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ICU Stays More Prevalent Amongst U.S. Patients

October 23, 2009 5:20 am | News | Comments

Keely Savoie, American Thoracic Society ksavoie@thoracic.org Patients who die in the hospital in the United States are almost five times as likely to have spent part of their last hospital stay in the ICU, when compared to patients in England. What's more, over the age of 85, ICU usage among terminal patients is eight times higher in the U.

ClearCount Medical Solutions Closes Series B Financing Round

October 22, 2009 1:52 pm | News | Comments

ClearCount Medical Solutions, an innovator of patient safety solutions for the operating room, announced today the close of its $3.4M Series B financing round. The company plans to use the funds to drive sales and product development of its RFID-based solutions designed to prevent retained surgical sponges.

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Surgeon Uses Stem Cells In Orthopedic Surgery

October 22, 2009 5:54 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. John Brookvar, an orthopedic surgeon at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, is researching how to turn a few stem cells in patients' bone marrow into hundreds of thousands of stem cells. This will eliminate the need for cadaver bone and help bones grow together faster and stronger in orthopedic surgery patients.

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Single Port Access (SPA) Proximal Gastric GIST Resection

October 22, 2009 5:53 am | Videos | Comments

Background: Recent advances in minimally invasive surgery have included methods for reducing the number of incisions for trocar placement. Single Port Access is a novel method allowing the performance of standard laparoscopic procedures through one incision.

Gallbladder Removal Via Needlescopic Technique

October 22, 2009 5:52 am | Videos | Comments

Cholecystectomy before, during or after weight loss surgery occurs in up to 20 percent of patients. In this video, Gregg H. Jossart, MD, Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, CA, demonstrates a gallbladder removal using the Needlescopic technique which, he says, is superior to single port, SILS or NOTES approaches.

Telemedicine Care A Malpractice Risk? Au Contraire …

October 21, 2009 7:32 am | by Alan Dappen, M.D. | Articles | Comments

In early 2006, four years into running my current medical practice, doctokr Family Medicine, I got a call from my medical malpractice carrier. Just weeks before I’d received a notice that my malpractice rates could go up by more than 25%. The added news of a pending investigatory audit was chilling.

Single Port Surgery Advancing, But There Is Still More To Learn

October 21, 2009 7:27 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Articles | Comments

From recent procedural and technological advances in surgery, there is a strong indication that Single Port Surgery is increasingly being practiced in the OR. Manufacturers are increasingly working to provide technology to make single port surgeries easier and more efficient in the OR, and surgeons are consistently advancing the technique on the surgical patients.

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GE Unveils Flip-Phone Ultrasound

October 21, 2009 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rachel Metz, AP Called the Vscan, the future of ultrasound technology, as interpreted by General Electric, looks like a flip phone crossed with an iPod. GE CEO Jeff Immelt unveiled a handheld ultrasound machine at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco yesterday, saying it could become the “stethoscope of the 21st century.

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Med School Enrollment Up For 11th Straight Year

October 21, 2009 5:56 am | News | Comments

U.S. medical school enrollment is up for the 11th consecutive year as colleges seek to meet a growing demand for physicians. According to an American Medical Colleges report: First-year enrollment climbed 2 percent over 2008, and now totals nearly 18,400 students. The number of applicants remained mostly stable at around 42,000.

Your Voice Tells Me You Have 17 Minutes To Live

October 21, 2009 5:49 am | News | Comments

Japanese researchers have developed a computer program which may be able tell from an emergency call if you are about to die. Research published in the open access journal BMC Emergency Medicine shows that a computer algorithm is able to predict the patient's risk of dying at the time of the emergency call.

Gore Implant Sees First Use

October 21, 2009 5:36 am | News | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates recently announced the first human implants of their next generation Conformable GORE TAG® Thoracic Endoprosthesis for the treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms(TAAs). The devices were used to treat patients with a TAA, which is an enlargement that develops in weakened areas of the thoracic aorta.

Seguro Acquires Johns Hopkins Abdominal Surgery Device

October 21, 2009 5:08 am | News | Comments

Seguro Surgical, Inc., a medical device development company specializing in the commercialization of surgical instrumentation, today announced that it has acquired, from The Johns Hopkins University, the global marketing rights to a new abdominal surgery product. Over two million abdominal surgeries are performed annually in the United States, with the current practice of using cotton towels or sponges to reposition the bowel in order to access the surgical area.

The Future Of Surgery In The Single Port

October 20, 2009 8:11 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

The growing trend toward single port surgery is transforming several sectors of surgical technology and, most importantly, enhancing patient care. Last week, I attended the American College Of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago. In my time at Surgical Products , what I’ve learned is that while these meetings can often turn into long days—with a lot of talking and walking—they are extremely helpful in lending insight into what is up-and-coming for surgery.

OR Table Accessory Rail Clamp

October 20, 2009 6:59 am | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A new rail clamp features a handle with a special rubber coating and ergonomic shape to make tightening accessory clamps easy Innovative Medical Products introduces the EZ GRIP™--an operating room table accessory clamp that is easier to tighten, and stay tightened.

Exclusive: Oil Drums Offer Insight To Hospital Purchasing

October 20, 2009 6:57 am | Articles | Comments

by Jeff Reinke, editorial director Oil prices briefly rose above $80 a barrel early today, the first time it has hit this mark in 2009. Crude demand has remained sluggish this year as the global economy recovers from recession, but driving the spike is the economic fact that commodities like oil and gold are bought and sold in dollars, making them cheaper and more attractive to investors when U.

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