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Better Tests Needed To Improve Patient Care, Public Health

November 7, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

Despite advances in diagnostic technology, there is an urgent need for tests that are easy to use, identify the bug causing an infection, and provide results faster than current tests, according to a report from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) published today...

Face Shield

November 7, 2013 10:15 am | by InTec Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

InTec Industries, Inc. announced an addition to its SAFEMARK line of disposable eye and face protection product line. The new SAFEMARK Anti-Glare face shields and shield-mask combination product lines, now offer shields  that will significantly reduce the glare caused by a reflection of light on a surface. The shields are made from a high quality optical grade film that is treated with an anti-glare coating that blocks 97 percent of the glare.

Do More Hospital Resources Equal Better Care?

November 7, 2013 9:13 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

For surgical patients, the answer is "Yes." A recent study from England found that mortality rates for patients admitted with high-risk general surgery diagnoses were significantly lower in National Health Service Trust hospitals that used more CT scans and ultrasounds and had more ICU beds...

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Postoperative Pain May Increase Risk Of Temporary Problems With Learning, Memory

November 6, 2013 11:35 am | News | Comments

The pain caused by a surgical incision may contribute to the risk of postoperative cognitive dysfunction, a sometimes transient impairment in learning and memory that affects a small but significant number of patients in the days following a surgical procedure...

Study Examines Effect Of Sleep Deficiency And Possible Surgical Complications

November 6, 2013 10:46 am | News | Comments

Surgeons who had operated the night before an elective daytime gallbladder surgery did not have a higher rate of complications, according to a recent study...                                    

MiniSquair

November 6, 2013 10:18 am | by Nascent Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

For use during open surgical procedures, MiniSquair by Nascent Surgical is proven to capture and remove 99.5 percent of the surgical plume created by the use on heat transfer surgical devices. MiniSquair is low profile and does not obscure vision. It allows for retractors and does not disturb operative protocols.

Surgeon Pleads Guilty To Fraud For Faking Surgeries

November 6, 2013 9:53 am | by Liz Neporent | Articles | Comments

An orthopedic surgeon who botched and faked thousands of surgeries over a five-year period has pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud. Dr. Spyros Panos, who practiced medicine in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., changed his plea from not guilty to guilty when he appeared in federal court in White Plains, N.Y. last week...

THIRD PLACE (APPAREL) -- Calzuro Footwear

November 5, 2013 1:31 pm | by Calzuro | Product Releases | Comments

Sterilize Calzuro with Steam Autoclave up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit or machine wash with bleach. Comfort Insoles are the removable arch NOW steam autoclave up to 257 degrees Fahrenheit and has a shock absorber on the bottom side, which reduces fatigue and helps promote good posture. Calzuro are slip resistant with ergonomic design.

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FIRST PLACE (APPAREL) -- Encompass Group, LLC's Thermoflect Heat Reflective Technology

November 5, 2013 1:09 pm | by Encompass Group, LLC | Encompass Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Thermoflect (from Encompass Group, LLC) Heat Reflective Technology can prewarm surgical patients and warm patients throughout the surgical journey, even in procedures lasting an hour or less. Thermoflect Heat Reflective Technology patient warming products offer a simple solution to hypothermia.

No Surgery For Appendicitis Passes Test In Kids

November 4, 2013 10:54 am | News | Comments

Almost 90 percent of children with appendicitis remained surgery-free during the first 30 days of a nonoperative protocol, according to results of a small prospective study. During the initial hospital stay, two of 30 patients required an appendectomy, one because of acute appendicitis and one who had a carcinoid tumor...

Mishaps, Deaths Caused By Surgical Robots Going Underreported To FDA

November 4, 2013 10:31 am | by Kaiser Health News and Marissa Evans | News | Comments

The use of robotic surgical systems is expanding rapidly, but hospitals, patients, and regulators may not be getting enough information to determine whether the high tech approach is worth its cost. Problems resulting from surgery using robotic equipment--including deaths--have been reported late, inaccurately, or not at all to the Food and Drug Administration, according to one study...

Study: Promising Results For Breast Cancer Patients Experiencing Skin Damage Due To Radiation Therapy

November 4, 2013 9:28 am | Articles | Comments

A recent study conducted by Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago showed that when breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy applied a topical skin cream formulated with a blend of natural ingredients made from botanical and marine sources to moisturize and soothe skin, none experienced treatment interruptions due to skin damage...

