Nothing more accurately and succinctly defines the prevalent issue of sharps safety than the fact which states that there has been no decrease in the injury rate in surgical settings since the passage of the Needlestick Prevention Act of 2000.
There are several products currently on the market that assist the physician and surgical staff with identification of failed instrumentation and prevention of stray current burns. Because this decision is of such great importance, the section below is meant to help you understand what is available to you as well as the pros and cons of each option.
According to a recent survey, the average annual surgical spend at the facility of a Surgical Products reader will be about $175,000 this year. About 19 percent of respondents stated that their facility spends in excess of $250,000, and almost half (46 percent) indicated their facility will spend about the same amount as they have previously on instrumentation over the next 12 to 18 months.
According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the American healthcare sector is responsible for producing eight percent of the country’s total carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, hospitals produce nearly 7,000 tons of waste each day.
What constitutes proper surgical prepping these days? What are some of the notable misconceptions out there regarding prepping that put hospitals at risk for welcoming surgical-site infections? Surgical Products recently spoke with two industry experts to discuss good prepping practices, key misconceptions, and the products that can help hospitals and other medical facilities in this area.
A product’s performance doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t justify the cost to acquire and utilize it. When it comes to surgical imaging equipment, value is often best understood when considered within the context of purchase price and financing terms.
CRE was first identified in the United States in 2001. Now CRE has been found in 4.6 percent of all hospitals and 18 percent of hospitals providing long-term acute care. Furthermore, only nine states have mandatory reporting laws for CRE.
An Italian scientist says human head transplants could become a reality in this century, but don’t lose your heads over it. At least not yet. The most famous actual head transplant was performed on monkeys in 1970. The surviving monkey lived for only eight days.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) hurts the chances of long-term survival after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in black patients more than in white patients, an observational study showed. Although white PAD patients were a significant 50 percent more likely to die than those without PAD over a median of eight years of post-CABG follow-up, the risk was 2.1 times higher for black PAD patients.
Since last year, SSM St. Mary's Health Center in the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, Mo., has been the test site for a system developed by Biovigil Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich. A flashing light on a badge turns green when hands are clean, red if they're not. It also tracks each hand-cleaning opportunity - the successes and the failures.
Cardiac researchers have for several years been frustrated by the inability to obtain human heart cells from human patients. But technology out of Toronto allows researchers to make mature tissue from human cardiac cell samples for the first time, which could eventually lead to biodegradable surgical patches that remain in the body.
At a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday, journalist Steven Brill, who examined the issue of the high cost of healthcare in a much quoted March 2013 Time magazine article, told Senate Finance Committee members that President Barack Obama’s health care law will do very little to lower prices for consumers.
Hospitals that performed well on publicly reported outcomes had a significantly lower overall mortality rate as compared with poorer performers, an analysis of data from 2,300 hospitals showed. Top performers had a 3.6 percent lower absolute risk-adjusted mortality as compared with hospitals that ranked near the bottom.
A growing number of studies show that more healthcare is not always better and the more expensive drug or treatment option is not necessarily the right choice. In fact, sometimes more care – specifically care that you don’t need – can be harmful for your health, and expose you to unnecessary risks.
Hospitals are breaking from the traditional fare they typically offer by beefing up their presentations, setting up gardens to grow their own vegetables and even inviting local farmers to sell produce in their lobbies. And food management companies that specialize in health care facilities say they are getting more requests from hospitals looking to boost their satisfaction scores for Medicare.