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Surgeons Report New Approaches To Reducing Post-Op Pain

October 8, 2013 12:23 pm | News | Comments

One pain treatment utilized the simple but non-standard application of ice packs after major abdominal operations in patients, and the other treatment was a prolonged drug delivery method using nanotechnology in animals. Past research has shown that post-operative pain is often undertreated. 

Insurers Feel "Obamacare" Is Fixable

October 8, 2013 12:09 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

The federal government's biggest foray into online commerce has left millions of tech-savvy Americans thoroughly bewildered, but the insurance industry and others experienced with rolling out new programs say there's still enough time to fix the glitches with President Barack Obama's healthcare law before uninsured people start getting coverage on January 1.

Poor Nutrition Increases Bladder Operation Complications

October 8, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

Patients with bladder cancer are two times more likely to have complications after a radical cystectomy procedure if they have a biomarker for poor nutritional status before the operation. Surgeons from the University of North Carolina identified a potentially modifiable risk factor for such post-surgical problems: a low pre-operative level of albumin. 

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UT Arlington Researchers Successfully Test Model For Implant Device Reactions

October 4, 2013 1:26 pm | News | Comments

A team from the University of Texas at Arlington has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters, and artificial joints...

Colorectal Surgeons Develop A Novel Tool For Measuring Quality And Outcomes

October 4, 2013 1:19 pm | News | Comments

There is a new tool called the HARM score that reliably measures quality and clinical outcomes for colon and rectal surgery patients. The name of the tool reflects the data sources used to calculate the score: Hospital stay, Readmission rate, and Mortality. The paper demonstrates a strong correlation between the HARM score, and the quality of clinical outcomes achieved by surgeons and hospitals for patients having major abdominal surgery...

Johns Hopkins Experts Devise A Way To Cut Radiation Exposure In Children Needing Repeat Brain Scans

October 4, 2013 9:21 am | News | Comments

A team of pediatric neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center has developed a way to minimize dangerous radiation exposure in children with a condition that requires repeat CT scans of the brain. The experts say they reduced exposure without sacrificing the diagnostic accuracy of the images or compromising treatment decisions...

SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System

October 3, 2013 4:19 pm | by Cardinal Health | Cardinal Health | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Health offers the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System, which is clinically proven to help eliminate one of the most common, yet preventable surgical errors: retained surgical sponges. The system is comprised of three components.

Study: Surgery May Be Effective Treatment Option For Older Epilepsy Patients

October 3, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

"Traditionally, there has been a tendency to exclude older patients from surgery for fear of increased risk of medical or surgical complications," said Spectrum Health Medical Group neurosurgeon Sanjay Patra, MD, lead author of the study.  "This study provides evidence that surgery may instead be a viable and effective treatment option..."

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Recent Health Scare Proves A Patient's Best Interest Doesn't Always Matter

October 3, 2013 11:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Days, weeks, and months can go by before a patient is notified about an unsafe healthcare practice. How the situation between the state Health Department and this particular Spokane surgery center has played out is an unsettling reminder that the patient’s best interest can go overlooked in the face of negative publicity...

'ICU Delirium' Affects Brain After Discharge

October 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Crystal Phend | Articles | Comments

"Profound" cognitive problems often persist after a stay in the ICU, leaving patients with the equivalent of a blow to the head or early Alzheimer's disease, a study determined. One year after discharge, 34 percent of patients had cognitive scores similar to those with moderate traumatic brain injury and 24 percent had the equivalent of mild Alzheimer's disease...

State Claims Wash. Surgery Center Reused Syringes

October 2, 2013 10:42 am | by Jim Camden | News | Comments

More than 400 patients of a Spokane surgery center are being advised by the state Health Department to get blood tests because of unsafe practices involving medicine and syringes at the center between 2006 and last April. The department said Tuesday it is trying to contact 415 patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center after an inspection in April revealed the center’s surgical technologist was reusing syringes...

AllSkin Plus+

October 2, 2013 10:36 am | by Viscot Medical | Viscot Medical, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Viscot Medical’s new AllSkin Plus+ is the first prep-resistant ink marker that offers maximum visibility and prep resistance on all skin tones. Its specially-formulated VIXL brilliant blue ink provides enhanced visibility even after prepping with common alcohol-based antiseptics. AllSkin Plus+ remains visible up to 10X longer than traditional ink on all skin tones.

