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Getting Patients To OR More Quickly Could Cut Preoperative Treatment Costs

October 16, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

A study of gallbladder operations reveals delayed referrals contribute to unnecessary ER visits and additional imaging services Getting patients to the operating room more quickly could cut the amount paid for hospital treatment of painful gallstones in half, researchers reported at the 2009 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

AmeriCares Honors Company With Power Of Partnership Award

October 16, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

AmeriCares has awarded its annual Power of Partnership Award to Cardinal Health. AmeriCares President & CEO Curt Welling presented the award today at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s (HDMA) Annual Leadership Forum in Orlando, Fla. The Power of Partnership Award was created by AmeriCares and HDMA to recognize medical manufacturing and distribution organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to medicines and health care for disadvantaged populations.

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Surgeon Pioneers Minimally Invasive "Natural Opening" Spine Surgery

October 15, 2009 7:09 am | Videos | Comments

If you're suffering from back pain, and the pain medications, physical therapy, and injections aren't working, then you should consider surgery. That may be a frightening thought, however with this new and innovative approach to treating back pain, you should never fear the thought of spine surgery again! Using the worlds most advanced minimally invasive technique, Dr.

A New Tool To Fight Against Surgical Site Infections

October 15, 2009 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

INTEGUSEAL* Microbial Sealant: A Tool in the Fight Against Surgical Site Infections Prepping and draping are important parts of your pre-op routine, but no prep protocol can completely sterilize a patients skin. Its the pathogens left behind that are the leading cause of surgical site infections.

Virtual Surgery

October 15, 2009 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

Informatics Virtual-Reality Engineering informatics deals with customer requirements data and product lifecycle data; manufacturing informatics focuses on process data concerning factory design and layout, machining and assembly processes; whereas healthcare informatics is concerned with data for demographics, patient records, Picture Archiving and Communications Systems, remote healthcare monitoring, diagnosis, treatment planning and surgery planning.

H1N1 Patients At Greater Risk For Acute Pulmonary Emboli

October 14, 2009 6:38 am | News | Comments

Researchers utilizing CT scans have found that patients with severe cases of the H1N1 virus are at risk for developing pulmonary emboli(PE), according to a study to be published online Oct. 14, 2009, in the American Journal of Roentgenology . The study will be also be published in the December issue of the AJR .

Robotic Prostate Surgery May Have Trade-Offs

October 14, 2009 6:27 am | News | Comments

by Carla K. Johnson, AP A new study suggests that a less-invasive keyhole surgery for prostate cancer may mean a higher risk for lasting incontinence and impotence when compared with traditional surgery. For the study, appearing in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association , researchers analyzed Medicare data for nearly 9,000 prostate cancer patients who had surgical treatment from 2003-07.

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J&J: Planned Tax On Device Makers Too High

October 14, 2009 6:04 am | News | Comments

by Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson executives said Tuesday that a proposed tax on medical device makers, part of the health care reform package moving in the Senate, is too high and could cost jobs in the industry. “We think that the $4 billion tax that they're referring to is unreasonable,” J&J Chief Financial Officer Dominic Caruso told The Associated Press in an interview.

Synovis Cleared For Two New Tissue Repair Products

October 14, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

AP – Synovis Life Technologies, Inc. recently announced that its orthopedic and wound care businesses passed a California health inspection, allowing it to make and sell two recently acquired soft tissue repair products. The company said it can make and market the OrthADAPT Bioimplant and Unite Biomatrix after getting clearance from the California Department of Public Health Inspection.

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For Lack Of Transparent Prices

October 14, 2009 5:08 am | News | Comments

by Dr. Alan Dappen I am approaching an important anniversary of my heart attack. Until then, I had missed but a single day of work due to illness since starting medical school in 1975. Even in the middle of the heart attack, I played an entire ice hockey game, slept a few hours, had a business meeting with a fellow doctor at Starbucks, and went back to the office to see patients.

Infection Prevention Increasing, Focusing On Safety

October 14, 2009 4:37 am | Articles | Comments

Infection control practices are getting tougher and even more crucial in today’s hospital environment. As hospitals and other medical providers take notice, their purchasing priorities are changing—and shifting to devices that will enhance safety for their patients and staff. A recent study by The Freedonia Group, Inc, a Cleveland-based industry research firm, says U.

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Have You Heard The One About The Surgeon, The Rabbi And The Car Salesman?

October 12, 2009 3:29 pm | News | Comments

According to a Philadelphia Daily News report by William Bender from earlier this month, Dr. Richard Glunk has been accused of attempting to bride Rabbi Solomon Isaacson, a member of the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine. This follows a lawsuit last year when Dr. Glunk was ordered to pay over $20 million to the family of Amy Fledderman an 18-year-old Penn State University freshman who died following a liposuction procedure.

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CDC Downplays H1N1 Vaccine

October 12, 2009 3:10 pm | News | Comments

(AP) A top U.S. health official says the risks from not getting the swine flu vaccine are greater than any potential risks associated with the vaccine. Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says she's surprised by all the misinformation going around about the new vaccine.

When The Doctor Is Distressed

October 12, 2009 3:00 pm | News | Comments

Pauline W. Chen, MD I met Jeff (not his real name) during my surgical residency, not long after I graduated from medical school. Despite the fact that he was a fellow doctor-in-training, Jeff towered over me not just in height and breadth, but also in self-assurance. Nothing ever seemed to faze my colleague: his work in the operating room was rumored to be perfect, he relished clinical and scientific debates with anyone up for the challenge, and he astounded the rest of the residents time and time again with his casual references to the latest clinical research and findings.

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