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Artificial Blood Vessel Lets Researchers Better Assess Clot Removal Devices

April 17, 2015 5:15 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO | News | Comments

Cerebrovascular disease covers a group of dysfunctions related to blood vessels supplying the brain. Risk factors include hypertension, diabetes, smoking and ischemic heart disease.

Qualifying a Reprocessor

April 15, 2015 10:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, executive editor | Articles | Comments

Medline’s Renewal Full Circle Reprocessing cites the following as questions to ask in qualifying...

Cleaner and Greener

April 13, 2015 10:47 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | News | Comments

Instrument sterilization and re-processing not only protects against infection, but can go a...

A Clearer Picture

April 8, 2015 10:47 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | News | Comments

While one could argue the semantics of a definition and its true versus intended impact, the...

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Ultraviolet C Light Systems, Terminal Cleaning Score a 99.9 Percent Disinfection Rate

April 2, 2015 9:41 am | by Sanford Green, Senior Executive, Spectra254 | Blogs | Comments

Many providers are turning to UVC decontamination systems to increase infection prevention, since the technology is quick, safe and easy to operate.

Physician Preference Affects Patient Outcomes, Costs

April 2, 2015 9:22 am | by PR Newswire Association LLC | News | Comments

The study, begun in 2013, integrated the pilot test of the UHC Supply Cost and Quality Tool, a business intelligence tool designed to help health care organizations identify variations in the use of medical devices and their links to costs and patient outcomes.

SAVI SCOUT Surgical Guidance System

March 30, 2015 10:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

During the procedure, real-time audible and visual indicators give the surgeon a precise way to target tissue for removal during lumpectomy and excisional biopsy procedures.

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ABThera™ Demonstrates Reduced 90-Day Mortality Rate

March 30, 2015 10:01 am | by Acelity L.P., Inc. | News | Comments

Acelity L.P., Inc. announced today the publication of the results from a single center, prospective, randomized controlled trial comparing the ABThera™ Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy System (ABThera™ OA NPT) to the Barker’s vacuum packing technique (BVPT).

Persistence Market Research Evaluates Surgical Lamp, Hospital Bed Demand

March 27, 2015 10:03 am | News | Comments

Persistence Market Research (PMR) evaluated the global market of both surgical lamps and hospital beds. North America and Asia are the fastest growing region for the surgical lamps market, while Europe dominates the market for hospital beds, specifically Russia. 

All-in-One Solution for Laparoscopic Visibility

March 26, 2015 2:03 pm | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

Buffalo Filter offers their LaparoVue Visibility System to help improve a surgeon’s need to see more clearly during laparoscopic surgery.

Single-use Endoscopes Give New Option for Doctors

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Integrated Endoscopy says it offers a new option for endoscopic surgery with its release of its nuvis Single-Use Arthroscope. This was cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in July 2014 and is the only single-use arthroscope on the market.

Takeaways From AORN

March 19, 2015 12:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

I’m excited to share some of what I thought were the most interesting products, concepts and conversations from my attendance of the Association for periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Surgical Conference & Expo, which recently took place in Denver.

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Positive Disruptions – Next Level Visualization

March 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

When it comes to the rate of improvement and volume of upgrades, perhaps no single technology has seen as much progress as OR visualization technologies. The questions that remain for the surgical community stem from decisions on whether or not to seek the immediate upgrade or wait for the next improvement in six to 12 months.

Positive Disruptions - Expanding 3D and Robotic Implementation

March 13, 2015 12:39 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The second in a series of looks at the most significant technology topics impacting the OR and influencing the future of surgery.

Photo of the Day: The Connected OR at AORN

March 10, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

This photo showcases a fully-constructed operating room that Steris has on display to help attendees appreciate the surgical equipment, monitors and other products that they have identified as key in keeping pace with procedural demands and patient needs.

Suit Filed Against Scope Maker in Superbug Infection

February 26, 2015 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A patient has sued the maker of a medical scope linked to the outbreak of a superbug at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

KLEEN Blade Management System

February 18, 2015 10:21 am | by Cincinnati Surgical | Cincinnati Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

The KLEEN Blade Management System looks to decrease the occurrence of sharps injuries, while maintaining the appropriate look and feel for surgeons. It offers enhanced grip while retaining traditional sight lines and will fit most existing handles.

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Drone Surgery and HoloLens: Hello 2015

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Zev Ginzburg, UX Research Copywriter, Codal Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The medical community embracing cutting edge tech is nothing new, the tech however, is constantly new. The connection between telerobotic and remote surgery just got a lot more accommodating, which means the one thing those in the medical world will need is an army of qualified developers.

Exploring 4K Technology in the OR

February 2, 2015 10:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

The operating room continues to push the limits of procedural innovation and technological capability. Recently, Surgical Products sat down with some industry experts to gauge their input on how many of these new technologies will impact the surgical community, from both an implementation and procurement perspective.

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 Improvement at Duke University School of Medicine’s Anesthesiology Department, "Our model shows more than $3 of costs avoided for each $1 spent perioperatively on noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring.

Report: Discharge Summaries Reduce Hospitals Readmissions

January 16, 2015 11:57 am | News | Comments

For heart failure patients making the transition from hospital to home, a discharge summary that gets to their primary doctors quickly and contains detailed and useful information can mean the difference between recovering quickly or returning to the hospital, according to two studies from Yale School of Medicine researchers. ...    

Stem Cells Show to Regenerate Bone And Cartilage in Adult Mice

January 16, 2015 11:14 am | News | Comments

A stem cell capable of regenerating both bone and cartilage has been identified in bone marrow of mice. The discovery by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is reported today in the online issue of the journal Cell. ...       

Combat Vets Brains Reveal Hidden Damage From IED Blasts

January 15, 2015 12:12 pm | News | Comments

The brains of some Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and died later of other causes show a distinctive honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibers throughout critical brain regions, including those that control executive function. ...  

Study: Opioids Given in ER Don't Influence Patient Satisfaction

January 15, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

A new study co-authored by investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that there is no correlation between opioids administered in the emergency room setting and Press Ganey ED patient satisfaction scores, one of the most commonly used metrics for measuring patient satisfaction....    

Study: Why is Pancreatic Cancer So Aggressive?

January 15, 2015 11:29 am | News | Comments

New research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain why pancreatic cancer is so lethal, with fewer than a third of patients surviving even early stage disease. ...            

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. ...     

Patients With Advanced Colon Cancer Having Less Surgery, Better Survival

January 15, 2015 10:33 am | News | Comments

The annual rate of primary tumor removal for advanced stage IV colorectal cancer (CRC) has decreased since 1988 and the trend toward nonsurgical management of the disease noted in 2001 coincides with the availability of newer chemotherapy and biologic treatments, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. ...    

With Childhood Obesity Growing, Hospital Ramps Up Weight-Loss Surgeries

January 15, 2015 10:06 am | by Tim Darragh, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | News | Comments

As the obesity crisis has deepened among children and adolescents across the United States, doctors have become increasingly concerned that the heavy youngsters they are seeing have very adult problems. ....         

Cardiac Specialists Recommend Donor Heart Allocation Changes

January 14, 2015 11:59 am | News | Comments

A group of leading cardiac specialists has proposed new guidelines for the allocation of donor hearts to patients awaiting transplant. The changes are aimed at improving the organ distribution process to increase the survival rate of patients awaiting transplant and posttransplant. ...    

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