Bedsite Kit

October 2, 2013 9:59 am | by Ruhof | Product Releases | Comments

Ruhof's ECO-BEDSIDE KIT is the only eco-friendly kit on the market that removes synthetic lipids from scope surfaces and internal channels. The product is safe on all scopes and easy to use with a wide mouthed tray design and securely fitting lid, which prevents spillage of enzymatic solution during preparation and suctioning.

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Variations In Death Rates After Surgery For Oesophageal And Gastric Cancers

October 1, 2013 10:32 am | News | Comments

A pilot study has shown large variations between European countries in patient survival after surgery for oesophageal and gastric cancers. The 2013 European Cancer Congress (ECC2013) will hear today (Tuesday) that the reasons for these differences are not clear and cannot be explained simply in terms of the volume of patients treated at each hospital...

EASY-TAG Tracking System

October 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Scanlan International offers the EASY-TAG Tracking System to meet the unique needs within hospitals. Users simply define the message, and Scanlan International does the rest. A custom print EASY-TAG will be developed and printed to the user's specific needs.

Research: Aspirin May Act On Blood Platelets To Improve Survival In Colon Cancer Patients

September 30, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Researchers believe they have discovered how aspirin improves survival in patients diagnosed with colon cancer, the 2013 European Cancer Congress heard. Although previous research has shown that taking low dose aspirin after being diagnosed with colon cancer improves patient outcome, the reasons why this happens remain unknown...

Medical Errors And Deaths: Is The Problem Getting Worse?

September 30, 2013 9:39 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Medical errors are a real problem. I won't deny that. It was bad enough when the often-quoted Institute of Medicine figure that 98,000 deaths per year in the U.S. are caused by medical errors was in vogue, but now a paper in the Journal of Patient Safety states that adverse medical events result in 210,000 to 400,000 deaths per year and 10 to 20 times those numbers of serious harms...

Nurses Prone To Injuries With Heavier Patients

September 27, 2013 11:11 am | by Sydney Lupkin | News | Comments

Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants suffer more musculoskeletal injuries than people in any other profession – including firefighters, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nurses also endure more of these injuries than the average worker. Even worse, patients are getting heavier...

Older Black, Hispanic Patients have Greater Risk Of Developing Complications Following Surgery

September 27, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

Older black and Hispanic patients have a greater risk than white patients of developing complications following surgery, a difference that can be explained by a patients' gender and pre-existing medical conditions, according to a recent study. These findings indicate that efforts to carefully evaluate risk factors prior to surgery need more attention, particularly for older minority patients...

Growing Concerns Related To Intraprosthetic Dislocation Of Dual-Mobility Hip Implants

September 26, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case journal published by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding early intraprosthetic dislocation with dual-mobility hip implants. The "Watch" is based on two case reports published in the September 25th issue, in addition to recent cases in the orthopaedic literature pointing to similar problems...

ON-Q

September 26, 2013 10:25 am | by I-Flow | Product Releases | Comments

ON-Q from I-Flow 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, experience better pain management and are three times as likely to report high satisfaction scores than when treated with narcotics alone.

After A Creutzfeldt-Jakob Exposure, Should Patients Be Told?

September 26, 2013 9:37 am | by Timothy Lahey, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

The question then is whether there is something, anything, to be gained from knowing that somewhere deep in the brain a rampaging misshapen protein with an appetite for global domination is quietly, mercilessly, taking apart the very substance of who you are. Or not. Personally I would rather live without that kind of shadow hanging over me...

FDA Broadens Options For Using Edwards Heart Valve

September 25, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it has approved broader use of an innovative artificial heart valve that can be implanted without major surgery, allowing surgeons to insert the implant through multiple pathways. The agency approved revised labeling for Edwards Lifesciences' Sapien heart valve, which is approved for patients who face major risks from open-heart surgery or who are too sick to have that procedure done...

Propofol Discovery May Help Lead To Development Of New Anesthetics

September 25, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Researchers had already identified the receptor that propofol interacts with in the brain. Having a more detailed picture of exactly how propofol works in the brain may help scientists to design new versions of the drug that reduce the risks involved in surgery and ultimately improve patient safety... 

Three Stories Of Surgeons That I Find Disturbing

September 25, 2013 9:34 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

An orthopedic surgeon from New York reportedly has 261 malpractice suits against him. He has been accused of performing “phantom” and unnecessary operations. In one case, he supposedly performed a knee reconstruction, and the patient died of a pulmonary embolism the same day. A post-mortem examination allegedly showed no evidence of a reconstructed knee...

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