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Surgery Center Safety Continues to Be Scrutinized

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Sandra G.Boodman, Washington Post | News | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation -- at an outpatient surgery center. "My first thought was 'Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?'" recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt "very trepidatious" about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

Marathon Bombing Survivor Takes First Steps After Surgery

January 2, 2015 12:37 pm | by Nancy Chen, NBC Boston | News | Comments

Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah DiMartino's reached a major milestone by taking her first steps since having surgery to remove her left leg last month. ...                

51 Years After Wreck, Surgery Finds Car Part in Man's Arm

January 2, 2015 12:21 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Fifty-one years ago, Arthur Lampitt of Granite City, Illinois, smashed his 1963 Thunderbird into a truck. This week during surgery in suburban St. Louis, a 7-inch turn signal lever from that T-Bird was removed from his left arm. ...     

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Predicting Superbugs' Countermoves to New Drugs

January 2, 2015 11:11 am | News | Comments

With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades -- such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections -- are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. ...       

Scientists Help Put Bed Bugs to Bed - Forever

December 29, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The world owes a debt of gratitude to Simon Fraser University biologist Regine Gries. Her arms have provided a blood meal for more than a thousand bedbugs each week for five years while she and her husband, biology professor Gerhard Gries, searched for a way to conquer the global bedbug epidemic. ...   

Protein Could Target Ebola, Other Infections

December 29, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

A protein called GRP78 could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria such as MRSE and MRSA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led pre-clinical study published this month in the Journal of Cellular Physiology. ...   

Skin Patch Could Help Heal, Prevent Diabetic Ulcers

December 23, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine say they have developed a safe and effective skin patch to deliver a drug that enhances the healing of diabetes-related ulcers. The patch, which they tested in mice, may also serve as a way to prevent ulcer formation. ...   

Emerging Health Threats to be Explored at MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS 2015

December 23, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Even though TIME magazine named “the Ebola fighters” as the 2014 Person of the Year, the Ebola outbreak proved the health care community has work to do. At the MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS (MWA) 2015 conference and expo, industry leaders will collaboratively discuss this and other pressing health care challenges, lessons learned and breakthrough innovations they can implement immediately. ...   

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Johns Hopkins Develops Suit to Fight Ebola

December 22, 2014 11:44 am | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Here’s an idea for a smarter business suit, if your business is fighting Ebola or some other deadly infectious disease. ...                      

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 Florida College of Medicine, about two systems, the RF Assure Detection System and the RF Assure Delivery System, being used across the country to reduce RSS events in the OR. With this breakthough in technology, Lottenberg said the future in RSS prevention "looks bright."...   

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 disease from an organ donor to a recipient is extremely small. In a new editorial published in the American Journal of Transplantation, experts explain how simple assessments of donors can help ensure that the organ supply is safe, while having little impact on the donor pool. ...

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 there has been no easy way to objectively quantify that the OR is clean. In addition, surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to be a significant source of clinical complication and economic consequence for hospitals. ...

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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. ...  

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. ... 

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 ...  

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