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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
"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.
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 .
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 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.
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.
Death is a given in medicine. That truism, though, doesn’t offer much comfort when it’s your patient who has died. I was in clinic the other day, showing the ropes to a fresh-faced medical student, when a nurse leaned toward me and whispered that L.W. had died over the holiday weekend.
What are the root causes of communication inefficiencies in hospitals? Hovering around any given patient/case are many players, each with a huge variety of demands for his/her time, attention and presence. And they know there are costs of certain outcomes (medical errors, stress, wasted nurse/physician time, etc.
One of the most important considerations when choosing surgical apparel for the operating room is ensuring the surgical team has the correct level of protection appropriate to the procedure. An assessment of risk for fluid exposure, the anticipated length of time for the procedure and being informed on the standards which govern barrier protection all play a role in determining the appropriate level of protection.
We’ve all had that hysterical patient. The one that comes in during a busy shift. Grabbing at their head, their chest, their abdomen. Yelling out that they are in pain. You know the one. They makes the nurses’ eyes roll. They add to an already chaotic scene. Other patients stop to watch as the gurney rolls by.
What are your top three tips surgical professionals should consider when choosing surgical apparel products to wear in the OR? February 15, 2011 1. Make sure it fits. Proper fit is key when selecting personal protective apparel, because it helps ensure both the proper level of protection and clinician comfort.