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PHOTOS OF THE DAY: Liver Transplants

March 2, 2011 5:09 am | Comments

In this photo taken Feb. 12, 2011, Matthew Rosiello, 21, is aided by his mother Randy as she checks his surgically placed catheter at their home in New York. Matthew is waiting for a liver transplant and is connected to port-a cath throughout the day. Soon after telling him it was time for a liver transplant, doctors gave Matthew more tough news: he wasn't likely to get one any time soon in his home state of New York.

The Sign

March 2, 2011 5:06 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

“Give, give, give — what is the point of having experience, knowledge, or talent if I don’t give it away? Of having stories if I don’t tell them to others? … It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world, and with the divine.” - Isabel Allende   My office is not unusual.

Gastric Bypass Is Not A Shortcut To Treat Obesity

March 1, 2011 4:21 am | by Michael Kirsch, MD | Comments
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Bringing The Promise Of Networking To Minimally Invasive Surgery

March 1, 2011 4:19 am | Pointe Conception Medical | Comments

With the rise of minimally invasive surgery, imaging in the OR has become increasingly important. Furthermore, the ability for facilities to manage the image data captured is crucial. To meet this need, Pointe Conception Medical (PC Medical) in Santa Barbara, CA, has developed the EndoHub™ Hardware and EndoPresence™ Software Suites.

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The Crude Therapy

February 28, 2011 5:48 am | Comments

Are Doctors Too Quick to Cut? Does the American medical culture rely too heavily on surgical treatments? Susan Love is president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Controlling A Computer With Thoughts

February 28, 2011 5:47 am | by University of Pittsburgh | Comments

New technology may one day help patients control assistive devices with their thoughts. Photo Credit: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded funding for two projects that will place brain-computer interfaces (BCI) in patients with spinal cord injuries to test if it is possible for them to control external devices, such as a computer cursor or a prosthetic limb, with their thoughts.

Feeding The Nurses

February 25, 2011 6:35 am | by Theresa Brown, RN | Comments

I joke that nurses will do anything for food. Good food, bad food, healthy food, junk food — we’re not particular. Patients must understand that too, because they constantly bring us food.

The Devil Is In The Details

February 25, 2011 6:34 am | by David Mantey, editor PD&D | Comments

With a growing amputee population, two firms partner to design artificial limbs that use vacuum pumps to increase circulation, comfort, and quality of life. February 25, 2011 A new system for prosthetics eliminates excess motion and, since the vacuum pressure is high enough, converts perspiration from the socket to a vapor that seeps out through the pump back into the atmosphere—curing another ailment of the below-knee amputee community.

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Improving Doctor-Patient Communication

February 23, 2011 4:53 am | by Paul Dorio, MD | Comments

When I was a medical student on my first clinical rotation, obstetrics, I was criticized for not using enough medical jargon when I spoke to the patients. I took that criticism as a compliment and have always attempted to speak clearly and without too much “inflation” of my terms.

Photos of the Day: Awake Brain Surgery

February 23, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

Chris Taber of Pedestal TV specializes in programm production using Polecam portable long-reach camera systems. He recently spent a day filming at Southampton General Hospital in England for the television show 'Surgery Live'.  Chris supplied and operated one of two Polecam rigs in the operating theater to explain the techniques used in 'awake brain surgery'.

Build It, Break It and Fix It

February 23, 2011 4:48 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

"My experience is that engineers go into the medical field because they want to really make a positive difference to improve patient care, just like physicians," says Rich Mueller, chief technology officer for TransEnterix. The general surgery market hasn’t seen many market-disruptive technologies recently, and Rich Mueller wants to change that.

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Should Medical Students Be Liable For Malpractice?

February 22, 2011 5:18 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Should medical students receive immunity from malpractice liability? That’s an interesting question that’s raised in a bill from Arizona. According to the Arizona Daily Sun , State lawmakers are moving to keep patients injured by medical students from being able to sue them .

Choose The Right Shoe

February 22, 2011 5:18 am | by Jenifer Wynne, Co-Owner, SMD Wynne Corporation, www.calzuro.com | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when choosing shoes to wear in the OR? Durability: To ensure maximum durability, the quality of manufacturing is very important.  A durable shoe should last years, so finding a durable shoe saves you time, money, and effort.

Surgical Glove Selection

February 18, 2011 5:29 am | by Pam Werner, RN, BSN, MBA, CNOR, clinical consultant for Ansell Healthcare Products LLC, www.ansell.com | Comments

Surgical glove selection criteria are based upon a number of factors: Barrier protection. It is important to choose the right glove for the right task. For example, if you’re performing microsurgery, you may need a glove that is thinner that provides adequate barrier, but more tactile sensitivity and dexterity.

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Does Watson Make Board Certification Exams Obsolete In Medicine?

February 18, 2011 5:28 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Why Watson makes board certification exams obsolete in medicineLike most everyone else, I took a break from my evening chores the past few nights, and watched Jeopardy! IBM’s super-computer, Watson, was taking on Jeopardy! phenoms Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  [SPOILER] The computer won handily.

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