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Hands-Free Vision

May 22, 2009 11:09 am | Endocontrol | Product Releases | Comments

The ViKY® System "Vision Kontrol for endoscopY" from EndoControl is a motorized endoscope holder for laparoscopic and thoracic surgeries. The holder features: Ease of installation with positioning just above the patient's abdomen and held by a passive arm.

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Integrated HD Camera/Recorder

May 22, 2009 11:09 am | Sony Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Sony unveils a full HD (1920 x 1080) medical-grade camera system, combining advanced video imaging with the convenience of built-in digital recording. The new model PMW-10MD features: A compact, remote camera-head design for easy and flexible overhead mounting above the operating table as well as on a surgical microscope, with optional lenses and optical adapters.

Double-Headed Cleaning Brush

May 22, 2009 11:09 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. introduces a new brush design. The unique, double-headed cleaning brush features: 1 brush head with nylon bristles and another brush head with stainless steel bristles for more aggressive cleaning. The ideal design for cleaning surgical instruments, including the serrations and box-lock areas of hemostats, needleholder jaws, scissors and all orthopedic instruments.

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The Pride Factor

May 22, 2009 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Surgeons, undoubtedly, know the importance of education and training and working together to advance surgery. However, just like any professional, they also face the "pride factor"—the idea that we all want to feel good at our jobs, among the "best", if possible, and do not always want to let on we need help.

Post-Op Pain Relief System

May 22, 2009 11:09 am | I-Flow Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The ON-Q® Post-Operative Pain Relief System from I-Flow Corp. is a balloon-like pump that provides targeted pain relief after surgery by automatically delivering a non-narcotic local anesthetic near the surgical site area. The system works like this: The pump is attached to a catheter that the surgeon places near the incision site.

Pediatric Pressure Management

May 22, 2009 11:09 am | Ehob, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EHOB, Inc. introduces the WAFFLE® Pediatric Cushion, a static air cushion designed for the pediatric patient. Filled with air, which, according to the company, ideally supports vulnerable soft tissues of the body, the design of the WAFFLE Pediatric Cushion cradles and contours.

Flu Alert Level Kept At Phase 5

May 18, 2009 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Connecticut chief epidemiologist Matt Cartter, second from right with back to camera, testifies before the legislature's Public Health Committee and the Public Safety and Security Committee at a forum held at the Legislative office building in Hartford, Conn., Thursday, April 30, 2009.

Video: Patient Safety Update

May 18, 2009 8:16 am | Covidien | Videos | Comments

The FDA reports a recall of cuffless pediatric tracheostomy tubes In its May 2009 Patient Safety News, the FDA reports Covidien, formerly known as Tyco HealthCare, has recalled certain lots of Shiley 3.0PED cuffless pediatric tracheostomy tubes. The recall stems from difficulties in inserting the obturator that is used to place the tube in the trachea and problems inserting a suction catheter into the tracheostomy tube, which may require replacing the tube.

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Video: Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

May 18, 2009 7:45 am | Smith & Nephew | Videos | Comments

Proper post-operative care of surgical wounds can help reduce risks of infection in surgical patients. Smith & Nephew provides an educational, step-by-step video on its Negative Wound Pressure Therapy technology as a solution for enhanced wound care. To promote healing, NPWT works to deliver vacuum-assisted pressure below the wound surface.

Q & A With Infection Preventionists

May 18, 2009 6:44 am | News | Comments

Surgical Products sought the insight of professional infection preventionists on the main challenges medical facilities face in infection control, and the key practices and products these infection control clinicians use in their own facilities to prevent infection. While the prevention measures against infection may seem basic, infection control, specifically surgical site infection, remains a leading concern for hospitals.

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Crying Swine

May 13, 2009 2:32 pm | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

“Crying swine” was a good way to check up on infection control processes I am over the swine flu - not in the sense that I am "recovering" from the illness, but that I am done worrying about it. After reading news articles claiming U.

Surgeons Replace 80 Percent Of Face Transplant Recipient's Face

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

By Marilynn Marchione AP Medical Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, as the nation's first face transplant recipient, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now.

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Flu Overhyped? Some Say Officials 'Cried Swine'

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

By Lindsey Tanner AP Medical Writer In this May 4, 2009 file photo, Fred Moiola Elementary School students, from left, Sammy Arne, Alix Gast and Kyle Edwards ride their bikes outside the closed school in Fountain Valley, Calif. The school is closed for swine flu sanitizing.

Up to 2 billion People Might Get Swine Flu

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

By Alexander G. Higgins GENEVA (AP) — Up to 2 billion people could be infected by swine flu if the current outbreak turns into a pandemic lasting two years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said the historical record of flu pandemics indicates one-third of the world's population gets infected in such outbreaks.

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Double Hand Transplant Patient Recovering Well

May 8, 2009 7:43 am | News | Comments

By Dan Nephin Associated Press Writer In this photo taken Wednesday Feb. 4, 2009, Valarie Kepner washes her husband, Jeff Kepner's legs following a shower in the morning before she heads to work and he waits to take his daughter to school in Augusta, Ga.

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