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E-Z Clean PRECISION Blade

January 27, 2014 10:04 am | by Megadyne Medical Products | Megadyne Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products unveiled the new E-Z Clean PRECISION electrodes. The innovative design features a smaller blade width than standard electrosurgical tips allowing for reduced power settings and increased control to maneuver in small spaces, with minimal risk of collateral tissue damage. The EZ-Clean PRECISION Blades expand Megadyne’s offering of specialty electrodes for precise cases. The non-stick PTFE coating decreases eschar build-up, reducing smoke and allowing surgeons to achieve consistent cutting and coagulation.

New Guidelines For Healthcare Personnel Attire Are Short On Evidence

January 27, 2014 9:00 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

If I could ask the well-meaning folks at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America one question, it would be, "Why issue guidelines if you have no evidence to base them on?"              

Seattle Children's Hospital Investigated Over Dirty Instruments

January 24, 2014 9:49 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

Scopes used during colonoscopies were found to have been cleaned improperly at Seattle Children's Hospital. As a result of the oversight, approximately 100 children are at risk. Following an investigation by the hospital, a lapse in the facility's cleaning process was discovered...

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Study Finds A Decline In Adverse Events For Heart Attack, Heart Failure Patients

January 24, 2014 9:28 am | News | Comments

Adverse events for patients being treated for heart attack and heart failure have declined, according to a new study. However, the analysis funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that there has not been a significant decrease in adverse events for patients being treated for pneumonia and those who are recovering from surgery...

Big Changes To Heart Devices OK'd Without New Data

January 23, 2014 11:39 am | by Todd Neale | News | Comments

Many of the high-risk implantable cardiac devices in use today were approved through a supplement pathway that does not require new clinical data on the safety and effectiveness of changes made to the products since their original approval, a review of an agency database showed...

Robotic Surgical Incident Reporting Leads To More Questions Than Answers

January 22, 2014 10:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Some questions simply lead to more questions. No questions lead to definitive answers without data and evidence leading the way. That thought came into my mind when I read a recent San Francisco Chronicle article about adverse-event reporting in healthcare, specifically as it relates to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robotic surgery system...

Study: 'Icy' Technique Improves Robotic Kidney Transplants

January 22, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

A collaboration of surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital and Medanta Hospital in India successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation. The research project advances minimally invasive robotic surgery as a safe alternative to traditional open surgery...

Many CV Devices Approved By Process That Often Does Not Require New Clinical Data

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the models were assumed safe and effective based on approval of prior versions of the device, according to a study...

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Few Complications With Bedside Tracheotomy

January 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Ed Susman | News | Comments

Bedside percutaneous tracheotomy can be done in critically ill patients with a low risk of morbidity in the community hospital setting, researchers said here. Among 41 intensive care unit (ICU) patients who underwent the procedure, there was a 2 percent complication rate and no procedure-related death...

Study: Tonsillectomy Procedures Vary Depending On Hospital

January 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Michelle Castillo | Articles | Comments

Getting a tonsillectomy can vary depending on where you get the procedure done, a new study reveals. The research looked at 36 children’s hospitals that performed the procedure on almost 140,000 kids. They found that the facilities provided different levels of antibiotics and the steroid dexamethasone...

Floor Signs

January 20, 2014 4:32 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark now offers floor signs made with durable strength and long lasting adhesive. These UV protected industrial laminate materials are high-impact floor signs will last up to seven years without losing their top-layer traction or their color. Floor signs have clear printing and high visibility. They are very easy to use, just peel and stick to the desired location.

Halted After Deaths, Kids' Heart Surgeries Resume At Kentucky Hospital

January 20, 2014 3:40 am | by Elizabeth Cohen | Articles | Comments

Shortly after the fifth death in 2012, Kentucky Children's decided to stop its heart surgeries and placed its only pediatric heart surgeon But now, pediatric heart surgeries are resuming there -- without any reported investigation by the state health department and without oversight by anyone...

