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'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.

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...


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...

GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White Surgical Glove

September 20, 2013 4:53 pm | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

The GAMMEX Non-Latex PI White surgical glove from Ansell is powder-free and made from synthetic polyisoprene. Wearers experience exceptional fit that also provides tactile sensitivity and dependability. This glove delivers all the performance characteristics of natural rubber latex without the risk of natural rubber latex sensitization.

GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

September 20, 2013 4:39 pm | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

Ansell, the global leader in hand protection, features the GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove with SENSOPRENE formulation. GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive is a major innovation in non-latex, chemical accelerator-free glove technology. The SENSOPRENE formulation allows for superior sensitivity while maintaining glove strength, offering unprecedented comfort and tactility with advanced allergy protection against both latex and chemical allergies for healthcare workers and patients.

Neutray Sharps Passing Tray

September 20, 2013 3:28 pm | by Advanced Medical Innovations | Advanced Medical Innovations (AMI) | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Medical Innovations offers the Neutray Sharps Passing Tray for hands-free transfer of sharps during a surgical procedure. It has been specifically designed to handle many of the different styles of sharps used in today’s operating room. It has a unique instrument pick-up area that protects the practitioner’s hands from sharps or contaminated instruments unlike anything else available in the market today. It can handle virtually all sharps in surgery.

Visor Handband Loupe Magnifier

September 20, 2013 1:20 pm | by Vision USA | Vision USA | Product Releases | Comments

Vision USA offers the Task-Vision Visor Handband loupe magnifier. According to the company, the product is distortion-free, optical-grade acrylic coated for abrasion resistance and increased light transmission. The lenses are prismatic for convergence (better to see with both eyes) and the lenses / powers are interchangeable.

A Prank In The OR Backfires

September 20, 2013 12:58 pm | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

An anesthesiologist at a California hospital pasted stickers simulating a mustache and teardrops on the face of a hospital employee while she was having surgery on a finger. According to the LA Times, the doctor said, "I thought she would think this is funny and she would appreciate it..."

SnapIT Lite

September 19, 2013 10:59 am | by Cincinnati Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Cincinnati Surgical introduces SnapIT Lite, a revolutionary new product that eliminates sharps injuries from opening glass ampoules. The SnapIT Lite opens and stores the severed ampoule lid until it can be ejected into a proper waste receptacle, protecting medical staff against the risk of painful lacerations.

Hospital Readmission Rates Linked With Quality Of Surgical Care

September 19, 2013 10:06 am | News | Comments

Reducing hospital readmission rates is an important clinical and policy priority but whether those rates really measure the quality of hospital care isn't clear. In a new study, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found strong evidence of a relationship between surgical readmission rates and quality of surgical care...

Readmission Rate 13 Percent After Major Surgery

September 19, 2013 9:41 am | by Michael Smith | Articles | Comments

About one patient in seven can expect to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge following major surgery, researchers reported. But rates of 30-day readmission were better in hospitals with a high surgical volume or with lower surgical mortality rates...

Pregnant Women With High/Low BMI Are At Higher Risk Of Complications And Hospital Admissions

September 18, 2013 11:13 am | News | Comments

Pregnant women with a body mass index (BMI) that is too high or too low are more likely to have maternal complications, require additional hospital care and incur higher medical costs, according to a new study. The 109,592 pregnant women examined in the study were classed in five BMI categories, underweight (BMI <18.5), normal weight (BMI 18.5-24.9), overweight (BMI 25-29.9), obese (BMI 30-35) and severely obese (BMI >35)... 

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