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Hotel In Hot Water

December 14, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

A Miami hotel has been evacuated after one guest died and two more fell ill from contaminated drinking water. The hotel in question is the Luxury Epic in downtown Miami – which was housing more than 300 guests at the time of the evacuation. On Sunday, all guests were relocated to surrounding hotels, following a cluster of physical illnesses.

Lessons From the War Zone

December 14, 2009 5:27 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Articles | Comments

One morning as a medical student on the surgery service, I learned about a patient who had been hemorrhaging on the operating table the night before. The intern who had assisted during the operation took great pains to describe every detail of the failed efforts of several senior surgeons and the final, ultimately lifesaving, maneuvers of the department chairman.

Thermoregulatory Device Monitors And Controls Patient Temperature

December 14, 2009 5:25 am | Medivance | Product Releases | Comments

Medivance offers the Arctic Sun® Temperature Management System, a thermoregulatory device that monitors and controls patient temperature within a range of 33°C to 37°C (91.4°F to 98.6°F). According to the company, the system exhibits: The Model 2000 automated controller featuring: The ability to monitor and control patient temperature The ability to pull temperature-controlled water ranging between 4°C and 42°C (39.


Temperature Management For Newborns

December 14, 2009 5:23 am | Cincinnati Sub-Zero | Product Releases | Comments

Neonatal Whole Body Cooling is shown to improve outcomes for newborns meeting the requirements for HIE. Cincinnati Sub-Zero’s Blanketrol III with its “Gradient Technology” and the Kool-Kit Neonate provide accurate and safe patient temperature management.

Troops Shot Up Before Holidays

December 14, 2009 5:21 am | News | Comments

Susanne M. Schafer, AP Thousands of Army training recruits line up at least once more before heading home for the holidays, this time for mass inoculations against swine flu. The Army's largest training camp, Fort Jackson, just outside Columbia, S.C., and other posts are hurrying to finish the shots before the year-end break.

2010 Purchasing Perspectives

December 14, 2009 5:14 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Articles | Comments

In a question-and-answer session, Rick Schultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. in Stow, OH, discusses what to expect in terms of operating room purchasing in 2010. December 14, 2009 Surgical Products: How do you see OR purchasing changing in 2010 vs.

26 Operations And 13 Kidneys Later … The Ultimate Gift

December 14, 2009 5:07 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Doctors in the nation's capital have performed a record-setting kidney swap, part of a pioneering effort to expand transplants to patients who too often never qualify. These 26 operations put healthy kidneys into 13 desperately ill people. When relative after relative failed to be a match for his wife Irene, Tom Otten, a suburban St.

New Gas Keys MIS Success

December 14, 2009 4:47 am | News | Comments

As good as laparoscopy is in preventing some of the stresses of open surgery on the body, it can have drawbacks, including reduced blood flow that can impact organ function. However, by adding another gas to the carbon dioxide used to inflate the surgical area during laparoscopy, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found they can preserve more normal blood flow during noninvasive surgery.


Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Warnings

December 14, 2009 4:33 am | News | Comments

The FDA recently advised healthcare providers over a growing concern related to rare, but potentially fatal complications from negative pressure wound therapy. The therapy involves a device that uses a vacuum pump to produce sub-atmospheric pressure over a chronic wound or burn. Although the procedure can aid healing and closing of wounds by creating a vacuum to remove excess fluid and infected material, the FDA noted that bleeding and infection can occur.

$600 Million Heading To Health Centers

December 11, 2009 6:16 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said pledged nearly $600 million from the $787 billion economic stimulus plan to help create jobs at 85 community health centers. Obama is under heavy pressure to generate job growth, with November unemployment rates at over 10 percent. The White House said the $600 million would awarded to help pay for major construction and renovation projects across the country and assist networks at the centers to move to electronic records.

The Band-Aid Bandwagon

December 11, 2009 6:12 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

As can be the case with anyone who carries a busy schedule in both the personal and professional realms, my brain often has a difficult time shutting down. As a result, the things that I think about, important and trivial, often run together. Such was the case as I came into work this morning.

Review Of Medical Marijuana Continues

December 11, 2009 6:06 am | News | Comments

The Los Angeles City Council has delayed a vote on its medical marijuana ordinance until most likely into next year, worried that the draft proposal could eliminate most dispensaries and lead to just a few “big-box” pot stores in isolated industrial areas. The council has been on fast-forward since October, when a judge ruled that the city's moratorium on dispensaries was invalid, leaving Los Angeles with almost no power to shut down hundreds that have opened without permission in the last two years.

Robotic System Operates On Beating Heart

December 11, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

The robotic technology predicts the movement of the heart as it beats, enabling surgical tools to move in concert with each beat. This development could be very important in developing less invasive surgical heart procedures, where stopping the heart from beating causes what might be unnecessary risks.


Barrier Gauze

December 11, 2009 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

A study released this month shows this barrier gauze may provide additional safeguards against influenza viruses including H1N1 An independent lab report demonstrated that BIOGUARD™ barrier gauze dressings from Derma Sciences, Inc. exhibit greater than 99.9% inactivation rates against swine flu virus after exposure for 24 hours.

Alcohol-Based Surgical Prep Solution And The Risk Of OR Fires

December 11, 2009 5:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Figure 1. Wet margins of covering drapes even after complete drying of skin can lead to continuous formation of vapor near the surgical site. December 11, 2009 Surgical fires in the OR are rather uncommon events. Few cases of fire in the operating room have been reported in literature.


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