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

March 25, 2014 9:50 am | by Ansell | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove is a unique solution that offers a complete protection against latex and chemical allergies, and an advanced level of sensitivity and comfort thanks to the new SENSOPRENE formulation. It provides the superior strength, resistance, and grip consistent with all Ansell surgical gloves...

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Training The Next Generation Of Air Force Doctors, Nurses

March 24, 2014 9:53 am | by Cliff Peale, TThe Cincinnati Enquirer | Comments

The University of Cincinnati Medical Center is one of three training sites for Air Force doctors about to be deployed to Afghanistan or other active theater. Once deployed, the doctors, nurses, and respiratory therapists will treat injured service members. Most have backgrounds in critical care, but they often haven't seen the range of injuries common in America's 21st century wars: blast injuries, amputations, multi-trauma head injuries...

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Busy Day To 'Organized' Chaos In Emergency Dept. At Mass. Hospital After Boston Bombing

March 21, 2014 9:13 am | by Rik Stevens, Associated Press | Comments

From inside the walls of the emergency department at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, it was hard to tell that April 15 had gone from simply a normal day to a moment that would rivet the world's attention on Boston and its famous marathon. But when a woman arrived in a silent daze, shrapnel and debris embedded in her head and neck, the scope of what transpired became apparent to doctors...

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Study: Half Of U.S. Adults 40 To 75 Eligible For Statins

March 20, 2014 9:38 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes. It's the first independent look at the impact of the guidelines issued in November and shows how dramatically they shift more people toward treatment... 

Cancer Patients Seeking Insurance Coverage Because Of ACA May Be Disappointed

March 19, 2014 10:51 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new healthcare law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation's best cancer hospitals are off-limits. An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast...

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Simplify, Organize, Utilize

March 7, 2014 9:37 am | by by Seth M. Flexo, Institutional Vertical Market Manager, STANLEY Storage & Workspace Systems | Comments

Overhauling its cramped and inefficient central supply area has led to increased efficiency for one New Jersey-based hospital. The renovation included Lista high density storage and prep and pack workstations, as well as new sterilizers and new instrument and cart washers...

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Error In Judgment: Why Wrong-Site Surgery Is Still A Problem

March 5, 2014 7:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Wrong-site surgery is a devastating problem that affects all parties present in the operating room. To make matters worse, it’s an all-too-common occurrence today. Although efforts have been made to address this issue, it still remains a significant one. Why?...

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The Rise Of Robotics

March 4, 2014 8:13 am | by Anne-Marie Gannon, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs Specialist, neoSurgical | Comments

With the expectation of a sharp rise in the volume of robot-assisted procedures in the future, it is likely that the complexity of cases being performed robotically will increase. The availability of a greater range of instruments, accessories, and medical devices customized for use with robot systems will facilitate this shift in approach...

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Pain Killers

March 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Improving patient outcomes, decreasing hospital length-of-stay, and reducing costs are tasks best classified as perennially unfinished by hospitals. Any chance to make improvements must be considered, including evaluating the use of opioid use for perioperative pain management. Furthermore, recent research and anecdotal evidence point to several potential benefits of reducing the use of opioids in healthcare settings...

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Battling The 'Bad Actor' Known As C. Diff.

February 28, 2014 9:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Every hospital facility has a “bad actor,” says Dr. Mitch Rubinstein. For The Valley Hospital that bad actor – a microorganism that causes trouble within a specific hospital facility – is Clostridium difficile...                

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Poll: For Right Price, Consumers Will Accept Limited Choice Of Doctors, Hospitals

February 26, 2014 10:27 am | by Jordan Rau | Comments

People buying health insurance through the health law’s new online marketplaces are more willing than the public at large to accept a limited roster of doctors and hospitals in return for lower premiums, a poll released Wednesday finds. But that enthusiasm nosedives if they are told their regular doctor isn’t included in the plan...

Stents, Surgery Equal For Blocked Carotids

February 20, 2014 11:04 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

For patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, stenting and endarterectomy appear to be equally effective for preventing ipsilateral stroke over the long term, a small, single-center trial suggested...    

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Outpatient Surgery: Is Infection A Real Risk?

February 19, 2014 7:22 am | by Michael Smith | Comments

The chance of a clinically significant infection after ambulatory surgery is relatively small; nonetheless, outpatient surgery related infections account for roughly one in five healthcare-associated infections...              

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Human Lung Made In Lab For First Time

February 18, 2014 9:27 am | by Elizabeth Cohen | Comments

For the first time, scientists have created human lungs in a lab -- an exciting step forward in regenerative medicine, but an advance that likely won't help patients for many years. "It's so darn cool," said Joan Nichols, a researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch. "It's been science fiction and we're moving into science fact..."

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Few Eligible Patients Can Get Weight Loss Surgery

February 14, 2014 1:08 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

Like 78 million other Americans, MaryJane Harrison is obese. And like many critically overweight Americans, Harrison cannot afford to have weight loss surgery because her health insurance doesn't cover it. The financial burden makes it nearly impossible for her to follow the advice of three physicians who have prescribed the stomach-shrinking procedure for Harrison, who is four-feet, 10 inches and weighs 265 pounds...

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