Every day in the OR, surgeons and surgical staff members may be putting themselves at risk for sharps safety injuries. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) have called for surgical practices to take steps to reduce the risk of suture needlesticks that can transmit disease to surgical professionals 1,2 .
One afternoon during my training, I watched as one of my closest friends, another surgery resident, was led into the office of the department chief. A week earlier she had been on call when a patient developed a rapid and irregular heart rhythm. He became unconscious and would have soon died if my friend had not stepped in and resuscitated him.
How technology using different forms of energy has helped to increase patient safety and surgeon efficiency in the OR. March 16, 2010 For years in open surgery, surgeons maintained bleeding by clamping bleeding vessels and tying them off with ligatures. Yet, the idea of using heat to stop blood flowing out of an incision can be traced back to Egyptian times, when heated stones were placed on bleeding blood vessels, says Dr.
The elderly man came to the San Salvador Lutheran Medical Clinic nearly blind and almost completely deaf. Our interpreter helped me figure out what he wanted. “How can I help you?” we shouted. "I have a cough and get headaches sometimes. Can I get some medicines?” “Sure,” I said.
Surgeons have made great advances in developing single port surgery. Still, questions remain with regard to the impact the technique has in improving surgical care, leaving some surgeons to speculate that there is an even better technique on the horizon. March 15, 2010 When Italian surgeon Giuseppe Navarra, MD wrote the first reports of a gall bladder surgery performed through a single port in 1997, he discussed why he thought the technique would not go any further.
Tactile experiences have played a role in how we evaluate products since the early phases of man’s evolution. It’s especially important in surgery, where an instrument’s tactile properties are essential the surgeon’s ability to use it comfortably and safely … March 10, 2010 By Jeff Kapec, Principal & Executive Vice President, Tanaka Kapec Design Group Designing for touch goes hand in hand with overall industrial design process Every product creates a sensory experience for the user.
RCentor has an interesting article on Sore Throats and Pharyngitis over at MedRants . He writes: “There is a new trend in pharyngitis that has taken hold amongst emergency physicians – the use of steroids to provide symptom relief.” I too have noticed this, and I completely agree with Dr.
It’s not enough to have mere awareness in robotic surgery; the imperative lies in applying it—and differently. March 8, 2010 Pier Giulianotti, M.D. Recently, I consulted with a leading medical manufacturer about a new surgical tool in development which would expand the depth and scope of robotic surgeries presently available to the medical community.
In response to the increased economic pressures and quality concerns facing hospitals today, many facilities are automating their perioperative systems in an effort to boost revenue and improve clinical outcomes. March 8, 2010 No one, no matter how smart they are, can remember everything,” says Susan Almquist-Baldwin, Vice President of Perioperative Systems at North Shore Long Island Jewish (NSLIJ).
Manufacturers of surgical display systems discuss how the technology has evolved to accommodate minimally invasive surgery, features to consider when purchasing displays for your operating room, and what to expect in the future for visualization in the OR. March 5, 2010 The rise of HD endoscopic systems used in MIS procedures has driven the need for HD surgical displays in the OR.
On wards and in intensive care units, when doctors, nurses, patients and families find themselves at odds with one another, they inevitably turn to the experts of last resort: the bioethicists. Regularly called upon to weigh in on issues including life support, human research, patient rights and organ transplantation, bioethicists are known for bringing clarity to situations so overwrought with opinions, values and special interests that consensus appears impossible.
What to consider before buying surgical supply carts for your surgical suite. March 9, 2010 By Shannon Kennedy, Director of Marketing, Stanley Innerspace 1. Involve the end-user in the purchasing decision – An obvious consideration that is often overlooked.
Human movement and rehabilitation after military combat, sports and other activities is explored using virtual visualization March 3, 2010 Motek Medical system at McGill University Pain, Mind, and Movement Research Lab at the Constance Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre.
By Holly Frew, MedShare Hospital staff discard supplies and used medical supplies in MedShare collection bins at their facility. Eva Trepanier empties a large black garbage bag full of medical items on a table. After four years of volunteering at MedShare, she’s still amazed at the amount of medical supplies collected each week from Atlanta-area hospitals.
He was a big, burly man with a gruff voice and a temperament to match. His abdomen was a sprawling landscape of scars. And he was sick—seriously so— and needed to spend a little time with me in a cold room with hot lights. As is often the case, his surgery and recovery were complicated by chronic anticoagulation, a history of thromboembolism, a little heart disease, and a few other things that in the end caused me more worry than actual problems.