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Accelerating Cleaning & Disinfection

September 6, 2011 6:45 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Comments

Historically, many surgical facilities and hospitals have encountered a trade-off when it comes to choosing cleaning and disinfecting agents: efficacy versus safety and environmental sustainability. For years, facilities have struggled to find a solution to effectively clean and disinfect, killing bacteria and viruses on surfaces, hands and instruments, without putting staff, patients or the environment at risk.

When It Clicks

September 6, 2011 6:42 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

We do not remember days, we remember moments. -Cesare Pavese One of our children recently started medical school. The realization that my son has taken the first steps down the same path I began long ago has yet to fully settle in me. Most people immediately exclaim, “You must be so proud!” and, of course, we are.

Getting Doctors To Wash Their Hands

September 2, 2011 6:30 am | by Anahad O’Connor | Comments

A new study has a message for doctors and nurses who fail to wash their hands: Don’t think about yourself. Think about your patients. Getting health care professionals to comply with notices to wash their hands before and after dealing with patients has been something of a thorn in the side of many hospitals.

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First Full-Thickness Resection Of Colonic Polyp Performed Without Laparoscopic Tools

September 2, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

Gastroenterologists José-Ramón Armengol Miró, MD, and Sergey V. Kanstevoy, MD, at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona, Spain are the first in the world to successfully perform a full-thickness resection of a colonic polyp without the assistance of laparoscopic tools using the OverStitch™ Endoscopic Suturing System, a new class of flexible surgical instruments from Apollo Endosurgery®, Inc.

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There Is No Autopilot In The OR

August 31, 2011 7:30 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

We’ve all heard the comparison of surgeons to pilots. Surgeons should be more like pilots. Surgeons need more rest. They should have work hours restrictions like pilots do. You wouldn’t want to fly with a pilot who had been awake for 24 hours. Blah, blah blah.

Choosing Patient Prep

August 30, 2011 7:12 am | Comments

What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when choosing patient prep products? Charles Pigneri, Director, Marketing, Surgical Products, CareFusion , www.carefusion.com August 30, 2011 1. Efficacy. When you think about it, we are outnumbered by the bacteria on the skin.

The Trouble With Dr. Google

August 30, 2011 7:10 am | by Dr. Martin Young | Comments

Things have been a bit tough of late, the bad economy is starting to bite, and you’re feeling the pressure.  To top it all, your body has been acting strangely in ways it never has before.  Your muscles twitch in funny areas for hours at a time, you tire easily, and you have fleeting pins and needles in your limbs.

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"It's Marianne, Right?"

August 26, 2011 5:26 am | by Marianne Mattera | Comments

"It's Marianne, right?" That's what my husband's cardiologist said as he stretched out his hand to shake mine when he entered the exam room. I was impressed.

Patient Prepping

August 24, 2011 7:07 am | by DeAnn Hammer, 3M Health Care | 3M Health Care | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when choosing patient prep products? August 24, 2011 Patient safety: This consideration is critical when choosing the best surgical prep for each patient’s situation.  It is important to understand the factors that contribute to making surgical preoperative skin preparation decisions.

The Emotional Costs Of Malpractice

August 24, 2011 7:02 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Every year, according to a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine , a typical physician has about a 7 percent chance of being sued for medical malpractice . Surgeons almost certainly will face a malpractice claim sometime during their career. Neurosurgeons, for instance, have a 19.

Optimizing Instrument Investments

August 23, 2011 5:34 am | Comments

Warren Hardy, VP Sales, MacPherson Medical, Inc., www.macphersonmedical.com August 23, 2011 In finding a method, system or device that focuses on enhancing the life cycle of instrumentation, one needs to consider several issues that allows the hospital or ambulatory surgery center to best care for patients and ensure that their instrument investment is optimized.

OR of the Year

August 19, 2011 10:09 am | Comments

Announcing the winners of the first annual OR of the Year Awards. August 22, 2011 In the first annual OR of the Year Awards, Surgical Products sought to recognize operating rooms across the country that are advancing and improving surgical care. We looked to identify ORs that are making an impact in the surgical community, and recognize their efforts in moving surgery forward.

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Medical Device Innovation Saves Lives, But Often At A High Cost

August 19, 2011 10:09 am | by Stephen C. Schimpff, MD | Comments

Innovation in medical devices has been profound in recent years – cardiac devices are a good example. The combination of engineering advances to create small, strong and wear-resistant devices and computational advances with smaller and smaller semiconductors loaded with more and more information have led to truly amazing advances.

Tracking Your Assets

August 19, 2011 6:20 am | by Amanda Hankel | Comments

Financial constraints have many hospitals questioning if it is worth investing in surgical instrument tracking technology. Still, with increasing liability risks, is it worth it not to? August 19, 2011 An instrument marked with a barcode is placed under a scanner to be tracked during its cycle of use.

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