The Friday Four: Surgeon Accused Of Leaving Heart Operation Early

January 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. I'm not going to lie to you. This is not the most uplifting edition in The Friday Four's brief (BUT ILLUSTRIOUS) history...

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Chronic Intestinal Damage Raises Hip-Fracture Rate In Celiac Disease Patients

January 17, 2014 9:23 am | News | Comments

Celiac disease patients who experience chronic damage in the small intestine may be more likely to break a hip than those whose intestinal tissues have begun healing, according to new research. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects about 1 percent of the U.S. population...

U.S. Emergency Care System Gets 'D+' In New Report

January 17, 2014 9:16 am | Articles | Comments

People seeking urgent medical care could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emergency doctors said in a report that gives the nation's emergency infrastructure a near failing grade. In its latest "report card," the American College of Emergency Physicians said such reduced access earned the nation a "D+" - that's down from the overall "C-" grade from the group's last report in 2009...

Study: Most Practice Guideline Recommendations Based On Less-Than-Ideal Quality of Evidence

January 16, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A recent study shows that most clinical practice guidelines for interventional procedures (e.g., bronchoscopy, angioplasty) are based on lower-quality medical evidence and fail to disclose authors’ conflicts of interest...

Does Taking Multiple Medicines Increase Your Risk Of Being Admitted To Hospital?

January 16, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

Patients with a single illness who take many drugs have an increased risk of being admitted to hospital, but for patients with multiple conditions, taking many medicines is now associated with a near-normal risk of admission...     

Study: CT Scans Could Bolster Forensic Database To ID Unidentified Remains

January 15, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

A study from North Carolina State University finds that data from CT scans can be incorporated into a growing forensic database to help determine the ancestry and sex of unidentified remains. The finding may also have clinical applications for craniofacial surgeons...

Follow-Up Tests Improve Colorectal Cancer Recurrence Detection

January 15, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

Among patients who had undergone curative surgery for primary colorectal cancer, the screening methods of computed tomography and carcinoembryonic antigen each provided an improved rate of surgical treatment of cancer recurrence compared with minimal follow-up, although there was no advantage in combining these tests...

Washer Rack Label

January 14, 2014 10:16 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark has announced a new label to their product line that are used to identify and track washer racks through the washing cycles when being tested with the TOSI and other ProFormance cleaning verification products that they offer. This Washer Rack Label operates like a license plate for your washer rack, each label has a unique human and machine readable alphanumeric number.

Intellectual Doping: Stimulant Abuse In Medical Students

January 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Aimee Merino | Blogs | Comments

No one can deny that medical students today face an increasingly competitive environment with a strong focus on board scores and class grades as strong requirements for entrance into competitive specialties. Mirroring the trends in both primary and secondary school, a standardized test has become the yardstick by which all physicians-in-training are compared...

CDC: Lung Cancer Rates Drop, Especially Among Men

January 13, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

Health officials are reporting a drop in the rate of new lung cancer cases. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says lung cancer incidence rates declined nearly 3 percent per year among men and about 1 percent per year among women from 2005 to 2009...

Surgeon Left Open-Heart Operation Early, Lawsuit Claims

January 10, 2014 11:57 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A California man has been in a vegetative state since his 2012 heart procedure, and his family blames it on surgeon for walking out in the middle of the surgery...               

Healthcare Costs Higher For Smokers After Surgery

January 9, 2014 10:35 am | by Shereen Jegtvig | News | Comments

Current and former smokers incur higher healthcare costs after having surgery than non-smokers, according to a new study. "Smoking causes an estimated $17 billion in excess healthcare costs each year just because it is more expensive to take care of these folks in the first year after surgeries," Dr. David Warner told Reuters Health by email. He led the new study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota...

How EHR Design Can Affect Patient Safety

January 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Michael Chen, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Besides the importance of physician happiness when using an EHR, using design principles that maximize user intuition and presentation of relevant information, there is one aspect of healthcare information systems that should never be overlooked: patient safety...

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