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Purchasing Perspective

June 14, 2010 6:39 am | GE Healthcare Surgery | Comments

Richard Long, Clinical Sales Manager - U.S. Sales for GE Healthcare - Surgery (OEC) offers insight into what to consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure the OR is ready for future upgrades. June 15, 2010 In today's rapidly changing medical economy there are several factors that must be addressed when considering the purchase of boom systems for the operating - procedure room.

Father Of A Patient With A Sudden Brain Hemorrhage

June 14, 2010 6:22 am | by StorytellERdoc, MD | Comments

She was 50. Prior to being transported to our ER, her only complaint had been for non-traumatic elbow pain over the past two weeks. She was on no medications and had no significant medical history. She was at home, preparing to visit her doctor for a scheduled visit, when she collapsed. Because she didn’t drive, her elderly father had planned on swinging by to pick her up.

An 'Obesogenic' Environment

June 14, 2010 6:19 am | by Amanda McGowan | Comments

As obesity rates continue to climb in adolescents across the United States, doctors are exploring surgical options to help these young patients lose the weight that threatens their health. June 14, 2010 Photo owned by CORE According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity in adolescents aged 12 to 19 has increased from five percent in 1976-1980 to 18.

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Blog: Treating A Child With Fever And Leukemia

June 11, 2010 7:31 am | by StorytellERdoc, MD | Comments

I walked into Room 35 to find a three year-old lying on the hospital cot. Her father sat alongside her bed, whispering softly to her. The patient appeared quite tired, wiped-out even, and if it weren’t for her complacent eyes tracking my every move, I would have thought she might be sleeping.

Modularity Is Key

June 9, 2010 8:20 am | by Steve Palmer, Director of Marketing, TRUMPF Medical Systems, Inc. | TRUMPF | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? June 9, 2010 A key concept has been modularity. When purchasing equipment booms, the surgical professional has to consider whether the system is functionally flexible.

The Axis Of Medical Evil

June 8, 2010 7:38 am | by Dr. Rob | Comments

My recent  post about Medicare allowing patients to use drug vouchers  was met by a rousing reception. By crickets. It seems that some saw me as one who (gasp) trusted the pharmaceutical companies to do something good.  Has Dr. Rob lost (what's left of) his mind??  Drug companies do  everything  with themselves in mind, and there are  always  strings attached.

An OR With “Open Architecture”

June 8, 2010 7:37 am | by Jeff Dunkley, Director, Design and Business Development, BERCHTOLD | BERCHTOLD Corporation | Comments

What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? In a fast paced, quickly changing OR it is critical that all the components (including booms) be designed and constructed with as much “open architecture” as possible.

New Treatment Helps Babies Smile

June 7, 2010 7:35 am | by Bob Cramblitt | Comments

Using 3D scanning technology, engineers have developed a new treatment for severe cleft lip and palate that reduces the cleft width before surgery without inhibiting upper-jaw growth. June 7, 2010 One of the first babies to receive the new cleft lip and palate treatment, during his initial visit to Shriners Hospital.

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Bringing Doctors To The Dying Patient’s Bedside

June 7, 2010 7:34 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

When D., a woman in her mid-30s, learned that she was dying from complications of AIDS, she fully expected that her life would end in much the same way it had been lived: homeless, alone and among strangers. If it hadn’t been for Dr. Jason K. Alexander, a medical student at the time, she might have been right.

Listening To Nurses Is Key To Being A Good Doctor

June 4, 2010 7:05 am | by Doctor Grumpy | Comments

I’m a doctor. We get all the glory. And credit. And guess what? We only deserve part of it. I started out in medicine in the mid-80’s, volunteering at an ER. And the biggest shock to me was learning how much of what happens in a hospital is nurse territory. Doctors will see you anywhere from 5 to 30 minutes a day, depending on how sick you are.

Navigation System For Human Body In Development

June 4, 2010 6:29 am | Comments

The TLEMsafe model can be personalized for individual patients and surgeon can use it to enhance their preparations for surgery. June 4, 2010 Researchers from the University of Twente's MIRA research institute, UMC St Radboud and various other institutions have developed a highly detailed computer model of the musculoskeletal system of the lower half of the human body.

Preventing SSI: It Starts In The Prep

June 2, 2010 7:32 am | by Amanda McGowan | Comments

Surgical site infections (SSIs), and the human and monetary costs associated with these events, is a top concern for facilities across the country. While it’s important that a facility follows best practice approaches to infection prevention throughout the perioperative process, ensuring all efforts are made in the preoperative preparation period to prevent infection can help start every surgical case off on the right foot.

Shorter Doctor-Trainee Hours Alone Not Solution

June 2, 2010 7:31 am | by Kevin Pho | Comments

Who Pays For Medical Complications?

June 1, 2010 7:36 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

One afternoon during my surgical training, I received a call from an intern, a first-year doctor-in-training; she wanted me to place a central line, a specialized catheter inserted in a major vein for intravenous access. Because of the patient’s previous procedures, I would have to put his line in the subclavian vein, a vessel that courses along the top of the chest, precariously close to the lungs.

Make The Most Of Your Surgical Instrument Purchasing Process

June 1, 2010 7:35 am | Comments

Today, surgical departments face increasing pressure to say compliant with instrument processing standards set forth by major accreditation agencies. Often, facilities need to buy more instruments to meet these standards, yet are challenged by budget constraints, lack of support from their surgical instrument providers and increasingly complex instruments.

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