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ICD Leads: Thinner May Not Be Better

February 15, 2013 2:55 pm | by Chris Kaiser | Articles | Comments

The failure and subsequent recall of two popular brands of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) leads may have more to do with size than mechanics, Italian researchers suggested.

Sealing And Cutting Device

February 15, 2013 9:06 am | by Aesculap, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

PlumePen

February 14, 2013 2:33 pm | by Buffalo Filter | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

Buffalo Filter’s PlumePen electrosurgical pencil 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.

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Kinect Game Controller Could Cut Healthcare Costs

February 13, 2013 11:54 am | News | Comments

The Microsoft Kinect game controller could cut U.S. healthcare costs by up to $30 billion by allowing providers to interact with patients remotely, reducing the number of hospital visits and the associated risk of infection.

Pretzel-Shaped Laparoscopic Retractor

February 11, 2013 9:56 am | by CareFusion | Product Releases | Comments

CareFusion Corp. unveiled the only pretzel-shaped laparoscopic retractor in the North American market, which aids in minimally invasive surgeries. The new Snowden-Pencer pretzel-shaped laparoscopic retractor provides a large surface area that is ideal for retracting or moving large organs and other structures to provide greater visualization and access to the surgery site.

GeniSis Veress Needle

February 8, 2013 9:36 am | by DeRoyal | DeRoyal | Product Releases | Comments

DeRoyal now offers the GeniSis Veress Needle as part of its comprehensive endoscopic portfolio. Available in two standard sizes (120mm & 150mm length) the GeniSis Veress Needle provides maximum savings for laparoscopic abdominal access and insufflation.

Sealed Container And Inserts

February 5, 2013 9:48 am | by Case Medical | Case Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Case Medical offers the SteriTite universal sealed container and MediTray inserts. They are designed to provide an easy-to-use, cost-effective system for sterilization, organization, instrument protection, and storage of surgical devices.

Winning The War Against Superbugs

February 4, 2013 1:24 pm | News | Comments

A team of scientists just won a battle in the war against antibiotic-resistant superbugs, but only time will tell if their feat is akin to the bacterial Battle of Gettysburg that turns the tide toward victory. They won this particular battle, or at least gained some critical intelligence, not by designing a new antibiotic, but by interfering with the metabolism of the bacterial bugs.

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Hands-Free Transfer Tray

February 4, 2013 10:22 am | by Aspen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Surgical announces the launch of its Bard-Parker Hands-Free Transfer Tray. The transfer tray provides surgeons and operating room staff with a method for organizing and passing surgical instruments safely and effectively. It is optimized for easy hands-free transfer of sharp instruments.

Da Vinci Earnings Increase Despite Lawsuits

January 30, 2013 11:53 am | News | Comments

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.

Half Of What We Teach You

January 25, 2013 11:52 am | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

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.

Retained Objects Costly For Patients And Surgeons

January 18, 2013 10:41 am | News | Comments

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.

Monitoring Temperature

January 18, 2013 9:45 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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G-LT

January 17, 2013 9:53 am | by VBM Medical | VBM Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Laparoscopic Take-Apart Instrument Line

January 16, 2013 3:25 pm | by CareFusion | Product Releases | Comments

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.

SPIDER Surgical System

January 16, 2013 3:00 pm | by TransEnterix | Transenterix, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Wireless Data Logger

January 14, 2013 10:39 am | by TandD Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Surgical Management Of Craniopharyngioma With Third Ventricle Involvement

January 9, 2013 2:52 pm | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

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.

McCarthy Mini-Sternotomy Retractor with Universal Lift

January 8, 2013 9:41 am | by Kapp Surgical Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

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.

STRIP-T’S

December 19, 2012 10:18 am | by Kapp Surgical Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Clinical Trials Positive For Joint Fusing Device

December 12, 2012 1:33 pm | News | Comments

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.

Sharps Passing Tray

December 12, 2012 10:57 am | by Advanced Medical Innovations | Advanced Medical Innovations (AMI) | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Surgical Instrument Stringers

December 11, 2012 11:21 am | by Spectrum Surgical | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

The Valvesafe

December 10, 2012 10:48 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

SIM Clip Transducer Holder

December 5, 2012 10:28 am | by FirstCall Innovations | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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