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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.

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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...

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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)... 

Is This The Most Bizarre Bad Doctor Of All?

September 18, 2013 9:35 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

There seems to be no shortage of bad doctor stories going around right now. Just when you thought you'd heard the worst, along comes another. A "cosmetic surgeon" in California has lost his license to practice medicine and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2010 death of a 61-year-old woman during a 10-hour liposuction procedure being done in his office...

Study: Memory Problems, Emotional Stress Result In Early Readmissions Of Heart Patients

September 17, 2013 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Heart patients' mental state and thinking abilities may help predict whether costly and potentially dangerous early hospital readmission will follow their release after treatment, according to the results of a significant new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers. The findings have important implications for the health care industry as it struggles to contain unnecessary costs...

In Patients With Acute Cholecystitis, Surgery Should Be Performed Immediately

September 17, 2013 10:33 am | News | Comments

Should surgery be performed immediately, or is it better to first administer antibiotics and then perform surgery? A study led by Heidelberg University Hospital Department of Surgery has demonstrated that patients suffering from acute cholecystitis should be operated on immediately. There are no advantages to delaying surgery...

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Sores, Surgery Errors Top 2012 Indiana Medical Errors

September 17, 2013 10:27 am | News | Comments

A total of 100 medical errors were reported — the same number as in 2011 — in a survey of Indiana's 289 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, abortion clinics, and birthing centers, the Indiana State Department of Health said Monday...

Painting In The OR: The Evolution Of Surgical Preparation

September 17, 2013 10:02 am | by David Gelber, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

One would never guess that a frequent activity in the OR is painting. I’m not referring to the application of paint to the walls of a room or house. The painting I’ve seen is limited to the patient and his or her body parts. I suppose the first application of “paint” would be the initial scribble placed by the surgeon, marking the surgical site... 

I-Flow Launches Patient Education Program To Build Awareness Of Non-Narcotic Therapy For Post-Surgical Pain Management

September 16, 2013 2:49 pm | News | Comments

I-Flow, LLC, a Kimberly-Clark Health Care Company and manufacturer of the ON-Q Pain Relief System (ON-Q), today announced the launch of the “Rethinking Narcotics After Surgery: Post-Op Pain Management with ON-Q” Program to educate patients about alternatives to narcotics for post-operative surgical pain relief.

Tulsa Surgeon Accused Of Negligence, Incompetence, And Fraud Keeps License

September 16, 2013 9:38 am | by Shannon Muchmore | News | Comments

The Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision approved an agreement Thursday that will allow a Tulsa surgeon who is accused of negligence, incompetence, and fraud to keep his license. A complaint against Dr. Steven C. Anagnost, who specializes in orthopedic surgery, lists 23 patients who had complications after he performed surgery on them.

No Boost In Heart Function With Stem Cells

September 16, 2013 9:32 am | by Chris Kaiser | Articles | Comments

Autologous stem cells shrank cardiac scar tissue and increased viable heart tissue, but did little to improve functional outcomes, the 1-year results of the randomized CADUCEUS Trial suggested. The 17 patients treated with stem cells saw an absolute decrease of 11 percent in LV scar tissue compared with a 2.2 percent decrease in eight controls not treated with stem cells.

Where There's Smoke...

September 13, 2013 5:34 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Hospital administrators and staff are rightfully aware of the need to prevent exposure to surgical smoke due to its potential to negatively affect the health of both the individuals being operated on and those tasked with conducting or assisting with the procedures. However, to suggest surgical smoke evacuation is simply a safety issue is to oversimplify it. There are a number of variables to consider.

Sudden Death, Pump Failure Cut With CABG

September 13, 2013 11:45 am | by Todd Neale | News | Comments

For patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy and a reduced ejection fraction, the addition of coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) to medical therapy reduced certain types of cardiovascular death, an analysis of the STICH trial showed. Adding bypass surgery reduced rates of the two most common types of death in patients with chronic heart failure.

What Post-Surgical ER Visits Say (Or Don't Say) About Quality Of Care

September 13, 2013 11:24 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Correlation doesn’t always indicate causation, but there are times when certain statistical data deserves another look. According to a recent study from the University of Michigan, nearly one in five older adults who have common operations will end up in the emergency department within a month of their hospital stay.

Codeine Could Increase Users' Sensitivity To Pain

September 12, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Using large and frequent doses of the pain-killer codeine may actually produce heightened sensitivity to pain, without the same level of relief offered by morphine, according to new research from the University of Adelaide. Researchers in the Discipline of Pharmacology have conducted what is believed to be the world's first experimental study comparing the pain relieving and pain worsening effects of both codeine and morphine.

Use Of EHRs For Patients With Diabetes Linked With Reduction In ED Visits, Hospitalizations

September 11, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

Among patients with diabetes, use of an outpatient electronic health record (EHR) in an integrated healthcare delivery system was associated with modest reductions in emergency department visits and hospitalizations, but was not associated with a change in office visit rates, according to a study.

There Are Racial/Ethnic Differences In Outcomes Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

September 10, 2013 11:13 am | News | Comments

University of Toronto researchers examined data on patients who had been hospitalized in the United States for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and found racial/ethnic differences in the rates of inpatient mortality and hospital discharge to institutional care.

ER Visits After Surgery: Study Finds High Rate Among Seniors, Lots Of Variation Among Hospitals

September 10, 2013 11:08 am | News | Comments

There is a wide variation between hospitals in keeping their older surgery patients from needing emergency care after surgery on their hearts, hips, backs, colons, and major blood vessels. Some hospitals had four times the rate of post-surgery emergency care for their patients, compared with others.

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