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Red Cross Memorabilia On The Block

November 16, 2009 4:01 pm | News | Comments

Brett Zongker, AP Rose Percy has a long history with the American Red Cross. Complete with an extensive wardrobe and her own Tiffany jewelry, this 23” wax doll was first sold for $1,200 back in 1864 to benefit the U.S. Sanitary Commission — the precursor to one of best-known U.S. charities.

Conjoined Twins Survive Marathon Surgery

November 16, 2009 3:47 pm | News | Comments

Twin Bangladeshi girls joined at the top of their heads were in good condition Tuesday but were not yet separated after 24 hours of complicated surgery. Ian McKenzie, a member of the Australian surgical team and director of anesthesia at the Royal Children's Hospital, said the girls were improving as their bodies began to work individually.

ER No Free Ride For The Uninsured

November 16, 2009 3:37 pm | News | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance, according to a new study. The findings by Harvard University researchers surprised doctors and health experts who have believed emergency room care was equitable.

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Feds Ignored Medicare Scam Warnings

November 16, 2009 4:53 am | News | Comments

Kelli Kennedy, AP The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services received roughly 30 warnings from inspectors over three years during the Bush and Obama administrations but didn't respond to half of them, even after repeated letters, according to records provided to The Associated Press by U.

Australian Doctors Operate On Conjoined Twins

November 16, 2009 4:35 am | News | Comments

A team of Australian surgeons are working today on a delicate and complicated surgery to separate twin sisters who are joined at the top of the head. The 2-year-old Bangladeshi orphans, Trishna and Krishna, share parts of their skull, brain tissue and blood flow. Doctors expected the operation, which began this morning, to take at least 16 hours, with a team of 16 surgeons and nurses.

Surgical Strategies For Heart Defect Unclear

November 16, 2009 4:19 am | News | Comments

According to the American Heart Association, infants born with a severely underdeveloped heart are more likely to survive to their first birthday when treated with a new shunt procedure — yet it may not be the safest surgery in the long term. Babies born with a critically underdeveloped left side of their hearts require three surgeries to correct the problem.

New Catheter Placement Could Ease Bleeding, Pain, Costs

November 16, 2009 3:47 am | News | Comments

Tim Schäufele, MD at the MediClin Heart Center Lahr/Baden in Germany offered a report at the recent American Heart Association meeting that suggested the routine use of the radial artery as an access point resulted in fewer bleeding complications and less pain without substantial increases in procedure time.

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The Value In Team Training

November 14, 2009 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

Surgeons do not typically receive training in the areas of leadership, communication and teamwork. A recent study finds standardized training in these areas could be a valuable tool to improve teamwork among surgical teams. November 16, 2009 Senior surgical residents at Christiana Care, an ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center in Newark, DE, are responsible for leading the trauma activations at the facility.

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Sleep-Deprived Surgeons

November 14, 2009 11:10 am | Articles | Comments

Sleep deprivation can negatively impact a surgeon’s performance. A recent study examined the effect available pharmacological stimulants have in countering the consequences of long work hours. November 18, 2009 Sleep deprivation of surgeons can lead to negative effects of the surgical performance and has the potential to hinder patient safety.

Integrating Your Surgical Facility

November 14, 2009 11:09 am | Articles | Comments

Integrating your surgical suite can be a large project. While there are many considerations and decisions to make, here is a list of some of the important factors to think about when it comes to OR integration … November 17, 2009 As surgical procedures advance, the needs of surgeons and surgical teams are changing.

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The Other Reason Why Medical Malpractice Reform Is Critical

November 13, 2009 12:23 pm | Articles | Comments

By: Dr. Val Published: There hasn’t been much discussion about serious tort reform in the current healthcare reform debate. That’s probably because most policy experts don’t believe it will make a significant dent in healthcare costs. I happen to believe that tort reform would be a huge boon for healthcare (just ask Ob/Gyns in Texas) and save a lot in defensive medicine practices and unnecessary testing, but even if I’m wrong and it wouldn’t result in cost-savings, there’s another issue at play: access to primary care physicians.

Caveat Lector ... Let The Reader Beware

November 13, 2009 12:22 pm | Articles | Comments

By: Michael Smith Published: Almost every story I write from a medical meeting carries a warning that says, in essence, don't take this for gospel. We at MedPage Today take some care about that. Not that we're especially prone to error (although we can all nod off from time to time) but we want to make sure readers recognize the tentative nature of presentations at medical meetings.

Primary Care’s Image Problem

November 13, 2009 12:22 pm | Articles | Comments

By Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: In my medical school class of 140, Kerry was one of the best and the brightest. Gregarious, unassuming and a dedicated fitness buff with a weakness for ice cream, she managed to sail through the weekly exams that most of us struggled with during the first two years.

URO-GYN Scissors

November 13, 2009 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Monarch Medical Products introduces the Alinsod URO-GYN Scissors. Red Alinsod, MD of Laguna Beach, CA is the designer of these scissors and many other unique surgical devices for Urogynecology. These new scissors are designed specifically for Pelvic Surgery including Vaginoplasty and Hysterectomy.

Telemedicine System

November 13, 2009 12:18 pm | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Product Releases | Comments

MAQUET offers a comprehensive telemedicine system to meet the growing demands on modern OR management. From the seamless integration of medical image and data sources to storage and archiving in accordance with the international DICOM standard and transfer to a PC or laptop by IT network or internet.

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