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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.


Sorting Things Out

January 4, 2010 5:29 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Comments

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. -Albert Einstein     Holiday music plays in the background as I scan my Cancer Center clinic schedule for the day. Most of the names are familiar. There will be three or four new patients that I have never met, a few that are coming to the office for postoperative wound checks, a few that are returning for routine cancer survivor visits, and a few that have noticed alarming new symptoms.

Optimizing Supply Management In The Surgical Suite

December 22, 2009 6:42 am | Comments

Ensure OR efficiency with the right storage solutions to manage your facility's surgical supplies December 22, 2009 The surgical suite is one of the most expensive departments in a hospital. Accounting for and sufficiently storing and tracking inventory of the multitude of supplies—from instruments to tissues implants and more—is crucial to the efficiency of the OR, and to the overall profitability of the hospital.


Occam’s Razor, Resharpened

December 22, 2009 6:32 am | by Mike Rainone | Comments

Sometimes, out of the blue, comes a reminder that the best solutions to a problem are not necessarily the most complex. The Franciscan Friar William of Occam said it best about 700 years ago in the form of the principle of parsimony, which we now know as Occam’s Razor.

High-Definition 3D Getting Closer To The OR

December 21, 2009 5:53 am | Comments

LG Display Co., Ltd., an innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced this month the world’s first commercial launch of a 3D LCD panel boasting full-HD resolution. What does this mean for surgeons and surgical teams? As Medgadget reports, the launch of this technology makes it more and more likely that 3D technology will soon be a common modality to view volumetric, live images in radiology rooms and in the OR.


Holding Doctors Accountable For Medical Errors

December 21, 2009 5:45 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

Ten years ago, a national panel of health care experts released a landmark report on medical errors in the American health care system. Published by the Institute of Medicine , “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System” estimated that as many as 98,000 people died in hospitals each year as a result of preventable mistakes.


December 18, 2009 5:14 am | by Bruce Campbell, MD | Comments

You have been cancer free for two years now. Congratulations!     That was a terrible time. The whole time I was getting treatment, things were absolutely terrible! Just terrible!   What do you mean? In what way?    On top of everything else, we lost all of our friends! We were totally alone through all of the treatment.

What’s More Affordable Than Free?

December 18, 2009 5:13 am | by Hans Patrick Griesser | Comments

Hans Patrick Griesser’s story "WHAT'S MORE AFFORDABLE THAN FREE?” was a runner up in the MedGadget’s Medical Sci-Fi Writing Contest. December 18, 2009 “No, Grandma. It's a reverse pinch.” “What does that mean?” she asked. “It's like you're spreading it out to zoom in.

Mars Rescue

December 15, 2009 11:55 am | by James H. Dawdy | Comments

I sat in the cargo bay of a Marsplane, somewhere over the depths of Valles Marineris. We had received a distress call from a field geologist gathering samples- or rather, from his suit. He wasn't talking, and that by itself was a bad thing. The only option was to send a medic, and the only way to get to him in time was in the rocket-powered aircraft MARSEC (the Mars Expoloration Corporation) used to drop supplies to outposts across the vast planet.


Is Medicine No Longer a Calling?

December 15, 2009 6:42 am | by By: Dr. Val, Medpage Today | Comments

As I sit here in a medical innovation conference, I find myself becoming more and more angered by one of the speakers. A man with an MBA and fancy title from PriceWaterhouseCoopers is lecturing us about how doctors are essentially money-grubbing, change-resistant, quality-care avoiding “pains in the you-know-what,” obstructing progress in healthcare reform and blocking technology adoption.

Lessons From the War Zone

December 14, 2009 5:27 am | by Pauline W. Chen, M.D. | Comments

One morning as a medical student on the surgery service, I learned about a patient who had been hemorrhaging on the operating table the night before. The intern who had assisted during the operation took great pains to describe every detail of the failed efforts of several senior surgeons and the final, ultimately lifesaving, maneuvers of the department chairman.

2010 Purchasing Perspectives

December 14, 2009 5:14 am | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Comments

In a question-and-answer session, Rick Schultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. in Stow, OH, discusses what to expect in terms of operating room purchasing in 2010. December 14, 2009 Surgical Products: How do you see OR purchasing changing in 2010 vs.


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