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May 2015

May 4, 2015 4:01 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Surgical Products found the pulse of trends in the OR for this month's edition. It met with experts on topics like minimally-invasive surgery, opioids, OR management, preventing surgical site infections and more. 

Opting Out of Opioids

May 4, 2015 2:53 pm | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

 “Most surgeons throughout the country are now treating postoperative pain with as little...

Fresh Whole Blood Reduces Possible Complications in Pediatric Heart Surgery Patients

May 1, 2015 10:13 am | by Elsevier | News | Comments

Patients receiving blood or blood components face allergic and febrile (having symptoms of a...

APIC, SHEA Agree with FDA's Rule

April 30, 2015 2:55 pm | by Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) | News | Comments

Since all infection prevention and control guidelines are evidence-based, it is important to...

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Pneumonectomy or Lobectomy?

April 29, 2015 9:43 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

While it is understandable that pathological and physiological factors influence a surgeon's choice of surgery for a particular patient, the results presented in this study suggest that physician discomfort with the operative complexities of a procedure may lead to selection of a technique associated with less favorable outcomes.

Two-thirds of World Has No Access to Safe, Affordable Surgery

April 27, 2015 10:40 am | by The Lancet | News | Comments

The Commission reveals that five billion people worldwide do not have access to safe and affordable surgery and anaesthesia when they need it, and access is worst in low-income and lower-middle income countries, where as many as nine out of ten people cannot access basic surgical care.

Hospitals Can Do More to Prevent C. diff Infections, a Study Reports

April 24, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

While nearly all of the 398 hospitals in the study use a variety of measures to protect their patients from the bug, 48 percent haven't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics and other drugs that can allow Clostridium defficile to flourish.

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Q&A: Researcher Says c-FLOW Offers Go-To Solution

April 24, 2015 9:35 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

"One of the most important challenges we face, as neurocritical care and stroke doctors, is to develop a way to directly and continuously measure cerebral blood flow in patients," he said.

The Transformation of Healthcare Attire and its Role in Protecting Providers and Patients

April 23, 2015 9:43 am | by ​Amber Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH and Bill Borwegen, MPH | Blogs | Comments

In November 2014 the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) issued updated recommended practices for surgical attire. While the recommendations include the use of surgical masks and cover apparel, perhaps most interesting with respect to new science is the focus on scrub attire. 

Surgeons See Through the Smoke

April 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

More than 41 gasses are found in surgical plume, such as, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and benzene, along with other viruses, bacteria, small viral particulates and carcinogens.

AHRQ Report: Quality of Care and Patient Safety Are Improving

April 21, 2015 9:18 am | by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality | News | Comments

This year’s report has been consolidated and tracks performance measures that align with the National Quality Strategy. 

Surgeon Says Non-Chemical, Non-Latex Gloves Saved His Career

April 20, 2015 11:26 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

Fourteen years into his surgical career, he noticed his hands were suddenly red and itchy.

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Science of Sterile Scrubs

April 16, 2015 10:57 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

Developing the science behind the germ-zapping attire is a challenge a few manufactures have taken on, which includes picking the right antimicrobial agent.

January/ February 2015

April 2, 2015 11:48 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The sciences between OR is the focus of the January/ February 2015 Surgical Products issue, with articles on visualization, going green and a brainstorm on smoke evacuation. 

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy May be Safer

March 24, 2015 2:02 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Examining short- and long-term complications, quality of life, and overall mortality, researchers found that abdominal surgery carries a higher risk of complications, decreased quality of life, and death.

More Scoliosis Experience Means Less Reoperation

March 24, 2015 1:51 pm | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Adolescent patients who need scoliosis surgery may benefit most from going to a hospital that performs a high volume of the procedures.

Angelina Jolie Undergoes Further Preventive Surgery

March 24, 2015 1:49 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie revealed Tuesday that she has undergone more preventive surgery, having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

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Excellent Results for Parachute Heart Failure Device

March 23, 2015 2:59 pm | by CardioKinetix | News | Comments

CardioKinetix Inc., a medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart failure, today announced clinical results of a study of 31 Chinese patients treated consecutively with the company’s Parachute Ventricular Partitioning Device.

Deep Brain Stimulation Alleviated Pain

March 23, 2015 2:51 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Patients with Parkinson disease who experienced pain before undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation (STN DBS) had that pain improved or eliminated at eight years after surgery.

Parents Who Became Fugitives to Save Son Say Tumor is Gone

March 23, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The British parents who became fugitives after their critically ill son was refused a cancer treatment in the U.K. last year say he's experienced a miracle recovery from his brain tumor.

On 5th Anniversary of Health Care Law, No End to Debate

March 23, 2015 2:39 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

It's been 5 years since Prsident Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, here's a look at the health care law, then and now.

New Probe to Fight Old Medical Foe

March 23, 2015 2:32 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Doctors at a VA hospital in Augusta, Ga., are using a special high-tech probe that combines computer vision with motion detection, thermal profiling, 3-D modeling and vapor detection to fight bed sores, a condition that kills 60,000 Americans every year. 

Live Donor Liver Transplantation Found Safe and Effective

March 20, 2015 11:37 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

New research indicates that emergency evaluations of living liver donors can be conducted safely to allow acute liver failure patients to undergo transplantation before their condition worsens.

TXA in Total Joint Replacement Lowers Blood Transfusion Use

March 20, 2015 11:28 am | by Lifespan | News | Comments

A cost-benefit analysis of topical tranexamic acid (TXA) in primary total hip and knee arthroplasty patients revealed a 12 percent transfusion rate reduction - from 17.5 percent to 5.5 percent - with no significant difference in complication rates.

Breast Implants Could Become Safer Thanks to Cell-Friendly Surface

March 20, 2015 11:25 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created an enhanced surface for silicone breast implants which could reduce complications and make them less likely to be rejected by the body.

Aging Population Requires More Neurosurgeons

March 20, 2015 10:57 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

By 2030, chronic subdural hemorrhage (SDH) will be the most common adult brain condition requiring neurosurgical intervention in the U.S., and hospitals and neurosurgeons may be under-manned to handle the projected onslaught of patients.

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.

Finding Support For Surgery On Facebook

March 19, 2015 12:04 pm | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

In a recent study published by the journal Social Science & Medicine, Dartmouth researchers examined nearly 9,000 Facebook conversations to better understand how people seek and receive support on social networking sites.

2 More Aid Workers Flown Back To U.S. For Ebola Monitoring

March 19, 2015 11:59 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Health officials say two more American aid workers arrived in the United States on Wednesday night to be monitored for Ebola.

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