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How Safe Are Outpatient Surgical Facilities?

September 23, 2014 10:14 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 to promote patient safety in the outpatient setting. Patient safety is the sole mission of the organization. "AAAASF is sympathetic to the recent unfortunate and highly publicized case involving an outpatient surgical facility," said Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, AAAASF board president.

After Surgery, Patient Gets $117,000 Bill From Doctor He Never Saw

September 22, 2014 11:15 am | by Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times | News | Comments

Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an "assistant surgeon," a neurosurgeon based in Queens, New York whom Drier had never met.

Citing Joan Rivers, Texas' Perry Backs Clinic Law

September 22, 2014 10:54 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday invoked comedian Joan Rivers' death at a surgical clinic while defending a law he signed that would close the majority of abortion facilities in the nation's second-most populous state. The potential 2016 presidential candidate said the law made Texas safer, even though a federal judge in August blocked a key provision that requires abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards.

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Anthem Promises To Provide High-Quality Medical Care With New Program

September 18, 2014 10:57 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Insurer Anthem Blue Cross is joining with several prominent Southern California hospitals to offer a new type of health coverage plan it promises will provide high-quality medical care at affordable prices. The venture, to be called Vivity, brings together one of the nation's largest health insurers with such providers as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA Health System.

Researcher: Use of Anti-Inflammatory Medicines After Common Eye Surgery Isn’t Necessary

September 18, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

New research led by Queen’s University professor Robert Campbell (Ophthalmology) has revealed using anti-inflammatory medications after glaucoma laser surgery is not helpful or necessary. Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world and about 400,000 Canadians are afflicted with the disease, which is mainly caused by pressure within the eye being high enough to damage the optic nerve.

Research Reveals Reasons Behind Ethnic Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery Complications

September 17, 2014 10:55 am | News | Comments

Rhinoplasty surgery, also known as "nose reshaping" or "nose job" was the second most requested cosmetic surgical procedure for 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Yet, nose reshaping is considered one of the most complex of facial plastic surgery procedures for a surgeon to perform. 

July/August 2014

September 15, 2014 4:23 pm | by Surgical Products Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

This is the digital version of the July/August 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.

Considering Surgery? Some Healthcare Providers Offer Warranties

September 15, 2014 11:08 am | by Lisa Zamosky, Los Angeles Times | News | Comments

When Carolyn Rondou needed knee replacement surgery in 2012, she decided to have the procedure done at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, even though there were several hospitals closer to her home in Fullerton. Rondou, a 66-year-old oncology nurse, says Hoag's reputation for quality factored heavily into her decision to have her procedure done there. But something else sweetened the pot: Her surgery came with a warranty.

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Hurdles For Obama Health Law In Second Sign-Up Season

September 15, 2014 10:34 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away, Nov. 15- Feb. 15. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.

Study: Parents Likely To Choose Less Expensive Laparoscopy For Appendicitis

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

Consumer price comparison is almost nonexistent in the U.S. health care system, but a new study shows that when given the choice between a less costly "open" operation or a pricier laparoscopy for their children's appendicitis, parents were almost twice as likely to choose the less expensive procedure – when they were aware of the cost difference.

Bureaucracy Consumes One-Quarter Of US Hospitals' Budgets

September 8, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published today in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations. The researchers analyzed detailed accounting data that hospitals reported to each nation's government. The data covered virtually all hospitals in each nation.

Breast Cancer Has Pharma’s Largest and Most Innovative Drug Pipeline

September 5, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

The breast cancer therapeutics pipeline boasts a high degree of innovation in first-in-class molecules, with many new technologies holding the potential to transform the clinical and commercial treatment landscape over the coming decade, says business intelligence provider GBI Research.

