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New Study Finds Similar Outcomes For Repair Or Replacement Of Damaged Heart Valves

November 19, 2013 10:40 am | News | Comments

New research presented today at the 2013 Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found no difference in outcomes at one-year between two recommended surgical options for treating ischemic mitral regurgitation (IMR) – repair of the leaky valve or its replacement with an artificial valve...

Beta-Blockers Before Surgery Appear Associated With Lower Risk Of Heart-Related Events

November 19, 2013 10:23 am | News | Comments

Giving beta-blocker medication to patients with heart disease undergoing noncardiac surgery appears to be associated with a lower risk of death and major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) 30 days after surgery in patients with heart failure (HF) or a recent myocardial infarction (MI, heart attack), according to a study...

Medication Adherence After Hospitalization For Acute Coronary Syndrome

November 18, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

Patients better adhered to their medication regimens in the year following hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) when they were part of a program that included personalized attention from a pharmacist compared with usual care, according to a study...

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THIRD PLACE -- Aspen Surgical's Hands-Free Transfer Tray

November 15, 2013 2:20 pm | by Aspen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Aspen Surgical offers 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 in a more safe and effective way.  It is optimized for easy hands-free transfer of sharp instruments.  It also boasts a unique design that includes many carrying points.

ON-Q

November 15, 2013 10:55 am | by I-Flow | Product Releases | Comments

ON-Q is a non-narcotic alternative to post-operative pain management that is clinically proven to reduce pain while decreasing narcotic consumption. ON-Q delivers a regulated flow of local anesthetic to a surgical site or in close proximity to nerves, providing targeted pain relief. Patients treated with ON-Q go home an average of 1.1 days sooner and experience better pain management.

Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lifts

November 15, 2013 10:51 am | by Butler Mobility | Product Releases | Comments

Butler Mobility's vertical platform wheelchair lifts are durable, easy to operate and virtually maintenance free. Indoors or outdoors, the Butler Mobility Vertical Platform Lift is a practical alternative to installing cumbersome, slow grade ramps. Butler Mobility has a long history of manufacturing the “Lifts that Last” with their popular Inclined Platform Lift for wheelchairs.

Balloon Mis-Positioning During Prostate Cancer Treatment Could Affect Success Of Radiation Delivery

November 14, 2013 10:16 am | News | Comments

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology shows that endorectal balloons commonly used during precise radiation treatment for prostate cancer can deform the prostate in a way that could make radiation miss its mark...

Custom Vinyl Labels

November 14, 2013 9:39 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark announces the new custom two color vinyl labels that will make a lasting impression. The custom labels are made from durable, industrial grade vinyl and will endure even harsh environments. These labels can withstand temperatures ranging from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and are UV, water, chemical, and smear resistant. They are offered in 16 different sizes and a variety of six colors.

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Study: Hand-Washing Rates Low Among Emergency Medical Personnel

November 14, 2013 9:10 am | by Shannon Luibrand | Articles | Comments

A new study shows only 13 percent of emergency medical providers reported cleaning their hands before patient contact, according to the study from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. The study, which was administered through an online survey and distributed via email to national and regional emergency medical organizations, looked at almost 1,500 EMS providers. The results revealed a number of troubling trends...

LithAssist

November 13, 2013 10:09 am | by Cook Medical | Product Releases | Comments

Cook Medical has a new device to simplify percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedures, during which physicians break up and remove large kidney stones, or can use it in the bladder to break up large bladder stones. LithAssist combines suction control and provides access for a laser fiber. It is the first device globally to provide suction control and laser fiber access. Prior to the availability of LithAssist, an assistant controlled suction by kinking a tube, similar to how one would stop water flow from a garden hose.

Researchers: Using Morphine After Abdominal Surgery May Prolong Pain

November 13, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

Using morphine to fight the pain associated with abdominal surgery may paradoxically prolong a patient's suffering, doubling or even tripling the amount of time it takes to recover from the surgical pain, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder...

Everything’s My Fault: How A Surgeon Says I’m Sorry

November 13, 2013 8:58 am | by Lara Devgan, M.D., M.P.H. | Blogs | Comments

When something went wrong with one of my patients — whether it was his fault, my fault, or someone else’s — it was always my responsibility. When a person trusts you with his life, the buck stops with you...          

Bedside Fall Mats

November 12, 2013 10:30 am | by Encompass Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Encompass Group, LLC introduces Albahealth Safe Haven Bedside Fall Mats. The new mats are designed to help protect at-risk patients from the injuries associated with bedside falls. Safe Haven Bedside Fall Mats feature high density cushioned support for an effective way to help prevent injuries resulting from patient falls at the bedside.

