Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Insurance companies aren't playing nice any more. Their dire message that health care legislation will drive up premiums for people who already have coverage comes as a warning shot at a crucial point in the debate, and threatens President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.
Recently announced was the publication of a new independent study; Effects of Preoperative Skin Preparation on Postoperative Wound Infection Rates: A Prospective Study of 3 Skin Preparation Protocols . It compared the effects of three different skin preparation solutions on surgical site infections.
Sony is teaming with ORLive, a web-based medical broadcasting company, to launch a new high-definition video channel featuring on-demand streaming surgical content. The two companies began demonstrating this convergence of technology and medical education at the 2009 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Chicago yesterday.
Call me a nonconformist -- everybody else does. Yeah, I was the guy with long hair and a ZZ Top beard in college during the height of the “preppy” era. I even went so far as to sew an Izod alligator onto my flip flops just to be annoying. I suppose I haven't really changed. That's why I don't have a whole lotta use for books that paint physicians (or any group, for that matter) with a brush as wide as a '57 Caddy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that 76 children have died of swine flu in U.S. this year, including 19 new reports in the past week. The regular flu kills between 46 and 88 children a year. That suggests deaths from the new H1N1 virus could dramatically outpace children's deaths from seasonal flu, if swine flu continues to spread as it has.
Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer Workers may need to do more homework when they evaluate their health coverage options this fall. This year, more employers may include a new type of plan that can chop premium payments by nearly 20 percent and give consumers a tax break. The tradeoff is higher deductibles, which have the potential to swamp customers with big bills.
Tom Breen, AP Weary of being stuck with what they call the false label of America's unhealthiest city, Huntington, WV residents are offering a wary welcome to a celebrity TV chef who hopes to help them shape up. Jamie Oliver is starring in a reality TV show slated to be broadcast next year on ABC.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Limits on medical malpractice lawsuits would lead doctors to order up fewer unneeded tests and save taxpayers billions more than previously thought, budget umpires for Congress said Friday in a reversal that puts the issue back in the middle of the health care debate.
Pablo Gorondi, AP Writer It was a night for unnatural beauties. Contestants showed off breast implants, nose jobs and face lifts as Miss Plastic Hungary 2009 strove to promote the benefits of plastic surgery in a country where artificial enhancements are viewed mostly with a wary eye. “I think this competition is long overdue,” said photographer Marton Szipal, one of the pageant judges.
MAQUET ALPHAMAXX surgical tables deliver a 1,000 lb. maximum weight capacity with a 3-point stance base for optimal stability, including on floors that are not level. According to the company, features include: Low-height capability optimizing access during laparoscopic procedures.
The All New Ergo-Smart® Prep Station from Capsa Solutions was created with a focus on ergonomic design and functionality after researching the needs of the sterile prep department. According to the company, features include: Adjustable table height. Pull-out shelves, table top, adjustable footrest, overhead lighting and more.
Metrex Research Corporation expands their surface disinfectant category with a bleach product, CaviBleach™ Wipes, EPA-registered, premoistened towelettes with 0.525 percent sodium hypochlorite (1:10 bleach dilution) that attacks proteins in viruses, bacteria and fungi causing them to lose their chemical structure and killing the microorganism.
GF Health Products offers the Grafco® Non-Woven Infection Control Line. The line includes a 3814 Face Mask with Ties. Features of the face mask include: Latex-free. Light blue. 3-ply. Soft and breathable material Dust filtration efficiency of 95 percent.
Cook Medical introduces the new Spectrum Turbo-Ject PICC, an antibiotic-impregnated PICC capable of accepting the contrast media injection rates required for CT scans. The new product exhibits: The ability to power-inject contrast media and Spectrum technology’s proven ability to prevent CRBSIs, meaning that patients receiving PICC lines can gain high protection from deadly CRBSIs.
ETHICON, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson Company, presents BIOPATCH® Protective Disk with CHG (chlorhexidine gluconate) to be applied around catheters to reduce the risk of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs). According to the company, the product offers: The ability to be placed directly on the skin at the point of catheter insertion and provide 7 days of continuous active antisepsis.