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New Smartphone Apps Remind Patients To Take Their Meds

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Only about half of patients take medication as prescribed, resulting in unnecessary hospital admissions and ER visits that cost the U.S. health care system an estimated $290 billion a year. To help combat the problem, many doctors are trying a more high-tech approach: They're recommending smartphone apps that send reminders to patients to take their medications and record when they take each one...

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Research: Adrenaline Does Little To Increase Patient's Survival After Cardiac Arrest

April 17, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

"The vast number of patients who have a cardiac arrest get adrenaline, which has been the drug recommended in treating cardiac arrest for decades," said Dr. Steve Lin, an emergency physician and trauma team leader at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital. "Yet, despite advances in medical treatment, long-term survival rates of patients who suffer a cardiac outside a hospital and receive adrenaline remains low..."

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Clearfast

April 17, 2014 9:57 am | by BevMD | Product Releases | Comments

BevMD, a medical beverage company, recently introduced the first U.S.-patented and American Society of Anesthesiologist-approved preoperative-beverage: Clearfast. This scientifically formulated, carbohydrate-rich beverage is the only product of its kind in the U.S. designed for preoperative use; offering the right carbohydrates to safely clear the system prior to surgery while reducing metabolic stress.

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Confidently Control Infectious Fluid Waste

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Candace L. Samudio, MBA, BSN, RN, CNOR | Blogs | Comments

Hospital acquired infections are a constant concern. They harm both the patient and/or the staff member who was exposed. They also have a very negative financial impact on the hospital. How often are we asked if we are doing everything we can to protect our patients, and ourselves as healthcare workers, from the hazards of a hospital acquired infection?

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Control OR

April 16, 2014 4:28 pm | by FSN Medical Technologies | FSN Medical Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Control OR from FSN Medical Technologies is the solution for compact, robust medical video integration. The system manages up to 10 separate input sources and maintains signal integrity to output displays. Control OR’s intuitive tablet interface can route video, adjust picture layouts, freeze images, or make subtle changes to individual user settings.

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Scintillant Surgical Light

April 16, 2014 10:46 am | by Engineered Medical Solutions | Engineered Medical Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Engineered Medical Solutions manufactures the Scintillant Surgical Light; the first untethered, self-contained medical lighting device for illumination inside the surgical field. There is no need for light boxes and cords to tie you down. The self-contained light is equipped with simple effective accessories for attachment to almost any surgical tool.

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Change Is Not Always For The Better

April 16, 2014 10:34 am | by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD | Blogs | Comments

Recently, I took a respite from my concerns about the Affordable Care Act, which I left simmering in the crockpot while I was re-visiting the Kingdom of Cambodia. Most people visit Cambodia for a brief trip to Siem Reap to experience the magnificent ancient temples at Angkor Wat, the symbol adorning its flag...

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A New Take On Surgical Navigation

April 16, 2014 10:23 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

“Good enough” is never enough in today’s modern healthcare landscape. Nothing illustrates that concept better than the latest efforts from a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The group published information highlighting its work to improve surgical navigation through the development of a unique computer algorithm meant to improve patient safety...

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Researchers Transplant Regenerated Esophagus

April 16, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Tissue engineering has been used to construct natural oesophagi, which in combination with bone marrow stem cells have been safely and effectively transplanted in rats. The study, published in Nature Communications, shows that the transplanted organs remain patent and display regeneration of nerves, muscles, epithelial cells, and blood vessels...

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The Exciting Potential Of Google Glass In Surgical Settings

April 16, 2014 10:04 am | Articles | Comments

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. The authors of the study obtained a Glass device through Google's Explorer Program and have tested its applicability in their daily pediatric surgical practice...

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Ex-Radiology Tech Filed False Mammogram Results

April 16, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

An ex-radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery. Prosecutors have said 33-year-old Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, of Macon, entered nearly 1,300 negative mammogram results at Perry Hospital between Jan. 22, 2009 and April 1, 2010 that hadn't been reviewed by a radiologist...

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Ansell To Kick Off Second Annual Ansell H.E.R.O. Nurse Service Award

April 15, 2014 5:13 pm | News | Comments

Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions, announces the kick-off of the 2014 Ansell H.E.R.O. [Heal, Educate, Reach, Overcome] Nurse Service Award.  With this year’s launch fittingly taking place at the 61st annual AORN (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses) Surgical Congress and Expo, the award recognizes nurses who have made lasting impressions on their peers, their patients, their profession, and their communities...

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Outcome Of Stroke Worse For People With Infection

April 15, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

Infection is bad news for all of us - but it can be really serious to people who have had a stroke. Evidence is mounting that infection makes things much worse after a stroke. A team of scientists at the University of Manchester has now found a key to why and how infection is such a bad thing for stroke sufferers...

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Port Closure System

April 15, 2014 11:16 am | by Artisan Medical | Artisan Medical | Product Releases | Comments

Artisan Medical offers a port closure system with a disposable suture grasper and reusable stainless steel guides. According to the company, there are eight different reusable cones to choose from. The system is designed to accommodate any size suture or trocar, it permits multiple trocar site closures with a single device per case, and it enables surgeons to rapidly close each trocar site securely and safely.

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The Vikon ONE HeadLiT

April 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Vikon Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Combining the benefits and advantages of LED with the power and quality of xenon, the Vikon ONE HeadLiT provides consistently bright, white light optimized for color rendering and enhanced tissue differentiation. Light does not degrade or dim and is evenly distributed across the light field. Virtually maintenance free, the ONE HeadLiT does not use blubs or fiberoptic cables and has a five-year limited warranty.

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Antibiotics Alone Are A Successful Treatment For Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis In Kids

April 15, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis is a reasonable alternative to surgery that leads to less pain and fewer missed school days, according to a pilot study. The research is the first prospective study on nonoperative management of acute appendicitis in pediatric patients in the United States...

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