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Who Pays For Medical Complications?

June 1, 2010 7:36 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

One afternoon during my surgical training, I received a call from an intern, a first-year doctor-in-training; she wanted me to place a central line, a specialized catheter inserted in a major vein for intravenous access. Because of the patient’s previous procedures, I would have to put his line in the subclavian vein, a vessel that courses along the top of the chest, precariously close to the lungs.

Make The Most Of Your Surgical Instrument Purchasing Process

June 1, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

Today, surgical departments face increasing pressure to say compliant with instrument processing standards set forth by major accreditation agencies. Often, facilities need to buy more instruments to meet these standards, yet are challenged by budget constraints, lack of support from their surgical instrument providers and increasingly complex instruments.

Worth It

May 28, 2010 6:54 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

I saw the note on the patient's chart before I opened the door: "patient is upset that he had to come in." I opened the door and was greeted by a gentleman with his arms crossed tightly across his chest and a stern expression.  I barely recognized him, having only seen him a handful of times over the past few years.

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A Critical Component In The OR

May 28, 2010 6:51 am | by Mehul Vora, Product Manager - Lights & CSU, MAQUET, Inc. | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 31, 2010 A boom (Ceiling Service Unit) is one of the most critical component during OR renovation or new construction project.

Patient Relationships With Their Doctors Over Time

May 27, 2010 12:38 pm | Comments

We as doctors and patients as well as medicine as a whole have evolved over time. What used to be a simple conversation of between a doctor and a patient has turned into a melee of medical issues, legal issues, insurance and financial issues and not to mention the complicated ICD 9 and CPT code system.

Preparing Your OR For the Future

May 27, 2010 12:37 pm | by Response by Scott Hodsden, Director of Sales and Marketing, Walters Healthcare Resources | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 28, 2010 When purchasing a boom, one of the main considerations should be the layout of the operating room and the best placement of the boom, in order to handle all the cases that will be done in that room for the perceivable future.

Q&A: Fighting Infection With Innovation

May 26, 2010 8:59 am | Comments

Recently, TYRX, Inc. announced that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market AIGISRx® ST, an antibacterial product for the surgical repair of damaged or ruptured soft tissue. Surgical Products spoke with Daniel Lerner, MD, a cardiologist and chief medical officer at the company about the new development, and why it works to help surgeons and surgical staff in their fight against hospital-acquired infection (HAI).

Papa Was An Electrical Engineer

May 26, 2010 8:58 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

My closest connection to the world of design and development is my dad – an electrical engineer who now works designing the chips that go inside pacemakers and heart defibrillators. Whenever I’m home I’ll ask him about how his latest project is going, if he has any new patents pending, or if I’d recognize any of the stuff he’s working on.

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Evidence Based Medicine At The Expense Of The Art Of Medicine

May 25, 2010 8:10 am | by A Country Doctor, MD | Comments

Health care in the United States is struggling to redefine itself. We have been spending twice what other countries spend on health care, yet our citizens are less healthy. We now have legislation to create more or less universal insurance coverage, and we are about to embark on a technology-driven quest for quality and uniformity.

Purchasing Equipment Booms

May 25, 2010 7:40 am | by Response by Chad Bittner, product manager, STERIS Corporation | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing equipment booms, to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates?  May 25, 2010 To ensure that an equipment boom purchase will meet all future clinical needs:  1. Communicate with all stakeholders during the project planning stage.

When Patients Don’t Fill Their Prescriptions

May 24, 2010 7:10 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Not long ago, a doctor friend recounted the story of a patient who had recently died from complications stemming from the treatment of a chronic bleeding problem. “I felt terrible about it,” said my friend, who had cared for the patient for several years. “Something didn’t add up in this case, and I had to wonder if it was my fault, if I had done something wrong.

Solid Repair

May 24, 2010 7:09 am | by Interview by Amanda McGowan | Comments

Surgeons provide insight into the latest material choices and technique approaches for ventral and inguinal hernia repair, as well as what to expect for the future as this area of surgery continues to advance. Dr. Siegel uses self-fixating mesh for his inguinal hernia repair cases to avoid the need to suture or staple the mesh in place.

A ‘Black Box’ For The Hospital

May 21, 2010 8:20 am | Comments

Recently, Surgical Products spoke with Lucas Huang, co-founder of B-Line Medical about their simulation technology. Surgical Products: How did you get your start in simulation? Huang: Historically, foreign medical students that wanted to practice in the United States, they had to go to a center to test their interviewing and diagnostic skills with standardized patients, actors extensively trained to be patients.

Secrets Of Nursing: It’s Not Doctors Directing Your Care

May 19, 2010 8:08 am | by Head Nurse | Comments

I got into the same conversation this morning that I do every week, with the guy stocking produce at the local Crazy Grocery Store. "How you doin'?" he asked. "Inelegant." I replied. "You look fiiiiine" he said, grinning and showing his two gold teeth. We talked today about the time he spent in the hospital a few months ago.

Speaking For Mom

May 18, 2010 6:26 am | by StorytellERdoc | Comments

I walked into Room 28 to examine a woman who had presented to our emergency department with complaints of abdominal pain. She had initially been examined by our chief resident, who was under my supervision for this particular shift. Unfortunately, this patient was a "frequent-flier," presenting to our ER multiple times in the past few years.

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