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Tide Turning In Fight Against Ebola

January 26, 2015 6:59 am | by Krista Larson & Maria Cheng, AP | News | Comments

Ten months after it dawned on health officials that they were facing an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa, experts and officials agree the tide is turning, although previous lulls have proved short-lived.                         

Non-invasive Monitoring Can Reduce Surgical Costs By One-Third

January 20, 2015 2:39 pm | News | Comments

According to Duke University assistant professor Thomas Hopkins, MD, Director of Quality...

Mystery Disease Ravages Sri Lanka

January 20, 2015 1:25 pm | by Margie Mason, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The disease mirrors equally confounding conditions plaguing thousands of farmworkers in parts of...

Healthmark Introduces Its Flexible Inspection Scope

January 16, 2015 10:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Flexible Inspection Scope includes a distal tip composed of a light source and camera lens...

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Can Waiting Rooms Make You Sicker?

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | News | Comments

As the flu continues to sweep the nation, hitting earlier and harder compared to last year, more doctors offices are advising their patients to describe their symptoms over the phone or Internet, instead of coming in for an exam. ...     

Can Inhaled Oxygen Cause Cancer?

January 14, 2015 10:50 am | News | Comments

The ancient physician/alchemist, Paracelsus, said: "The dose makes the poison." According to a new study published in PeerJ, even oxygen may fall prey to the above adage. ...               

Healthmark Introduces The Flexible Inspection Scope

January 12, 2015 2:12 pm | by Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark has announced the addition of the Flexible Inspection Scope to their Prosys Optical Inspection line of products. The Flexible Inspection Scope includes a distal tip composed of a light source and camera lens at the end of a 50cm, flexible shaft. Designed for instruments 3.2mm in diameter or larger. The camera and light are powered by the USB connection on a PC. Compatible with ...

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PMD Laryngoscopes Provide Advantage in Eliminating Cross Contamination

January 12, 2015 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Joint Commission recently published a memo to increase awareness of cross contamination. Supporting the Joint Commission in that effort is Precision Medical Devices (PMD), a major supplier of single use instruments designed to minimize the risk of contamination from one patient to another. PMD's focal point has been with its full line of stainless steel disposable laryngoscope blades.

New Approach May Lead to Inhalable Vaccines for Influenza, Pneumonia

January 7, 2015 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have uncovered a novel approach to creating inhalable vaccines using nanoparticles that shows promise for targeting lung-specific diseases, such as influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis. ...    

Conjoined Twins Recovering From First Separation Surgery

January 6, 2015 10:58 am | by Jacob Long, First Coast News | News | Comments

Doctors along with the parents of conjoined twins, Carter and Conner Mirabal, held a news conference Monday at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. According to Dr. Dan Robie, a pediatric surgeon at Nemours Children's Clinic, the first challenge during surgery for Carter and Conner was the underdeveloped abdominal wall that left the intestines exposed. ...  

Bites to the Hand Worse Than Previously Thought

January 5, 2015 11:55 am | News | Comments

Hand injuries are frequently caused by human and animal bites, prompting as many as 330,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year. ...                 

Hospital Controls Avian Flu With Preparedness Measures

January 5, 2015 11:38 am | News | Comments

A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu. ...          

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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. ...     

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. ...   

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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. ...   

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. ...

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.

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