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Nanosheets Found To Control Surgical Bleeding

July 23, 2013 9:06 am | News | Comments

Severe damage to the large vessels from multiple trauma or accidental complications in surgery can cause exsanguinating hemorrhage, especially in the thin-walled vena cava. In development is a nano-adhesive plaster that can easily be applied to lacerated vessel walls with no adhesive or suturing.

146 Medical Practices That Offer No Benefit

July 22, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

While there is an expectation that newer medical practices improve the standard of care, the history of medicine reveals many instances in which this has not been the case. A recent analysis documents 146 contemporary medical practices that have subsequently been reversed.

How Big Data Is Affecting Medical Judgment

July 18, 2013 10:44 am | by Wes Fisher, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Decisions in medicine are supposed to rest on concrete observations and hard evidence. Often, hard evidence does not exist or when it does, it isn’t used.  Why is this? Concrete observations, too, are increasingly missed as we stare at computer screens longer and patients less.  Yet we persist. Why? This is our reality now, our evolving medical world.

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The Surprising Seeds Of A Big-Data Revolution In Healthcare

July 18, 2013 9:31 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Collecting global health data was an imperfect science: Workers tramped through villages to knock on doors and ask questions, wrote the answers on paper forms, then input the data -- and from this gappy information, countries would make huge decisions. Data geek Joel Selanikio talks through the sea change in collecting health data in the past decade -- starting with the Palm Pilot and Hotmail, and now moving into the cloud.

Latest FMS1655 Controllers

July 17, 2013 10:17 am | by Triatek | Product Releases | Comments

Triatek's latest FMS1655 controllers, featuring Safety Halo edge lighting and new “Action Icons,” provide critical care facilities the unique ability to completely evacuate airborne contaminates and infections through an innovative feature called the “Clean Cycle." This automated and programmable cycle provides facilities the ability to engage the “Clean Cycle” for a predefined amount of time at which point the exhaust valve is fully opened to allow for maximum evacuation of air.

MD Vision

July 15, 2013 10:24 am | by Perkins Healthcare Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) MD Vision from Perkins Healthcare Technologies is one of the few Class II Medical Grade Video Devices in the world that can simultaneously integrate and process up to 12 different video sources and display these in a collage format on a single 8MP display.

IBM's Watson: From Game Show Star To Life Saver

July 10, 2013 4:10 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Oncologist Dr. Mark Kris, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is collaborating with IBM. He's teaching IBM "Jeopardy" champ supercomputer Watson how to assist doctors in making individualized treatment plans for lung cancer patients.

"Jeopardy!" Champ "Watson" Now In Training To Fight Cancer

July 10, 2013 10:31 am | by CBS News | News | Comments

Two years ago, IBM's supercomputer beat the champions of "Jeopardy!" Now the whiz kid is taking on a new challenge -- Watson is in intense training to help fight cancer. Oncologist Dr. Mark Kris, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is collaborating with IBM. He's teaching the computer how to assist doctors in making individualized treatment plans for lung cancer patients.

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zSpace And The Future Of Efficient Healthcare

July 10, 2013 9:44 am | by Anna Schenk, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

We recently spoke with Dave Chavez, CTO of zSpace, Inc. about the future of efficient healthcare. Zspace is a leading-edge technology provider that enables natural interaction with virtual-holographic 3D imagery through its flagship product, zSpace.

Health Info Exchange: Short-Term Growth, But Long-Term Concerns

July 9, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

While record numbers of hospitals and doctors participate in electronic health information exchange efforts, which enable medical histories to follow patients as they move between healthcare providers, the long-term success of these programs is in question. That's according to a new national survey of health information exchange organizations led by a University of Michigan researcher.

Late Adopter

July 8, 2013 3:39 pm | by Bruce Campbell, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin Otolaryngologist | Blogs | Comments

I am a classic “late adopter.” I get around to trying gizmos and new products long after they have been released. I’m not a Luddite exactly, but I do need to be convinced that a new device or product will benefit my patient and make surgery simpler before I embrace it. I guess the main problem is my pervasive skepticism of “new stuff.” I don’t need one colleague to tell me some innovation is great – I need FIVE colleagues to tell me.

Why EMR Companies Don’t Care About Usability

July 8, 2013 9:29 am | by David Do, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

While not all hospitals have the resources to support a development team, hospitals need at least to demand better solutions. Administrators need to stop looking at EMRs as off-the-shelf solutions and meaningful use as a checkbox item. Only then can we leverage the power of technology to improve patient care.

Neurovascular Probes

July 1, 2013 10:07 am | by Koven Technology | Koven Technology, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Koven Technology, Inc. announces the introduction of new ULTRA-THIN Neurovascular probes. These new probes are available in fixed and flexible tip styles with widths of just 0.8 mm and 1.2 mm. These new thinner probes enable easier access to the artery and greater visibility.

