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Forced-Air Warming Gown Offers Full Coverage

December 1, 2009 2:31 pm | Arizant Healthcare Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

December 16, 2009 The new Bair Paws Flex™ gown from Arizant Healthcare fully covers patients and also warms them before, during and after surgery with “forced-air warming”—a warmed stream of air flowing through the garment’s inserts. It can also help hospitals easily comply with a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) patient warming quality measure that went into effect on October 1 that could eventually result in millions more surgical patients being warmed each year.

Twist-N-Load Instruments

December 1, 2009 2:29 pm | Gauthier Biomedical Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Gauthier Biomedical introduces a new line of specialized surgical instruments with their innovative Twist-N-Load Connection System. The company says that with the Twist-N-Load, users don’t have to pull back on any collar, or push a button to begin the connection process.

Reusable Safety Scalpel

December 1, 2009 2:28 pm | Advanced Medical Innovations (AMI) | Product Releases | Comments

For hospitals and surgical centers aiming to minimize accidental scalpel cuts, needle sticks, and other such hazards in the OR, Advanced Medical Innovations (AMI) introduces its Safe Sharps Management product line, which includes the Reusable Saf-T-Scalpel™. This reusable safety scalpel is identical to the standard scalpel handle used routinely in surgery with a thin metal guard to cover the blade while passing it to the surgeon within the Neutray™.

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Study: MRSA On The Rise In Hospital Outpatients

December 1, 2009 2:27 pm | News | Comments

A recent study reveals a seven-fold increase in the potentially lethal superbug in outpatient hospital units between 1999 and 2006 The community-associated strain of the deadly superbug MRSA—an infection-causing bacteria resistant to most common antibiotics—poses a far greater health threat than previously known and is making its way into hospitals, according to a study in the December issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

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Learning From Mistakes

December 1, 2009 2:26 pm | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Like many of you, I often attend industry meetings and trade shows to learn about the latest surgical technology and stay up-to-date with what is going on in the operating room (OR). This is crucial in my work because unlike you I am not in an OR every day, seeing first-hand the successes and failures of the next great advancements in surgery.

Next-Generation 5 MegaPixel Grayscale Display

December 1, 2009 5:39 am | Barco | Product Releases | Comments

Barco introduces a new generation of its Nio 5MP diagnostic display system. The new display system offers several technological advancements that lead to higher optical performance, more efficient workflow and a longer product lifetime. According to the company, the new system features: Integration of a brand-new LCD panel based on IPS (In-plane switching) technology, so grayscale images are presented with more brightness, improved contrast and better black uniformity, under any ambient light condition.

EasyDiagnost Eleva

December 1, 2009 5:38 am | by Reported Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Royal Philips Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

December 7, 2009 Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) introduced its portfolio of products designed to manage dose radiation at this year’s 95th annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago. One of the new products is the EasyDiagnost Eleva.

Advanced PACS Technology

December 1, 2009 5:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Telemis Group, a medical imaging company specialized in PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) solutions, announces that it is to make its innovative, platform-independent technologies available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other third parties for the first time.

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Compensating Doctors For After-Hours Call Coverage

December 1, 2009 5:33 am | by By: Dr. Wes | Articles | Comments

Should there be a premium added to physician compensation for on-call coverage after hours, or are Medicare rates enough? This appears to be the central question between two competing hospitals in Longview, Texas where a $300,000 stipend was paid to a cardiology group by one hospital and not the other for cardiology on-call coverage.

Q&A: Hand Hygiene

December 1, 2009 5:33 am | Articles | Comments

Surgical Products talks with Joan Blanchard of AORN about the importance of hand hygiene and a new initiative to engage and recognize nurses around the country for exemplary hand hygiene compliance. To raise awareness of the deadly risks associated with poor hand hygiene and encourage best practices among nurses and other healthcare professionals, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and 3M Infection Prevention have joined in an initiative to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)  in the surgical setting.

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Nurse Abuse Could Involve Over 100 Victims

December 1, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

A metro Atlanta nurse anesthetist has been charged with molesting and sodomizing anesthetized patients in dental and medical offices, and police say the videotaped abuses could involve 100 or more victims. Paul Patrick Serdula, 47, who worked in dental and medical offices across metro Atlanta, was arrested on child molestation and sodomy charges.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers Best Hospitals In Some Procedures

December 1, 2009 5:11 am | News | Comments

Measuring five quality-based performance areas, an ambulatory surgical center out performed a standard hospital in otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research in the December 2009 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery . The cross-sectional study analyzed a total of 486 cases at a pediatric ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and a hospital-based facility (HBF).

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Flight Risks

December 1, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

The first ever published study of aviation-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. finds that more than 1,013 patients are admitted to U.S. hospitals with aviation-related injuries annually, and that 753 aviation-related deaths occur each year. The study, conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy and Columbia University, also reports that the largest categories of patients were occupants of civilian, noncommercial powered aircraft.

NOTES Approach Produces Another Success

December 1, 2009 4:42 am | News | Comments

Another advancement in NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopy Surgery) technique has been realized as surgeons used the transanal route to remove a rectal mass. The team of surgeons carried out the first surgical removal of a rectal mass using the TEM (Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery) technique in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.

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Addressing Post-Surgical Depression Aids Recovery

December 1, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

In the so-called Bypassing the Blues trial, 50 percent of patients who were depressed after having coronary artery bypass surgery saw improvements of at least 50 percent in their negative mood after participating in the intervention, compared with 29 percent of control patients who received usual care.

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