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Robotic System Operates On Beating Heart

December 11, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

The robotic technology predicts the movement of the heart as it beats, enabling surgical tools to move in concert with each beat. This development could be very important in developing less invasive surgical heart procedures, where stopping the heart from beating causes what might be unnecessary risks.


Barrier Gauze

December 11, 2009 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

A study released this month shows this barrier gauze may provide additional safeguards against influenza viruses including H1N1 An independent lab report demonstrated that BIOGUARD™ barrier gauze dressings from Derma Sciences, Inc. exhibit greater than 99.9% inactivation rates against swine flu virus after exposure for 24 hours.

Alcohol-Based Surgical Prep Solution And The Risk Of OR Fires

December 11, 2009 5:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Figure 1. Wet margins of covering drapes even after complete drying of skin can lead to continuous formation of vapor near the surgical site. December 11, 2009 Surgical fires in the OR are rather uncommon events. Few cases of fire in the operating room have been reported in literature.


A Little Dirt Never Hurt Anyone – Especially Kids

December 11, 2009 5:31 am | News | Comments

A Northwestern University study suggests that American parents should ease up on antibacterial soap and perhaps allow their little ones a romp or two in the mud in getting more exposure to everyday germs. The exposure to infectious microbes early in life could actually protect individuals from cardiovascular diseases that can lead to death as an adult.

Good Stress Aids Recovery Times

December 11, 2009 5:14 am | News | Comments

A new study suggests that simple, inexpensive blood tests performed while patients are on the operating table could predict how well they will recover months after they leave the hospital. The study, conducted at Stanford and Yale Universities, found that patients whose immune systems responded to the stress of surgery by mobilizing large numbers of pathogen-fighting cells and redistributing them to skin and other tissues recovered more quickly and completely than those whose immune system showed little or no reaction.

Gastric sleeve With Hiatal Hernia Repair

December 10, 2009 5:44 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Alvarez performs and narrates this surgery of a gastric sleeve (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) with a hiatal hernia repair.

Single Incision Robotic Surgery For Radical Nephrectomy

December 10, 2009 5:43 am | Videos | Comments

In this video, Dr. Craig Rogers of the Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Hospital performs a Robotic Radical Nephrectomy entirely through a single incision less than 3 inches in length. This is the first surgery of its kind performed in Michigan and one of the first in the world.


Wrong Site Surgery: The Disconnect In Prep

December 8, 2009 11:26 am | by Amanda McGowan, editor | Product Releases | Comments

As surgical professionals, I am sure you are well-informed about Rhode Island Hospital, the facility in which surgeons recently performed the fifth wrong site surgery since 2007. For anyone following this story, one can’t help but ask: How? How can this happen at all, but especially five times? Ironically, just prior to the hospital’s fifth offense in October, Diane Skorupski, RN, MS, CNOR, NE-BC and Director of PeriOperative Services at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, along with Jean Marie Rocha, MPH, RN and Vice President of Clinical Affairs for the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, gave a presentation at the Managing Today’s OR Suite Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on “Life After Wrong Site Surgery.

Nurses Form Super Union

December 8, 2009 10:21 am | News | Comments

Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle Nurses from three unions, including the California Nurses Association, have founded a new national union to influence national health care policies and to try and extend California's patient ratio law into other states. Organizers said the 150,000-member National Nurses United, the largest professional union for registered nurses in the country, will also flex its power to push for a stronger voice in the health care overhaul process.

Senator Seeks Health Group Funding Sources

December 8, 2009 10:03 am | News | Comments

The senior Republican on the Senate Finance Committee has asked the American Medical Association and 32 other medical groups to disclose the financial backing they receive from drug and medical device manufacturers, as well as insurance companies. Senator Charles Grassley, whose panel is central to legislation overhauling U.

New Endoscopic Guidelines Okay Aspirin/NSAID Use

December 8, 2009 9:55 am | News | Comments

According to a new guideline from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) regarding the management of antithrombotic agents for endoscopy, the organization says aspirin and/or NSAIDs may be continued for all elective endoscopic procedures. When high-risk procedures are planned, clinicians may elect to discontinue aspirin and/or NSAIDs for five to seven days before the procedure, depending on the underlying indication for antiplatelet therapy.


Focusable Loupe With Wide Field Of View

December 8, 2009 9:55 am | Vision USA | Product Releases | Comments

VISION USA offers a focusable loupe with a wide field of view. According to the company, 3-inch TASK-VISION 2.5x loupe offers: Optical, high-quality coated lenses with 2.5X magnification. The ability to be work like spectacles. Easy to adjustability.

Auxiliary Label For “PCA by Proxy” Errors 

December 8, 2009 9:47 am | Medi-Dose, Inc./EPS, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Joint Commission has issued a warning regarding the administration of PCA (Patient Controlled Analgesia) medication by those other than the patient or authorized healthcare professionals. As stated in a recent Sentinel Event Alert, serious adverse events can result when family members, caregivers or clinicians who are not authorized become involved in administering the analgesia for the patient "by proxy.


December 8, 2009 9:43 am | by Evan Perriello | Articles | Comments

We do ten before lunch. We cut them. We tag them. We place them in a small pyramid so they don’t roll off the tray. “Whoo,” says Charles, as he pulls off his mask. The top one is still beating, and I look at it a while before pulling off my own. The patient gets up, and he looks too, and we’re all just staring as the heart slows and then stops.


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