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Are 'Safety Scalpels' Safer Than Standard Scalpels?

November 12, 2013 9:17 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

In their discussion, the authors of a recent study point out that the introduction of safety scalpels might have the opposite effect on safety due to factors such as personnel not being familiar with how they work and that safety scalpels have never been subjected to rigorous evaluation by failure mode and effects analysis. And they noted that injuries related to the use of safety scalpels have been reported...

Mortality Rate Drops Among Pa. Coronary Bypass, Heart Valve Surgery Patients

November 11, 2013 10:40 am | by Michael Iorfino | News | Comments

Over the past seven years, mortality rates for patients who had coronary artery bypass and/or heart valve surgery have fallen by more than 20 percent in Pennsylvania. Despite an increase in complicated cases, the number of coronary artery bypass graft surgery patients who died in hospitals dropped 21 percent, from 1.9 percent in 2005 to 1.5 percent in 2012...

Robot Surgery Incidents May Pressure Hospital Training

November 11, 2013 10:23 am | by Robert Langreth | News | Comments

A rising number of reports about deaths, injuries, and malfunctions linked to the robotic surgery system made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG) may pressure hospitals to bolster training for doctors using the $1.5 million device. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration received 3,697 adverse event reports through Nov. 3, compared with 1,595 through all of 2012, an agency official said in an interview last week...

HONORABLE MENTION -- Patient Safety Gear's Wrong Site Sleeve

November 8, 2013 12:50 pm | by Patient Safety Gear, Inc. | 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.

HONORABLE MENTION -- Key Surgical's Tags For Scope Reprocessing

November 8, 2013 10:26 am | by Key Surgical | Key Surgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Key Surgical introduces easy-to-use, double-sided tags that are designed for communicating and identifying critical information in regards to scope reprocessing. Designed for use on processed, dry scopes, the self-looping tags are available in two styles. Choose from seven colors for easy color-coding with month, day and date of processing or a larger, white tag to capture more detailed information.

Steroids No Help In Pediatric Biliary Atresia

November 8, 2013 9:53 am | by Ed Susman | News | Comments

High-dose steroids following initial surgery for pediatric biliary atresia do not help prevent the need for liver transplantation, researchers reported.  Of the 70 children assigned to receive corticosteroids following hepatoportoenterostomy, 58.6 percent achieved a total bilirubin of less than 1.5 mg/dL at 6 months with his or her native liver, compared with 48.6 percent of the 70 children who were treated with placebo...

THIRD PLACE (PATIENT & STAFF SAFETY) -- Flagship Surgical's Safe Cord Floor Strip

November 7, 2013 1:07 pm | by Flagship Surgical | Flagship Surgical, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Flagship Surgical's Safe Cord Floor Strip is a durable, disposable safety strip designed to cover cables and cords on the OR floors, thereby reducing the risk of staff tripping hazards and injuries. It has adhesive strips on the underside which secure the product to the floor, but will not leave any residue.

SECOND PLACE (PATIENT & STAFF SAFETY) -- Medicus Surgical's TrenGuard 450

November 7, 2013 12:57 pm | by Medicus Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Robots are not programmed to compensate for patients sliding even “just a little bit.” This ultimately results in robot trocars restraining patients on the table. TrenGuard 450 from Medicus Surgical remains the only extreme Trendelenburg restraint without a single report of patient sliding.

FIRST PLACE (PATIENT & STAFF SAFETY) -- New Wave Surgical's D-Help

November 7, 2013 12:48 pm | by New Wave Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

The New Hybrid D-HELP from New Wave Surgical is the only system designed to keep the laparoscopic and robotic lens defogged and clean from start to close. It comes with removable batteries for better disposal options.

Study Assesses Injuries Seen In The Emergency Department To Children Of Teenage Parents

November 7, 2013 10:47 am | News | Comments

The evaluated the medical records of children of teenage parents seen in the emergency department from 2009 to 2011. A total of 764 patients under the age of 7 years were included in the final analysis. Falls and ingested objects were the most common mechanisms of injury (45 percent and 9 percent, respectively), and bruising/skin marks and fractures were the most common injuries sustained (49 percent and 17 percent, respectively)...

Study Finds More Accurate Method To Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer

November 7, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Missouri have found a more accurate laboratory method for diagnosing pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The disease causes more than 38,000 deaths each year in the United States, and kills 94 percent of people with the illness within five years...

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...

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