public Library houses a cool historical curiosity, the Hunt-Lenox Globe, which according to Wikipedia is the second or third oldest terrestrial globe still in existence. And, popular myth aside, it is also the only historical map that contains the phrase "Hic Sunt Dracones," or "here be dragons" (the Carta Marina to the left, while it contains dragons, doesn't identify them in the same way) That's a phrase I am drawn to frequently when delving into hostile abdominal territory—patients who have an abdominal catastrophe, huge pancreatic phlegmons, or a dense thicket of adhesions from prior surgery.

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Teenagers And ACL: Tears Common and Additional Surgery Likely

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | News | Comments

The most comprehensive study to date on ACL surgery finds younger patients and women are more likely to need subsequent surgery ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are one of the most common injuries to the knee. Each year thousands of patients undergo reconstructive surgery to repair these injuries.

Platelet-Rich Plasma: Does It Work?

October 5, 2009 6:18 am | News | Comments

A new study reports on the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and its use in sports medicine; cautions more investigation needed ROSEMONT, Ill., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Platelet -rich plasma (PRP) is currently used as an alternative treatment method for several common orthopaedic-related sports medicine conditions.

Hospital Sees Success With NSQIP

October 5, 2009 6:17 am | Articles | Comments

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas recognized for exemplary surgical patient care as a participant in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas has been recognized as one of 25 hospitals in the nation achieving exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care, a recent article reports.

Company Offers Nurse Documentation Stations, Storage Cabinets Through Agreement

October 5, 2009 6:15 am | News | Comments

The surgical storage systems and documentation stations will help broaden options for integrated surgical suites MENTOR, OHIO – September 29, 2009 – In addition to its high quality line of stainless steel case goods, STERIS Corporation (NYSE: STE) will now be offering Stanley® InnerSpace® modular laminate storage and station options for the perioperative environment.

Healthcare System Goes Live With Full Enterprise Revenue Management Solution

October 5, 2009 6:14 am | Mckessonhboc Itb (Information Technology Business) | News | Comments

The system will help the hospital streamline its billing cycle, helping to improve overall performance ATLANTA-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — Oct. 05, 2009-- Kentucky-based Baptist Healthcare System plans to stay ahead of the information technology curve. When a switch was flipped on Aug. 15 at Baptist Hospital Northeast in La Grange, Ky.

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Mechanical Performance, All-Natural Coating

October 2, 2009 7:22 am | Atrium Medical Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Atrium Medical Corporation introduces its C-QUR™ V-Patch, indicated for use in the surgical repair and reinforcement of soft tissue, including hernia repair. Features of the product include: A combination of mechanical performance with the inflammation reducing properties of an all-natural Omega 3 fatty acid bioabsorbable coating.

Self-Gripping Mesh

October 2, 2009 7:10 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Parietex™ ProGrip™ Mesh from Covidien is the a self-gripping, semi-resorbable, lightweight mesh available for open inguinal hernia repair. Features of the biocomponent mesh include: Monofilament polyester (PET). A resorbable polylactic acid (PLA) gripping system.

Quantity Not Concerned About OR Quality

October 2, 2009 6:51 am | by Jeff Reinke | Product Releases | Comments

With a background in the manufacturing realm, a recent newsbyte about the medical marketplace really resonated and alarmed me. It was a release describing the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, or NSQIP, and how some participating hospitals saw improvements in both patient mortality and morbidity to the tune of over 500 fewer complications per year.

Women Are Unaware Of Key Factors In Breast Cancer Treatment

October 2, 2009 6:49 am | Articles | Comments

American College Of Surgeons survey reveals low awareness about the importance of breast care center accreditation According to new research from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), two-thirds of women (66 percent) did not know about accreditation of breast care centers, what it means, and why it is important.

Hospitals Need To Have “Surge Plans”

October 2, 2009 6:48 am | News | Comments

Report indicates the people catching the swine flu could up hospitals in 15 states, forcing hospitals to postpone elective surgeries and bring in mobile hospital units WASHINGTON (AP) — If a third of people wind up catching swine flu, 15 states could run out of hospital beds around the time the outbreak peaks, a new report warns Thursday.

Company Offers Free Freight On Small Procedure Cart Orders To Novation Members

October 2, 2009 6:47 am | Stanley Innerspace | News | Comments

The company’s limited-time offer on orders is availale between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2009    Grand Rapids, Mich. (September 30, 2009) -- Stanley InnerSpace, a provider of storage and inventory solutions for the healthcare industry, announced that it is offering free freight on small procedure cart orders placed through Novation contract between Oct.

$1 Million Grants Available To Improve Efficiency, Quality Of Care

October 2, 2009 6:46 am | News | Comments

Cardinal Health Foundation invites healthcare providers to apply for the new ‘E3 Grant program’ DUBLIN, Ohio, Sept. 30, 2009 — The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced it will award more than $1 million in funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care.

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