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SCIP Amends Patient Warming Recommendations

December 15, 2009 6:43 am | News | Comments

Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) now includes conductive fabric warming in its recommendations to keep surgical patients warm December 15, 2009 The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) recently amended its guidelines for perioperative temperature management by changing the definition of active warming to now include “forced-air warming, conductive over-the-body active warming, or warm water garments.

Is Medicine No Longer a Calling?

December 15, 2009 6:42 am | by By: Dr. Val, Medpage Today | Articles | Comments

As I sit here in a medical innovation conference, I find myself becoming more and more angered by one of the speakers. A man with an MBA and fancy title from PriceWaterhouseCoopers is lecturing us about how doctors are essentially money-grubbing, change-resistant, quality-care avoiding “pains in the you-know-what,” obstructing progress in healthcare reform and blocking technology adoption.

FDA Grants Emergency Use For H1N1 Detection Device<

December 15, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

DxNA has announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration has granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for its 2009 H1N1 influenza virus diagnostic test for use in DxNA’s GeneSTATTM detection platform. According to the company, the new platform enables faster detection of the virus in a portable composition that weighs less than 10 pounds.


CNN's Top 10 Medical Innovations

December 15, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

At you can find what they feel are the top medical developments for 2009. Here are the first five, with the conclusion appearing tomorrow. 10. Warm Organ Perfusion Device. Currently, organs waiting to be transplanted are rushed to the patient in a freezer, but after five hours the heart or lung or liver has usually deteriorated so much that it becomes useless.

Americans Paying For Longer Life

December 15, 2009 5:10 am | News | Comments

JoAnne Allen, Reuters Americans may live significantly longer in the future than current U.S. government projections, and that could mean sharply higher costs than anticipated for Medicare and other programs, researchers have reported. By 2050 Americans may live as much as eight years longer than government forecasts, and that spending by Medicare and Social Security could rise by as much as $8.

The Highest Hospital Bills In The Nation

December 15, 2009 4:53 am | News | Comments

The pain in Dan Abrams' leg throbbed so much he could barely stand. Still, the 60-year-old Somerville, NJ resident, who friends say had just canceled his health insurance because of the tough economy, debated from a hospital emergency room whether he should stay and run up thousands of dollars in debt, or take antibiotics from home and hope they arrested the mysterious infection in his leg.

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 &hellip; 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.


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