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Amid Bloodshed, Frenetic Gaza ORs Improvise

July 22, 2014 11:33 am | by Karin Laub, AP | Comments

Working at Shifa requires ingenuity. The power goes off repeatedly as aging hospital generators buckle under daily rolling blackouts Gaza residents have lived with for years. Many items are in short supply, from gauze to adrenaline. They also lack spare parts for worn equipment, with bedside trolleys clattering down hallways on rusted wheels.

Multidisciplinary Approach To Engineered Tissue Commercialization

July 15, 2014 11:41 am | by Mikhaila Friske, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Comments

Industrial engineers at North Carolina State Industrial and Systems Engineering (NC State ISE) are collaborating with biologists and medical doctors for an uncommon approach to regenerative medical research...           

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Sunshine Act Unveils Physician Gifts, Etc.

July 10, 2014 7:12 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Nearly 95 percent of U.S. physicians accept gifts, meals, payments, travel and other services from companies that make drugs and medical products. Starting in September the federal government will make available an exhaustive online database of payments to U.S. physicians and hospitals, under a section of the health care overhaul known as the Sunshine Act.

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Hand Hygiene Improves 3X When Auditors Are Present

July 9, 2014 7:50 am | Comments

The study examined the Hawthorne effect, also known as observation bias (the tendency of people to change their behavior when they are aware of an observer) using an electronic monitoring hand hygiene system in real-time. Ultrasound "tags" on soap dispensers transmitted a signal to a nearby receiver each time the levers were pushed, and a time-stamped hand hygiene wash was recorded.

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Pace Of Surgical Innovation Concerns Some Surgeons

July 8, 2014 12:44 pm | Comments

In 2005, patients were twice as likely to experience an adverse event if they were undergoing minimally invasive robotic prostatectomies compared to a traditional open surgical procedure. The following year was considered the tipping point for the adoption of MIRP when it equaled or exceeded 10 percent of all cases.

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Improved Tracking May Be Key To HAI Prevention

June 30, 2014 9:55 am | by Mikhaila Friske, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Comments

Achieving a low healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rate seems simple until challenges arise. No quick, one step solution exists for hospitals. Only multiple strategies working together reduce the risk of error and lower HAI rates...       

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Safe And Sound

June 24, 2014 11:23 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

It's impossible to provide quality care to patients if hospitals fail to provide a safe environment for their caregivers. That’s what Kent Wilson tells hospital administrators who voice a desire to improve patient and staff safety, increase efficiency, and prevent unnecessary injuries through more effective patient handling practices...

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OR Integration: Think Big

June 24, 2014 10:50 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

What does the future hold for the healthcare industry with regards to OR integration? Several industry experts answer that question (and many others) in this roundtable-style interview with Surgical Products...            

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New Med Series On ABC Based On Behind-The-Scenes Research

June 23, 2014 10:55 am | by David Bauder, Associated Press | Comments

Two of the nurses who treated ABC News producer Terence Wrong when he was hospitalized for a minor ailment recently told him they traced their interest in medicine directly to his work. That's a profound point of pride, as well as extra assurance of attentive care. Wrong has established a niche as the maker of rigorous nonfiction television series that go behind the scenes at institutions, more often than not hospitals...

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Q&A: Point Of Infection

June 19, 2014 2:16 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Surgical Products recently spoke with Linda Homan, RN, BSN, CIC, Senior Manager, Clinical and Professional Service, Ecolab Healthcare, to talk about the medical community's efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections...      

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Busting The Urban Legends About Sterile Wrap Vs. Containers

June 19, 2014 10:19 am | by Randell Sprouse, LSSBB, Sterile Processing Technician, St. John Providence Health System | Comments

In today’s healthcare environment, it’s imperative to identify ways to save money and boost productivity – without compromising quality. At St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich., we set out to do just that by challenging a longstanding and widely held assumption – an “urban legend,” if you will – that containers are a more efficient and cost-effective solution than single-use sterile wrap for surgical instrument sets...

2014 Instrumentation Survey

June 18, 2014 11:11 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A conservative attitude toward investment and lingering concerns about the short-term financial state of the healthcare industry will most likely define how hospitals approach the purchase of surgical instruments in 2014 and 2015...     

Additional Measures

June 17, 2014 10:08 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Improved infection control, better clinical outcomes, and reduced readmission rates are little more than pipe dreams for those hospital facilities unwilling to invest in the tools and technology designed to help accomplish those goals. This fact became abundantly clear to a pair of Orange, Calif.-based healthcare facilities – St. Joseph Hospital and Hoag Orthopedic Institute...

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Out With The Old, In With The New…ly Repaired

June 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Alisandra Rizzolo, VP and General Manager of Customer Care, Stryker Instruments Division | Comments

Since many repair services cover an extensive range of equipment, they are often able to provide a lot of value to hospitals by repairing or servicing the equipment instead of replacing it. A few ways hospitals benefit include: increased uptime, more ability to control hospital costs, and continued commitment to high quality service to patients. Let’s take a closer look...

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ER Doctor Recounts Career And Personal Benefits Of Deployment

June 13, 2014 10:48 am | by U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade | Comments

After a 20 year journey as a civilian emergency room doctor, one woman has found it was her enlistment in the U.S. Army Reserve and a recent deployment that has given her a newfound appreciation for advances in her field and the Army healthcare system as a whole...

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