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Lithotripter With Highline Imaging

November 4, 2009 6:27 am | Dornier Medtech America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Dornier MedTech introduces the Compact Delta II UIMS with highline imaging system. According to the company, features include: Improved image quality and better image detail obtained with the 1k x 1k resolution that not only provides accurate localization potentially reducing exposure and treatment time by eliminating repeat images due to compromised quality, but also enhances imaging for endourological applications.

First Human Robotic Endoscopic Aortic Valve Replacement Performed

November 4, 2009 5:47 am | News | Comments

PRNewswire The first human robot-assisted endoscopic aortic valve replacement using the daVinci® Surgical System from Intuitive Surgical to implant the ATS 3f® Aortic Bioprosthesis was recently performed by Allen Raczkowski, M.D., at Banner Baywood Health Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. “The ATS 3f Aortic Bioprosthesis is the only valve that has the flexibility necessary for small access robotic ports, and it provides hemodynamic characteristics which are important for the patient's quality of life,” said Dr.

Report Shows Shift In Salaries

November 4, 2009 5:30 am | News | Comments

In the case of some specialties, starting salaries for doctors who join physician-owned medical group practices are catching up to those offered by hospital and integrated delivery system-owned (IDS) practices, according to a recent survey from the Medical Group Management Association. The “Physician Placement Starting Salary Survey: 2007 Report Based on 2006 Data,” conducted in collaboration with the National Association of Physician Recruiters, found that physician-owned practices offered comparable salaries to hospital/IDS salaries for family practice without obstetrics ($130,000 vs.


New Approach To Lung Cancer Favors Radiosurgery

November 4, 2009 5:19 am | News | Comments

Recent studies suggest that patients with early stage, non-small cell lung cancer who are not able to undergo surgery now have another option. Physicians say that option, radical stereotactic radiosurgery performed with CyberKnife, leads to a 100 percent overall survival after three years in patients with good lung function before the treatment.

Acquisition Makes Merck #2 Drugmaker

November 4, 2009 4:59 am | News | Comments

The new Merck & Co. becomes the world's second-biggest drugmaker overnight, and it's boasting a fat wallet to fund future deals. That's after the maker of vaccines and cholesterol and diabetes drugs bought Schering-Plough Corp. for $41.1 billion yesterday, leapfrogging from number eight to number two in the industry by revenue.

Video: Wound Closure Device

November 3, 2009 11:34 am | Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien (NYSE: COV) introduces the V-Loc™ absorbable wound closure device, the first surgical device of its kind to feature unidirectional barbed technology that enables surgeons to close dermal wounds quickly and securely without tying knots.

Med-Mal—What We Need Is Precision

November 3, 2009 6:22 am | by SHADOWFAX, MedPage Today Blogger | Articles | Comments

Ezra kindly responds to my post from Friday with a more reasoned stance than "just don't commit malpractice."  His response, however, boils down to two main theses: Frivolous Lawsuits are not as common as generally thought, and Standardization can reduce the opportunity for error and thus decrease the frequency of medical malpractice suits.

RI Hospital Looks To OR Cameras To Address Wrong-Site Surgery Problems

November 3, 2009 6:21 am | News | Comments

Michelle R. Smith, AP Rhode Island's largest hospital was fined $150,000 and ordered to take the extraordinary step of installing video cameras in all its operating rooms after it had its fifth wrong-site surgery since 2007, state health officials said Monday. Rhode Island Hospital, the teaching hospital for Brown University's Alpert Medical School, was fined a second time for wrong-site surgeries.


Problems Continue Even After Surgeries Halted At Illinois Hospital

November 3, 2009 6:21 am | News | Comments

  Sophia Tareen, AP Serious safety issues continued to plague a southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital even after major surgeries were suspended two years ago because of a spike in patient deaths. Surgeons at the medical center performed procedures without proper authorization, patient deaths were not assessed adequately and miscommunication between staff members persisted, the Veterans Affairs Department's inspector general said in the report, which covers the fiscal year that recently ended.


Beyond Grey’s Anatomy - Doctors and Nurses Behaving Badly

November 3, 2009 6:20 am | News | Comments

Screaming matches in front of bewildered patients. Angry surgeons hurling instruments across the operating room. Treachery and backstabbing as physicians and nurses try to undermine one another. It may sound like a script from a television medical drama, but these kinds of scenarios are occurring frequently in hospitals across the country, according to a new survey conducted by the American College of Physician Executives.

J&J Makes $900 Million Cuts

November 3, 2009 6:19 am | News | Comments

AP - Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will trim layers of management, cut jobs, and set other restructuring moves in motion to save up to $900 million next year. The company said the job cuts will affect six to seven percent of its global work force of roughly 118,700 workers, prompting a restructuring charge of up to $1.

Pre-Surgery Beta Blockers Key For High-Risk Patients

November 3, 2009 6:19 am | News | Comments

High-risk patients who are not taking beta-blockers should have an escalated beta-blocker therapy started before scheduled cardiovascular surgery, state recently updated guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Standard practices had called for initiating beta-blocker therapy on the day of the procedure, or to pump up the dose right before it in order to minimize cardiovascular surgery risks.

Med, Nursing Schools Teaching Alternative Remedies

November 3, 2009 6:18 am | by Source: The Associated Press article, by Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Future doctors and nurses are learning about acupuncture and herbs along with anatomy and physiology at a growing number of medical schools. It's another example of how alternative medicine has become mainstream. And it's often done with Uncle Sam's help, a recent article published by the Associated Press reports.

Intraoperative Fluid Control Device

November 3, 2009 6:16 am | Promethean Medical Tech. Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Promethean Fluid Control Island® System is a patented, proactive device designed to capture and contain fluids lost from the patient and instrumentation during scope procedures. The product is a combination drape and collection vessel that rests on the floor, uses existing hospital wall suction and immediately evacuates fluids for measurements before they hit the floor.

Missing The Airport

November 2, 2009 5:44 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Articles | Comments

"... [Former Delta pilot] Bill Mazzone, who flew jet airliners for 23 years, said it’s just as possible they got caught napping. "It’s kind of like being in an operating room. You know the physicians and the nurses…are listening to music, telling jokes, they’re doing what keeps them alert," he said.


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