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Turning Medical Discards Into Life-Saving Treasures

March 2, 2010 12:43 pm | Comments

By Holly Frew, MedShare Hospital staff discard supplies and used medical supplies in MedShare collection bins at their facility. Eva Trepanier empties a large black garbage bag full of medical items on a table. After four years of volunteering at MedShare, she’s still amazed at the amount of medical supplies collected each week from Atlanta-area hospitals.

"I'd Like To Go Home Today"

March 2, 2010 6:13 am | Comments

He was a big, burly man with a gruff voice and a temperament to match. His abdomen was a sprawling landscape of scars. And he was sick—seriously so— and needed to spend a little time with me in a cold room with hot lights. As is often the case, his surgery and recovery were complicated by chronic anticoagulation, a history of thromboembolism, a little heart disease, and a few other things that in the end caused me more worry than actual problems.

Used Equipment Offers Dual Green Benefit

March 1, 2010 12:29 pm | by Bill Whittemore | Comments

With a better understanding of used equipment options, hospitals can save up to 75 percent. With an understanding of the sources, classification of rebuilding and types of vendors involved, professionals can find used equipment that functions like new. Hospitals and surgical centers are not immune to the current economic condition, and as a result the purchasing of used equipment has become a more prominent option.



March 1, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

We have to believe that even the briefest of human connections can heal. Otherwise, life is unbearable. -Agate Nesaule     The patient arrived at the rural clinic near Guazapa, El Salvador, in his mother’s arms with a mouth gag tied in place and his hands wrapped in bandages.

Purchasing Considerations For Surgical Mobility

March 1, 2010 5:53 am | by Betsy Mikalacki Marketing, TransMotion Medical, Inc. | Comments

The top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical mobility equipment are: safe patient handling, optimal patient throughput and maximizing surgical space. 1. Safe Patient  Handling To retain a healthy nursing staff and meet Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal #9 (reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from falls), implement equipment that achieves safe patient handling.

True Tales About Healthcare Abroad

February 26, 2010 5:45 am | Comments

Mandatory bed rest. Dirt cheap deliveries. Ringworm beatdowns. Have illness will travel. February 26, 2010 Can we all agree, there's something wrong when a person who's reluctant to drink a frozen margarita in Mexico City can rationalize getting a root canal in Tijuana? Or, that it's weird for a 24-year-old to consider the idea of scheduling her IUD implant surgery during a summer trip to England? It's called medical tourism, traveling abroad to receive free or reduced healthcare.

Surgery Can Be Effective Tool In Fight Against Weight

February 23, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

Rabbi Nat Ezray’s decades of struggle with weight began early. He joined Weight Watchers in the fifth grade. In the 30 years to come, he would lose and gain weight several times over, each time gaining a bit more until his 5 foot 6 inch frame carried 280 pounds. “I felt hostage to it,” Rabbi Ezray said, “and powerless in the face of it, even though I did diet after diet.

It’s A Small World After All

February 22, 2010 5:37 am | by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS | Comments

In Part 1 of 2, Dr. Deol discusses the cultural differences she has experienced during her international exposure to the world of medicine. February 22, 2010 I have written several columns recently on the state of health care in the US.  I say “column” because I can’t stand the sound of the word “blog”.


Purchasing Surgical Carts

February 19, 2010 6:57 am | Capsa Solutions | Comments

Kevin Mortenson of Capsa Solutionso offers insight into purchasing considerations for surgical mobility, specifically carts. 1. Each facility and staff has a different set of needs when considering mobility products. What’s most important is that you work with suppliers who are in tune with the pairing of product with purpose.

The Risks of Hospitals Live-Tweeting Surgeries

February 17, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

  Should hospitals send twitter "updates" on patients undergoing complicated catheter ablation procedures using "pre-approved" scripted story lines? In a far corner of the operating room Thursday, a Web producer and a cardiac expert with St. Vincent’s huddled over a laptop.

Chlorhexidine Gluconate As An Antiseptic Agent

February 17, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Researchers explore the effect not adhering to the product guidelines has on the efficacy of CHG as a surgical antisepsis in patient prep. February 17, 2010 Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is often diluted prior to its use in surgical antisepsis and is applied in a one-scrub application. The manufacturer of this solution, however, does not advocate dilution of the product and recommends a two-scrub application.

Surgical Instrument Re-Use

February 16, 2010 6:05 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Comments

Hospitals today are looking for ways to “go green” in their processes, especially in the OR. Reusing surgical instruments and equipment is one way the OR can be more eco-friendly in its practices, but it’s important how  to do so properly. Here, Matt Rudolph, Vice President of Operations and Chief Customer Advocate for Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp.

Apparently … Homey Does Play That Game!

February 16, 2010 6:03 am | Comments

By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS As I pack for my much-anticipated trip to Dubai  (which I affectionately refer to as the “Lost Vegas” of the Middle East), and Jordan, I am making a conscious effort to recite my meditation mantra over and over in my head in an attempt to remain calm.

Surgical Brainstorm: Patient Mobility

February 12, 2010 9:02 am | by Michael Haeusler, Surgical Workplaces, Director of Marketing, MAQUET | MAQUET Medical Systems USA | Comments

Considering purchasing equipment to mobilize patients in and out of the OR? Surgical patient mobility is an important investment decision your hospital must make. Here, Michael Haeusler of MAQUET discusses what to take into account when purchasing patient mobility equipment. February 15, 2010 1.

Practicing On Patients, Real And Otherwise

February 12, 2010 8:58 am | by Pauline W. Chen, MD | Comments

Near the end of my surgical training, I spent three months as chief resident of a hospital trauma team. Two other doctors-in-training and I formed the first-line emergency room response, resuscitating patients who had been mangled, burned or otherwise injured. It was my first experience as a leader, but each of us was already fairly proficient and we all got along.


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