By Alexander G. Higgins GENEVA (AP) — Up to 2 billion people could be infected by swine flu if the current outbreak turns into a pandemic lasting two years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said the historical record of flu pandemics indicates one-third of the world's population gets infected in such outbreaks.
By Marilynn Marchione AP Medical Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, as the nation's first face transplant recipient, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now.
By Dan Nephin Associated Press Writer In this photo taken Wednesday Feb. 4, 2009, Valarie Kepner washes her husband, Jeff Kepner's legs following a shower in the morning before she heads to work and he waits to take his daughter to school in Augusta, Ga.
Keeping both patients and clinicians safe from wirestick injuries Each year medical device facilities have a requirement to update their Exposure Control Plan. This update must include the evaluation of new safer technologies. Many infection control managers and OR supervisors evaluate safety scalpels, newer methods of suturing or closing wounds etc.
The Wound Management division of Ethicon, Inc. offers the Biopatch, a protective disk with CHG to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) and local infections. According to the company, it is the only dressing clinically proven for use in skin antisepsis. A study published in JAMA® in 2009 showed use of a chlorhexidine gluconate-impregnated sponge (CHGIS) in intravascular catheter dressings reduced rates of catheter-related infections (CRIs), and also showed that changing unsoiled, adherent dressings every seven days rather than three days appears safe.
With growing concerns about the current spread of the swine flu, the question has been raised, 'Will face masks protect against swine flu?' Tony Hanson, Managing Director of Marketing for Encompass Group, the manufacturer of ProGear™, an innovative, technologically advanced system of medical face masks developed and manufactured in the United States, stated, “At this time it is believed that the current strain of swine flu is passed hand-to-mouth and is not airborne, and the best defense is hand washing.
The Cardinal Health SmartGown™ has been proven the only breathable, fully impervious surgical gown to pass the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Level 4 requirements, the company announces. In recent independent tests conducted by Nelson Laboratories in accordance with American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/AAMI Standard PB70:2003, results confirmed that other breathable surgical gowns that claim to be fully impervious provide only AAMI level 3 protection.
The SIS Trax system manages tissue throughout its lifecycle, helping to prevent patient safety errors and optimize the hospital's bottom line. The operating room is nearly every hospital's biggest source of revenueand its most costly department. Along with using expensive surgical instruments and resources on a daily basis, OR professionals are handling expensive pieces of inventory in the form of surgical tissue.
Omnicell, Inc. introduces its Omnicell Tissue Center solution that, with the latest release of Omnicell OptiFlex 10.0 advanced supply chain management software, helps hospitals increase efficiency of tissue tracking processes and comply with regulations and recommendations by the Joint Commission and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).
The Pyxis ProcedureStation system with Tissue and Implant module from Cardinal Health helps increase patient safety, streamline hospital workflow and increase compliance with Joint Commission standards for managing tissue, biologics and other implantables. According to the company, the product offers: Tracking of tissue and biologics from the receiving dock through patient implantation or disposal.
Action® O.R. pads and positioners provide high-performance shear and pressure management for all patients from Pediatric and Bariatric. According to the company, the positioners and pads feature: The Akton® polymer composition improves reuseability and durability. A design to withstand the physical demands of obese patients.
The C-Flex AP-Vantage from Allen Medical Systems is a versatile and easy-to-use radiolucent head positioner. It connects to any OR table, and produces clean, artifact-free cervical images with a unique design to eliminate obstructions. The product can be used for both anterior and posterior cervical surgeries.
David Scott introduces a new size to its line of Traditional and Blue Diamond® Gel Beanbag positioners. The new size is a 38-½" wide by 35-½" long positioner with a U-shape shoulder cutout (equivalent to Size 31). According to the company, the product features: Reusability.
Ethox International introduces its P3 line of pneumatic patient positioners. The Shoulder-Float is an inflatable auxiliary support cushion providing even weight distribution to prevent ischemia and nerve damage in or near the shoulders. The Pelvic Tilt is an obstetrics device designed to lift the patient's right hip 20° to 40° during Cesarean Sections and lengthy deliveries.
Innovative Medical Products introduces the LapWrap Positioning Pad, designed to secure patients' arms during laparoscopic and head/neck orthopedic surgery. According to the company, the latex-free, soft-foam positioning pad offers: Simplified use. The ability to position patients' arms by their sides and organize IV tubes and leads for anesthesia.