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Armed With A New Windpipe

January 15, 2010 4:46 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP For more than a quarter of a century, Linda De Croock lived with constant pain from a car accident that smashed her windpipe. Today, she has a new one after surgeons implanted the windpipe from a dead man into her arm, where it grew new tissue before being transplanted into her throat.


Law Will Require Hospitals To List "Avoidable Mistakes" On Web

January 15, 2010 4:30 am | News | Comments

A new law is taking effect that will require New Hampshire hospitals to report avoidable mistakes to the public. It’s something the family of Carol Scaison, a 57-year-old mother from Danville, NH who spent the last days of her life as a paraplegic and blind, belief is over due. The family's attorney alleges her condition resulted from a mistake at a local hospital.

Adverse Event Report Shows Good & Bad

January 15, 2010 3:57 am | News | Comments

The sixth annual report of adverse health events released by the Minnesota Department of Health saw a patient given the wrong medicine, resulting in serious disability, a woman inseminated with the wrong sperm, serious falls and a patient-against-patient sexual assault. In a knee replacement, surgery on the wrong leg was caught in time, but not before the wrong leg was given regional anesthesia.


daVinci Thyroidectomy

January 14, 2010 6:01 am | Videos | Comments

The endoscopic portion of a left thyroid lobectomy is performed by Dr. Ron Kuppersmith using the daVinci Surgical System via the transaxillary approach. No neck incisions are used in this procedure, which was performed at the Texas Institute for Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.

Hospital "Goes Green" By Reducing Waste, Water Consumption

January 14, 2010 6:01 am | Videos | Comments

Using water- and energy- efficient washers and sterilizers, this hospital is working to reduce water and energy consumption, as well as reduce the hospital's overall waste.

Surgeons Outline Marathon Procedure

January 14, 2010 5:59 am | Videos | Comments

The medical team that separated the conjoined Bangladeshi twins Krishna and Trishna describe the 31-hour surgical procedure.


The Numbers Don’t Lie

January 13, 2010 7:15 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

About a month ago, I was running on the treadmill at my local gym when the TV screen in front of me displayed the ad slogan: “30 minutes on a treadmill, forever in a landfill.” I looked over at my plastic bottle of water—guilty as charged.

Scope Repair Tracking Tool

January 13, 2010 7:10 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces the Repair Tracker™, the company’s scope repair tracking tool which provides internet-based tracking of your scope throughout the repair process. According to the company, the service offers: Confidential customer access to the repair progress, with detailed repair history and search capabilities—by model, serial number, or purchase order number.

Non-Invasive Technology For Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

January 13, 2010 6:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ExAblate System uses Magnetic Resonance-guided Focused Ultrasound to perform uterine procedures without incisions. January 13, 2010 InSightec Ltd. announced today that Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) has approved the company's ExAblate® MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS) system for the treatment of women with uterine fibroids.

Hospital Goes Live With Surgery And Critical Care Integration

January 13, 2010 6:33 am | Picis | News | Comments

High-acuity care automation solutions are set to help the facility promote patient safety and boost efficiency. January 13, 2010 Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Surrey, England has successfully implemented Picis integrated surgical, anesthesia, recovery room and critical care software solutions.

Articulating Wall Station

January 13, 2010 6:30 am | Humanscale | Product Releases | Comments

Humanscale Healthcare introduces the V7 Wall Station computer support solution. The V7’s design teams ergonomics and safety with maximum space savings to provide easy and comfortable computer access in compact healthcare environments. Features include: The ability to allow for instant, effortless and independent ergonomic adjustment of the monitor and keyboard to comfortable heights and depths with the touch of a finger.

Current System Cares Well For Fraudsters

January 13, 2010 6:01 am | News | Comments

Current System Cares Well For Fraudsters Parija Kavilanz, CNN Money There's a group of people who really love the U.S. health care system – the fraudsters, scammers and organized criminal gangs who are bilking the system of as much as $100 billion a year.  Health care identity theft dominated all other crimes in the sector last year, according to Louis Saccoccio, executive director of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association (NHCAA), an advocacy group whose members include insurers, law enforcement and regulatory agencies.


Biomedical Research Funding Declines

January 13, 2010 5:47 am | News | Comments

The rate of increase for funding of biomedical research in the U.S. has slowed since 2005, and the level of funding from the National Institutes of Health and industry appears to have decreased by two percent in 2008, after adjustment for inflation, according to an article in the January 13 issue of JAMA .


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