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Airman Loses Legs After Gallbladder Surgery

July 22, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An airman lost parts of both legs and was in critical condition after routine gallbladder surgery at Travis Air Force Base went terribly wrong, his family said. Airman 1st Class Colton Read was supposed to get his gallbladder removed laparoscopically — via a small incision — at Travis' David Grant Medical Center on July 9.

Wound Care Technology Web Site Launched

July 22, 2009 6:16 am | News | Comments

SKILLMAN, N.J., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- ConvaTec, announces the launch of a new web site, www.Hydrofiber.com , demonstrating how the company's proprietary Hydrofiber Technology is transforming wound care. Designed for clinicians managing chronic and acute wounds, the web site illustrates the unique features and benefits of Hydrofiber Technology with extensive video, data and commentary from research scientists within ConvaTec Wound Therapeutics.

Another Hepatitis Case Linked To Colorado Hospital

July 22, 2009 6:00 am | News | Comments

P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — Another hepatitis C case has been linked to a Denver hospital where an infected surgery technician was accused of swapping her dirty syringes for ones filled with a powerful painkiller meant for patients. Colorado health officials said Friday that 11 former Rose Medical Center patients have tested positive for hepatitis C.

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Saying 'Sorry' Pays Off for U. Of Michigan doctors

July 22, 2009 5:58 am | News | Comments

David N. Goodman, Associated Press Writer DETROIT (AP) — When a treatment goes wrong at a U.S. hospital, fear of a lawsuit usually means "never daring to say you're sorry." That's not the way it works at the University of Michigan Health System, where lawyers and doctors say admitting mistakes up front and offering compensation before being sued have brought about remarkable savings in money, time and feelings.

Video: Medical Device Solutions

July 20, 2009 7:53 am | Videos | Comments

Due to the often sensitive nature of medical engineering applications, there is a central focus on technical requirements and solutions employed. Our extensively equipped Material Laboratories offer material recommendations specifically matched to their intended use confirmed by testing, as well as, custom-made to individual customer requirements.

Wound Closure Device

July 20, 2009 7:08 am | Wound Care Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DermaClose can now be used on any size linear wound using one or more of the DermaClose™RC devices in a “shoelace” configuration. The “shoelace” technique provides considerable flexibility by utilizing constant force tension on opposing wound margins using any number of configurations.

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British Girl's Heart Heals Itself After Transplant

July 17, 2009 11:52 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — British doctors designed a radical solution to save a girl with major heart problems in 1995: they implanted a donor heart directly onto her own failing heart. After 10 years with two blood pumping organs, Hannah Clark's faulty one did what many experts had thought impossible: it healed itself enough so that doctors could remove the donated heart.

3 States Investigating Hep C-Infected Scrub Tech

July 17, 2009 11:48 am | News | Comments

P. Solomon Banda, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — Hundreds more patients have been advised to get tested for hepatitis C as health officials in two more states launched investigations into an infected Colorado surgery tech who allegedly swapped clean needles for dirty ones to feed her painkiller addiction.

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Health Care Overhaul Bill Has Ups And Downs

July 17, 2009 11:44 am | News | Comments

David Espo, AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Up one day. Down the next. Sometimes legislation to remake the nation's health care system moves in both directions at once. President Barack Obama's top domestic priority is on an unpredictable, midsummer trajectory as the White House and Democrats struggle to bring the complex, controversial issue to a vote in both houses before lawmakers leave town for their August break.

Fight For Swine Flu Vaccine Could Get Ugly

July 17, 2009 11:29 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — An ugly scramble is brewing over the swine flu vaccine — and when it becomes available, Britain, the United States and other nations could find that the contracts they signed with pharmaceutical companies are easily broken. Experts warn that during a global epidemic, which the world is in now, governments may be under tremendous pressure to protect their own citizens first before allowing companies to ship doses of vaccine out of the country.

Endoscopic Stapler For Critical Wound-Healing Period

July 17, 2009 10:54 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien introduces the Duet TRS™ reload with tissue reinforcement. The new product offers: Preloaded tissue reinforcement on the Endo GIA™ Universal range of laparoscopic staplers. A synthetic absorbable polymer reinforcement material that is preloaded on each SULU.

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Video: Faces Of Government Healthcare: Katie Brickell

July 14, 2009 5:56 am | Videos | Comments

Diagnosed with cervical cancer after being refused a pap test three times in the U.

Obama Challenges On Health Care

July 13, 2009 11:40 am | News | Comments

Erica Werner, Associated Press Writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A defiant President Barack Obama sought Monday to revive his faltering plan to overhaul health care, delivering a full-throated promise to get comprehensive legislation and summoning lawmakers crucial to his effort to the White House.

Video: Step-By-Step Gastric Bypass (Part II)

July 13, 2009 11:22 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Hadar Spivak presents his technique for the laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. The surgeon is showing the operation in details and in a step by step approach. The patient is a man with a BMI of 57, central obesity and medical problems. Following Dr.

Video: Step-By-Step Gastric Bypass (Part I)

July 13, 2009 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Hadar Spivak of Houston, TX, presents his technique for the laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. The surgeon is showing the operation in details and in a step-by-step approach. The patient is a man with a BMI of 57, central obesity and medical problems.

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