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Infection-Resistant Hernia Graft

September 9, 2009 6:18 am | Cook Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical’s Biodesign Hernia Graft combines attributes of a biologic graft— resistance to infection and complete remodeling—with the added benefits of moderate price, ease of use and ample shelf life for on-site availability. Features of the graft include: Upon deployment, the ability for the graft to reinforce the abdominal wall.

Obama Tries To Build Momentum For Health Overhaul

September 9, 2009 6:16 am | News | Comments

Jennifer Loven, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to detail in a prime-time address precisely how he wants to expand health care, and his spokesman said Obama's offer of flexibility will be coupled with a fresh argument for the much-debated public option.

Study: EVAR Results In Better Surgical Outcomes For High Risk Patients

September 9, 2009 6:13 am | Articles | Comments

Ten years ago, endovascular aortic repair (EVAR) was FDA-approved to treat abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms. Now, a one-year trial study published in the October issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, published by the Society for Vascular Surgery, reports EVAR, a minimally-invasive technique, results in better surgical outcomes than open surgical repair (OSR) while maintaining similar costs.

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Powered Surgical Instrument Products Recalled

September 9, 2009 5:28 am | News | Comments

Company announces voluntary recall of certain surgical instrument products CONMED Corporation's (NASDAQ: CNMD) CONMED Linvatec unit announces a voluntary recall for certain model numbers of the PRO5 & PRO6 series battery handpieces manufactured prior to May 31, 2008, and certain lots of the MC5057 Universal Cable manufactured prior to December 1, 2006 used with certain of CONMED Linvatec's electric powered handpieces.

Health Workers Under Pressure To Get Flu Shots

September 9, 2009 4:47 am | News | Comments

LINDSEY TANNER,Associated Press Writers VALERIE BAUMAN,Associated Press Writers ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tens of thousands of health care workers who typically avoid flu shots are under more pressure than ever to get vaccinated as hospitals and clinics prepare for a spike in swine flu cases this fall and winter.

The Plight Of General Surgeons

September 8, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

by Amanda McGowan I read a commentary piece on cnn.com the other day headlined “Why Primary Care Doctors Are Fed Up.” The article was written by a primary care physician in California who says that the availability of primary care doctors in the United States is lessening, and the reason is because PCPs are underpaid, overworked and under appreciated.

Time Running Out For Health Compromise

September 8, 2009 5:46 am | News | Comments

Larry Margasak, The Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Time is running out for a two-party compromise on health care as a bipartisan group of six Finance Committee senators considers a new proposal that might be the last, best hope for an overhaul agreement. The six were to meet Tuesday on Sen.

Surgery Scam

September 8, 2009 5:44 am | News | Comments

Ex-administrator of NY surgery clinic where man died during liposuction pleads guilty to fraud Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press NEW YORK — The former administrator of a Manhattan cosmetic surgery clinic where a man died while undergoing liposuction pleaded guilty to fraud charges Friday, a decade after authorities uncovered a fraud they said cost insurance companies more than $900,000.

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Better Care, Pay Less: Some Communities Find A Way

September 8, 2009 5:42 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — If you pay the mechanic $1,000 to fix your transmission and it breaks again next week, the garage should find and fix the problem for free. So if you get an infection following open-heart surgery because the doctor forgot an antibiotic, why are you charged extra to clear up the wound? At Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, pay a flat fee for bypass surgery and you'll get essentially a 90-day warranty on your heart fix.

Orthopedic Team Performs Over 63 Free Surgeries In Guatemala

September 8, 2009 5:40 am | News | Comments

Operation Walk Pittsburgh team provides life-changing hip and knee replacements to the disabled PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Operation Walk Pittsburgh team, consisting of 50 healthcare providers from Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, and Philadelphia recently returned from an extraordinary mission abroad to Antigua, Guatemala.

Patients Benefit From Over-Worked Residents?

September 4, 2009 6:36 am | by Jeff Reinke | Jeff Reinke | Articles | Comments

A recent study shows that a 2003 reform of the length of resident on-duty hours could be connected to an increase in the rate of perioperative complications for patients treated for hip fractures. Among other things, this reform limited the resident workweek to 80 hours. This timeline corresponds to an increasing rate of worse outcomes seen in teaching hospitals, according to a study published in the September 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).

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Commencing The Hearings For My Bionic Knee Surgery

September 4, 2009 5:57 am | by Jeff Reinke | Jeff Reinke | Product Releases | Comments

Dominating the headlines of newspapers, websites and blogs both medically focused and mainstream, has been debate over the Obama Administration’s attempt at healthcare reform. It’s a polarizing issue that seems to me to be less about finding a solution and more about partisan politics.

Modified Electrodes With Protective Nose Cone

September 4, 2009 5:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne’s Modified Electrodes can be used with new protective nose cones to protect surrounding tissue from thermal damage and electrical burns. Specifically designed for surgical procedures performed in confined spaces such as tonsillectomies or other delicate procedures, the protective nose cone enclosure prevents stray current leakage between the hand piece and blade junction that, when exposed, can allow current to stray to surrounding tissue causing thermal burns to patients.

Ventilator System With New Options

September 4, 2009 5:45 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien introduces its Leak Compensation software feature for the Puritan Bennett 840™ ventilator system to provide continuous levels of mechanical ventilation to patients requiring respiratory support, regardless of the level of gas leakage that might occur in the circuit or past a patient interface device in the clinical setting.

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