Despite a growing number of da Vinci Surgical System lawsuits, Intuitive Surgical saw healthy fourth-quarter earnings of about $175 million in 2012, an increase of 16 percent from the same time in 2011.
We searched for information in older textbooks with trepidation, fearing encounters with long-discarded details and theories. We marveled that previous generations of physicians had never been taught tobacco and cancer were somehow linked to each other. How could they have not known? And then there were changes we encountered in surgery.
A lawyer in Germany claims surgeons left up to 16 objects in her client's body after an operation for prostate cancer. She is seeking over $100,000, plus costs for the family of the patient, who has since died. According to Loyola University in Chicago, some 1,500 patients in the United States have surgical objects accidentally left inside them after surgery each year.
Healthmark Industries offers two new products sold separately. One that monitors the temperature of reprocessing baths; and the other that monitors the ambient temperature and humidity of critical environments such as decontam, sterile storage, procedure rooms, and others.
VBM Medical introduces the G-LT, a two-channel solution designed for obtaining and maintaining control of airway patency during medium to long-term complex gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures performed on adults under deep sedation or general anaesthesia while maintaining spontaneous or assisted ventilation.
CareFusion has announced the Snowden-Pencer laparoscopic take-apart instrument line, designed to aid in cleaning and sterilization. The line of instruments contain a ring-handle design with an integrated ratchet mechanism and accommodates both traditional precision-style grips and palm grips.
TransEnterix offers the SPIDER surgical system, a surgical platform that combines catheter-based technology and instruments with laparoscopic surgery. The SPIDER is designed for triangulation, precise motion, and stability.
TandD Corp. has introduced the NEW Wireless Data Logger RTR-507/507L. This is a new model in the RTR-500 Series, which enables wide range high precision measurements of temperature and humidity. TandD has achieved a humidity measurement accuracy of ±2.5%, as well as wide range measurements of temperature from -30 to 80 degrees C and humidity from 0 to 99%RH.
Herein we present the case of a 68-year-old female patient with a 3-month history of visual deterioration accompanied by worsening headaches. Investigation with magnetic resonance imaging revealed a heterogeneous mass in the suprasellar region, extending into the third ventricle and displacing the pituitary gland and stalk inferiorly.
Kapp Surgical Instruments, Inc. offers the McCarthy Mini-Sternotomy Retractor with Universal Lift, a self-retaining retractor that provides excellent exposure for a variety of valve operations, Maze procedures, or other intra cardiac procedures.
Self-adhesive STRIP-T’S from Kapp Surgical Instruments are designed to organize all surgical tubes, scopes, and instruments attaching any place on the surgical field. The STRIP-T’S reduces the cost of replacing tubes, costly disposable suctions, surgical operative scopes, and bovies.
SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint announced today the publication of the first peer-reviewed journal article on the iFuse Implant System for the treatment of sacroiliac joint disruptions or degenerative sacroiliitis.
Advanced Medical Innovations unveiled the Neutray™ Sharps Passing Tray for hands-free transfer of sharps during a surgical procedure. It has been specifically designed to handle many of the different styles of sharps used in today’s operating room.
Spectrum Surgical unveiled its full line of surgical instrument stringers. Spectrum’s stringers are designed to promote safer, quicker instrument handling for better processing and decontamination.
Healthmark Industries announces the Valvesafe, a new product to help keep endoscope valves and other detachable parts with the proper endoscope throughout reprocessing. The Valvesafe™ locks onto the endoscope without concealing any part of the scope and is able to hold a maximum of four valves at once.
FirstCall Innovations introduces the SIM Clip, an innovative transducer holder. Unique spring-loaded clip design secures transducers anywhere, for optimal hemodynamic monitoring. Universal transducer mounts can be used with multiple transducer manufacturers.
Heartburn is one of the most common reasons for people to see a doctor, and some physicians often use upper endoscopy to diagnose and manage gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, most patients do not require the procedure unless other serious symptoms are present, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP) Clinical Guidelines Committee.
A new technology called the Pipeline embolization device (PED) shows encouraging results in patients with certain types of difficult-to-treat brain aneurysms, reports the December issue of Neurosurgery.
Healthmark Industries announces the new Osteotome Rack to its Protech instrument trays line. The innovative design keeps osteotome tips from damage during transportation and reprocessing. These racks make it easy and safe for handling in and out of the OR.
Buffalo Filter’s PlumePen™ electrosurgical pen features a sleek compact design that combines precision surgical smoke plume management with electrosurgery in one device. Featuring Flexible Plume Capture (FPC) TechnologyTM, the extendable/retractable capture port lets surgeons customize the placement of the smoke evacuation inlet for optimum visibility and the most effective capture regardless of blade length.
Aesculap, Inc. announces its Caiman 5 sealing and cutting device. Caiman 5 features a proprietary hinged jaw which provides balanced tissue compression proximally and distally. As a result, energy delivered to the tissue’s surface creates a clean, even seal, free of charring, reducing the need to seal tissue twice.
Advanced Medical Innovations offers its line of Mayo and Metzenbaum Miracle Scissors. A cam mechanism has been incorporated to make sure the scissors’ jaws are always together and will cut consistently every time without splaying.
At a time many Americans devote to counting their blessings, a group of underprivileged patients in Veracruz, Mexico are thankful to be regaining the most critical aspects of rural life – their mobility and livelihood.
Olympus offers the Thunderbeat, a single multi-functional instrument with ultrasonic, bipolar energies, allowing a surgeon to simultaneously seal and cut vessels up to and including 7 millimeters in size with minimal thermal spread.
A multipurpose medical catheter can both monitor heart functions and perform corrections on heart tissue during surgery. The device marks the first time stretchable electronics have been applied to a surgical process known as cardiac ablation, a milestone that could lead to simpler surgeries for arrhythmia and other heart conditions.