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Shorter Surgical Shifts Mean Less Training

July 12, 2013 10:24 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Restricting work shifts for postgraduate year one residents to 16 hours appears to have reduced the operative experience of general surgery interns, researchers found. Compared with the four academic years before the change, the year immediately following the restriction saw significant declines in total operative cases, major cases, and first-assistant cases performed by the intern.

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zSpace And The Future Of Efficient Healthcare

July 10, 2013 9:44 am | by Anna Schenk, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Comments

We recently spoke with Dave Chavez, CTO of zSpace, Inc. about the future of efficient healthcare. Zspace is a leading-edge technology provider that enables natural interaction with virtual-holographic 3D imagery through its flagship product, zSpace.

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Life After A Face Transplant

July 10, 2013 9:17 am | by Katir Moisse | Comments

Richard Lee Norris made headlines in 2012 when he received a full face transplant – the result of a 36-hour operation that swapped his scarred skin and shattered bones with tissue from a donor. The story begins on Sept. 10, 1997, when the Remington 12-gauge pump shotgun Norris was repositioning in a gun cabinet emptied a round in his face.

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Patient Wakes Up As Doctors Get Ready To Remove Organs

July 9, 2013 9:27 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

It was exactly midnight when Caroline Burns eerily opened her eyes and looked at the operating lights above her, shocking doctors who believed she was dead and were about to remove her organs and donate them to patients on the transplant waiting list.

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Positioned For Success

July 8, 2013 4:57 pm | by Dr. Brett Sanders, M.D. | Comments

By self adjusting to the patient in a rapid and reproducible manner, a new positioner may allay ancillary staff anxiety about positioning and allow more effective team participation during the time consuming positioning of the shoulder patient. In this way, the hidden cost of delayed OR turnover and poor positioning may be averted. Moreover, reproducible and rapid positioning may be achieved.

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Challenging Cases: Hernia Mesh

July 8, 2013 4:46 pm | by Andrew Dennis, D.O., FACOS, DME, The Cook County Trauma Unit, JHS Cook County Hospital | Comments

Multiple gunshot wounds to a 36-year-old man's abdomen and right groin led to one difficult case for surgeons at Chicago's Cook County Trauma Unit. The patient developed a massive SIRS response and remained non-closeable for several weeks.

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The Cut Runs Deep

July 8, 2013 4:31 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Nothing more accurately and succinctly defines the prevalent issue of sharps safety than the fact which states that there has been no decrease in the injury rate in surgical settings since the passage of the Needlestick Prevention Act of 2000.

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Laparoscopic Safety Products: Weighing The Pros And Cons

July 8, 2013 4:10 pm | by Melissa Fischer, Clinical Specialist, Megadyne | Comments

There are several products currently on the market that assist the physician and surgical staff with identification of failed instrumentation and prevention of stray current burns.  Because this decision is of such great importance, the section below is meant to help you understand what is available to you as well as the pros and cons of each option.

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2013 Instrumentation Survey Report

July 8, 2013 3:54 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

According to a recent survey, the average annual surgical spend at the facility of a Surgical Products reader will be about $175,000 this year. About 19 percent of respondents stated that their facility spends in excess of $250,000, and almost half (46 percent) indicated their facility will spend about the same amount as they have previously on instrumentation over the next 12 to 18 months.

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Prep For OR Sustainability

July 8, 2013 3:25 pm | by Emilio Tenuta, VP of Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab | Comments

According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American healthcare sector is responsible for producing eight percent of the country’s total carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, hospitals produce nearly 7,000 tons of waste each day.

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Q&A: Improving Prepping Practices

July 8, 2013 3:11 pm | Comments

What constitutes proper surgical prepping these days? What are some of the notable misconceptions out there regarding prepping that put hospitals at risk for welcoming surgical-site infections? Surgical Products recently spoke with two industry experts to discuss good prepping practices, key misconceptions, and the products that can help hospitals and other medical facilities in this area.

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Picture This

July 8, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A product’s performance doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t justify the cost to acquire and utilize it. When it comes to surgical imaging equipment, value is often best understood when considered within the context of purchase price and financing terms.

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Superbug CRE Found In At Least 43 States

July 8, 2013 9:20 am | by Jonathan LaPook | Comments

CRE was first identified in the United States in 2001. Now CRE has been found in 4.6 percent of all hospitals and 18 percent of hospitals providing long-term acute care. Furthermore, only nine states have mandatory reporting laws for CRE.

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Human Head Transplants Could Become A Reality

July 3, 2013 9:41 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

An Italian scientist says human head transplants could become a reality in this century, but don’t lose your heads over it. At least not yet. The most famous actual head transplant was performed on monkeys in 1970. The surviving monkey lived for only eight days.

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PAD Worse For Black CABG Patients

July 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) hurts the chances of long-term survival after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in black patients more than in white patients, an observational study showed. Although white PAD patients were a significant 50 percent more likely to die than those without PAD over a median of eight years of post-CABG follow-up, the risk was 2.1 times higher for black PAD patients.

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