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New Grants For Healthcare Technology, Job Training

February 12, 2010 10:21 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) Members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet announced nearly $1 billion in grants on Friday to increase the use of health information technology, pushing a key component of his healthcare overhaul and job creation plans. The money will be used to help make healthcare information technology available to over 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by 2014, and train thousands of people for careers in healthcare and information technology.

28 Charges Dropped Against Surgical Tech

February 12, 2010 10:12 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed 28 charges against a surgery technician as part of an agreement with prosecutors where the woman admitted to tampering with medications that resulted in three dozen people contracting hepatitis C. Kristen Diane Parker was to be sentenced to 20 years in prison last month in a plea deal with prosecutors, but a judge said it was not enough time.

Thigh Lift Malpractice Sees $60 Million Judgement

February 12, 2010 9:50 am | News | Comments

A $60 million dollar verdict was awarded to Allison Hugh against Ferdinand A. Ofodile, M.D., a Queens County, NY plastic surgeon. Hugh went to Dr. Ofodile for a thigh lift procedure, and sustained a deformity to the labia of her vagina that is permanent and cannot be surgically corrected. It was ruled that Dr.


Preoperative Skin Prep Training

February 12, 2010 9:08 am | Pdi-Professional Disposables International | Product Releases | Comments

PDI offers Chlorascrub™, a preoperative and preinjection skin preparation with a unique 3.15% w/v Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) / 70% v/v Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) formulation. The company also offers a new In-service Training Program designed to educate healthcare personnel including infection preventionists, physicians, and nurses on the use of Chlorascrub™.

Skin And Nasal Antiseptic For Preoperative Use

February 12, 2010 9:07 am | 3M Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Studies show antiseptic reduces 99.5 percent of S. aureus in nares February 15, 2010 Addressing the rising concern about surgical site infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), 3M introduces the 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic (Povidone-Iodine Solution 5% w/w (0.

Surgical Brainstorm: Patient Mobility

February 12, 2010 9:02 am | by Michael Haeusler, Surgical Workplaces, Director of Marketing, MAQUET | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Articles | Comments

Considering purchasing equipment to mobilize patients in and out of the OR? Surgical patient mobility is an important investment decision your hospital must make. Here, Michael Haeusler of MAQUET discusses what to take into account when purchasing patient mobility equipment. February 15, 2010 1.


Practicing On Patients, Real And Otherwise

February 12, 2010 8:58 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Articles | Comments

Near the end of my surgical training, I spent three months as chief resident of a hospital trauma team. Two other doctors-in-training and I formed the first-line emergency room response, resuscitating patients who had been mangled, burned or otherwise injured. It was my first experience as a leader, but each of us was already fairly proficient and we all got along.

Good Samaritan Statutes: When Are You Protected?

February 12, 2010 6:56 am | by by William Sullivan, DO, JD | News | Comments

Scenario #1: Providing Emergency Treatment at an MVA “I was driving on a stormy New England afternoon when I came upon a car on its roof in a ditch, the driver’s body lying half in and half out of his window. I called 9-1-1 then went to see if I could help. The man was trapped under the dash with an obvious head injury, a GCS that I had calculated to be 5 with a blown pupil on the left.


Studies Unclear On Role Of Pre-Surgery Beta Blockers

February 12, 2010 6:56 am | News | Comments

Heart specialists at the University of Michigan Health System make a plea for clarity on the best approach for prescribing beta blockers before surgery. February 12, 2010 In a commentary appearing in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association , heart specialists at the University of Michigan Health System make a plea for clarity on the best approach for prescribing beta blockers before surgery.

Feeding Tubes May Be Overused In Demented Patients

February 12, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

Dr. Joan M. Teno of Brown University and her colleagues found that hundreds of patients who had specified, in writing, that they did not want a feeding tube received one anyhow. Reuters Health February 12, 2010 Whether or not a person with advanced dementia winds up with a feeding tube inserted down their throat may have more to do with economic concerns than his or her wishes, suggests a new study out in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

Purchasing Tips: Mobile Surgical Carts

February 12, 2010 6:25 am | by Karen Almdale, Product Coordinator for Armstrong Medical Industries | Armstrong Medical Industries | Articles | Comments

Storage space, locking options and lightweight /easy maneuverability are three very important topics to consider when purchasing mobile surgical carts. 1. The storage options should be versatile.  Available space must accommodate the needs of each specialty.


Outside The Comfort Zone

February 12, 2010 6:22 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. -GB Shaw After over twenty years working as a head and neck cancer surgeon, much of what I do has become routine. Even the operations that once kept me awake at night or the procedures that required a trip to the library are just part of a day’s work.


Telemedicine Technology Now Includes Smart Pills

February 12, 2010 5:07 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) Drugmakers are starting to get into bed with information technology companies as they struggle to prove the value of their medicines to governments and insurers. By using smart gadgets to monitor patients in real time, pharmaceutical companies believe they can improve clinical outcomes and establish the cost-effectiveness of treatments.

Common Sense Prevails As Nurse Acquitted

February 12, 2010 4:53 am | News | Comments

Anne Mitchell, a nurse at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in the small West Texas town of Kermit, was acquitted after authorities had charged her with “misuse of official information” following her filling a complaint with the Texas Medical Board regarding what she felt were unsafe practices by Dr.


HD Technology Enables MIS

February 11, 2010 6:30 am | Videos | Comments

As Medical Director for the Women's Health Clinic at the Regina General Hospital, Dr. John Thiel is proud to offer patients from across southern Saskatchewan care that is second to none in the country, thanks to two new Minimally Invasive Surgical (MIS) suites funded by Hospitals of Regina Foundation donors.


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