One of my favorite patients died last week. My reaction to this was not quite what you would think: I smiled. No, I didn't smile because of his death; I smiled because of his life. I smiled because I got to be a part of that life. His death wasn't his tragic end, it was the exclamation point to his life.
The march is on across the American healthcare landscape to implement electronic health records that also function as decision-support systems. These “advanced” electronic health records will both provide centralized records and assist providers in making care decisions such as implementing therapy and utilizing evidence-based practice on the individual patient level.
A few weeks ago Apple announced an event to be scheduled on January 27th, at 10am. The invitation read, “Come see our latest creation.” Most of the tech community has all but assumed this event will be used to launch the much anticipated and hyped Apple tablet. The hype machine has reached fever pitch, with analysts and bloggers salivating at how this Apple product will "revolutionize" the Tablet platform, similar to what the iPhone did for the mobile phone.
BERCHTOLD introduces its new ChromoVision in-light camera system, an enhancement to the medical manufacturer’s ChromoVision in-light camera offering. According to the company, the in-light cameras offer unrivalled visualization of the open surgical site, directing their lenses at the point of maximum illumination.
Medicus Health offers our new Surgery Anti-Fatigue Mat with Ergonomic Riser to help eliminate surgeon and nurse leg/foot fatigue while standing for long hours on hard surfaces during long cases. This wide, comfortable platform with mat is available in three different height increments and two different lengths, and features: Risers that easily stack on top of one another to help compensate for different table heights.
The new SMX Series probe from RMD offers: A small, 12mm diameter for smaller incisions and visibility, twice the detection sensitivity as previous models and superior resolution, making target acquisition easier and faster for surgeons. RMD manufacturers and markets the Navigator GPS family of surgical probes including gamma and PET probes for lymphatic mapping, sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer and melanoma surgery, and for intra-operative tumor detection.
Early this year, TransEnterix plans to launch its SPIDER™ Surgical System, a completely new and innovative platform to facilitate minimally invasive surgery in the OR. In an exclusive interview, Surgical Products talked with Todd M. Pope, CEO of TransEnterix about the development of this technology and how the company is looking to create a ‘new class of surgery’ as procedures continue to become less invasive.
(Reuters) Patients who have surgery to treat severe heartburn, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), continue to have a very high risk of developing cancer of the esophagus even after 15 years or more, a new study has found. “This study should put to rest the notion that antireflux surgery prevents esophageal cancer.
Peace of mind is a valuable commodity in a hectic, highly productive surgical department. It is achieved when scrub sinks, warming cabinets, surgical tables, booms, lighting, and integration technologies work flawlessly all day, every day. “We are launching SecureCare Services, a portfolio of flexible service plans, to provide a highly adaptable surgical equipment ‘security blanket’ for our customers,” comments Tim Chapman, senior vice president and group president of STERIS’s Healthcare Group.
CareFusion has announced a distribution agreement with Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. to sell and market their FloShield™ product line for laparoscopic surgeries. With this agreement, CareFusion is the exclusive external distributor for FloShield and will market and sell the products alongside its own line of V.
The California Department of Public Health fined three San Diego area hospitals for making mistakes that could cause “death or serious injury.&rdquo The implicated hospitals are Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital and UCSD Medical Center. According to the Union Tribune, Grossmont received a $50,000 fine for marking the wrong side of the head of a 93-year-old man who was undergoing brain surgery.
Medtronic recently announced that its Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption. It is the first transcatheter heart valve to receive FDA approval. Delivered through a catheter requiring only a small incision, the Melody valve will benefit children and adults who are born with a malformation of their pulmonary valve, which is the valve between the heart and lungs.
Men and women who've had limb amputations report similar levels of pain severity, but there are major gender differences in emotional health and pain-coping responses, states a recently published study in the January issue of the Journal of Pain. Pain due to a lost limb can be phantom limb pain or residual limb pain, which originates at the amputation site or stump.
PCOM's laparoscopic simulator was the focus of a story that aired on the Philadelphia ABC-affiliate, WPVI, on April 17th and 19th. Two first-year OB/GYN residents were shown practicing their skills with Saul Jeck, DO, professor and chair, OB/GYN and Brian Rudd, simulation specialist.