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Laparoscopic Hysterectomy May be Safer

March 24, 2015 2:02 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Examining short- and long-term complications, quality of life, and overall mortality, researchers found that abdominal surgery carries a higher risk of complications, decreased quality of life, and death.

Excellent Results for Parachute Heart Failure Device

March 23, 2015 2:59 pm | by CardioKinetix | News | Comments

CardioKinetix Inc., a medical device company pioneering a catheter-based treatment for heart...

Deep Brain Stimulation Alleviated Pain

March 23, 2015 2:51 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Patients with Parkinson disease who experienced pain before undergoing subthalamic nucleus deep...

Parents Who Became Fugitives to Save Son Say Tumor is Gone

March 23, 2015 2:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The British parents who became fugitives after their critically ill son was refused a cancer...

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New Probe to Fight Old Medical Foe

March 23, 2015 2:32 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Doctors at a VA hospital in Augusta, Ga., are using a special high-tech probe that combines computer vision with motion detection, thermal profiling, 3-D modeling and vapor detection to fight bed sores, a condition that kills 60,000 Americans every year. 

TXA in Total Joint Replacement Lowers Blood Transfusion Use

March 20, 2015 11:28 am | by Lifespan | News | Comments

A cost-benefit analysis of topical tranexamic acid (TXA) in primary total hip and knee arthroplasty patients revealed a 12 percent transfusion rate reduction - from 17.5 percent to 5.5 percent - with no significant difference in complication rates.

Breast Implants Could Become Safer Thanks to Cell-Friendly Surface

March 20, 2015 11:25 am | by University of Manchester | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created an enhanced surface for silicone breast implants which could reduce complications and make them less likely to be rejected by the body.

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Finding Support For Surgery On Facebook

March 19, 2015 12:04 pm | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

In a recent study published by the journal Social Science & Medicine, Dartmouth researchers examined nearly 9,000 Facebook conversations to better understand how people seek and receive support on social networking sites.

Source of Anesthetic Action Found

March 18, 2015 11:50 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Anesthetics have been used for more than 150 years, but the mechanisms by which inhaled anesthesia actually work are poorly understood. Researchers have now discovered that anesthetics bind to and interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons, which are necessary for these neurons to transmit signals involved with pain.

Positive Disruptions – Next Level Visualization

March 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

When it comes to the rate of improvement and volume of upgrades, perhaps no single technology has seen as much progress as OR visualization technologies. The questions that remain for the surgical community stem from decisions on whether or not to seek the immediate upgrade or wait for the next improvement in six to 12 months.

Positive Disruptions — Multi-Modality Imaging with 4K UHD

March 16, 2015 2:53 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The third in a series of looks at the most significant technology topics impacting the OR and influencing the future of surgery.

Redesigned Labels Reduce OR Errors

March 16, 2015 2:40 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Special redesigned labels for intravenous (IV) medication bags may help to prevent serious medication errors in the operating room.

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Study Calls Heart Imaging Into Question

March 16, 2015 2:20 pm | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

People checked with a heart CT scan after seeing a doctor for chest pain have no less risk of heart attack, dying or being hospitalized months later than those who take a simple treadmill test or other older exam, finds a big federal study.

Positive Disruptions - Expanding 3D and Robotic Implementation

March 13, 2015 12:39 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

The second in a series of looks at the most significant technology topics impacting the OR and influencing the future of surgery.

One Way to Say No To Drugs Following Knee and Hip Replacements

March 13, 2015 12:17 pm | by Interview by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Articles | Comments

Dr. Clifford W. Colwell sat down with Surgical Products to offer some additional perspective on the use of a mobile compression device to combat VTE, or blood clots, following hip and knee replacement surgeries.

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.

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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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