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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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Patients With Problems After Surgery Should Go Back to Same Hospital

December 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

When patients have complications after surgery, it’s best to go back to the hospital where the operation was done, a new study suggests. Patients who go instead to a hospital that didn’t do the original operation have a higher risk of death, the researchers found. ...     

Study: Affordable Care Act Leaves Many Children Without Important Benefits

December 8, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

An article published in the Health Affairs December issue is the first ever comprehensive analysis to investigate the Affordable Care Act's Essential Health Benefit (EHB) as it relates to children. The study found that the EHB has resulted in a state-by-state patchwork of coverage for children and adolescents that has significant exclusions, particularly for children with developmental disabilities and other special health care needs. ...

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. ...

Malnutrition Predictor of Long-Term Survival for Whipple Patients

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Malnutrition is an important factor predicting long-term survival in older patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) (commonly called the Whipple procedure) to treat benign tumors and cysts of the pancreas as well as pancreatitis, according to  new study results published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. ...     

Recent Studies Link Metabolic Syndrome to Urinary Problems

December 8, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

Metabolic syndrome is linked with an increased frequency and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms, but weight loss surgery may lessen these symptoms. The findings, which come from two studies published in BJU International, indicate that urinary problems may be added to the list of issues that can improve with efforts that address altered metabolism.     

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Breast Cancer Screening on 'Threshold of an Incredible Exciting Stage'

December 5, 2014 12:22 pm | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Some 40 percent of women in the U.S. have what physicians call “dense breast tissue,” which can mask the visibility of tumors on a traditional mammogram. ...                

3-D Printed Heart Could Reduce Surgeries in Children

December 5, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

New 3D printed heart technology could reduce the number of heart surgeries in children with congenital heart disease, according to Dr. Peter Verschueren who spoke on the topic today at EuroEcho-Imaging 2014. ...       

Medication Error Killed Woman Following Surgery

December 5, 2014 10:08 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon hospital is acknowledging that it administered the wrong medication to a patient, causing her death. ...                                 

Engineer Applies Robot Control Theory to Improve Prosthetic Legs

December 4, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. ...                     

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. ...

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New Camera Technology Provides 'Fantastic Voyage' Into Future

December 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Ralph Basile, Vice President of Marketing, Healthmark Industries | Blogs | Comments

Years ago, surgical instruments were relatively simple tools, designed for cutting, spreading, chiseling and closing. Thankfully for most "consumers" of surgical services, those days are long past. ...                     

Higher Blood Clot Risk in Longer Surgeries

December 4, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

The longer the duration of surgery, the higher the risk of a life-threatening blood clot, according to the first large-scale, quantitative national study of the risk across all surgical procedures. ...                

Report: Efforts to Improve Patient Safety Saves 50,000 Lives, $12 Billion

December 3, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday shows an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. ... 

Hospital Saves $7M in Healthcare Costs With Patient Safety Grant

December 3, 2014 11:04 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In 2009, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., began a case study with help from the E3 Patient Safety Grant, developed by the Cardinal Health Foundation, with the goal of improving patient safety and reducing costs. Within five years, the medical facility saved more than 150 lives and more than $7 million in healthcare costs. ...

Common Knee Surgery May Lead to Arthritis and Cartilage Loss

December 3, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

A popular surgery to repair meniscal tears may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The findings show that the decision for surgery requires careful consideration in order to avoid accelerated disease onset, researchers said. ...

Milwaukee Hospital Uses 3-D Technology to Navigate Through Delicate Liver Surgery

December 2, 2014 10:00 am | by Mark Johnson of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | News | Comments

"OK. So, this is our guy," said the surgeon, T. Clark Gamblin. "This is his liver." A precise, three-dimensional image of a human liver floated along the computer screen, rotating slowly. The liver was shaded light blue and a few red blood vessels snaked through it. On the liver's left side was an area shaded brown ...

Researchers Use 3-D Printing to Guide Human Face Transplants

December 1, 2014 11:29 am | News | Comments

Researchers are using computed tomography (CT) and 3-D printing technology to recreate life-size models of patients' heads to assist in face transplantation surgery, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).... 

Artificial Pancreas Treatment Shown to Improve Type 1 Diabetes

December 1, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

The world's first clinical trial comparing three alternative treatments for type 1 diabetes was conducted in Montréal by researchers at the IRCM and the University of Montreal, led by endocrinologist Dr. Rémi Rabasa-Lhoret. ...      

Breast Cancer: New Insights Into Spread Could Yield Better Tests, Treatments

November 26, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

A study combining tumor cells from patients with breast cancer with a laboratory model of blood vessel lining provides the most compelling evidence so far that a specific trio of cells is required for the spread of breast cancer ...    

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 ... 

New Device Reduces Scarring in Damaged Blood Vessels

November 21, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. “Scar tissue will always form inside the blood vessel and, in many cases, eventually block blood flow,” said Guillermo Ameer, professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.

Surgical Products Presents ACS Post Show & Industry Trends

November 20, 2014 9:55 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Videos | Comments

The annual ACS Clinical Congress and Expo is over and 2014 is ending. This provides the surgical community with an opportunity to look at the latest trends impacting OR device, equipment and instrumentation developments, as well as the resulting procedural advancements. Kevin Damask and Jeff Reinke take you through the leading factors driving both as Surgical Products and Halyard Health count down the most dynamic trends impacting your OR.

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