Surgeons from UC Davis Medical Center have demonstrated that artificial muscles can restore the ability of patients with facial paralysis to blink, a development that could benefit the thousands of people each year who no longer are able to close their eyelids due to combat-related injuries, stroke, nerve injury or facial surgery.
Right now it’s tough to find any news outlet not offering something relative to the tragedy encompassing the earthquake-devastated island nation of Haiti – my apologies to any of you that may have looked to this newsletter as an escape from that type of coverage.
STERIS Corporation offers the Reliance Vision Single-Chamber Washer/Disinfector to its line of automated washing systems for sterile processing departments (SPD). The company feels the washer/disinfector can more efficiently process high volumes of medical devices, utensils and delicate instruments with features like the following: Optimized cycles allowing racks to exit as fast as every 20 minutes.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care’s expanded lines of surgical gowns, drapes and packs offer the right protection for the right procedure. The new KC100 line offers reliable, cost-effective protection for everyday use during lower fluid, shorter procedures.
For extremely fluid intense procedures, Aspen Surgical is offers 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.
As purchasing professionals are faced increasing pressures to buy the lowest priced products, yet maintain high-quality, making the right purchasing choice for surgical gowns and drapes is especially important. These materials are crucial to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe.
Barbara Ortutay, AP U.S. cell phone users have contributed more than $5 million in $10 increments to the Red Cross for Haiti disaster relief, by far the largest outpouring of support via mobile devices in history. The response to the devastating earthquake produced the highest amount of mobile donations that we have ever seen, said Jenifer Snyder, executive director of mGive Foundation, the nonprofit group that is working with the Red Cross and wireless carriers to channel the donations.
New research casts doubt on increasingly popular blood-based injections reportedly used by Tiger Woods and other athletes to speed recovery after orthopedic surgery. In a small study at a hospital in The Netherlands, the treatment worked no better than salt water injections in patients with Achilles tendon injuries.
Lindsey Tanner, AP The nation's obesity rate appears to have stalled, but the latest numbers still show that more than two-thirds of adults and almost one-third of kids are overweight, with no sign of improvement. According to government data from the years 2007-08 published this week, the obesity rate has held steady for about five years.
Maria Cheng, AP For more than a quarter of a century, Linda De Croock lived with constant pain from a car accident that smashed her windpipe. Today, she has a new one after surgeons implanted the windpipe from a dead man into her arm, where it grew new tissue before being transplanted into her throat.
A new law is taking effect that will require New Hampshire hospitals to report avoidable mistakes to the public. It’s something the family of Carol Scaison, a 57-year-old mother from Danville, NH who spent the last days of her life as a paraplegic and blind, belief is over due. The family's attorney alleges her condition resulted from a mistake at a local hospital.
The sixth annual report of adverse health events released by the Minnesota Department of Health saw a patient given the wrong medicine, resulting in serious disability, a woman inseminated with the wrong sperm, serious falls and a patient-against-patient sexual assault. In a knee replacement, surgery on the wrong leg was caught in time, but not before the wrong leg was given regional anesthesia.
The endoscopic portion of a left thyroid lobectomy is performed by Dr. Ron Kuppersmith using the daVinci Surgical System via the transaxillary approach. No neck incisions are used in this procedure, which was performed at the Texas Institute for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.
Using water- and energy- efficient washers and sterilizers, this hospital is working to reduce water and energy consumption, as well as reduce the hospital's overall waste.