Every year, according to a recent study from the New England Journal of Medicine , a typical physician has about a 7 percent chance of being sued for medical malpractice . Surgeons almost certainly will face a malpractice claim sometime during their career. Neurosurgeons, for instance, have a 19.
Warren Hardy, VP Sales, MacPherson Medical, Inc., www.macphersonmedical.com August 23, 2011 In finding a method, system or device that focuses on enhancing the life cycle of instrumentation, one needs to consider several issues that allows the hospital or ambulatory surgery center to best care for patients and ensure that their instrument investment is optimized.
Announcing the winners of the first annual OR of the Year Awards. August 22, 2011 In the first annual OR of the Year Awards, Surgical Products sought to recognize operating rooms across the country that are advancing and improving surgical care. We looked to identify ORs that are making an impact in the surgical community, and recognize their efforts in moving surgery forward.
Innovation in medical devices has been profound in recent years – cardiac devices are a good example. The combination of engineering advances to create small, strong and wear-resistant devices and computational advances with smaller and smaller semiconductors loaded with more and more information have led to truly amazing advances.
Financial constraints have many hospitals questioning if it is worth investing in surgical instrument tracking technology. Still, with increasing liability risks, is it worth it not to? August 19, 2011 An instrument marked with a barcode is placed under a scanner to be tracked during its cycle of use.
“Quality.” It’s one of those words that used to mean something: actual quality you could trust. Nowadays in hospital hallways, quality is a charged word that is more corporate-speak than actual English, eliciting stomach churning and eye rolling in equal measures. Quality. Who can argue with such a noble goal? Of course we all want quality medical care.
August 17, 2011 You may have seen advertising for stem cell facelifts and breast augmentation. Some cosmetic and plastic surgeons are touting these treatments as cutting edge procedures that promise results far greater than anything we’ve ever seen in plastic surgery. So what is the truth behind stem cell cosmetic surgery? Stem cells are definitely the future of medicine and plastic surgery.
Introducing the new members of the Surgical Products Editorial Advisory Board. August 16, 2011 As the leading source of surgical technology, Surgical Products is always looking for new-and-improved ways to bring the latest surgical information to the fingertips of our readers. One of the best ways for surgeons and surgical professionals to learn and grow is to collaborate with other physicians.
Hospital inpatients taken care of by older doctors have a higher mortality rate, a recent article in the American Journal of Medicine concluded. The authors investigated 6572 admissions cared for by 59 different physicians at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. They suggested that older MDs might benefit from remediation to improve their skills.
What are the top considerations surgical professionals should make to ensure instruments are well-organized, maintained and secured during all phases of storage, cleaning and use? Jerry Brown, CEO, Automated Medical Products, www.IronIntern.com August 15, 2011 Ensuring proper management of surgical instruments starts with instrument selection.
Doctor D has been blogging about the doctor-patient relationship for a while now. It’s sort of the thing I’m known for. I’ve usually been on the doctor side of this equation. Most of my blogging, however, is to help patients figure out the weird world of medicine. Doctor D recently found himself on the patient side of a nasty injury.
What should surgical professionals consider during the sterilization/cleaning process to ensure instruments are well maintained? Samuel Hickson, Healthcare Network Director, www.midbrookmedical.com August 12, 2011 It seems that many issues (that have most likely existed for quite some time) in the world of sterile processing are beginning to rear their ugly heads more frequently.
Soon after I finished my surgical training, I worked with a young doctor who was impressive not only for his clinical skills but also for his devotion to patients. He was large and powerfully built but never seemed to loom over his patients, miraculously shrinking down to their eye level whenever he spoke with them.
Undated photos provided Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 by the Nash family and Brigham and Women’s Hospital show chimpanzee attack victim Charla Nash before she was attacked by a chimpanzee and a recent photo release by the hospital Thursday Aug. 11, 2011 showing Nash after face transplant surgery, right.
Jeffrey P. Sites Cardiovascular and Extracorporeal Technologies CVTS Consultant, Pemco, Inc. August 10, 2011 The management of durable surgical instrumentation has evolved into a complex series of steps and criteria to safely and effectively care for the oldest and most consistently used “life support” technologies.