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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.

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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...

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.

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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...

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...

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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.

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...

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...              

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