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Waste Diversion

July 12, 2011 6:09 am | by Interview by Amanda Hankel | Comments

Lars Thording, Stryker Sustainability Solutions Stryker Sustainability Solutions, formerly Ascent, is one of the leading third-party medical device reprocessing organizations in the United States. The company’s reprocessing and remanufacturing programs help more than 1,800 hospitals divert thousands of pounds of medical waste from landfills.

Restricting Attending Physicians’ Work Hours

July 11, 2011 7:29 am | by Felicity Billings, MD | Comments

Dr. Lewis didn’t sleep last night. All day he stood, heavy in full surgical scrub with a human heart in his hands, replacing damaged valves and calcified arteries until the heart beat on its own again. After he finished, there were a few hours before the transplant to get some dinner, to call home.

When Nurses Make Mistakes

July 11, 2011 6:55 am | by Theresa Brown, RN | Comments

This year, a Seattle nurse named Kim Hiatt committed suicide. Ms. Hiatt’s death came nearly seven months after she had given an unintended overdose to an infant heart patient, a medical error that was said to have contributed to the child’s death days later. Ms. Hiatt had been a nurse for 27 years and had often cared for the 8-month-old girl during the child’s stay in the pediatric intensive care unit of her hospital.

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It’s In The Materials

July 11, 2011 6:55 am | Comments

According to Rob Albert, Vice President of Pharmacy Marketing at B. Braun Medical, Inc., there are materials present in healthcare products today that can be harmful to the environment and to patients. Materials such as Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) and Di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), often found in infusion therapy products, were removed from the company’s products because of their potentially harmful effects.

Doctors Are People, Too

July 5, 2011 10:44 am | by Michelle Au, MD | Comments

More doctors say "no" to endless workdays? Well, duh. July 5, 2011 Though there are few subjects as immediate to my experience as that described in Gardiner Harris's article in The New York Times , "More Doctors Say No to Endless Workdays," (April 1st, 2011), perhaps the truest indication of my opinion on the matter may be the fact that, upon first glance at the headline, I didn't feel much need to read the rest of the article.

Zeroing In On Plastics

July 5, 2011 10:44 am | Comments

by Amanda Hankel, editor Healthcare facilities in the U.S. generate approximately 6,600 tons of waste per day. Of that waste, approximately 15 to 20 percent can be attributed to plastics. Of those plastics, approximately 85 percent of them are free from patient contact1.

Green Disposal

July 5, 2011 9:32 am | by Interview by Amanda Hankel | Comments

Segregating regulated medical waste from solid and recyclable waste reduces costs and environmental footprint. As Linda D. Lee, DrPH, REM, Director of Operations for Healthcare Solutions at Waste Management, explains, a hospital is like a small city.

Do Hospital Mortality Rates Really Rise In July?

July 5, 2011 9:32 am | by Anahad O’Connor | Comments

THE FACTS Does an influx of medical trainees mean a spike in medical mistakes? Every July, a new class of medical school graduates begins residency programs at teaching hospitals, giving rise to a popular belief that this month is a bad time to go in for treatment. Researchers call it the “July effect,” referring to the idea that mishaps and mortality rates rise when a fresh group of residents arrives at a hospital.

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‘Greening’ The OR

July 5, 2011 5:43 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Comments

Rafael Andrade, MD As the largest cost center and revenue driver in a hospital, the operating room has one of the largest environmental footprints. According to Cecilia DeLoach Lynn, Director of Sustainability Programs & Metrics at Practice Greenhealth, it’s estimated that an average OR generates 20 to 30 percent of total hospital waste.

Closing An Abdomen After A Failed Rescue, The OR Is Silent

July 1, 2011 6:32 am | by Sid Schwab, MD | Comments

I didn’t know her name until it was over, much too late. What I knew was she was thirteen and that on this winter day someone in her family had been pulling her behind their car, on a sled. No doubt laughing and looking in the rear-view mirror, the person driving had whipsawed around a corner, and the young girl — probably screaming (fear? delight?) — held onto the sled as it careened off the road and into the side of a concrete culvert.

Public Doctors, Nurses Protest

July 1, 2011 6:31 am | Comments

Public doctors, nurses and medical students protest to demand higher wages for public doctors and nurses in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday June 16, 2011.

Single Port Surgery Products: What To Consider

July 1, 2011 6:29 am | by Carlos Babini, Executive Vice President , SurgiQuest, Inc., www.surgiquest.com | SurgiQuest, Inc. | Comments

What should surgeons consider when choosing products for single port surgery? July 1, 2011 When choosing single port surgery products, surgeons should consider: Product efficacy, ease of use and cost effectiveness. Many can still remember the early laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedures of the late '80s which took an inordinate amount of time to perform compared to today’s procedure time values along.

Robotic 3D-HD Laparoscopy

June 29, 2011 7:40 am | Comments

SCHÖLLY FIBEROPTIC GMBH introduces its 3D Laparoscopy System Einstein Vision, a robotic visualization system that offers 3D-HD image quality with optical, electronic and mechanical technologies. The system was demonstrated for the fist time at the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery Congress in Turin, Italy.

Training Residents & Medical Students Like Navy Seals

June 29, 2011 7:39 am | Comments

Harvard Medical School recently held a symposium on learning. The topic of the meeting was “Resiliency and Learning: Implicationsfor Teaching Medical Students and Residents.” Chronic stress, as experienced by physicians, affects the endocrine and other systems causing immune suppression and metabolic disorders leading to depression, cognitive dysfunction and a lot of other bad things.

When Surgeons Don’t Get The Care They Need

June 28, 2011 5:16 am | by Brian Goldman, MD | Comments

When you think of surgeons, you likely picture heroes deftly using scalpels to pull patients back from the brink. But sometimes, as much as surgeons want to save someone, they simply can’t. A new survey finds that some of the men and women doing amazing feats of medicine in the OR don’t think quite so highly of themselves.

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