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'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.

Arizona Hospital Performs State's First 'Lung-In-A-Box' Transplant

June 17, 2013 10:09 am | News | Comments

Lung transplant surgeons at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix have performed Arizona's first "breathing" lung transplantation. Even in transport, these lungs are kept breathing and circulating with blood. This experimental sci-fi technology, nicknamed "Lung-in-a-Box," could revolutionize the field of lung transplantation. St. Joseph's is one of only five sites in the nation offering this unique technology.

Multi-Touch Monitor

June 17, 2013 9:21 am | by Eizo | Product Releases | Comments

The FlexScan T2381W multi-touch monitor from Eizo combines superb image quality, durability, and a design that is optimized for comfortable 5-point multi-touch use. The 23-inch non-scratch touch screen surface is made of reinforced glass. It features a new fully flat surface that enables seamless touch operation.


CS-iQ Sterile Processing Workflow Management Software

June 13, 2013 9:32 am | by Steris | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) CS-iQ Sterile Processing Workflow Management Software from Steris promotes productivity, traceability, and compliance within the CS department to support ORs. As functionality is added by each module, the benefits increase.

Surgeons Develop App To Practice Surgery

June 12, 2013 1:55 pm | by YouTube | Videos | Comments

Trainee surgeons are using tablet computers as a way to practice surgery outside the operating theater. The surgery app was designed by four surgeons in London and can be downloaded on a variety of devices. Dr. Sanjay Purkayastha, one of its developers, said they wanted to take surgical education to "another level." The app has been downloaded worldwide more than 80,000 times in less than six months.

Olympus Receives Contract with Premier Healthcare Alliance for THUNDERBEAT Advanced Energy Platform

June 12, 2013 1:35 pm | News | Comments

Olympus, a precision technology leader in designing and delivering innovative Medical and Surgical solutions, among other core businesses, announced today that its THUNDERBEAT Advanced Energy Platform has been added to the Surgical Energy agreement with Premier.

Survey Of Physicians Suggests Tablets More Useful Than Smartphones

June 12, 2013 11:49 am | News | Comments

Surveys reveal that the most common activity of physicians who use an electronic health record (EHR) and use a smartphone or tablet is "sending and receiving emails." The second most frequent activity among tablet users is accessing EHRs (51 percent daily). Just 7 percent of physicians use their smartphone to access EHRs.

Transplant Patient Outcomes Strong Following Trauma

June 11, 2013 12:21 pm | News | Comments

Physicians from the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have determined that outcomes for traumatic injury in patients with organ transplants are not worse than for non-transplanted patients. One theory indicates that severe trauma activates nearly all components of the immune system, triggering a series of responses that lead to inflammation, which can limit tissue damage and promotes repair.

Nanofiber Sensors Detect Cancer Faster

June 11, 2013 12:10 pm | News | Comments

New research suggests that smartphone users could diagnose serious diseases, such as diabetes or lung cancer, quickly and effectively by simply breathing into a nanofiber breathing sensor mounted on the phones. The use of biomarkers to predict certain diseases such as acetone for diabetes, toluene for lung cancer, and ammonia for kidney malfunction could speed diagnosis and cut costs.

Women Can Be Screened With Virtual Colonoscopy Later Than Men

June 10, 2013 11:57 am | News | Comments

A new study has found that women can be screened for colorectal cancer at least five to 10 years later than men when undergoing an initial "virtual colonoscopy." The findings may help establish guidelines for the use of this screening technique, which is less invasive than a traditional colonoscopy.

African Plants Could Stop Tumor Growth

June 10, 2013 11:51 am | News | Comments

African medicinal plants contain chemicals that may be able to stop the spread of cancer cells. This is the conclusion of researchers following laboratory experiments. The plant materials will now undergo further analysis in order to evaluate their therapeutic potential.

3-D Map Of Brain Shows Surprises

June 10, 2013 11:37 am | News | Comments

Blood vessels within a sensory area of the mammalian brain loop and connect in unexpected ways, a new map has revealed. The study describes vascular architecture within a well-known region of the cerebral cortex and explores what that structure means for functional imaging of the brain and the onset of a kind of dementia.

Duke Surgeon Conducts First U.S. Human Trial With Engineered Blood Vessel

June 7, 2013 10:27 am | by Kelsey Rupp | News | Comments

A surgeon at Duke University performed the first U.S. implantation of a bioengineered blood vessel on Wednesday, using a new technique that may improve the lives of dialysis patients. A non-living tube built using living cells, a bioengineered blood vessel resembles natural blood vessels in size and strength but is not made of unnatural materials like synthetic blood vessels, called grafts.

Robotic Limbs Moved By The Mind

June 6, 2013 9:37 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Humans can now move robotic limbs using only their thoughts and, in some cases, even get sensory feedback from their robotic hands. Just a few years ago, this would sound impossible. However, now it is a reality. Learn more about this technology through the story of Jan Scheuermann, a Pittsburgh mother of two.

New Technology Makes Breast Cancer Surgery More Precise

June 3, 2013 11:46 am | News | Comments

Surgeons at UC Irvine Medical Center are the first in the country to use a device that reduces by half the need to reoperate and cut out breast cancer cells missed during an initial lumpectomy. The MarginProbe System lets the surgeon immediately assess whether cancer cells remain on the margins of excised tissue. Currently, patients have to wait days for a pathologist to determine this.

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