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Photos of the Day: Awake Brain Surgery

February 23, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

Chris Taber of Pedestal TV specializes in programm production using Polecam portable long-reach camera systems. He recently spent a day filming at Southampton General Hospital in England for the television show 'Surgery Live'.  Chris supplied and operated one of two Polecam rigs in the operating theater to explain the techniques used in 'awake brain surgery'.

Build It, Break It and Fix It

February 23, 2011 4:48 am | by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

"My experience is that engineers go into the medical field because they want to really make a positive difference to improve patient care, just like physicians," says Rich Mueller, chief technology officer for TransEnterix. The general surgery market hasn’t seen many market-disruptive technologies recently, and Rich Mueller wants to change that.

Should Medical Students Be Liable For Malpractice?

February 22, 2011 5:18 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Should medical students receive immunity from malpractice liability? That’s an interesting question that’s raised in a bill from Arizona. According to the Arizona Daily Sun , State lawmakers are moving to keep patients injured by medical students from being able to sue them .

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Choose The Right Shoe

February 22, 2011 5:18 am | by Jenifer Wynne, Co-Owner, SMD Wynne Corporation, www.calzuro.com | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider when choosing shoes to wear in the OR? Durability: To ensure maximum durability, the quality of manufacturing is very important.  A durable shoe should last years, so finding a durable shoe saves you time, money, and effort.

Surgical Glove Selection

February 18, 2011 5:29 am | by Pam Werner, RN, BSN, MBA, CNOR, clinical consultant for Ansell Healthcare Products LLC, www.ansell.com | Comments

Surgical glove selection criteria are based upon a number of factors: Barrier protection. It is important to choose the right glove for the right task. For example, if you’re performing microsurgery, you may need a glove that is thinner that provides adequate barrier, but more tactile sensitivity and dexterity.

Does Watson Make Board Certification Exams Obsolete In Medicine?

February 18, 2011 5:28 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Why Watson makes board certification exams obsolete in medicineLike most everyone else, I took a break from my evening chores the past few nights, and watched Jeopardy! IBM’s super-computer, Watson, was taking on Jeopardy! phenoms Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.  [SPOILER] The computer won handily.

A Doctor At The Funeral

February 18, 2011 4:13 am | by Danielle Ofri, MD | Comments

Death is a given in medicine. That truism, though, doesn’t offer much comfort when it’s your patient who has died. I was in clinic the other day, showing the ropes to a fresh-faced medical student, when a nurse leaned toward me and whispered that L.W. had died over the holiday weekend.

Hospitals Need Health Care Flight Crews

February 16, 2011 5:08 am | by John LaBine | Comments

What are the root causes of communication inefficiencies in hospitals?  Hovering around any given patient/case are many players, each with a huge variety of demands for his/her time, attention and presence.  And they know there are costs of certain outcomes (medical errors, stress, wasted nurse/physician time, etc.

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Protecting Your Team

February 16, 2011 4:59 am | Comments

One of the most important considerations when choosing surgical apparel for the operating room is ensuring the surgical team has the correct level of protection appropriate to the procedure. An assessment of risk for fluid exposure, the anticipated length of time for the procedure and being informed on the standards which govern barrier protection all play a role in determining the appropriate level of protection.

The Hysterical ER Patient

February 15, 2011 3:23 am | by VeronicaB, MD | Comments

We’ve all had that hysterical patient. The one that comes in during a busy shift.  Grabbing at their head, their chest, their abdomen. Yelling out that they are in pain. You know the one. They makes the nurses’ eyes roll. They add to an already chaotic scene. Other patients stop to watch as the gurney rolls by.

Surgical Brainstorm: Apparel

February 15, 2011 3:23 am | by Linda McNeilly, Cardinal Health | Comments

What are your top three tips surgical professionals should consider when choosing surgical apparel products to wear in the OR? February 15, 2011 1. Make sure it fits. Proper fit is key when selecting personal protective apparel, because it helps ensure both the proper level of protection and clinician comfort.

OR Of The Future

February 14, 2011 5:28 am | by Amanda Hankel, editor | Comments

In minimally invasive surgery, technology, in a way, replaces surgeons' eyes, allowing them to see inside a patient despite only making tiny incisions. For some surgical specialties, this technology takes the form of a camera. For others, such as vascular and cardiovascular surgery, less invasive approaches have created a unique need for high-end angiographic imaging, fostering a new concept known as the hybrid OR.

MD Anesthesiologists: Victims Of Their Own Excellence

February 14, 2011 5:28 am | by Jeffrey Parks, MD | Comments

The New York Times has jumped all over a couple of recent scientific articles asserting that certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA’s) provide equivalent care as MD anesthesiologists. Already, it is legal in 15 states for CRNA’s to dispense anesthesia without the overarching supervision of a physician.

When Patients Share Their Stories, Health May Improve

February 11, 2011 4:27 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

A gifted artist in his early 60s, the patient was a liver transplant candidate who learned he had hepatitis B some 20 years earlier. Despite the worsening fatigue that accompanied his liver failure, he threw himself into preparing for his transplant. He read everything he could about the procedure and the postoperative care, drilled doctors with endless questions and continued to drag himself to the gym each day in the hopes of being better prepared to withstand the rigors of the operation.

The Golden Hour And The Difference Between Life And Death

February 9, 2011 5:22 am | Comments

An excerpt from Surviving the Emergency Room . by Ron Clark, MD With regard to emergency trauma care, a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death. This first hour of definitive medical care is called the “golden hour.” It is usually this first hour where the patient’s medical fate is sealed.

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