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Near 700-Pound Woman Prepares for Gastric Bypass Surgery

December 19, 2014 12:06 pm | by Dana Dovey, Medical Daily | News | Comments

Amber is 24 years old and weighs nearly 700 pounds. She is one of the newest individuals to share her struggle with weight on TLC’s My 600-Pound Life. The show will follow Amber as she prepares to undergo a risky gastric bypass surgery in a desperate attempt to lose weight and save her life. ...

Lottenberg Talks About Successful RSS Prevention

December 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Dr. Lawrence Lottenberg, MD FACS, University of...

Simple Steps Can Safeguard Ebola Transmission Through Organ Donation

December 15, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

While serious infections can be transmitted from donated organs, the risk of passing Ebola virus...

AORN Cleaning Steps Practical For Efficient OR Turnover

December 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by Michael Gil and Linda Homan, Ecolab Healthcare | News | Comments

The AORN Recommended Practices state that “Every patient deserves a clean OR,” but historically...

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Drug Proves Effective Against 'Superbugs'

December 10, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A treatment pioneered at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is far more effective than traditional antibiotics at inhibiting the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, including so-called "superbugs" resistant to almost all existing antibiotics, which plague hospitals and nursing homes. ...    

Research Shows Promise in Reducing Complications of Gastrointestinal Surgery

December 10, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

ACell, Inc. announced recently that a peer-reviewed study, "Esophageal Reinforcement with an Extracellular Scaffold During Total Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer," was published in the October, 2014 issue of Annals of Surgical Oncology, featuring its MatriStem Surgical Matrix PSM device. ...

New Approaches Key to Reducing Surgical Site Infections

December 10, 2014 11:13 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Charles E. Edmiston Jr., PhD., CIC, Professor of Surgery & Hospital Epidemiologist - Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee about the importance of reducing surgical site infections and how the use of a surgical care bundle is aiming to improve patient care across the country. ...  

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November/December 2014

December 9, 2014 3:56 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the November-December 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

Smoking Still Causes Large Proportion of Cancer Deaths in U.S.

December 9, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

A new American Cancer Society study finds that despite significant drops in smoking rates, cigarettes continue to cause about three in ten cancer deaths in the United States. ...                      

Hack-A-Thon Attacks Ebola With Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 8, 2014 11:33 am | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola’s fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a doctor into a patient. That’s why engineers and technologists started looking for ways that would allow hospital staff to limit their exposure to the virus when treating the sick. ...

Thirty-Five Hospitals Designated Ebola Treatment Centers

December 4, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

An increasing number of U.S. hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with Ebola, giving nationwide health system Ebola readiness efforts a boost.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have identified and designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers, with more expected in the coming weeks. ...

IDT and Ubiquitome Partner to Develop Mobile Ebola Test

December 3, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), and Ubiquitome recently announced a partnership to develop the Ubiquitome Freedom4 Real-Time RT-PCR Ebola Virus Assay for easy use in the field. This rapid test is designed to be run on Ubiquitome’s hand-held, battery powered real-time PCR device, the Freedom4. ... 

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Superbug In SE Michigan Shows Recent Decline

November 25, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A new study finds a decrease in an emergent strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that is resistant to last line defense antibiotics. Researchers examined the prevalence of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infections in southeastern Michigan, where the majority of these infections have occurred in the U.S.

Wireless Electronic Implants Stop Staph, Then Dissolve

November 25, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Tufts University, in collaboration with a team at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, have demonstrated a resorbable electronic implant that eliminated bacterial infection in mice by delivering heat to infected tissue when triggered by a remote wireless signal ... 

Spectra254 Ultraviolet Light System 99.9 Percent Effective in Killing Ebola Surrogate

November 24, 2014 12:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Spectra254, a developer of high-power, easy-to-use, affordable UVC light decontamination systems, announced that results from an independent laboratory study finds Spectra254’s 1000 Series ultraviolet light system to be 99.9 percent effective in killing an Ebola surrogate virus.     

