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September 16, 2013 3:43 pm | Comments

Lehigh Valley Health Network includes three hospital facilities - two in Allentown and one in Bethlehem, Pa.  Terry Burger, RN, the Director of Infection Control and Prevention for Lehigh Valley Health Network and an employee at the institution for the past 35 years, recently spoke about the network’s investment, implementation, and use of portable ultraviolet disinfection systems.


Medical Fact Or Fiction?

September 16, 2013 11:28 am | by Dr. Stephen B. Shrewsbury | Comments

Medical science is changing so fast that much of what's just down the road seems more like a "Star Trek" episode than something you'll soon find at your doctor's office or local hospital. Let's see if you can separate the fact from the fantasy. Take a few seconds to read through the following seven statements. Which will soon be medical realities and which are pure science fiction?


No Boost In Heart Function With Stem Cells

September 16, 2013 9:32 am | by Chris Kaiser | Comments

Autologous stem cells shrank cardiac scar tissue and increased viable heart tissue, but did little to improve functional outcomes, the 1-year results of the randomized CADUCEUS Trial suggested. The 17 patients treated with stem cells saw an absolute decrease of 11 percent in LV scar tissue compared with a 2.2 percent decrease in eight controls not treated with stem cells.


Where There's Smoke...

September 13, 2013 5:34 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Hospital administrators and staff are rightfully aware of the need to prevent exposure to surgical smoke due to its potential to negatively affect the health of both the individuals being operated on and those tasked with conducting or assisting with the procedures. However, to suggest surgical smoke evacuation is simply a safety issue is to oversimplify it. There are a number of variables to consider.


Great Expectations

September 13, 2013 5:18 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A multi-year project by Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center to construct two hybrid operating rooms featuring state-of-the-art technology concluded in January of 2012. With one located in the facility’s tower and another in its atrium, staff from a number of different specialties immediately began to utilize cutting-edge technology and interact with one another on a number of hybrid surgical procedures.


Q&A: Proper OR Sterilization

September 13, 2013 5:07 pm | Comments

Dr. Hudson Garrett is currently employed as the Senior Director, Clinical Affairs for PDI. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry, a dual Masters in Nursing and Public Health, and a PhD In Healthcare Administration. In this interview he discusses methods of OR sterilization, their limiations, and how hospitals can get better results.


Satisfaction Guaranteed

September 13, 2013 4:27 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

For St. Rita’s Medical Center, located in Lima, Ohio, a 2011 emergency department renovation project led hospital administration to develop an initiative to address efficiency concerns, improve wait times, and increase patient satisfaction within and around the emergency department.



September 13, 2013 4:09 pm | by Anna Schenk, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Comments

Managing hospital waste is a complex but important process. Through the use of disposal products, protective equipment, prudent practices, and the implementation of fluid management systems, hospitals and other medical facilities are able to dispose of hospital waste in a way that minimizes the spread of infection. In general, the practices and safeguards are working. But there are still areas where hospitals can improve.


Score Predicts Gastric Bypass Results In DM

September 13, 2013 9:28 am | by Charles Bankhead | Comments

A scoring system based on four clinical variables has the potential to pre-operatively identify patients likely to have remission of diabetes after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery, investigators reported. The 22-point, insulin-weighted system had a strong inverse association with diabetes remission, ranging from 88 percent of patients who had scores of 0 to 2 to a low of 2 percent for patients with scores of 18 to 22.


VA Surgeons Use Less Off-Pump CABG

September 12, 2013 9:08 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Surgeons within the Veterans Affairs health system have become less likely to perform coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) without the support of cardiopulmonary bypass in recent years, researchers found. The use of off-pump CABG peaked in 2003 -- when it accounted for 24 percent of such operations -- and fell to about 19 percent by 2011.


Proposed VA Nursing Rule Riles Anesthesiologists

September 11, 2013 10:31 am | by Nancy Walsh | Comments

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) slammed a draft of a new Veterans Health Administration (VHA) nursing handbook that calls for advance practice nurse anesthetists within the system to attain independent status and function without the support, oversight, or supervision of a physician.


New Concerns On Robotic Surgeries

September 10, 2013 9:16 am | by Roni Caryn Rabin | Comments

There have been several lapses in reporting problems with robotic surgical equipment, a new study has found. The equipment, called the da Vinci system, is made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif. It has been on the market for more than a decade; more than a million procedures have been performed with it. Between January 2000 and August 2012, thousands of mishaps were reported to the FDA.


Novel Stent Coating May Reduce Clots

September 9, 2013 9:14 am | by Chris Kaiser | Comments

A new stent coating showed promise for limiting restenosis while promoting vascular repair, an animal study suggested. Blocking the expression of CTP synthase 1 (CTPS1) suppressed the proliferation of smooth muscle cells, which cause neointimal hyperplasia -- "one of the major obstacles limiting the long-term clinical efficiency" of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).


N.H. Hospital May Have Exposed Patients To CJD

September 6, 2013 9:41 am | by John Gever | Comments

Health officials in New Hampshire said eight neurosurgery patients at one hospital in the state may have been unwittingly exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Surgical instruments used on a patient later given a tentative diagnosis of sporadic CJD were subsequently used in at least eight other patients after ordinary sterilization, which is not adequate to reliably eliminate the prion proteins responsible for CJD.


Surgeon Accused Of Faking Operations Surrenders Medical License

September 5, 2013 9:51 am | by Liz Neporent | Comments

An orthopedic surgeon accused of faking operations surrendered his medical license voluntarily Monday and has admitted to guilt in some of the cases against him, according to New York State court documents. Dr. Spyros Panos, who formerly worked for the Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., surrendered his license to practice medicine in New York this week following charges of medical misconduct.


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