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Examining One Surgeon's Use Of Google Glass During Surgery

June 28, 2013 10:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Rafael Grossmann appears to be the first person ever to use Google Glass during a surgery. To say it’s too early to fully understand the technology and its potential applications in healthcare is a painfully obvious statement to make. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t allow our imaginations to run wild and speculate about potential procedures and situations where Google’s new-fangled device may come in handy in an operating room.

'Biowire' Could Be Major Step Toward Viable Cardiac Patches

June 28, 2013 9:18 am | by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore | Articles | Comments

Cardiac researchers have for several years been frustrated by the inability to obtain human heart cells from human patients. But technology out of Toronto allows researchers to make mature tissue from human cardiac cell samples for the first time, which could eventually lead to biodegradable surgical patches that remain in the body.

Using Google Docs To Manage Patients More Efficiently

June 25, 2013 9:27 am | by Avanthi Jayaweera | Blogs | Comments

I wanted to figure out how we could use a Google Docs to track patients and facilitate easier communication between the front desk and the medical department. The front desk staff would note in the doc that they had checked a patient in, and then the medical staff would see the update to the doc on their own computers at their station. No longer would it be necessary to crane their necks down the hall and squint to see a chart in the bin.

Andrews Institute Offers Innovative Technology For Spine Surgery

June 21, 2013 10:32 am | News | Comments

Andrews Institute Spine Center's neurosurgeon Brett Reichwage, M.D., offers patients precision spine surgery with use of O-arm technology. The O-arm allows for precise placement of spinal instrumentation during surgery. Baptist Hospital is currently Pensacola's only hospital with this advanced surgical equipment.  

Critical Seconds Saved During Brain Aneurysm Procedure With Pre-Surgery Rehearsal

June 21, 2013 10:21 am | News | Comments

Recently, a patient was transferred to University Hospitals Case Medical Center for treatment of a ruptured middle cerebral artery aneurysm. While the patient was being prepared for surgery, neurosurgeons were able to upload the patient's CT and MRI scans onto the SRP and determine how best to clip the aneurysm before stepping into the operating room, something not possible until earlier this year.

Robotic Surgery -- Is It Safe?

June 19, 2013 3:28 pm | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Most of the hundreds of thousands of robotic surgeries performed in the U.S. each year are done safely. However, as use of the machine increases, so are reports of injuries: The U.S. Food and Drug administration has received more than 200 reports since 2007 of burns, cuts and infections – including 89 deaths – after robotic surgery.             

Girl Involved In Lawnmower Accident Gets Prosthetics

June 19, 2013 2:57 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Ireland Nugent has been in a wheelchair and has undergone seven surgeries since the April 11 accident. Doctors warned she may be hesitant at first after being fitted for the test legs, but the little girl promptly took off walking as soon as they were on.

Ultra HD Ready Optical Extension Cards

June 19, 2013 11:39 am | by Emcore | Product Releases | Comments

Emcore introduces Opticomm-EMCORE OTP-1DVI2A1UKM 4K Ultra HD Ready Optical Extension Cards for the Professional Audio/Visual and Broadcast markets. The OTP-1DVI2A1UKM quickly converts, scales, and sends secure HD video and audio over fiber within government or commercial facilities that require the highest-quality video to be displayed.

HD Camera Head And HD Camera Control Unit

June 19, 2013 10:38 am | by Olive Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The TCK1 HD Camera Head and OVB1 HD Camera Control Unit from Olive Medical introduce affordable “True HD” MIS visualization with intuitive controls and lightweight ergonomics that will meet your cost-containment needs.

VisionPro 26” LED Display

June 18, 2013 9:51 am | by Stryker | Stryker | Product Releases | Comments

The VisionPro 26” LED Display from Stryker optimizes the surgical image for an enhanced OR experience. Increased brightness, contrast, and custom gamma curves provide improved clarity and color reproduction across all surgical specialties. The display’s protective layer reduces accidental panel damage and utilizes double-sided anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and reflection.

Why The Days Of Medical Privacy Are Over

June 18, 2013 9:16 am | by Dinah Miller, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

When electronic health records exist in an organization, the patient may have no way to contain their information to those who provide treatment. While the public may not think about this as a major deal, as an employee of a hospital, I do.

To Ease Shortage Of Organs, Grow Them In A Lab?

June 17, 2013 10:13 am | News | Comments

What if you could grow a custom-made organ in a lab? It sounds pretty incredible. But just a three-hour drive from the Philadelphia hospital where Sarah got her transplant, another little girl is benefiting from just that sort of technology.

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