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Hospital Saves $7M in Healthcare Costs With Patient Safety Grant

December 3, 2014 11:04 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Comments

In 2009, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., began a case study with help from the E3 Patient Safety Grant, developed by the Cardinal Health Foundation, with the goal of improving patient safety and reducing costs. Within five years, the medical facility saved more than 150 lives and more than $7 million in healthcare costs. ...

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Interventional Radiology Preserves Uterus In Patients With Placenta Accreta

December 3, 2014 10:33 am | Comments

Researchers reported today on a procedure that can preserve fertility and potentially save the lives of women with a serious pregnancy complication called placenta accreta. ...             

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Common Knee Surgery May Lead to Arthritis and Cartilage Loss

December 3, 2014 10:07 am | Comments

A popular surgery to repair meniscal tears may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The findings show that the decision for surgery requires careful consideration in order to avoid accelerated disease onset, researchers said. ...

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Bariatric Patients Should Take Supplements For Eye Protection

December 2, 2014 11:27 am | Comments

Obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to shed weight should take the supplements prescribed to them to protect their eyes. Taking in too little Vitamin A, in particular, could in some cases actually cause night blindness, dry eyes, corneal ulcers, and in extreme cases total blindness. ...  

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Researchers Explore 3-D Microsurgical Anatomy of Brainstem

December 2, 2014 11:05 am | Comments

A study using intricate fiber dissection techniques provides new insights into the deep anatomy of the human brainstem--and helps to define "safe entry zones" for neurosurgeons performing brainstem surgery, according to a special article published in Operative Neurosurgery, a quarterly supplement to Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. ...

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Study: Exercise After Bariatric Surgery Beneficial

December 2, 2014 10:42 am | Comments

A new study by researchers at the Florida Hospital - Sanford-Burnham Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes (TRI-MD) shows that patients who moderately exercise after bariatric surgery (weight-loss surgery) gain additional health improvements in glucose metabolism and cardiorespiratory fitness compared to patients who lead a sedentary lifestyle after surgery. ...

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CHOP Appoints Dr. John Flynn Chief of Orthopedic Surgery

December 2, 2014 10:21 am | Comments

On Monday, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) announced the selection of John M. "Jack" Flynn, M.D., a nationally prominent specialist in pediatric orthopedic surgery, as its new chief of the Division of Orthopedic Surgery. ...    

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Milwaukee Hospital Uses 3-D Technology to Navigate Through Delicate Liver Surgery

December 2, 2014 10:00 am | by Mark Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Comments

"OK. So, this is our guy," said the surgeon, T. Clark Gamblin. "This is his liver." A precise, three-dimensional image of a human liver floated along the computer screen, rotating slowly. The liver was shaded light blue and a few red blood vessels snaked through it. On the liver's left side was an area shaded brown ...

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Researchers Use 3-D Printing to Guide Human Face Transplants

December 1, 2014 11:29 am | Comments

Researchers are using computed tomography (CT) and 3-D printing technology to recreate life-size models of patients' heads to assist in face transplantation surgery, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).... 

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Complication Rate Low in Nose Job Using Patient's Rib Cage

December 1, 2014 11:10 am | Comments

Using a patient's own rib cartilage (autologous) for rhinoplasty appears to be associated with low rates of overall long-term complications and problems at the rib site where the cartilage is removed, according to a report published online by JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. ... 

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Artificial Pancreas Treatment Shown to Improve Type 1 Diabetes

December 1, 2014 10:53 am | Comments

The world's first clinical trial comparing three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes was conducted in Montréal by researchers at the IRCM and the University of Montreal, led by endocrinologist Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret. ...      

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Minimally Invasive Neck Surgery Has Setbacks

December 1, 2014 10:31 am | Comments

McMaster University researchers have found that current evidence does not support the routine use of minimally invasive surgery to remove herniated disc material pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord in the neck or lower back. ...    

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Supreme Court Rejects Blood Transfusion Case

December 1, 2014 10:07 am | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the estate of a Michigan woman who died following a kidney transplant after turning down a blood transfusion because of her religious beliefs.           

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Fasting Before Surgery Falling Out of Flavor

November 26, 2014 12:18 pm | by Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune | Comments

Pushed by a new protocol developed in Europe, the midnight fast before surgery is gradually falling out of favor with American doctors and creating a potential sweet spot for one local company. ...       

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Guidelines Developed for Prevention and Treatment of Postop Delirium in Older Patients

November 26, 2014 11:49 am | Comments

A new guideline is available to help health care providers prevent and treat one of the most common postoperative complications in older patients, delirium, which is an episode of sudden confusion ...        

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