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The Axis Of Medical Evil

June 8, 2010 7:38 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

My recent  post about Medicare allowing patients to use drug vouchers  was met by a rousing reception. By crickets. It seems that some saw me as one who (gasp) trusted the pharmaceutical companies to do something good.  Has Dr. Rob lost (what's left of) his mind??  Drug companies do  everything  with themselves in mind, and there are  always  strings attached.

An OR With “Open Architecture”

June 8, 2010 7:37 am | by Jeff Dunkley, Director, Design and Business Development, BERCHTOLD | BERCHTOLD Corporation | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? In a fast paced, quickly changing OR it is critical that all the components (including booms) be designed and constructed with as much “open architecture” as possible.

New Treatment Helps Babies Smile

June 7, 2010 7:35 am | by Bob Cramblitt | Comments

Using 3D scanning technology, engineers have developed a new treatment for severe cleft lip and palate that reduces the cleft width before surgery without inhibiting upper-jaw growth. June 7, 2010 One of the first babies to receive the new cleft lip and palate treatment, during his initial visit to Shriners Hospital.

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Bringing Doctors To The Dying Patient’s Bedside

June 7, 2010 7:34 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

When D., a woman in her mid-30s, learned that she was dying from complications of AIDS, she fully expected that her life would end in much the same way it had been lived: homeless, alone and among strangers. If it hadn’t been for Dr. Jason K. Alexander, a medical student at the time, she might have been right.

Listening To Nurses Is Key To Being A Good Doctor

June 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Doctor Grumpy | Comments

I’m a doctor. We get all the glory. And credit. And guess what? We only deserve part of it. I started out in medicine in the mid-80’s, volunteering at an ER. And the biggest shock to me was learning how much of what happens in a hospital is nurse territory. Doctors will see you anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes a day, depending on how sick you are.

Navigation System For Human Body In Development

June 4, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

The TLEMsafe model can be personalized for individual patients and surgeon can use it to enhance their preparations for surgery. June 4, 2010 Researchers from the University of Twente's MIRA research institute, UMC St Radboud and various other institutions have developed a highly detailed computer model of the musculoskeletal system of the lower half of the human body.

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Preventing SSI: It Starts In The Prep

June 2, 2010 7:32 am | by Amanda McGowan | Comments

Surgical site infections (SSIs), and the human and monetary costs associated with these events, is a top concern for facilities across the country. While it’s important that a facility follows best practice approaches to infection prevention throughout the perioperative process, ensuring all efforts are made in the preoperative preparation period to prevent infection can help start every surgical case off on the right foot.

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Shorter Doctor-Trainee Hours Alone Not Solution

June 2, 2010 7:31 am | by Kevin Pho | Comments
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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.

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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.

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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.

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).

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