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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...

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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.

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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...

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...

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