Aortic Valves Best Replaced At High-Volume Centers

November 1, 2013 11:44 am | by Elizabeth DeVita Raeburn | News | Comments

High-risk patients undergoing aortic valve replacement (AVR) experience less morbidity and mortality at the hospitals that perform the most procedures, a population-based study reported. Mortality at high volume hospitals was 2.41 percent versus 4.34 percent at low volume hospitals...

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Novel Technique For Suturing Tissue-Engineered Collagen Graft Improves Tendon Repair

October 31, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

The repair of ruptured tendons often requires the use of a graft to bridge gaps between the torn tendon and bone. A tissue-engineered collagen graft can reduce the complications associated with other types of tendon grafts, but it may not be able to support full load bearing until integrated into the surrounding tissue...

Brain Connectivity Can Predict Epilepsy Surgery Outcomes

October 31, 2013 9:55 am | News | Comments

Assistant Professor of Neurosciences Roberto Fernández Galán, PhD, and his collaborators have identified a new, far more accurate way to determine precisely what portions of the brain suffer from the disease. This information can give patients and physicians better information regarding whether temporal lobe surgery will provide the results they seek...

New Study Compares Provisional And Two-Stent Strategies For Coronary Bifurcation Lesions

October 31, 2013 9:52 am | News | Comments

A new clinical trial shows that a two-stent technique for treatment of bifurcation lesions with a large stenotic side branch was not associated with significant improved outcomes compared to a provisional stenting approach...      

Hands-Free Transfer Tray

October 30, 2013 9:32 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.

Count In Progress Beacon

October 29, 2013 9:39 am | by Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The SANDEL Count In Progress Beacon is nurse-developed and designed to reduce the risk of retained surgical items in the O.R.  It helps notify the surgical team that a count is about to begin, and helps minimize distractions and unnecessary activity while the count is in progress. The Count In Progress Beacon also enhances compliance with AORN and The American College of Surgeons.

Novel Medical Treatment More Effective Than Brain Stents For Stroke Prevention

October 28, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

A new report details long-term outcomes of a study that compared aggressive medical therapy with surgically implanted stents to open narrowed brain blood vessels for the prevention of stroke...              

Does The Timing Of Surgery To Treat Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury Affect Outcomes?

October 28, 2013 8:36 am | News | Comments

Performing surgery to take pressure off the spine after a traumatic injury soon after the event could prevent or reverse some of the secondary damage caused by swelling and decreased blood flow to the injured spine. However, strong evidence to support early spinal surgery is lacking, mainly because the available study data cannot be easily compared...

Study Ties Bone Marrow Transplant To Negative Sexual Side Effects

October 24, 2013 3:09 pm | News | Comments

New research ties preparative procedures and complications associated with blood or bone marrow transplantation (stem cell transplantation, SCT) with diminished sexual health in both men and women who have undergone the lifesaving procedure...

Wrong Site Sleeve

October 24, 2013 2:01 pm | by Patient Safety Gear | Patient Safety Gear, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Wrong Site Sleeve from Patient Safety Gear can be placed on the arm or leg. It is designed to protect against wrong site surgery. After marking the surgical site pre-operatively with a skin marker, the wrong site sleeve is placed on the patient’s “wrong limb” to avoid any mistakes once the patient is taken to the operating room.

Study: Prenatal Diagnosis And Birth Location May Significantly Improve Neonatal HLHS Survival

October 23, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

A first-of-its-kind study led by Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) found that infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) born far from a hospital providing neonatal cardiac surgery for HLHS have increased neonatal mortality, with most deaths occurring before surgery...

The Joint Commission Issues Sentinel Event Alert On Preventing Retained Foreign Objects

October 23, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

A newly issued Sentinel Event Alert from the Joint Commission calls attention to the frequency of and patient and economic consequences from unintended retained foreign objects after surgery. It discusses, among other items, the physical harm to patients from retained items, the most common objects left behind, the associated costs from this error and recommendations and potential strategies for prevention...

Healthgrades 2014 Hospital Quality Report Reveals Risk Of Death And Complications Vary Widely Among Nation’s Hospitals

October 22, 2013 10:59 am | News | Comments

The report demonstrates that individuals are far more likely to die or suffer complications at hospitals receiving the lowest Healthgrades rating. In fact, each year an estimated 234,252 lives could potentially be saved and 157,418 complications could be avoided if all hospitals performed similarly to the highest rated hospitals...

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