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Are Living Liver Donors At Risk From Life-Threatening 'Near-Miss' Events?

April 26, 2013 10:57 am | Comments

Donor mortality is about 1 in 500 donors with living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). Research of transplant centers around the world found that those with more experience conducting live donor procedures had lower rates of aborted surgery and life-threatening "near-miss" events.

Hospital Boosts Patient Safety With Expanded Use Of Capnography Technology

April 26, 2013 10:47 am | Comments

Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County (MHLC) recently strengthened patient safety measures by expanding the use of capnography technology to monitor patients using patient controlled analgesia (PCA) pumps to regulate their pain.

Texas Institute For Robotic Surgery Among First To Perform Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery

April 26, 2013 10:43 am | Comments

This single-site robotic platform provides surgeons with the increased dexterity, control and high-definition 3-D vision found with traditional robotic surgery, as well as the added benefit of performing the operation through a single, nearly invisible scar hidden in the navel.


Zoll Expands Manufacturing Business In Silicon Valley

April 25, 2013 3:43 pm | Comments

ZOLL Medical Corporation, a manufacturer of medical devices and related software solutions, announced today that as a result of its continued growth it purchased a 124,500-square-foot building in San Jose, California, an area ranked as the country’s busiest advanced manufacturing corridor.


SynCardia Certified Centers Perform Record Number Of Total Artificial Heart Implants During Q1 2013

April 25, 2013 2:37 pm | by SynCardia Systems, Inc. | Comments

SynCardia Systems, Inc., manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE (Europe) approved Total Artificial Heart, announced today that a record 40 implants of the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart were performed at 24 SynCardia Certified Centers during the quarter ended March 31, 2013.


Study: Doctors-In-Training Spend Little Time At Patient Bedside

April 24, 2013 10:07 am | Comments

Medical interns spend just 12 percent of their time examining and talking with patients, and more than 40 percent of their time behind a computer, according to a new Johns Hopkins study that closely followed first-year residents at Baltimore's two large academic medical centers. 


Tiny Surgical Tools Used In Animal Biopsies Meant To Study Improved Body Access

April 24, 2013 10:03 am | Comments

By using swarms of untethered grippers, each as small as a speck of dust, Johns Hopkins engineers and physicians say they have devised a new way to perform biopsies that could provide a more effective way to access narrow conduits in the body as well as find early signs of cancer or other diseases.


Ohio Justices Make Key Malpractice-Case Ruling

April 24, 2013 9:04 am | Comments

Sympathetic statements by a doctor over a patient's unexpected medical outcome can't be admitted as evidence in medical malpractice cases filed after the date a law intended to outlaw their use went into effect in 2004, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.


Image-Guided, Robot-Assisted Surgery Markets In Western Europe Set For Strong Expansion

April 24, 2013 9:00 am | Comments

Image-guided and robot-assisted surgeries have made successful inroads into the western European market. The significant cost and clinical benefits offered by such advanced surgical systems has been key to boosting their adoption rates.


Shoulder Injuries In Baseball Pitchers Could Be Prevented With 3-D Motion Detection System

April 23, 2013 12:11 pm | Comments

A new 3-D motion detection system could help identify baseball pitchers who are at risk for shoulder injuries, according to a new study. The system can be used on the field and requires only a laptop computer. Other systems that evaluate pitchers’ throwing motions require cameras and other equipment and generally are confined to indoor use.


Doctors: All Boston Bomb Patients Likely To Live

April 23, 2013 12:02 pm | by Marilynn Marchione | Comments

That includes several people who arrived with legs attached by just a little skin, a 3-year-old boy with a head wound and bleeding on the brain, and a little girl riddled with nails. Even a transit system police officer whose heart had stopped and was close to bleeding to death after a shootout with the suspects now appears headed for recovery.


Man Undergoes Phrenic Nerve Surgery To Relieve Shortness Of Breath, Will Celebrate With Marathon

April 23, 2013 10:57 am | Comments

The cause of phrenic nerve damage is sometimes very easy to pinpoint, such as surgery to the neck or chest, or an accident; however sometimes, as in Kurt Matthewson's case, it can be difficult to discern. As part of his usual procedure, Dr. Matthew Kaufman did a nerve transplant with a graft taken from Matthewson's ankle.


Heart Bypass Surgery Or Stents? Depends On Patient

April 23, 2013 10:45 am | Comments

The average person with multiple diseased arteries in the heart does slightly better following coronary artery bypass surgery than after having stents inserted, a new study suggests, but the optimal procedure varies by patient. Researchers found slightly more heart patients survived at least five years after bypass surgery.


gSource Announces Donation Of Instruments To FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital In Ghana

April 22, 2013 1:40 pm | Comments

The donated instruments, valued at $4,380, will be provided to the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital in Accra, Ghana for use in orthopedic procedures to help alleviate musculoskeletal problems including complex spine and pediatric orthopedic disorders. Surgical instruments are in need as FOCOS hopes to complete more than 175 surgeries in 2013.

New CDC Study Confirms Effectiveness Of UV-C Disinfection In Reducing Harmful Pathogens For Hospitals

April 22, 2013 12:56 pm | Comments

A recent study funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epicenters Program supports and expands on previously published studies confirming the effectiveness of an automated UV-C-emitting device to combat the pathogens Clostridium difficile (C. diff.), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and Acinetobacter spp.



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