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New App Gives Family Piece of Mind During Surgery

November 26, 2014 10:14 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

There's no doubt surgery can be a stressful experience for not only the patient but family members as well. However, thanks to a new app, loved ones can get messages or reassurance directly from the operating room ...      

Superbug In SE Michigan Shows Recent Decline

November 25, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A new study finds a decrease in an emergent strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA)...

FDA Strengthens Warning on Device Linked to Cancer

November 25, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for...

Man's Death During Shoulder Surgery Gets New Trial

November 24, 2014 11:32 am | by Paul Srubas, Press-Gazette Media | News | Comments

The widow of a Green Bay, Wis., man who died while undergoing rotator cuff surgery will get a...

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Doctors Provide Range of Treatment Options for GERD

November 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most frequent outpatient diagnosis in the U.S., with almost 9 million visits in 2009. The typical symptoms of GERD, heartburn and regurgitation, impair quality of life, activity, and overall work productivity. Nov. 23-29 is GERD Awareness Week and Surgical Products will be getting insight today from doctors about this disease on surgicalproductsmag.com and our daily e-newsletter.

Gastric Sleeve Patient Sues After Botched Surgery Costs Both Legs

November 20, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Christie for the MailOnline | News | Comments

A Texas man is suing four doctors and a hospital for $10 million over a botched bariatric sleeve procedure after he woke up in the hospital two weeks later missing both of his legs. ...              

Federal Government Health Websites Fall Short

November 18, 2014 10:30 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care.       

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Mali Could Be Next Ebola Target

November 17, 2014 11:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

It all started with a sick nurse, whose positive test for Ebola came only after her death. In a busy clinic that treats Mali's elite as well as wounded U.N. peacekeepers, what patient transmitted the virus?         

Drugs That Prevent Clots May Protect Organs During Transplantation

November 17, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Organs can become significantly damaged during transplantation, but a new article published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) offers a protective strategy that could keep them safe and allow them to function optimally after the procedure. ...      

Surgeon With Ebola Dies in Nebraska Hospital

November 17, 2014 10:46 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said. Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said. ...   

Bad Drugs Likely Killed Indian Women

November 17, 2014 10:17 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Tainted drugs apparently killed 13 women who underwent sterilization procedures in central India after autopsies ruled out any surgery faults, according to officials. ...                             

It's a Matter of Life and Breath

November 17, 2014 9:56 am | by Vangie Dennis, Administrative Director, Spivey Station Surgery Center | Blogs | Comments

There is a quote that immediately comes to mind when the topic of surgical smoke comes up in discussion that I heard years ago in a physician based training session, “There is no such thing as safe smoke.”  Smoke is smoke.  So why does the medical industry seem to differentiate smoke produced from a laser from smoke created from electrosurgery?

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Study Offers New Clue Into How Anesthesia Works

November 14, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Anesthesia, long considered a blessing to patients and surgeons, has been a mystery for much of its 160-plus-year history in the operating room ...                    

Organ Sales Prove Costly to People of Nepal

November 14, 2014 11:50 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker in Hokshe, a village of tiny farms and mud huts that has been the center of the illegal organ trade in Nepal for more than a decade ...

Study Breaks Down How Kids Suffer Head Injuries

November 13, 2014 10:13 am | by Elizabethe Holland Durando, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

A study in which more than 43,000 children were evaluated for head trauma offers an unprecedented picture of how children most frequently suffer head injuries, report physicians at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.   

Indian Doctor Arrested, Denies Role in Sterilization Deaths

November 13, 2014 9:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested, but insisted he didn't do anything wrong — even though he said he used to perform up to 10 times more surgeries a day than allowed ...  

Genes Identify Kidney Transplant Rejection

November 12, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Acute rejection after kidney transplantation occurs in about 15%-20% of patients despite immunosuppressive therapy. Rejection is usually heralded by an increase in the patient's serum creatinine (a marker of kidney function), and a kidney biopsy is then performed to confirm whether rejection is taking place ... 

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Sterilization Deaths Show India's Healthcare Ills

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The women were poor, from villages in central India where the promise of a few dollars is all but impossible to resist. Many had babies so young they were still nursing at their mothers' breasts ...              

How To Prepare Your Child For Surgery

November 11, 2014 1:41 pm | by Deborah Goodman, Deseret News | News | Comments

One of the greatest stressors for parents is when our children have to undergo surgical procedures. My experiences with children’s surgery have run the gamut —from minor things like tear duct openings for our youngest when he was one year old to a very complicated open heart surgery for our third child when he was only a week old ... 

Eight Women Dead in India After Sterilization Surgery

November 11, 2014 11:28 am | by Rishi Iyengar, Time.com | News | Comments

Eight women died on Monday in the Indian state of Chattisgarh following government-sponsored sterilization surgery, according to a state medical official.                 

Weight-Loss Surgery Has Low Complication Rates

November 7, 2014 10:40 am | by Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter | News | Comments

People with type 2 diabetes who undergo a weight-loss procedure called laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery have a low risk for complications or death, according to a new study.                      

Treatment for Amputees Remains a Challenge

November 7, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

Army doctors in the First World War were helpless to stop soldiers who lost limbs from suffering in pain, according to researchers. A century on, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have made the loss of limbs common among military casualties once again, but while prosthetic technology has improved dramatically, there is still a shortage of effective treatments for pain caused by damaged nerves ... 

2014 ESP Award Winner, Third Place, Safety, Megadyne's Patient Return Electrode

November 6, 2014 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne's Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode is simply set on the operating room table, virtually eliminating the small disposable sticky pad that can damage the patient’s skin.

2014 ESP Award Winner, Second Place, Safety, ProReveal from Ultra Clean Systems

November 6, 2014 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The ProReveal, by Ultra Clean Systems, is a highly sensitive fluorescence-based protein detection test system for checking the presence of residual protein on surgical instruments.

2014 ESP Award Winner, First Place, Safety, New Pig Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat

November 6, 2014 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig offers their Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat with features that include:                        

Arm Pain in Young Baseball Players Common, Preventable

November 6, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

he most in-dept survey of its kind found that arm pain is common among supposedly healthy young baseball players and nearly half have been encouraged to keep playing despite arm pain. The findings suggest that more detailed and individualized screening is needed to prevent overuse injury in young ballplayers ...

New Approach Proposed for Single Ventricle Heart Surgery for Infants

November 6, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are proposing a new surgical intervention for children born with a single ventricle in their heart—instead of the usual two. The new approach would potentially reduce the number of surgeries the patients have to undergo in the first six months of life from two to just one ...

Radiation a Risk For Brain Tumors in Young People

November 5, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

In people under age 30, radiation is a risk factor for a type of brain tumor called a meningioma, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found.                                        

Mexican Boy to Have Tumor Surgery in U.S.

November 5, 2014 12:04 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

An 11-year-old Mexican boy suffering from a massive tumor, who drew international attention after U.S. Homeland Security Investigations helped him get treatment in New Mexico, is scheduled to have a series of surgeries in Albuquerque to remove the large growth on his shoulder ...    

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