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Overcoming The Challenges And Concerns Related To Renovating Your OR

April 23, 2014 11:16 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products and Brett Estabrook, Director of Design & Development, BERCHTOLD Corporation | Articles | Comments

Are you looking to renovate an operating room at your facility? Are you not sure where to start, or do you have some concerns about either the process or the end results of a renovation effort? Brett Estabrook, Director of Design & Development, BERCHTOLD Corporation, answered a handful of questions about OR renovation during a recent conversation with Surgical Products...

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Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM)

April 23, 2014 10:14 am | by DePuy Synthes CMF | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes CMF, part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of Patient Specific Plates for Mandible (PSPM), new plates that are customized based on surgeon specifications and individual patient anatomy.  PSPM is designed to give the reconstructive surgeon greater control over plate design and screw placement which assists in planning of future dental restoration.

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Texas Children's Hospital Fetal Center Performs Successful Open Fetal Surgery To Treat Fatal Condition

April 23, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

Physicians at Texas Children's Fetal Center proudly announce the birth of Baby Cabellotrejo, a boy born healthy at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women following a complex pregnancy that included open fetal surgery. Early in the pregnancy, doctors diagnosed baby boy Cabellotrejo with a very large lung mass, called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation...

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Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Sp Single Port Robotic Surgical System

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Medgadget | Videos | Comments

Intuitive Surgical received FDA approval to market its new da Vinci Sp single port robot assisted surgical system. The system is designed for urologic minimally-invasive procedures that are already performed via a single incision. Intuitive Surgical will wait to release it to market until it’s been made fully compatible with the latest da Vinci Xi robot...

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The Man With The 'Bionic Eye'

April 23, 2014 9:11 am | by Mike Householder, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a "bionic eye," he's regained enough of his eyesight to catch small glimpses of his wife, grandson, and cat...

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3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings

April 22, 2014 11:28 am | by 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division | 3M Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division announced enhancements to its 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings aimed at improving securement, wear time, and proper application.

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Study: U.S. Medical Innovation Needs Smarter Incentives To Cut Health Spending

April 22, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

To help rein in massive healthcare spending, a new RAND study concludes that U.S. policy makers should urgently find ways to incentivize pharmaceutical companies and device makers to develop products that produce more value. Instead of examining existing medical technologies and their use, a new study suggests the study identifies options to affect what drugs and medical devices get created in the first place...

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Report Recommends Insurers Use Prescription Monitoring Data To Reduce Opioid Abuse, Deaths

April 22, 2014 11:08 am | News | Comments

The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University has issued a ground-breaking report recommending that medical insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce the overdoses, deaths, and healthcare costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs...

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SSIs: A Problem With No Quick Fix

April 22, 2014 11:04 am | by Beth Young, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist, GOJO Industries, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

As we wait for randomized, controlled clinical trials of new interventions and products, it’s imperative that we implement all the components of evidence-based bundles that have been proven to prevent surgical-site infections...   

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Intelligent Design: Getting Better Through OR Integration

April 22, 2014 10:26 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Cassandra Whitney had a significant problem on her hands. Having arrived at Florida-based Memorial Hospital Pembroke in 2007 as its Director of Surgical Services, she immediately realized her entire surgical department was quite out of date. Everything looked old. The functionality of the equipment was less than ideal. Whitney recognized she had her work cut out for her...

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Low Tolerance For Pain? The Reason May Be In Your Genes

April 22, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

"Our study is quite significant because it provides an objective way to understand pain and why different individuals have different pain tolerance levels," said study author Tobore Onojjighofia, MD, MPH, with Proove Biosciences and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. "Identifying whether a person has these four genes could help doctors better understand a patient's perception of pain..."

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Study IDs Surgical Patients At Risk

April 22, 2014 9:41 am | News | Comments

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a leading cause of respiratory failure after surgery. Patients who develop the lung disorder postoperatively are at higher risk of dying in the hospital, and those who survive the syndrome may still bear its physical effects years later. A study is helping physicians better identify patients most at risk, the first step toward preventing this dangerous and costly surgical complication...

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Color Coding Barcode Data Matrix

April 21, 2014 11:12 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Surg-I-Band Data Matrix Color Coding Barcode from Scanlan International offers hospitals a system to organize and track surgical instrumentation and devices. Combining the benefits of Surg-I-Band color coding with the technology of bar coding, Surg-I-Band Data Matrix is designed to offer a fast, easy, and precise organizational system.

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Your OR Could Use Some Work

April 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

A similar experience takes place when you are looking to make improvements to your home space or OR space. Tough questions must be asked and answered, and no project – great or small – will be successful without a properly-formed plan that’s the end result of an effective thought process...

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Gene Variant Raises Risk For Aortic Tear And Rupture

April 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Yale School of Medicine and Celera Diagnostics have confirmed the significance of a genetic variant that substantially increases the risk of a frequently fatal thoracic aortic dissection or full rupture. Thoracic aortic aneurysms, or bulges in the artery wall, can develop without pain or other symptoms. If they lead to a tear — dissection — or full rupture, the patient will often die without immediate treatment...

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Stanford Scientists Identify Source Of Most Cases Of Invasive Bladder Cancer

April 21, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

A single type of cell in the lining of the bladder is responsible for most cases of invasive bladder cancer, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Their study, conducted in mice, is the first to pinpoint the normal cell type that can give rise to invasive bladder cancers...

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