Background: Laparoscopic suturing and knot tying can be a challenging and time-consuming task. We began using a bidirectional barbed suture for laparoscopic suturing in March of 2008, mainly for closure of the vaginal cuff during a total laparoscopic hysterectomy and for closure of the hysterotomy site during a laparoscopic myomectomy.
I read a blog post today by a surgeon whose pieces we often pick up for this e-newsletter, Dr. Bruce Campbell, a Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist. I enjoy reading Dr. Campbell’s blog posts because he often brings his personal feelings and anecdotes into the story, making it more compelling.
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health researchers recently presented a study that examined compliance with recommendations that a physician screen chest pain patients within 10 minutes of their arrival in the Emergency Department. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend an electrocardiogram be performed and shown to a physician within 10 minutes of a chest pain patient's arrival to the emergency department.
When Aaron Laviana started medical school at Georgetown University in 2007, he dissected a cadaver in his first week, in anatomy class. Today, classes such as “Physician-Patient Communication” and “Social and Cultural Issues in Health Care” come first. Dissection doesn't begin until month four at Georgetown -- as part of a unit on limbs -- and anatomy class no longer exists.
Sony presents the ImageCore HD digital capture system. According to the company, this all-in-one, medical grade unit features: The ability to capture still and moving images from a full-range of endoscopic camera systems. The ability to store images on a built-in CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc™ drive, on any attached USB device, as well as over a hospital’s network.
Throughout a surgical procedure, patients are at risk for complications. Once a patient has made it through the procedure and the surgical site has been properly closed, the risk for complications still continue. Infection at the site of the surgical wound is among one of the most common and dangerous post-operative complications a patient faces.
Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Director of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, recently announced he’ll be using a new rhinoplasty procedure that eliminates traditional packing and the subsequent painful removal. The pain associated with the post-operative removal of nasal packing is a commonly cited fear among rhinoplasty candidates.
According to a study published in the November 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association by Rune Gärtner, MD, and colleagues, pain for two to three years after auxillary lymph node dissection surgery continues to be common. Loretta S. Loftus, MD, MBA, and Christine Laronga, MD, both of the H.
Stephen Ohlemacher, AP All of the health care packages are expensive, as the House bill is projected to cost $1.2 trillion over 10 years and the Senate Finance Committee bill is projected to cost $829 billion. But President Barack Obama has pledged that overhauling health care will not add to the growing federal budget deficit.
By: Kristina Fiore Published: It seems that rumors among patients are flying faster than the 40-mph winds here in Miami that the swine flu vaccine can kill you. I've had at least two acquaintances in the last week send me warnings about death from the H1N1 vaccine. Another friend sent a frantic email after three different pediatricians refused to give it to her sister's newborn.
This web-based solution tracks clinical inventory utilizing manufacturer barcode labels and allows for adding on RFID-enabled carts to securely store and automatically account for implants and clinical inventory. November 10, 2009 Stanley InnerSpace announces that SpaceTRAX has been awarded the Novation contract to provide RFID and barcoding clinical inventory management solutions to its members.
Esteem® with Neu-Thera® surgical gloves are sterile polyisoprene powder-free surgical gloves with an emollient coating November 10, 2009 Cardinal Health’s Esteem® with Neu-Thera® surgical gloves provide a single solution to protect hands, minimize latex allergy concerns and promote skin wellness.
Ranfac introduces the new “Flexie” Marrow Access System*, a marrow aspiration system to meet the demanding requirements of physicians and hospitals that have made marrow sourced stem cells a key component of their practice. The company says that for physicians, the “Flexie” allows for: Easier access to the marrow space from an anterior or posterior position with reduced risk of unintended surgical trauma because the flexible needle will not penetrate cortical bone.
Michael Tarnoff MD, FACS is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgery at Tufts Medical Center. He also works as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Global Chief Medical Officer of Surgical Devices at Covidien. Here, he discusses his role in developing a new knotless wound closure device, V-Loc, and what knotless wound closure could mean for surgeons in the future.
Eric Tucker, AP A hospital did not do enough to care for the brother of James Woods when he went to the emergency room complaining of a sore throat and vomiting in 2006, a lawyer told jurors at the wrongful death lawsuit. Michael Woods died from heart disease at Kent Hospital in Warwick, RI on July 26, 2006, after going into cardiac arrest on a gurney.