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Less Invasive Liver Surgery Technique Easier On Patient

April 24, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that less invasive laparoscopic-assisted liver surgery performed at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is easier on the patient and is just as safe and effective as traditional liver surgery (also called open hepatic resection or OHR).


ACS Joins Wa. Aviation, Health Leaders To Advance Safety And Quality

April 23, 2012 7:03 am | Comments

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted nearly 80 health care and aviation industry leaders at its fifth Surgical Health Care Quality Forum on Wednesday, April 11, at The Rainier Club in Seattle, WA. The event brought together a diverse combination of leaders from Washington State's aviation and health care industries to champion effective quality improvement programs and best practices in checklists, standardization, culture shifts and transparency to make surgery safer and reduce health care costs.


New Brain-Machine Interface Moves A Paralyzed Hand

April 23, 2012 6:39 am | Comments

New technology bypasses spinal cord and delivers electrical signals from brain directly to muscles CHICAGO — A new Northwestern Medicine brain-machine technology delivers messages from the brain directly to the muscles -- bypassing the spinal cord -- to enable voluntary and complex movement of a paralyzed hand.


New Technique May Help Severely Damaged Nerves Regrow

April 23, 2012 6:29 am | Comments

In a collaborative study with Laser Zentrum Hannover (Germany) published today (23 April 2012) in the journal  Biofabrication , the team describes a new method for making medical devices called nerve guidance conduits or NGCs. The method is based on laser direct writing, which enables the fabrication of complex structures from computer files via the use of CAD/CAM (computer aided design/manufacturing), and has allowed the research team to manufacture NGCs with designs that are far more advanced than previously possible.

MM-22C LCD Display

April 23, 2012 6:24 am | Comments

April 23, 2012 TRU-Vu Monitors, Inc. has just released a new 22-inch Medical-Grade LCD display that is optimized for a wide range of medical applications from near-patient monitoring and endoscopic systems to surgical operating rooms. The new MM-22C is a widescreen (16:10 aspect ratio) high-definition (720p HD) color LCD monitor with an ultra-wide 178º x 178º viewing angle, quick response time and brilliant color reproduction.



April 23, 2012 6:20 am | Comments

April 23, 2012 Ruhof Corp. offers the ScopeValet, a 3-in-1 device for system flushing, leak testing and enzymatic dosing. The single unit uses data logging for each scope and technician, eliminates manual syringe cleaning, utilizes precise dosing and has easy hookups for scopes. The ScopeValet alerts to low supplies and reduces time to pre-clean scopes while enforcing consistent processing procedures.


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).


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