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Surgeon Perspective: Single Port Surgery

January 26, 2010 7:03 am | Comments

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.

To Practice Or Not To Practice ... That Is The Question

January 25, 2010 5:17 am | Comments

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.

Purchasing Tips: Surgical Gowns & Drapes

January 22, 2010 10:20 am | Comments

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.


Who Is At Risk For Developing A Pressure Ulcer During The Perioperative Time Frame?

January 20, 2010 6:32 am | by James G. Spahn, MD, FACS | Ehob, Inc. | Comments

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.

Would “No Fault” Be A Better Way?

January 19, 2010 6:13 am | by Charles A. Pilcher MD FACEP | Comments

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.

How Progress Can Get In The Way

January 18, 2010 6:59 am | Comments

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.

Purchasing Perspectives: Surgical Gowns And Drapes

January 15, 2010 5:35 am | Comments

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 Doctor Will Friend You Now ...

January 12, 2010 6:27 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

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.


ChloraPrep® Superior As A Surgical Skin Prep

January 12, 2010 6:25 am | Comments

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.

Top Considerations For Purchasing Surgical Gowns And Drapes

January 11, 2010 5:40 am | Medical Concepts Development | Comments

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.

Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

January 11, 2010 5:18 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

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.

Quick, Quiet And Out Of Sight

January 6, 2010 7:21 am | Comments

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.

We Don't Last Very Long 

January 5, 2010 8:55 am | by Melissa Velez-Avrach, MedPage Today | Comments

  About 3 weeks ago, I was in Florida visiting my folks. My father just lost a second brother to colorectal cancer and is in mourning. I kept thinking that I needed to say something to him now that I was there in person. However, during our previous phone conversations, he had already told me that he didn't want me to mention it, that it made him sad.

Field Guide To Hospital Grunts: Patient Edition

January 5, 2010 6:03 am | by Vitum Medicinus, Medical Student Blogger | Comments

1. HHUUUUUUUNNNNGGGGHHHH ID : Reproductus cornicopious , the common multip (i.e. multiparous woman, who has delivered a few babies already) HABITAT : Maternity Ward ACTION REQUIRED: RUN AND DON GLOVES. She is about to pop. BACKGROUND : There is a saying on the maternity ward: “Never turn your back on a multip.

Glove Perforation And The Risk Of SSI

January 5, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

Surgical glove perforation increases the risk for surgical site infection (SSI) unless antimicrobial prophylaxis is used, a prospective observational cohort study revealed in the June 2009 issue of the Archives of Surgery . According to a review of the study by Medscape Medical News, the study was performed at University Hospital Basel, where approximately 28,000 surgical procedures are performed each year.


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