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Government Picks Up Huge Health Care Tab

February 7, 2010 8:14 am | News | Comments

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Government is poised to become king of the hill in America's vast health care system, with or without President Barack Obama's planned redo. According to a recent report, federal and state programs will pay slightly more than half the tab for health care purchased in the United States by 2012, says the analysis by Medicare number crunchers published in the journal Health Affairs .

Nurse Could Face Prison Time For Reporting Surgeon

February 7, 2010 8:01 am | News | Comments

It occurred to Anne Mitchell that she might lose her job, but it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a nurse must: inform state regulators that a doctor at her rural hospital was practicing bad medicine. When she was fingerprinted and photographed at jail last June, it felt as if she had entered a parallel universe.


Landmark For Pressure Ulcer Prevention

February 7, 2010 7:41 am | News | Comments

Action Products, Inc. has commenced its 40th year of providing pressure ulcer prevention products to the world. Troy McKnight, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “It’s gratifying to see the tremendous progress that’s been made by the medical community in the treatment and prevention of decubitus ulcers and to know that Action Products has contributed to this progress for more than 40 years through its products, technology and dedication.


Surgical Sling

February 5, 2010 7:13 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Product Releases | Comments

As I sat down to put this column together, there were a number of topics running through my head. So instead of trying to detail just one of them, here are my thoughts on some recent political, industry and social points following an election, in anticipation of Sunday’s big game and how the future face of the OR needs to be ready for a change.

Mesh For Natural Healing

February 5, 2010 6:09 am | Atrium Medical Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

C-QUR™ Mesh combines Atrium’s ProLite™ polypropylene mesh material with an all-natural Omega 3 bioabsorbable coating derived from highly-purified, contaminant-free, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil. This proprietary blend of natural Omega 3 fatty acids, alcohols and triglycerides aids mechanical handling and healing properties.

Non-Crosslinked Xenograft Device

February 5, 2010 6:08 am | Davol, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Davol Inc., a subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc. offers a non-crosslinked xenograft device for use in soft tissue repair including hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction. Features include: A proprietary technology that maintains an acellular structurally intact, non crosslinked porcine dermal matrix for enhanced biocompatibility in host tissue.

Stomach Balloon Could Be New Weight Loss Option

February 5, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

A recent article in the Orange County Register reports the first U.S. clinical trials are to begin this spring on an intragastric balloon developed by ReShape Medical in San Clement, CA. The device is reportedly a double-balloon mechanism that is inserted endoscopically using the ReShape delivery system down the patient’s throat with a tube attached and inflated with saline.

Intuitive Surgical Avoids ED Lawsuit

February 5, 2010 4:29 am | News | Comments

A federal appeals court cleared Intuitive Surgical in a case involving the malfunction of a da Vinci surgical robot during a prostatectomy that may have lead to a Pennsylvania man's erectile dysfunction. Roland Mracek sued Intuitive after undergoing a prostatectomy at Bryn Mawr hospital. During the surgery, the da Vinci robot began displaying error messages.


Doctors Sue To Stop Unsupervised Nurse Anesthetists

February 5, 2010 4:16 am | News | Comments

Surgical patients are being put at risk because a new California regulation allows nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician, claims a lawsuit filed against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by two large physician groups. The groups are concerned about the lack of supervision in these instances.


Vegetative Patient Talks With Brain Waves

February 5, 2010 3:54 am | News | Comments

(Reuters) – A man in a deeply unconscious state for five years has been able to communicate with doctors using just his thoughts in a study scientists say is a “game changer” for care of vegetative state patients. British and Belgian researchers used a brain scanner called functional magnetic resonance imaging to show the man, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in 2003, was able to think yes or no answers to questions.

Fewer Complications With Sutures For Cesarean

February 5, 2010 3:43 am | News | Comments

Researchers have found that there were fewer complications for women, after having a cesarean delivery, if sutures were used instead of staples to close the wound. Women undergoing cesarean delivery in labor as well as scheduled cesarean delivery were used in the study. Use of staples resulted in a higher wound separation rate, higher composite wound complication rate, and increased post-operative physician visits.

Canadian Premier Seeks Surgery In The U.S.

February 5, 2010 3:27 am | News | Comments

Danny Williams’, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, is under fire for his decision to head south for heart surgery. A former lawyer and millionaire businessman, Williams is having an unspecified cardiac surgical procedure at an undisclosed U.S. hospital. The move raised questions about whether he could have the operation in Canada.


Robotic Assisted Thorascopic Pulmonary Lobectomy

February 4, 2010 7:13 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Kenneth Adam Lee, MD, FACS, of Kennedy Thoracic Surgery, Sewell, NJ, performs a robotic assisted thorascopic pulmonary lobectomy.

Computer-Assisted Knee Replacement

February 4, 2010 5:35 am | Videos | Comments

For every 100 knees replaced at Borgess Medical Center, 95 percent of them will do well for at least ten years thanks to more precise, pain-free implants. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Todd Ream is an expert on knees. Through the computer navigation we are able to put that knee into a fairly precise position, said Dr.

Robotic Surgery To Treat Prostate Cancer

February 4, 2010 5:35 am | Videos | Comments

A patient with prostate cancer undergoes surgery in hopes his doctor, utilizing the da Vinci robotic surgical system, can cure him of the potentially deadly disease.


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