Surgery Prices Spike With Innovation and Consolidation

September 3, 2014 11:21 am | by Bill Briggs, NBC News | News | Comments

The price to remove a gall bladder or replace a hip has spiked more than 20 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of data collected for NBC News. Surgery has bloomed into a $500 billion industry in the United States, where 80 to 100 million procedures are performed annually — a per-capita rate that’s some 50 percent higher than in the European Union.

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EyeGard Eye Covers

July 14, 2014 3:03 pm | by Sharn Anesthesia, Inc. | Sharn Anesthesia, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EyeGard eye covers, by Sharn Anesthesia, Inc., were designed to avoid the complications of using tape to keep a patient’s eyelid closed during surgery.

FreeStyle BioLock Interlocking Flooring

July 14, 2014 3:00 pm | by SelecTech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

SelecTech, Inc. launched FreeStyle BioLock flooring last year. The flooring is eco-friendly, being made with 70 percent recycled materials and is 100 percent recyclable.

Cool Aids Cooling System

July 14, 2014 2:55 pm | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hospital staff are the reason for Healthmark Industries' new Cool Aids. Cool Aids are designed to manage one's body temperature from the head, neck, chest and core body.

Hospital Pharmacist Charged In Theft Of Pills

July 8, 2014 7:46 pm | by Jennifer Peltz, AP | News | Comments

Prosecutors are still investigating what became of the drugs, but believe the medications ended up on the thriving black market for prescription narcotics where the more than 193,000 missing pills could fetch a total of about $5.6 million.

2014 ESP Award Submission: Undetectable Thermal Undershirt

July 2, 2014 1:28 pm | by undORwear, Inc. | undORwear | Product Releases | Comments

undORwear, Inc. offers its undetectable thermal undershirt. The shirt is a warm base layer that is worn under operating room scrubs.

Healthcare Reform Champions Kit

July 2, 2014 10:35 am | by PDI | Pdi-Professional Disposables International | Product Releases | Comments

PDI recently released its new Healthcare Reform Champion's Kit. This kit is a digital educational tool designed to explain key components of the recent Healthcare Reform legislation.

TS Series Warmer

June 24, 2014 9:39 am | by MAC Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new “TS Series Warmer” from MAC Medical, Inc. is equipped with the highest technology available today. A first-in-class Large Touch Screen Control comes standard with all of the access and safety features required today. These features include FDC Compliant Data Logging with Digital Signature, Ethernet and USB ports, Wi-Fi Ready, Live Temperature Trends, Alarm Log, Remote Monitoring and Control from Central Monitoring and Smart Phone, Multi-Level Security for User Lockout, Text and Email Alerts, just to name a few.

Position Perfect System

June 19, 2014 1:38 pm | by EHOB, Inc. | Ehob, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Not only complying with facility turning protocols, the Position Perfect System is designed as a unique turning, transferring, and positioning system that protects patients from added pressure and shearing forces. 

2014 ESP Award Submission: Stryker's SYNK Wireless Platform

June 18, 2014 10:12 am | by Stryker | Stryker | Product Releases | Comments

The SYNK platform from Stryker increases OR freedom and efficiency by allowing users to wirelessly view HD video from multiple sources on up to 3 LED displays.

RadiForce LS580W

June 17, 2014 9:27 am | by EIZO, Inc. | EIZO, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

EIZO’s 58-inch LED back lit monitor, RadiForce LS580W, is ideal for ORs and Interventional Suites.

RightpH Devices

June 17, 2014 9:12 am | by RightBio Metrics | Product Releases | Comments

RightBio Metrics recently introduced the new point-of-care diagnostic devices. Designed with an innovative in vitro pH indicator, the RightSpot pH Indicator, RightSpot Infant pH Indicator, and RightLevel pH Detector provide safer nasogastric (NG) tube placement and accurate gastric acidity measurement.

Cool Aids

June 17, 2014 9:05 am | by Healthmark Industries Co., Inc. | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hospital staff are the reason for Healthmark Industries' new Cool Aids. One of the greatest challenges staff face is being uncomfortably hot while working.

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