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Gauze With Hemostatic Agent Shown To Stop Bleeding During Hemorrhagic Shock

August 20, 2012 7:35 am | Comments

A new study has found the use of gauze that includes the hemostatic agent kaolin to be 100 percent effective in stopping traumatic bleeding by second application in a model of simulated hemorrhagic shock. In the study, treatment with QuikClot Combat Gauze®, a specially engineered surgical gauze impregnated with kaolin, successfully stopped bleeding in extreme physiologic conditions normally associated with a significant risk of fatality.

Patent Granted For MIS Fusion System

August 20, 2012 7:28 am | Comments

Lanx®, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for spinal surgery, announces that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today granted patent #8241330 for the ASPEN™ MIS Fusion System technology, designed to support spinal fusion.

Autistic Transplant Patient Spotlights Ethical Issues

August 17, 2012 7:21 am | Comments

Kevin Begos & Matt Moore, AP A Pennsylvania woman whose autistic adult son was not recommended for a heart transplant said she wants to bring more attention to the decision-making process so that those with ailments or disabilities are not passed over without careful consideration. Karen Corby said that her son Paul, now 23, was denied a heart transplant from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania last summer due to concerns about his "psychiatric issues" and "autism," among other factors.


Disposable Stitching Could Be The Future Of Wound Closure

August 17, 2012 7:11 am | Comments

After a surgeon stitches up a patient's abdomen, costly complications can occur. To cut down on these postoperative problems, Johns Hopkins undergraduates have invented a disposable suturing tool to guide the placement of stitches and guard against the accidental puncture of internal organs.

Thermal Surgery Expanded To Cardiac Procedures

August 17, 2012 6:54 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE) Frank Shannon, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan performed the first cardiac surgery using Domain Surgical's thermal surgical FMwand Ferromagnetic Surgical System. Dr. Shannon used the FMwand in a re-do open-heart operation in a 68-year-old woman who had undergone previous replacement of her aortic valve and bypass of her clogged coronary arteries.

Challenging Procedures: Removal Of Metal Bar From The Skull

August 17, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

August 17 (AP) — Doctors say a 24-year-old construction worker survived after a six foot metal bar fell from above and pierced his head. Luiz Essinger of Rio de Janeiro's Miguel Couto Hospital tells the Globo TV network that doctors successfully withdrew the iron bar from Eduardo Leite's skull during a five-hour-long surgery.

New Remote Monitoring Service Allows Quick Access To Care For Patients

August 15, 2012 5:55 am | Comments

In line with the Company's commitment to provide superior economic value to customers, Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), today announced the U.S. launch of the CareLink Express(TM) Service. This service is a remote monitoring system that enables clinicians in healthcare facilities to quickly obtain data regarding the status of Medtronic implanted cardiac devices, facilitating faster treatment decisions.

Varian Medical Systems Supports an NCI-Sponsored Phase III Cancer Treatment Study

August 15, 2012 5:50 am | Comments

Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR) today announced that it has become a supporter of a phase III study comparing radiosurgery with surgical resection for the treatment of early-stage, high-risk,operable non-small cell lung cancer. The study, which will take place over the next eight years, will look at patients' overall, disease-free, and regional recurrence-free survival rates three years after treatment, and also adverse events and ost-treatment quality of life measures.


Deadly Superbug Testing Now Simplified

August 15, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), today announced that the new BD MAX™ MRSA molecular test has received a Moderate Complexity rating under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA '88). Performed on the fully-automated BD MAX™ System, the assay is designed to rapidly and accurately identify patients colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

ECRI Institute Helps Hospitals Design Spaces

August 15, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

New and emerging technologies drive patient flow, volume, and revenue in today's hospitals, but if they are not carefully planned for, they can create a tremendous financial and operational disruption. ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, has released a new white paper, The Future of Healthcare Design: Navigating the Challenges of Advancing Technology in Patient Care Settings , to help hospital facility managers and architects better understand the challenges of designing patient care spaces to accommodate current and future technologies.

First Patient Procedure In Pediatric Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Performed

August 14, 2012 6:46 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- MRI Interventions, Inc. and Brainlab AG announced today that the ClearPoint@ Neuro Intervention System is being used in a groundbreaking clinical trial for the treatment of pediatric brain cancer. Dr. Mark Souweidane (Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurological Surgery; Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) and a team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center used the ClearPoint System in the delivery of a cancer-fighting agent into the tumor of a pediatric patient while viewing three-dimensional MRI images of the delivery in real-time throughout the procedure.


Perioperative Information Technology Alliance Reaffirmed

August 14, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Surgical Information Systems (SIS) reaffirmed its one-year strategic alliance with Siemens Healthcare, Malvern, Pa., as the perioperative information technology and analytics provider for Siemens clients. Through close collaboration, the companies are delivering on their promise to bring advanced surgery and anesthesia solutions to Siemens enterprise clients.

Viking Systems To Be Sold In Roughly $20M Deal

August 14, 2012 6:31 am | Comments

(AP) — Conmed Corp. plans to buy Viking Systems Inc., which makes high-definition surgical video products, in a deal valued at around $20 million. Conmed, a Utica, N.Y.-based surgical equipment maker, said Tuesday it will pay 27 cents in cash for each share of Viking Systems. That represents a 42 percent premium over the Aug.

Joint Commission Issues Alert On Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression

August 14, 2012 6:27 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Masimo has announced that The Joint Commission has issued a Sentinel Event Alert on safe use of opioids in hospitals with recommendations to implement better dosing along with oxygenation and ventilation monitoring in post-surgical patients. The Masimo Patient SafetyNet™ System, consisting of Measure-through Motion and Low Perfusion oxygenation monitoring (Masimo SET® Pulse Oximetry or rainbow SET® Pulse CO-Oximetry), choice of easy-to-use ventilation monitoring with rainbow® Acoustic Monitoring or standard capnography, and remote monitoring and clinician notification to keep clinicians connected to patients, can help hospitals comply with The Joint Commission recommendations.

Medical Center Completes Perioperative And Anesthesiology IT Solution

August 13, 2012 6:42 am | Comments

Surgical Information Systems ('SIS'), a leader in perioperative information systems, announced today that Regional Medical Center at Memphis—has completed implementation of the company's comprehensive perioperative and anesthesiology IT solution that functions interoperably with the hospital's new electronic health record (EHR).


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