Dr. Joseph E. Murray, who performed the world's first successful kidney transplant and won a Nobel Prize for his pioneering work, has died. He was 93. Murray suffered a stroke at his suburban Boston home on Thanksgiving and died at Brigham and Women's Hospital on Monday.
Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. has introduced the Laparoscopic Insulation Tester. The handheld device can be used for locating potentially dangerous tears and cracks along the shaft and handle of your laparoscopic instruments. The completely reusable device provides verification of laparoscopic insulation integrity.
In a commentary to be published in the December 12 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, two Johns Hopkins faculty members predict an ever-diminishing role for government and drug company funding of basic biomedical research, and suggest scientists look to "innovative" kinds of private investment for future resources.
Surgeons at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia have fitted a patient with a device that might eliminate the need for surgery in those with one of the world's most common chest deformities
They came from the remotest parts of Indonesia, taking crowded overnight ferries and riding for hours in cars or buses — all in the hope that a simple and free surgical procedure would restore their eyesight.
Safety-net hospitals appear to provide head and neck cancer surgical care to a vulnerable population, without an increase in short-term mortality, morbidity, or costs.
The addition of three-dimensional breast imaging—a technology called tomosynthesis—to standard digital mammography significantly increases radiologists' diagnostic accuracy while reducing false positive recall rates, according to the results of a multi-center study published in Radiology.
Patients were less anxious before the procedure and recovered more quickly and satisfactorily after by being exposed to music intra- and post-operation. They also required less sedative medication and reported better satisfaction with their medical experience.
UndORwear, Inc. offers the Under-Scrub Shirt thermal undershirt. According to the company, it is designed to help keep people warm while working in the cold, sterile environment of the operating room. The shirt is specially designed to NOT be visible under standard scrubs.
Medtronic, Inc. announced the first treatment of a U.S. patient in its trial comparing the Medtronic CoreValve System with surgical aortic valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at intermediate risk to undergo open-heart surgery. The is evaluating the minimally-invasive CoreValve System in less-sick patients who typically are treated with open-heart surgical aortic valve replacement today.
More and more, it appears that endoscopic discectomy surgery is significantly preferable to steroid injections for a number of compelling reasons, including a possible danger related to steroidal painkillers and recent disease outbreaks.
What can high school and college-age video game enthusiasts teach young surgeons-in-training? According to a new study, the superior hand-eye coordination and hand skills gained from hours of repetitive joystick maneuvers mimic the abilities needed to perform today's most technologically-advanced robotic surgeries.
DynaNail ankle arthrodesis nail is expected to become an effective alternative to external fixators for treating limb salvage procedures, as the NiTiNOL compressive element gives the nail unique properties over traditional IM nails. Compression across the joint is important for not only ensuring the joint bones remain in close apposition, but also in promoting healing.
How hospital needs and the current economic climate have merged to create a potential OR integration solution. Regardless of the industry, data sharing and management is becoming an increasingly critical issue. In the medical realm, the ability to bring as much information into the OR as possible can produce numerous benefits, not the least of which pertains to patient safety and the best possible surgical outcome.
When Beaufort Memorial Hospital (BMH), in Beaufort, SC, installed Cardinal Health's Pyxis ProcedureStation system of secure storage supply cabinets that document usage, inventory and replenishment of supplies, the facility recognized something was still missing. "Most OR systems base their charts on the surgeon preference card, like a recipe card, that just says for this procedure, you're going to need these supplies," says Kathryn Charles, Information Systems Analyst at BMH.
The AnchorPort® from Surgiquest, Inc. is an abdominal entry product that can be used for peripheral applications or for single incision surgery. Features of the AnchorPort® include: 5 mm optical tip trocars are precisely placed for safety, each employing an elastomeric technology to match cannula length to the thickness of each patient's abdominal wall.
Skytron 's Hercules 6701B Surgical Table provides a powerful 1,200-lb. lift, 1,000 lb. articulation and full-body imaging capability for today's advanced general purpose and bariatric procedures, reducing the need for multiple support accessories and optimizing ease of patient set-ups.
The Scale-Tronix Model 5702 bariatric stand-on scale is a heavy-duty, stainless steel, fully-automatic scale built for the special needs of weighing bariatric patients. The scale features: A weight capacity of 1,000 lbs. (445 kg.) An extra-large, ultra-low, stable weighing platform with a heavy duty wrap-around handrail for ease of use and security.
The TRUMPF TITAN is a modular, split-leg, fully-articulating universal surgical table with a 1,000-lb. patient weight capacity. Features of the table include: Motor driven mobility and easy movement with 6" dual castors. 40 degree Trendelenburg and reverse Trendelenburg positioning and 25 degree tilt, maintaining stability even at extreme angles at full weight capacity.
By Marilynn Marchione AP Medical Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When Connie Culp heard a little kid call her a monster because of the shotgun blast that left her face horribly disfigured, she pulled out her driver's license to show the child what she used to look like. Years later, as the nation's first face transplant recipient, she's stepped forward to show the rest of the world what she looks like now.
By Alexander G. Higgins GENEVA (AP) — Up to 2 billion people could be infected by swine flu if the current outbreak turns into a pandemic lasting two years, the World Health Organization said Thursday. WHO flu chief Keiji Fukuda said the historical record of flu pandemics indicates one-third of the world's population gets infected in such outbreaks.
Keeping both patients and clinicians safe from wirestick injuries Each year medical device facilities have a requirement to update their Exposure Control Plan. This update must include the evaluation of new safer technologies. Many infection control managers and OR supervisors evaluate safety scalpels, newer methods of suturing or closing wounds etc.
By Dan Nephin Associated Press Writer In this photo taken Wednesday Feb. 4, 2009, Valarie Kepner washes her husband, Jeff Kepner's legs following a shower in the morning before she heads to work and he waits to take his daughter to school in Augusta, Ga.
The SIS Trax system manages tissue throughout its lifecycle, helping to prevent patient safety errors and optimize the hospital's bottom line. The operating room is nearly every hospital's biggest source of revenueand its most costly department. Along with using expensive surgical instruments and resources on a daily basis, OR professionals are handling expensive pieces of inventory in the form of surgical tissue.
Omnicell, Inc. introduces its Omnicell Tissue Center solution that, with the latest release of Omnicell OptiFlex 10.0 advanced supply chain management software, helps hospitals increase efficiency of tissue tracking processes and comply with regulations and recommendations by the Joint Commission and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).