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The Emotional Costs Of Malpractice

August 24, 2011 7:02 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

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.

Optimizing Instrument Investments

August 23, 2011 5:34 am | Comments

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.

OR of the Year

August 19, 2011 10:09 am | Comments

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.

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Medical Device Innovation Saves Lives, But Often At A High Cost

August 19, 2011 10:09 am | by Stephen C. Schimpff, MD | Comments

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.

Tracking Your Assets

August 19, 2011 6:20 am | by Amanda Hankel | Comments

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.

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What Makes A Quality Doctor?

August 19, 2011 6:19 am | by Danielle Ofri, MD | Comments

“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.

The Truth Behind Stem Cell Cosmetic Surgery

August 17, 2011 6:29 am | by Anthony Youn, MD | Comments

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.

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Surgical Products Adds Editorial Advisory Board

August 16, 2011 6:32 am | Comments

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.

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The 10,000 Hour Rule: Does It Apply To New Graduates Of Residency

August 16, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

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.

Properly Managing Your Instruments

August 15, 2011 7:17 am | Automated Medical Products Corp. | Comments

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.

What This Doctor Learned When He Was A Patient

August 15, 2011 7:16 am | Comments

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.

"How 'Clean' Is Clean?"

August 12, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

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.

Letting Doctors Make The Tough Decisions

August 12, 2011 5:54 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

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.

Chimpanzee Attack Victim Receives Face Transplant

August 12, 2011 5:53 am | Comments

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.

Management Of Durable Surgical Instrumentation

August 10, 2011 7:13 am | Pemco, Inc. | Comments

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.

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