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Key to Reducing Surgical Pain May Already be in Your Hand

April 29, 2015 4:28 pm | by Cornell University | News | Comments

Imagine a hand-held electronic device that could reduce pain and discomfort for patients, and allow doctors the freedom to use less medications to complement anesthesia. Now reach in your pocket, because chances are you already own one.

Surgeon Cuts Into Innovation to Save a Life

April 29, 2015 11:06 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

Their idea was to use the Canady Hybrid Plasma Scalpel, which was released in 2011, to remove...

OR Manager Conference

April 28, 2015 5:13 pm | Events

Where: Nashville, Tenn.

Enova Illumination Celebrates 10 Years, New Series

April 28, 2015 11:11 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

One decade ago, the first LED surgical headlight was launched by Enova Illumination, then named ...

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Real-Time Biopsy Would Save Time, Alleviate Worry

April 27, 2015 10:59 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

The biopsy device will be able to take samples of cells during surgery and, within a second, let the surgeon know what kind of cells they are. 

'Chemo Brain' is Real, Say UBC Researchers

April 27, 2015 10:45 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

What they found is that the minds of people with chemo-brain lack the ability for sustained focused thought.

Achieving Healthcare Reform’s Goals of Higher Quality, Cost Effective Care through Reposable Laparoscopic Instrumentation

April 21, 2015 9:26 am | by Mario Nutis, M.D., FACOG, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and medical director of the Center of Excellence of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Del Sol Hospital Center | Blogs | Comments

In this era of reform, where surgeons must strive for both positive patient and financial outcomes, many are turning to reposable laparoscopic instrumentation.

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Inside Knowledge: Superfast Imaging Machine Takes Young Patients on a Pirate Ship While Doctors Work

April 21, 2015 9:01 am | by GE Reports staff | News | Comments

Last year, however, some physicians started using a superfast CT scanner made by GE that allows them to analyze the bone structure in great detail. Images acquired by the machine can help clinicians improve the surgery planning process.

Federal Grant Advances Pain-free Blood Tests

April 20, 2015 10:06 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

Tasso Inc. is perfecting a device the size of a pingpong ball that extracts a small sample while held against the skin for two minutes. 

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 potential partners for off-site instrument cleaning, sterilization, maintenance and repair.

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 long way in helping control operating costs.

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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 reality is that this statement and its relation to hybrid OR design and integration gives stronger credence to the use of diagnostic imaging equipment in the operating room. 

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.

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).

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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.

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.

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.

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