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Surgical Simulation Drives New Training And Certification

May 18, 2010 7:21 am | Comments

Simbionix USA Corporation, a leading provider of medical education and simulation training products, reports that their ANGIO Mentor virtual reality simulator was used during the 4th International Congress of the Polish Vascular Societies in April 2010 for the training and certification of vascular physicians from medical centers across Poland.

Playing Doctor

May 18, 2010 7:13 am | Comments

Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Trauma Team™ for the Wii™ gaming platform is now available. The game offers players six different fields of medicine to master, including surgery, diagnosis, orthopedics, endoscopy, forensics and first response. “Trauma Team combines the best aspects of medical dramas and crime investigation TV shows with satisfying game play that anyone can pick up,” stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus.

Better Care At Lower Costs Drive FHA, ACS To Partner

May 18, 2010 6:58 am | Comments

Florida hospitals and surgeons today launched a significant new initiative to improve patient safety and the quality of surgical care while reducing costs throughout the state. The Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI), a joint project of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a statewide collaboration that will focus on reducing surgical complications and improving the quality of care in participating hospitals.

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Pay For Performance: Infection Rates Inaccurate In Determining Report Card Grades

May 18, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

ICU-acquired infection rates are not an indication of patients' mortality risk, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, undermining a central tenet of many pay-for-performance initiatives. Public reporting of quality data is increasingly common in health care. These report cards are designed to improve the quality of care by helping patients choose the best hospitals.

Cancer Center Offers New Radiation Technology

May 18, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

John Theurer Cancer Center has begun implanting a wireless radiation sensor, so that radiation oncologist can receive immediate data on the amount of radiation being delivered to rumors and surrounding tissue. May 18, 2010 John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center announces that it is one of two cancer centers in the tri-state area currently implanting a wireless radiation sensor, known as DVS® (Dose Verification System).

Insurance Status Linked To ICU Mortality

May 18, 2010 6:12 am | Comments

Adult patients without health insurance admitted to intensive care units in Pennsylvania hospitals are at a 21 percent increased risk of death compared to similar patients with private insurance, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. The difference in mortality risk was not explained by patient characteristics or differences in care at the hospital level, suggesting that uninsured patients might receive poorer quality care.

Donations Propel Toddler's Miracle Surgery

May 17, 2010 7:47 am | Comments

The parents of an Edmonton, Alberta toddler are now confident their son will be able to undergo surgery for a rare birth defect, thanks to the generosity of people across Canada. The two-year-old, Maddox, was born with lymphatic cystic hydroma, a severe and rare malformation on the left side of his face that has so far been untreatable by doctors.

Reducing Colonoscopy Prep To One Day Just As Effective

May 17, 2010 7:17 am | Comments

Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found that colonoscopy preparation drugs administered the same day as the procedure are equally effective to those given the night before and the morning of the procedure, but result in less complaints of side effects such as abdominal pain, sleep loss and workday interference.

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Health Robotics Re-Acquires CytoCare Rights

May 17, 2010 7:08 am | Comments

Health Robotics and B. Braun Melsungen AG today announced that in exchange for undisclosed consideration, Health Robotics has re-acquired from B. Braun the exclusive marketing, sales, installation, implementation, interface, manufacturing, and technical support European rights for CytoCare, a robot designed to manufacture chemotherapy and hazardous IV Admixtures, and which rights B.

Dramatic Surge In Child MRSA Hospitalization

May 17, 2010 7:02 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP The number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections surged 10-fold in recent years, a study found. Disease incidence increased from two to 21 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions from 1999 to 2008. Most infections were caught in the community, not in the hospital.

Less Post-Op Pain With Radiofrequency Ablation

May 17, 2010 6:44 am | Comments

A study published in published the June issue of the British Journal of Surgery compared two increasingly popular treatments for varicose veins, and found that patients who received radiofrequency ablation (RFA) reported less post-procedural pain than those treated with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA).

FBI Runs Medical Ad In Search For Murderer

May 14, 2010 7:27 am | Comments

In an attempt to turn up new leads in the search for gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, the FBI is enlisting the surgical community for help. Full-page ads were placed in a recent edition of Plastic Surgery News asking if doctors have seen his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who had breast implants and other cosmetic work performed before she went on the lam in 1995 with Bulger.

Facilities Lose $1.7 Million, Despite Higher Revenues

May 14, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

Canadian hospital owner Medical Facilities Corporation says it lost $1.7 million in the first quarter, as higher operating expenses offset revenue growth of six percent. Toronto-based Medical Facilities, which also owns hospitals in the United States, said earnings were down by five cents per share.

The Evolving Hip Surgery Patient

May 14, 2010 7:01 am | Comments

John Marshall, AP The surgeon waved his arms like a puppeteer over the body of his 18-year-old patient, the sound of a heartbeat from a monitor giving way to the jarring noise of a saw grinding bone in her hip joint. The sedated college volleyball player agreed to the surgery, not knowing if her insurance would cover the expense but hopeful that it would allow her to again walk up stairs without collapsing in pain.

Physician Portal Allows Instant Sharing Of Medical Records

May 14, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

A new Internet-based physician health portal that will allow for instant sharing of medical records between doctors is the latest expansion of the affiliation between The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Head and Neck Cancer Center and ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP (ENTA), the largest and most comprehensive ear, nose, and throat, allergy and audiology practice in the tri-state area.

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