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Patient Wakes Up As Doctors Get Ready To Remove Organs

July 9, 2013 9:27 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

It was exactly midnight when Caroline Burns eerily opened her eyes and looked at the operating lights above her, shocking doctors who believed she was dead and were about to remove her organs and donate them to patients on the transplant waiting list.


Positioned For Success

July 8, 2013 4:57 pm | by Dr. Brett Sanders, M.D. | Comments

By self adjusting to the patient in a rapid and reproducible manner, a new positioner may allay ancillary staff anxiety about positioning and allow more effective team participation during the time consuming positioning of the shoulder patient. In this way, the hidden cost of delayed OR turnover and poor positioning may be averted. Moreover, reproducible and rapid positioning may be achieved.


Challenging Cases: Hernia Mesh

July 8, 2013 4:46 pm | by Andrew Dennis, D.O., FACOS, DME, The Cook County Trauma Unit, JHS Cook County Hospital | Comments

Multiple gunshot wounds to a 36-year-old man's abdomen and right groin led to one difficult case for surgeons at Chicago's Cook County Trauma Unit. The patient developed a massive SIRS response and remained non-closeable for several weeks.


The Cut Runs Deep

July 8, 2013 4:31 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

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.


Laparoscopic Safety Products: Weighing The Pros And Cons

July 8, 2013 4:10 pm | by Melissa Fischer, Clinical Specialist, Megadyne | Comments

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.


2013 Instrumentation Survey Report

July 8, 2013 3:54 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

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.


Prep For OR Sustainability

July 8, 2013 3:25 pm | by Emilio Tenuta, VP of Corporate Sustainability, Ecolab | Comments

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.


Q&A: Improving Prepping Practices

July 8, 2013 3:11 pm | Comments

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.


Picture This

July 8, 2013 2:55 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

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.


Superbug CRE Found In At Least 43 States

July 8, 2013 9:20 am | by Jonathan LaPook | Comments

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.


Human Head Transplants Could Become A Reality

July 3, 2013 9:41 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

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.


PAD Worse For Black CABG Patients

July 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

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.


Forget To Wash? Devices Track Hand Washing Adherence In Hospitals

July 1, 2013 9:29 am | Comments

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.


'Biowire' Could Be Major Step Toward Viable Cardiac Patches

June 28, 2013 9:18 am | by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore | Comments

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.


Health Law Won’t Bring Prices Down For Patients

June 26, 2013 9:58 am | by Alvin Tran | Comments

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.



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