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RFID-Based Solution To Prevent Retained Sponges

January 26, 2010 7:15 am | Clearcount Medical Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc. has been named the exclusive distributor for the SmartWand-DTX™ and SmartSponge® System, the only FDA-cleared systems using radio-frequency identification to both count and locate surgical sponges. The systems, created by ClearCount Medical Solutions, use a technology featuring chip-embedded sponges to count and locate sponges during surgery which, in turn, helps eliminate surgical errors and improve patient safety.

Surgeon Perspective: Single Port Surgery

January 26, 2010 7:03 am | Articles | Comments

Dr. Shawn M. Garber, MD, FACS, is the Director of the Long Island Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and New York Bariatric Group in New Hyde Park, NY. He also works as Chief of Bariatric Surgery and Chief of Mid-Level Practitioners at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY.


Ansell Sends Medical, Occupational Gloves To Haiti

January 26, 2010 6:05 am | News | Comments

As aid pours into Haiti for victims injured and displaced by the recent earthquakes, the massive cleanup is just beginning. Based on specific needs expressed by workers in Haiti, Ansell is assisting with the relief effort by shipping gloves for medical workers and work crews involved in the search for victims and removal of debris.


Benefits Of Bariatric Surgery Validated

January 26, 2010 5:53 am | News | Comments

Ivanhoe Newswire A computerized model suggests that most morbidly obese individuals would likely live longer if they had gastric bypass surgery. However, the best decision for individual patients varies based on age, increasing body mass index and the effectiveness of surgery. An estimated 5.

Mauling Victim Seeks New Hand, Face Transplant Site

January 26, 2010 5:45 am | News | Comments

The hospital known for doing the United States' first face transplant has told the family of a woman mauled by a chimpanzee that it can't perform a face and hand transplant for her. Charla Nash's family is looking into alternative facilities after the Cleveland Clinic said it could not do both transplants, and both procedures would need to be done simultaneously and come from the same donor.


Needle-Free Migraine Relief Hits Market

January 26, 2010 5:21 am | News | Comments

Having received FDA approval last July, Zogenix is bringing to market its SUMAVEL DosePro sumatriptan delivery system for the treatment of oncoming migraines and cluster headaches. The needle-free device delivers the drug subcutaneously, bringing both speed and efficacy when oral pills are a poor option.

Hysterectomy Consent Law Dismissed

January 26, 2010 5:06 am | News | Comments

Indiana lawmakers decided not to take action on a bill that would have warned women about the specific risks of having a hysterectomy, primarily because existing state law already mandates such action. House Bill 1366 would have required informed consent for a doctor to perform a hysterectomy. The bill would have required a doctor to specifically state that the procedure will result in infertility, as well as provide a description of the discomforts and risks that might result.


Court Rejects Medical Marijuana Limits

January 25, 2010 5:56 am | News | Comments

Reuters The California Supreme Court has rejected limits on medical marijuana imposed by state lawmakers, finding that people with prescriptions for pot can have and grow all they need for personal use. The high court ruled lawmakers improperly amended the voter-approved law that decriminalized possession of marijuana for seriously ill Californians with a doctor's prescription by limiting patients to eight ounces of dried marijuana and six mature or 12 immature plants.


Medtronic Announces $500 Million Expansion Plan

January 25, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Medtronic says it will pay up to $500 million for Invatec, a company that makes medical devices to treat cardiovascular disease. The company will pay $350 million initially to Invatec, which makes stents, angioplasty balloons and related therapies. The purchase also includes Fogazzi, which supplies polymer technology to Invatec, and Krauth Cardiovascular, a distributor.

County Cuts vs. Private Therapy

January 25, 2010 5:40 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego has found that prostate cancer treatments varied significantly between county hospitals and private providers. Patients treated in county hospitals are more likely to undergo surgery, while patients treated in private facilities tend to receive radiation or hormone therapy.

Unnecessary Surgical Procedures Draw Malpractice Claim

January 25, 2010 5:26 am | News | Comments

At least one patient has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit and a federal investigation has been launched into a physician and hospital due to findings that a doctor may have performed hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures. According to a report on WBAL out of Baltimore, the medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr.


Advanced Access Platform

January 25, 2010 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GelPOINT™ advanced access platform from Applied Medical facilitates triangulation of multiple instruments through a single incision, enhancing cosmetic results for a wide range of procedures and specialties. According to the company, features and benefits of the product include:   GelSeal® Technology that provides a PseudoAbdomen™, platform for a larger outer working profile and for enhanced triangulation .

Steerable Instrumentation

January 25, 2010 5:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

Steerable Technologix introduces the SurgiSteer™, high dexterity instrumentation for exceptional precision and control, enabling variable angles of in vivo triangulation through one port. According to the company, features of the steerable instrumentation include: The ability to bend the jaw 180° in one plane.

Disposable Multi-Instrument Access Port

January 25, 2010 5:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus introduces the QuadPort™, a disposable multi-instrument access port that can simultaneously accommodate up to four instruments, including a laparoscope, through a single incision. According to the company, the QuadPort features: 4 ports: one 15mm, two 10mm and one 5mm.

To Practice Or Not To Practice ... That Is The Question

January 25, 2010 5:17 am | Articles | Comments

By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Back in the day (oh how I hate the fact that I am old enough to say that!), there was one question that never entered my mind as I made my way through medical school.  That question was, “Do I want to practice medicine?”  Today, it is a different story.



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