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Positive Disruptions

March 12, 2015 2:24 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The first in a series of articles looking at the most significant technology topics impacting the OR and the future of surgery.

How Much Cancer Imaging is Too Much?

March 12, 2015 1:55 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A study concluded that regional culture and infrastructure could contribute to an inappropriate level of prostate and breast cancer imaging.

One-Year TAVR Outcomes Available

March 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

David R. Holmes Jr., M.D., of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues examined 1-year outcomes for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients who had 30-day outcomes previously reported. 

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Injured Kidneys Can Be Used for Transplants

March 11, 2015 12:36 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Kidneys from deceased donors that have acute injuries are frequently discarded instead of being used for transplant. However, a Yale-led study finds that such kidneys may be more viable than previously thought, and should be considered to meet the growing demand for organ transplants.

MyRounding and AORN Announce Partnership

March 10, 2015 1:13 pm | by AORN | News | Comments

myAORNguidelines is a new product that will enable operating room managers and administrators to analyze and sustain compliance with AORN's evidence-based Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

Photo of the Day: The Connected OR at AORN

March 10, 2015 1:07 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

This photo showcases a fully-constructed operating room that Steris has on display to help attendees appreciate the surgical equipment, monitors and other products that they have identified as key in keeping pace with procedural demands and patient needs.

Improving Pain Management Practices

March 10, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

A look at how new pharmaceutical developments could help improve patient comfort and post-operative results.

Minimally Invasive Device Meets Gold Standard

March 9, 2015 12:50 pm | by Ceterix Orthopaedics | News | Comments

Ceterix Orthopaedics today announced publication of positive findings from two biomechanical studies of the company’s proprietary NovoStitch suture passer for meniscus repair in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

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Space Shuttle Tech to Assist Child Surgery

March 9, 2015 12:43 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

KidsArm, a descendant of Canadarm, the robot arm used on the Space Shuttle, is the first image-guided robotic surgical arm in the world, specifically designed for surgery for children.

Interstate Nursing Licensure Moves Telemedecine Forward in Montana

March 6, 2015 12:58 pm | by National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) | News | Comments

Montana is the 25th state to join Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows nurses to practice across state borders - enabling stronger telemedicine opportunities.

New Approaches Improve Buttock Augmentation and Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgeries

March 4, 2015 1:03 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

A closer look at improvements to two of the fastest-growing plastic surgery procedures: gluteoplasty or butt augmentation, and labiaplasty to address cosmetic and functional concerns with the vagina.

Obesity is Associated with Brain's Neurotransmitters

March 4, 2015 12:59 pm | by Aalto University | News | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain.

Application of Magnetic Force Enhances Laparoscopic Surgery

March 3, 2015 12:52 pm | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective.

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DoD Awards Grant for Non-Antibiotic Infection Therapy

March 3, 2015 12:46 pm | by Neumedicines | News | Comments

Neumedicines has been awarded a DoD grant for a clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a prophylactic immunotherapy in surgical wounds, for the purpose of avoiding infection.

Google Glass Shows Promising Uses in Plastic Surgery

March 2, 2015 12:06 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery — with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation and patient safety.

New Council Formed to Reduce Surgical Plume

February 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by International Council on Surgical Plume | News | Comments

A new non-profit council has recently formed with a mission to finally rid the world’s operating environments of surgical smoke plume once and for all.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer Device Focused on Tumor Tracking

February 26, 2015 1:36 pm | by Noble Hospital | News | Comments

A Noble Hospital breast surgeon is championing a new device that improves the treatment of breast cancers after lumpectomy surgery.

3 Men First to Get Reconstructed Bionic Hands After Amputation

February 25, 2015 12:58 pm | by Maria Chen, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.

Anticancer Virus Solution Provides an Alternative to Surgery

February 25, 2015 12:46 pm | by Okayama University | News | Comments

Researchers at Okayama University and the University of California in San Diego have demonstrated that injection of a viral solution can eradicate lymph node metastasis making prophylactic surgery unnecessary.

Lawmaker Asks if Swallowed Camera Can be Used for Female Exam

February 24, 2015 12:39 pm | by Kimberlee Kruesi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.

An Alarming Problem with Medical Technology

February 24, 2015 12:13 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief - Medical Design Technology (@SeanFenske) | Articles | Comments

With regard to alarm fatigue, middleware helps to ensure the most important alerts get the necessary attention. However, it is a solution that needs to be implemented across an entire hospital landscape to be successful.

Embedded Technology: The Vital Organ of Wireless and Connected Health

February 24, 2015 11:59 am | by Chris Ault, Senior Product Manager, QNX Software Systems | Articles | Comments

Before we get too excited and blindly reliant on the exponential growth of medical apps on our smartphone devices we need to ask; can we rely on the same smartphone device that allows us to play Angry Birds to be trusted with our health and well-being?

Conjoined Twins Successfully Separated at Texas Children's Hospital

February 23, 2015 1:36 pm | by Texas Children's Hospital | News | Comments

Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, conjoined twin girls born at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women in April 2014, underwent a successful separation surgery on Feb. 17 at Texas Children's Hospital.

3D Printed Guides can Help Restore Function in Damaged Nerves

February 23, 2015 1:30 pm | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

The device, called a nerve guidance conduit (NGC), is a framework of tiny tubes that guide the damaged nerve ends towards each other so that they can repair naturally.

800,000 HealthCare.gov Customers Given Wrong Tax Info

February 20, 2015 12:06 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.

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