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Study: DuraPrep May Trump Chlorhexidine In Preventing SSI

October 9, 2009 12:21 pm | 3M Health Care | Comments

A study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology finds Iodophor-based skin preparation solutions may be superior to chlorhexidine in preventing surgical-site infections A new independent study, “Effects of Preoperative Skin Preparation on Postoperative Wound Infection Rates: A Prospective Study of 3 Skin Preparation Protocols,” has been published comparing the effects of three different skin preparation solutions on surgical-site infections, 3M Health Care.

LEDs To Completely Replace Halogen Lights In The OR

October 9, 2009 6:35 am | Comments

European uptake of light-emitting diode (LED) surgical lights will represent 100 percent of surgical light sales by 2014, as hospitals replace halogen lights with significantly longer lasting LED lights, the Millenium Research Group (MRG) recently reported. According to a recent article, MRG's European Markets for Video and High-Tech Hardware Devices 2010 report finds that adoption will be accelerated in Europe, in part because European countries are more environmentally-conscious than their US counterparts.

Blog: Calling For Reinforcements

October 7, 2009 7:18 am | Comments

The human diaphragm, if I one of God's neat little tricks. It's a tough, broad sheet of muscle, modest in thickness, that acts both as a barrier between the abdominal and thoracic cavities, but also as a vacuum assist device for breathing. When you take a deep breath, the chest wall and abdominal muscles expand the chest cavity, and the diaphragm moves outward and downward, drawing air into the lungs.


Temperature Management: Finding A Balance

October 7, 2009 7:14 am | by Amanda McGowan | Comments

Temperature management has been a hot topic in the operating room because of its known impact on surgical outcomes and the risk of infection. There are various issues to be concerned with regard to temperature management in the OR. From perioperative hypothermia to surgeon comfort, temperature management is often a balancing act in the OR to make sure the producedure is efficient and the patient is safe.

Blog: I Sent A Guy With A Normal EKG To The Cath Lab

October 6, 2009 7:00 am | Comments

I sent a guy with a normal EKG to the cath lab.  Let me tell you my side of the story. Dude was minding his own business when he started having crushing, substernal chest pain.  I see dude by EMS about 45 minutes into his chest pain.  He’s had the usual: aspirin, 3 SL NTG’s an IV, a touch of MS (I can abbreviate here, as it’s not a medical record) and is continuing to have pain.

Patients' Lives At Risk Due To Faulty US Implant Tracking System

October 6, 2009 6:51 am | Comments

Experts say there is major weakness in the nation's system for recalling thousands of medical devices routinely implanted in people's bodies, ranging from screws and plates to artificial knees and hips. Three years ago, the maker of a surgical clip called the Hem-o-lok issued an urgent recall notice warning doctors to stop using the fasteners on living kidney donors, a recent Associated Press article reports.


Hic Sunt Dracones

October 5, 2009 6:19 am | Comments

The New York Public Library houses a cool historical curiosity, the Hunt-Lenox Globe, which according to Wikipedia is the second or third oldest terrestrial globe still in existence. And, popular myth aside, it is also the only historical map that contains the phrase "Hic Sunt Dracones," or "here be dragons" (the Carta Marina to the left, while it contains dragons, doesn't identify them in the same way) That's a phrase I am drawn to frequently when delving into hostile abdominal territory—patients who have an abdominal catastrophe, huge pancreatic phlegmons, or a dense thicket of adhesions from prior surgery.

Hospital Sees Success With NSQIP

October 5, 2009 6:17 am | Comments

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas recognized for exemplary surgical patient care as a participant in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas has been recognized as one of 25 hospitals in the nation achieving exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care, a recent article reports.


Women Are Unaware Of Key Factors In Breast Cancer Treatment

October 2, 2009 6:49 am | Comments

American College Of Surgeons survey reveals low awareness about the importance of breast care center accreditation According to new research from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS), two-thirds of women (66 percent) did not know about accreditation of breast care centers, what it means, and why it is important.

Bariatric Surgery In Teens—A Narrow Window Of Opportunity

September 30, 2009 6:34 am | Comments

Waiting too long to consider weight-loss surgery could mean the patient remains obese even after surgery A recent study evaluating clinical characteristics of teens who have undergone laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery from 2002 until 2007, doctors may have a much narrower window of opportunity to reverse morbid obesity in teens than originally realized, a recent article reports.

Advances In Electrosurgery

September 29, 2009 7:03 am | Comments

By Ron Stoker Although their effects can be devastating, percutaneous injuries from syringes and scalpels have historically been considered as an acceptable occupational hazard by surgical personnel.  Everyone has been aware of the potential for injury and yet there have been few attempts to reduce the risk of such injuries.


Blog: Fish Or Cut Bait

September 29, 2009 7:02 am | by Sid Schwab | Comments

Think Slow Not too long after setting up shop in this town, I shared a tough case with one of my favorite intensivists. (By way of diversion, I'll add there were only two of them at the time, and they were both my favorites. Practical and canny, surgical-patient-wise, they were a pleasure to work with.

Investigating Laparoscopic Approaches To Incarcerated, Strangulated Inguinal Hernias

September 28, 2009 7:06 am | Comments

Inguinal hernias are common presentations to general surgery clinics to be reduced and emergency units when they incarcerate or strangulate. While elective surgery for inguinal hernia has a low mortality rate of less than 1 death per 10,000 operations, the risks of post-operative complications following emergency surgery are high.


The Transience Of Patients

September 28, 2009 7:05 am | Comments

When a patient spends more than a few days in the hospital, the room often takes on his or her personality. For a while, the patient and family have a space — four walls, a bathroom, a window — that becomes their own. Frequently, I feel like a visitor as I enter such a room. When I walk the halls, my memory stirs as I link specific rooms with particular patients and their stories … read more .

The Not-So-Accidental Tourist

September 25, 2009 5:32 am | Comments

Should surgeons treat the complications of medical tourism? Today, that's not purely a hypothetical question, as some patients seek out lower-cost alternatives for elective surgical care (something I wrote about a while back). It is also a question posed at last year's clinical congress of the American College of Surgeons in a "point/counterpoint" debate.


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