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3DHD Vision System

April 23, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

April 23, 2012 Viking Systems Inc. has developed a stand-alone 3DHD Vision System for laproscopic surgery that restores the surgeon's natural 3-D vision with depth. This system results in optimized hand-eye coordination, helping to increase surgical speed and accuracy, offering clinical and economic benefits to hospitals and patients.

Quake Test Could Prompt Ways To Shore Up Hospitals

April 23, 2012 6:07 am | Comments

SAN DIEGO (AP) — What happens when a series of massive earthquakes hits a five-story medical facility with an intensive care unit, operating room and elevator? Structural engineers at the University of California, San Diego, began tests Tuesday to find out. Over the next two weeks, they will repeatedly rock an 80-foot-high building erected on a giant shake table as part of a $5 million experiment funded by government agencies, foundations and others.

Researchers Discover Non-Surgical Test for Brain Cancer

April 19, 2012 10:20 am | Comments

Boston - In a breakthrough for the way brain cancer is diagnosed and monitored, a team of researchers, lead by Anna M. Krichevsky, PhD, of the Center of Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), have demonstrated that brain tumors can be reliably diagnosed and monitored without surgery.


New York AG Accuses 2 Of Unlicensed Surgery

April 19, 2012 10:18 am | Comments

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has accused two men without doctor's licenses of doing cosmetic surgery last year that disfigured three women. A criminal complaint says Carlos Arango and William Ordonez recruited women from a spa in Queens and did liposuction and fat transfers without general anesthesia, while Dr.

HHS Settles Case With Phoenix Cardiac Surgery

April 19, 2012 10:14 am | Comments

Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients.  The incident giving rise to OCR’s investigation was a report that the physician practice was posting clinical and surgical appointments for its patients on an Internet-based calendar that was publicly accessible.


New Event-Specific Common Formats Available

April 19, 2012 10:08 am | Comments

HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) developed Common Formats – Hospital Version 1.2 which incorporates the event-specific formats entitled Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) and Device or Medical/Surgical Supply including Health Information Technology (HIT) Device. Common Formats – Hospital Version 1.

Some CT Scans Could Be Avoided To Assess Acute Appendicitis Patients

April 18, 2012 7:06 am | Comments

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Results from AspenBio Pharma’s (NASDAQ: APPY) recently completed 503-patient pilot study of AppyScore™ will be presented from the podium at the upcoming annual scientific meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) being held May 9-12, 2012 in Chicago.


Study Examines Risk Factors For Small-Bowel Obstruction Following Surgery

April 18, 2012 6:58 am | Comments

CHICAGO – Surgical technique is a factor related to small-bowel obstruction (SBO) and compared with laparoscopic surgery, open surgery appears to be associated with an increased risk of SBO, according to a study published in the April issue of Archives of Surgery, a JAMA Network publication. SBO is a common reason for emergency admission and a major cause of SBO is intraperitoneal (within the abdomen) adhesions that can develop from peritoneal trauma, such as prior abdominal surgery, and form within days of a surgical procedure, the authors write in their study background.


Breast Cancer Patients Choosing Surgery Without Learning Their Options

April 18, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

Fairfax, Va.-- Surgeons are not always including radiation oncologists early enough in a patient's treatment decision-making process, leaving some patients uninformed of all of their treatment options and potentially leading to more mastectomies over breast-conserving therapy, according to a study in the April issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Transfacet Pedicular Fixation System Launched

April 18, 2012 6:33 am | Comments

MIAMI, FL-- DePuy Spine, Inc. today announced the launch of the VIPER® F2 Transfacet Pedicular System (VIPER F2), a transfacet pedicular screw and polyaxial ring system designed to provide stabilization and fixation during degenerative lumbar spinal fusion procedures. The announcement was made here at the 80th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) where DePuy Spine is showcasing its portfolio of minimally invasive and traditional surgical instruments and implants for the treatment of a wide range of spinal pathologies and conditions.


Less Invasive Prostate Removal Shown To Be Safer For Patients

April 18, 2012 6:27 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, surgeons who operate on men with prostate cancer have results from a large study to backup what many suspected all along: minimally-invasive methods to remove the prostate pose fewer post-surgical complications, present less need for blood transfusion and allow men to leave the hospital sooner.


Bariatic Surgery Associated With Improvements In Patients With Diatbetes

April 17, 2012 8:01 am | Comments

CHICAGO – A study comparing a bariatric surgical procedure with conventional medical treatment in morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus suggests that surgery was associated with remission or improvement in diabetes-related outcomes, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Surgery, a JAMA Network publication.

Study Reveals High Death Rates For Emergency Laparotomy

April 17, 2012 7:55 am | Comments

Anaesthetists have identified a major shortfall in funding for emergency laparotomies in England and have called for a national database to establish a more accurate picture of outcomes and costs. Figures published in the May issue of Anaesthesia suggest a shortfall of £300 million per year for emergency midline general surgical laparotomies, 32 percent of the total cost of care.


Research Suggests PIP Implant Failures Significantly Higher

April 17, 2012 7:46 am | Comments

Patients who received PIP implants either for primary or secondary breast augmentation, between January 2000 and August 2005, were studied to determine implant failure rate and other complications. Results found that 7 to 12 years after implantation the failure rate for PIP implants is in the region of 15.

ACS Announces Surgical Patient Safety Collaboration With CDC

April 17, 2012 7:22 am | Comments

A joint, strategic partnership to improve surgical patient safety at the national level was announced yesterday by leaders of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  At the core of the alliance is a desire to sustain and strengthen quality health care by combining expertise and organizational resources in tracking, reporting, and preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) and other adverse outcomes among surgical patients.


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