2014 ESP Award Winner - Third Place, Best of Show, Innovative Sterilization Technologies, ONE TRAY

November 19, 2014 11:38 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

ONE TRAY, from Innovative Sterilization Technologies, takes third place in the Best of Show category for this year's Excellence in Surgical Products Awards. In this interview with Surgical Products, Innovative Sterilization Technologies discusses its exciting new product ...  

2014 ESP Award Winner - Third Place, Infection Control, Ecolab Healthcare Encompass OR Environmental Hygiene

November 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ecolab’s EnCompass Environmental Hygiene Program with CleanOp Surgical Room Turnover Kits provides healthcare facilities with a complete solution to improve cleaning efficiency and effectiveness, and increase patient safety.    

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2014 ESP Award Winner - Third Place, Infection Control, PCI Medical GUS Storage System Ultrasound Cabinet

November 18, 2014 11:43 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The GUS Storage System is an Ultrasound Storage Cabinet for vaginal, rectal, general purpose, and Transesophageal (TEE) probes.   

2014 ESP Award Winner - Second Place, Infection Control, Crosstex Rapicide OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant

November 18, 2014 11:33 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Crosstex offers their Rapicide OPA/28 High Level Disinfectant with several unique features.   

2014 ESP Award Winner - First Place, Infection Control, Clorox Healthcare 4% CHG Skin Cleansing Kit

November 18, 2014 11:22 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The Colorox Healthcare 4% CHG Skin Cleansing Kit is an easy-to-use kit for reducing bacteria on the skin prior to surgery.            

Mali Could Be Next Ebola Target

November 17, 2014 11:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

It all started with a sick nurse, whose positive test for Ebola came only after her death. In a busy clinic that treats Mali's elite as well as wounded U.N. peacekeepers, what patient transmitted the virus?         

Drugs That Prevent Clots May Protect Organs During Transplantation

November 17, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Organs can become significantly damaged during transplantation, but a new article published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) offers a protective strategy that could keep them safe and allow them to function optimally after the procedure. ...      

Surgeon With Ebola Dies in Nebraska Hospital

November 17, 2014 10:46 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said. Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said. ...   

Organ Sales Prove Costly to People of Nepal

November 14, 2014 11:50 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker in Hokshe, a village of tiny farms and mud huts that has been the center of the illegal organ trade in Nepal for more than a decade ...

2014 ESP Award Winner- Innovative Sterilization Technologies - 3rd Place Best of Show

November 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Videos | Comments

Innovative Sterilization Technology’s ONE TRAY® wins Third Place-Overall Best of Show for innovations in sterilization.  Watch the short video for more info!                  

2014 ESP Award Winner-Ecolab - 3rd Place Infection Control

November 10, 2014 12:29 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Videos | Comments

Ecolab’s Encompass O.R. Environmental Hygiene Program wins Third Place-Infection Control Category for innovations in OR Cleaning.  Click here for more info!                               

2014 ESP Award Winner-Crosstex/SPS Medical - 2nd Place Infection Control

November 10, 2014 12:19 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Videos | Comments

Crosstex/SPS Medical’s Rapicide® OPA/28 High-Level Disinfectant  wins Second Place-Infection Control for innovations in disinfection.  Watch the short video for more info!                   

PDI's Prevantics Device Swab Receives FDA Market Authorization

November 7, 2014 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clinical investigators recently released results from the first and only randomized, cross-over, prospective, comparative effectiveness clinical study evaluating the benefits of a 3.15% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) and 70% Isopropyl Alcohol over 70% Isopropyl Alcohol alone in disinfecting needleless connectors ... 

TIDI Products Announces Acquisition of CFI Medical Solutions

November 7, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

TIDI Products, LLC, a leading manufacturer of clinically differentiated, single-use, medical devices, has acquired CFI Medical Solutions of Fenton, Mich., a diversified medical device manufacturer and engineering resource for hospitals, distributors, and global original equipment manufacturers ... 

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