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Cost Concerns Spur NJ Hospital Labor Disputes

June 10, 2009 7:10 am | News | Comments

Victor Epstein BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — Health-care workers barred from patient rooms walked the picket lines at Bayonne Medical Center on Tuesday, the second time in as many weeks that labor negotiations have broken off at a northern New Jersey hospital. Friction between management and workers has been fueled by increased costs in a health-care industry grappling with more uninsured patients, the prospect of reduced insurance payments with health-care reform, and fewer elective surgeries that bring in money.

Health Care Overhaul

June 10, 2009 7:09 am | News | Comments

Dems advance proposals to spread health coverage David Espo AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats at both ends of the Capitol accelerated their drive to enact health care legislation on Tuesday, outlining proposals to extend coverage to uninsured millions but omitting most details on plans for raising more than $1 trillion needed to cover costs.

Tools For Success

June 9, 2009 5:44 am | by Amanda McGowan, Editor | Product Releases | Comments

I admit it. I am a Grey’s Anatomy addict. I have watched the show since its series premiere and been hooked on what will happen next in the lives of the surgeons, residents and interns at Seattle Grace ever since. I am aware the show is more of a soap opera set in a hospital than an accurate portrayal of the day-to-day operations of a hospital.

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Single Port Surgeries Performed At University

June 8, 2009 9:11 am | News | Comments

Advances trend toward less-invasive approaches PRINCETON, N.J., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Advancing the trend toward ever less invasive surgery, University Medical Center at Princeton is now performing laparoscopic surgery by way of a single incision through the belly button -- becoming one of a handful of centers in the Northeastern United States to offer the procedure.

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Radiofrequency Ablation For Barrett's Esophagus Using the HALO Ablation System

June 8, 2009 9:03 am | News | Comments

Trials find radiofrequency ablation is durable after 2 years, compares favorably with endoscopic resection for advanced disease and reduces the risk for cancer progression SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Results from a number of clinical trials were presented during the Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in Chicago, revealing new outcomes data related to endoscopic radiofrequency ablation using the HALO ablation system for eradicating a pre-cancerous esophageal condition known as Barrett's esophagus.

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Limited Exposure To Blood Transfusion Increases Morbidity And Mortality After Surgery

June 8, 2009 8:17 am | News | Comments

Studies advocate blood conservation and appropriate indicators for transfusion IRVINE, Calif., June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI), the inventor of Pulse CO-Oximetry(TM) and Measure-Through Motion and Low-Perfusion pulse oximetry, announced that two new studies – one conducted in patients undergoing general surgery and published in the Journal of American College of Surgeons and another conducted in patients undergoing cardiac surgery and published in the Anesthesia & Analgesia – provide additional new evidence that transfusion of just one or two units of blood significantly increases infection, pneumonia, sepsis, and mortality after surgery.

No Scars: New Obesity Surgery Goes Through Mouth

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

LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer Graphic shows process of the TOGA scarless obesity surgery. (AP) CHICAGO (AP) — Doctors are testing a new kind of obesity surgery without any cuts through the abdomen, snaking a tube as thick as a garden hose down the throat to snap staples into the stomach.

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Manage Surgical Smoke Plume Hazards

June 8, 2009 7:25 am | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

Buffalo Filter’s PlumeSafe® TURBO Auto-Sense provides a versatile solution to manage the hazards associated with surgical smoke plume and aerosols. This portable, ultra-quiet system provides: Ample power to eliminate even the heaviest amounts of smoke plume and aerosols.

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BILF Wall Suction Surgical Smoke Filter

June 8, 2009 7:09 am | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

As part of your operating room protocol, it may be appropriate to utilize your vacuum/wall suction system to capture small amounts of surgical smoke plume.  As these devices are not designed to capture smoke and aerosols, implementing an in-line filter is essential to long term performance of your critical vacuum system.

The A.B.C.’s Of Surgical Smoke Plume

June 8, 2009 6:45 am | by Joseph Lynch, Director of Marketing, Buffalo Filter | Buffalo Filter | News | Comments

The use of thermal instruments for surgical applications has grown significantly over the past three decades. Unfortunately, when any type of thermal or ultrasonic surgical instrument, such as laser energy, electrosurgery, argon, ultrasonic/harmonic scalpel, or plasma is applied to human tissue an unwanted by-product is produced which is commonly known as surgical smoke plume.

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Studies Show Potential Of Pure NOTES Surgery With Toolbox

June 3, 2009 7:20 am | Ethicon Endo-Surgery | News | Comments

CINCINNATI, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. announce multiple studies at 2009 Digestive Disease Week (DDW) demonstrating the company's novel, investigational Toolbox enables natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) procedures without laparoscopic support in porcine models.

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Fire In The OR

June 3, 2009 7:00 am | by Amanda McGowan, Editor, Surgical Products | Product Releases | Comments

I was recently introduced to a web site that made me think about what can go wrong during surgery. As a journalist reporting to medical professionals, I’ve spent quite a bit of time researching medical errors such as wrong site surgery, retained foreign objects, and hospital acquired infections, as well as familiarizing myself with all the issues each of you face.

Time-Saving Repair - Part 2

June 2, 2009 8:40 am | Minnesota Medical Development Inc. | Videos | Comments

Click the video to watch Part 2 of 2 of the Rebound HRD V hernia repair device. Click here to watch video Part 1 of 2. Having performed laparoscopic ventral incision hernia surgery for a number of years, Roderick Brown, MD, had confirmed the laparoscopic method to repair hernias was a better way to fix hernias than open surgery for a number of reasons, including less post-operative discomfort, improved cosmetic outcomes and low reoccurrence rates.

Time-Saving Repair

June 2, 2009 8:34 am | Minnesota Medical Development Inc. | Videos | Comments

Click the video to watch Part 1 of 2 of the Rebound HRD V hernia repair device. Click here to watch video Part 2 of 2. Having performed laparoscopic ventral incision hernia surgery for a number of years, Roderick Brown, MD, had confirmed the laparoscopic method to repair hernias was a better way to fix hernias than open surgery for a number of reasons, including less post-operative discomfort, improved cosmetic outcomes and low reoccurrence rates.

Partially Absorbable Mesh

June 2, 2009 6:38 am | Ethicon, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ETHICON, Inc. offers its ULTRAPRO* mesh, a lightweight and partially absorbable mesh for repairing hernias and other abdominal fascial defects. According to the company's Web site, features include: For the repair of inguinal and incisional hernias Strong, secure repair¹,² Flexible scar lets abdominal wall move naturally² Trusted, well-known materials   References: 1.

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