Early this year, TransEnterix plans to launch its SPIDER™ Surgical System, a completely new and innovative platform to facilitate minimally invasive surgery in the OR. In an exclusive interview, Surgical Products talked with Todd M. Pope, CEO of TransEnterix about the development of this technology and how the company is looking to create a ‘new class of surgery’ as procedures continue to become less invasive.
When a reader responded to Dr. Zoe Kiren Deol’s column in Monday’s First Cuts e-newsletter it sparked her to write another column in response. I think you did a great job explaining your thoughts on medicine today. I am a general surgeon in my 35th yr of practice and trying to decide when to retire.
Not long ago, a friend confessed that her son, who spends much of his free time volunteering at a children’s hospital and who is applying to medical school, has been particularly anxious about his future. “His test scores are just O.K.,” my friend said, the despair in her voice nearly palpable.
Dr. Shawn M. Garber, MD, FACS, is the Director of the Long Island Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and New York Bariatric Group in New Hyde Park, NY. He also works as Chief of Bariatric Surgery and Chief of Mid-Level Practitioners at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre, NY.
By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Back in the day (oh how I hate the fact that I am old enough to say that!), there was one question that never entered my mind as I made my way through medical school. That question was, “Do I want to practice medicine?” Today, it is a different story.
Surgical gowns and drapes are crucial materials to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe. Choosing the right materials for your facility is important in terms of budget and safety. In the January/February issue of Surgical Products , we asked manufacturers of these materials: What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical gowns and drapes? Here Jay Hexamer, General Manager of Global Medical Supplies for Kimberly-Clark Health Care answers that question.
I have been asked this question many times over the past 20 years. Many who asked the question thought I would have an immediate answer. This is a fair expectation due to my career as a head and neck surgeon and in my teaching role at a well known university.
Last month I reported on the defense verdict in the case of a Bellingham woman left with brain damage as a result of a surgical complication. The case bothers me, and for the past few weeks I’ve been asking myself “Isn’t there a better way?” Medicine is not a perfect science nor is the human body a perfect organism.
by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS This morning, I am sitting in front of my computer, drinking my coffee, and chatting with a good friend from my surgical residency days named Chris. Chris is helping me with a humanitarian project that I am currently working on. I am designing solar and wind powered units that can run a small surgical clinic in a remote area, or in areas of disaster relief.
As purchasing professionals are faced increasing pressures to buy the lowest priced products, yet maintain high-quality, making the right purchasing choice for surgical gowns and drapes is especially important. These materials are crucial to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe.
The argument that you need the "laying on of hands" to practice medicine is an old and tired argument that simply has no credibility … - Rashid Bashshur, PhD, Director of the University of Michigan Telemedicine Center The family legend goes like this: When my grandfather’s tonsils became infected yet again, the doctor rode out to the farm in his horse-drawn carriage toting his surgical instrument set.
A prospective, randomized trial shows significantly better patient outcomes in selected surgical procedures within 30 days wen ChloraPrep is used preoperatively, compared to Povidone-iodine. January 12, 2010 Data published in January 2010 in The New England Journal of Medicine demonstrates that use of CareFusion’s patient preoperative skin preparation ChloraPrep® (2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate and 70 percent isopropyl alcohol) reduced total surgical site infections (SSIs) by 41 percent, from 16.
Budgets are tightening in most hospitals these days. Purchasing professionals are facing increasing pressures to buy the lowest priced products, yet maintain a high-quality. When purchasing surgical gowns and drapes, this is especially important. These materials are crucial to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe.
For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones and the Internet, to connect doctors to patients in far-flung locales. But are doctors ready for this form of technology? Telemedicine has the potential to improve quality of care by allowing clinicians in one “control center” to monitor, consult and even care for and perform procedures on patients in multiple locations.
Stanford Hospital ’s pneumatic tube system is a medical care superhighway January 6, 2010 Stanford Hospital Chief Engineer Leander Robinson at one of the pneumatic tube system's control clusters. (Photo: Business Wire) One of the most important working parts of Stanford Hospital is practically invisible and its invention dates back more than 200 years.