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OR Sustainability: Healthcare Gone Green

November 8, 2013 2:05 pm | Comments

According to a recent study by the University of Chicago, the healthcare sector accounts for about 8 percent of greenhouse gases. Furthermore, other studies suggest operating rooms generate tremendous amount of waste: roughly 20-30 percent of a facility’s total waste. This is a major environmental issue, and it’s one the healthcare industry is going to have to take very seriously moving forward...


Wearing It Well

November 8, 2013 1:49 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The selection of proper surgical apparel and how it is worn in the operating room are critical to creating a safe operating room environment for both hospital patients and staff.  Bloodborne pathogens and various microorganisms are a constant presence and threat in the OR. However, despite myriad infection control concerns, proper surgical apparel purchasing choices are not always made...


GERD Surgery In Babies: A Tricky Decision

November 7, 2013 9:25 am | by Cole Petrochko | Comments

Given the fact that reflux is normal in most infants, determining which patients should be treated surgically requires careful consideration and keen judgment, researchers warned. The majority of patients receiving surgical antireflux procedures are 6 months old or younger (52.7 percent), and the hazard for progression to such a procedure decreased significantly as patients got older...


Surgeon Pleads Guilty To Fraud For Faking Surgeries

November 6, 2013 9:53 am | by Liz Neporent | Comments

An orthopedic surgeon who botched and faked thousands of surgeries over a five-year period has pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud. Dr. Spyros Panos, who practiced medicine in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., changed his plea from not guilty to guilty when he appeared in federal court in White Plains, N.Y. last week...


Injections Help Postpone Knee Replacement

November 5, 2013 10:52 am | by Nancy Walsh | Comments

Patients with knee osteoarthritis who were given injections of hyaluronic acid were able to delay undergoing total knee replacement, a researcher said here. Overall, among patients who had total knee replacement because of severe osteoarthritis, those who had received hyaluronic acid injections had the surgery up to 2.6 years later than those who didn't have the injections...

Study: Promising Results For Breast Cancer Patients Experiencing Skin Damage Due To Radiation Therapy

November 4, 2013 9:28 am | Comments

A recent study conducted by Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago showed that when breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy applied a topical skin cream formulated with a blend of natural ingredients made from botanical and marine sources to moisturize and soothe skin, none experienced treatment interruptions due to skin damage...


Beta-Blockers Boost Heart Risk During Surgery

November 1, 2013 9:39 am | by Kristina Fiore | Comments

Perioperative administration of beta-blockers during non-cardiac surgery may put patients at risk of acute heart problems, researchers found. In a single-center study, use of beta-blockers during surgery significantly increased the risk of arrhythmia and decompensated heart failure...


Medicare Tab For Spine Surgery Is $3.9 Billion

October 31, 2013 9:37 am | by John Fauber | Comments

Doctor-owned firms that distribute medical devices supplied 19 percent of the products used in spinal surgeries billed to Medicare in 2011, according to an investigation by the Office of Inspector General. In fiscal year 2012, Medicare paid hospitals a total of $3.9 billion for 178,789 spinal surgeries, or an average of $21,613 each, the report said...


Bypass Proves Staying Power

October 30, 2013 10:01 am | by Peggy Peck | Comments

Surgery still trumps stenting for treatment of patients with three-vessel coronary artery disease (CAD), but for patients with left-main disease stents offer "similar health outcomes as CABG at a lower long-term cost," researchers reported...


Numbing No Help For Kids Having Nasendoscopy

October 27, 2013 6:01 pm | by Chris Kaiser | Comments

Adding a topical local anesthetic to a decongestant did not reduce discomfort among children undergoing flexible endoscopy of the upper airway and was similar to placebo, a randomized trial found...              


Product Q&A: Ansell's Gammex Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

October 24, 2013 10:31 am | Ansell | Comments

The Ansell GAMMEX gloves are not made from natural rubber latex, and are powder free. The GAMMEX line includes products that are chemical-accelerator free and help to prevent Type I and Type IV allergies. The Non-Latex Sensitive glove features the revolutionary SENSOPRENE formulation...


Trachea Implant Holding Up Over Long Term

October 23, 2013 9:00 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

The first tissue-engineered trachea implant has held up over 5 years without deterioration, immune reaction, or development of tumors, researchers reported. The trachea recellularized with respiratory endothelium and remained open, with normal ciliary function and mucus clearance...


Salvage Therapy Of Little Help In Esophageal Ca

October 22, 2013 9:13 am | by Cole Petrochko | Comments

Salvage strategies produced "unimpressive" results in esophageal adenocarcinoma patients with locoregional failure after preoperative chemoradiation, researchers found. Following chemoradiotherapy with subsequent trimodality therapy including surgery, 36 percent of esophageal adenocarcinoma patients experienced distant metastases with or without locoregional failure, most of which (89 percent) occurred within 36 months of surgery...


Five Things That Have Happened Since Obamacare Launched

October 21, 2013 8:59 am | by Elizabeth Landau and Caleb Hellerman | Comments

Obamacare has survived a Supreme Court appeal, a government shutdown, and ongoing challenges by opposing politicians. With few exceptions, every American must have health insurance by March 31 or pay a penalty fee. The historic rollout has been overshadowed by technical issues and pessimistic predictions about how many people are really clamoring to sign up. Here are five things that have happened since the launch of Obamacare...

Decades Later, Condemnation For A Skid Row Cancer Study

October 18, 2013 9:23 am | by Gina Kolata | Comments

Two papers published on Thursday in the American Journal of Public Health and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine prompted medical historians to denounce this largely forgotten chapter in the history of government-financed medical research on vulnerable populations...



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