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Research Respondents Recognize Supply Chain Deficiencies Keeping Hospital ORs In The 'Stone Age'

April 4, 2014 9:57 am | Comments

Despite the fact the healthcare industry is fueled by scientific advancement, too many hospitals find themselves stalled at a crossroads, struggling to embrace business-focused technologies and best practices that will allow them to flourish in the decades to come. This is the troubling picture painted by results of a new independent survey released by GHX...

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Test Accurately Rules Out Heart Attacks In The ER

April 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients. A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than be admitted for observation and more diagnostics...

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Health Leaders On Drug Co. Boards; A Conflict?

April 2, 2014 9:43 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Leaders of many U.S. academic medical centers sit on the boards of some of the world's biggest drug companies, which a study suggests raises the potential for worrisome conflicts of interest. Industry board members oversee company decision-making and have a financial responsibility to company shareholders, the study authors note...

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IBM’s Watson Takes On Brain Cancer

March 28, 2014 2:57 pm | by IBM | Comments

IBM's Watson cognitive computing system will be designed to analyze the genomic data from a small group of patients diagnosed with glioblastoma, one of the most aggressive and malignant brain cancers. Also the most common type of brain cancer in adults, glioblastoma kills more than 13,000 Americans each year...

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2014 Surgical Expansion Survey

March 28, 2014 1:37 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

There are more than 7,500 hospitals in the United States today, and based on exclusive findings from two recent surveys of the Surgical Products readership, about half of them have experienced a construction project at their facility during the last three years and a little more than a third are in the midst of an expansion effort right now...

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Practicing In A Post-ACA World

March 28, 2014 1:18 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The debate is over... The Affordable Care Act is law and the effects of the controversial, landmark legislation are beginning to take shape. Now all that’s left for the hospitals to do is react accordingly...       

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U.S. Marine Receives First-Ever Prosthetic Arm Controlled By Implantable Sensors

March 28, 2014 9:37 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Curiosity got the best of U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides. When approached with the opportunity to serve as the first test recipient of a new, innovative, and potentially beneficial implantable myoelectric sensor (IMES) system for long-term use of prosthetics, Sides knew it was a chance not to be missed...

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Saving A Life With 3D Printing

March 27, 2014 10:11 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Comments

NPR reported on a heartwarming story about the recovery of a young patient due to 3D-printed splints. Garrett Peterson was born with a condition known as tracheomalacia, which meant his trachea was so weak that it was very susceptible to collapsing during the most routine of acts. The collapsed trachea would leave him unable to breathe, and his mother reports watching him turn blue many times...

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Strictly Limiting Hours Surgical Residents Can Work Has Not Improved Patient Safety

March 26, 2014 10:04 am | Comments

Strictly limiting the number of hours surgical residents can work has not improved patient outcomes but may have increased complications for some patients and led to higher failure rates on certification exams, a research paper concludes... 

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The Ongoing Experiment To Create 'The OR Of The Future'

March 25, 2014 10:32 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Medical Writer | Comments

This was not just another day at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It was a laboratory billed as the "OR of the future," an ongoing experiment aimed at breaking down barriers that bog down care through open communication, better use of technology, and teamwork...

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Study Ties Breast Gene To High-Risk Uterine Cancer

March 25, 2014 10:29 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Women with a faulty breast cancer gene might face a greater chance of rare but deadly uterine tumors despite having their ovaries removed to lower their main cancer risks, doctors are reporting. A study of nearly 300 women with bad BRCA1 genes found four cases of aggressive uterine cancers years after they had preventive surgery to remove their ovaries...

Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

March 25, 2014 9:50 am | by Ansell | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove is a unique solution that offers a complete protection against latex and chemical allergies, and an advanced level of sensitivity and comfort thanks to the new SENSOPRENE formulation. It provides the superior strength, resistance, and grip consistent with all Ansell surgical gloves...

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Training The Next Generation Of Air Force Doctors, Nurses

March 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Cliff Peale, TThe Cincinnati Enquirer | Comments

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is one of three training sites for Air Force doctors about to be deployed to Afghanistan or other active theater. Once deployed, the doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists will treat injured service members. Most have backgrounds in critical care, but they often haven't seen the range of injuries common in America's 21st century wars: blast injuries, amputations, multi-trauma head injuries...

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Busy Day To 'Organized' Chaos In Emergency Dept. At Mass. Hospital After Boston Bombing

March 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Rik Stevens, Associated Press | Comments

From inside the walls of the emergency department at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, it was hard to tell that April 15 had gone from simply a normal day to a moment that would rivet the world's attention on Boston and its famous marathon. But when a woman arrived in a silent daze, shrapnel and debris embedded in her head and neck, the scope of what transpired became apparent to doctors...

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Study: Half Of U.S. Adults 40 To 75 Eligible For Statins

March 20, 2014 9:38 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes. It's the first independent look at the impact of the guidelines issued in November and shows how dramatically they shift more people toward treatment... 

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