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Device Busts Post-Op Pain, SSI

June 11, 2009 4:36 am | I-Flow Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The post-operative period is a crucial time for preventing infection in patients, particularly surgical site infection. Although still thought to be widely unreported, SSIs are the third most frequently reported nosocomial infection with 27 million annual surgical procedures resulting in an SSI rate of approximately 2 percent, according to data provided by I-Flow Corporation.

Improve Patient Safety ... Check

June 10, 2009 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sometimes, we need to take a step back and make sure we are doing our jobs correctly. For me, an error is usually just a matter of a word. For you, it can be your patient’s life. This past week, I spent time thinking about mistakes in the workplace and how to prevent them.


Hand Hygiene Helps Prevent Infection

June 10, 2009 7:38 am | Henry Schein, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Henry Schein’s waterless hand sanitizers effectively eliminate germs while leaving hands soft and clean. The sanitizers feature: Disinfecting ingredients and soothing emollients that soften hands. The citrus gel containing alcohol and available in 16-oz.

Guard Against Respiratory Threat

June 10, 2009 7:29 am | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark* FluidShield* PFR95* N95 Respirator Singles are convenient, individually wrapped respirators that are easy to carry and ideal for use in the ER, EMS or anywhere the respiratory threat is unknown. FluidShield* PFR95* N95 Respirator Singles are NIOSH-approved and feature: Duck bill* Face Mask: Unique shape provides large breathing chamber Fold-flat packaging is easy to carry Fluid-resistant at 160 mmHg – ASTM 1862 Sizes designed to provide effective and comfortable fit For more information, visit www.

Surgeon Sued For Filing False Claims

June 10, 2009 7:11 am | News | Comments

A lawsuit against surgeon, his associates and family members for allegedly filing false claims to Medicaid, Medicare and the military's TRICARE program settles for $3.5 million OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit against a surgeon, his associates and family members for allegedly filing false claims to Medicaid, Medicare and the military's TRICARE program has been settled for $3.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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