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St. Jude Gets EU Approval For Wireless Pacemaker

October 14, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

St. Jude Medical Inc. has received European approval to market the first pacemaker that does not require implanted wires to attach to the heart. The first-of-a-kind device was developed by California-based startup Nanostim with funding from St. Jude. The St. Paul, Minn.-based device maker also said it would acquire of the smaller company for more than $123 million under a previously negotiated option agreement between the companies...

How Google Glass May Benefit Surgeons In The OR

October 11, 2013 11:36 am | by Medgadget | Videos | Comments

Philips and Accenture are teaming up to investigate how Google Glass can help improve clinical workflow and assist doctors and nurses in performing every day tasks. As a proof of concept, they released a video demonstrating a few tools that surgeons may benefit from in the OR...

CPM Procedure May Not Increase Life Expectancy

October 9, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

Women with early-stage breast cancer in one breast are increasingly opting to undergo a more aggressive operation to remove both breasts, called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Rates of double mastectomies have more than doubled over the last decade for women with early-stage cancer.

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Surgeons Report New Approaches To Reducing Post-Op Pain

October 8, 2013 12:23 pm | News | Comments

One pain treatment utilized the simple but non-standard application of ice packs after major abdominal operations in patients, and the other treatment was a prolonged drug delivery method using nanotechnology in animals. Past research has shown that post-operative pain is often undertreated. 

Insurers Feel "Obamacare" Is Fixable

October 8, 2013 12:09 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

The federal government's biggest foray into online commerce has left millions of tech-savvy Americans thoroughly bewildered, but the insurance industry and others experienced with rolling out new programs say there's still enough time to fix the glitches with President Barack Obama's healthcare law before uninsured people start getting coverage on January 1.

Study: Technology, Not Uninsured Patients, Driving Hospital Costs

October 3, 2013 11:01 am | News | Comments

Technology, not uninsured patients, likely explains the steep rise in the cost of hospital care in Texas in recent years, according to Vivian Ho, the chair in health economics at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, a professor of economics at Rice and a professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine...

Cool Flow Vest System

October 3, 2013 10:14 am | by Polar Products | Polar Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Polar Products' Cool Flow Vest System provides cooling comfort during long surgeries by continuously circulating cold water from a 15 quart cooler through over 50 feet of insulated tubing within the vest. Breakaway couplings allow freedom of movement as needed. The Fitted Vest weighs less than 8 ounces and has a snug, comfortable fit. The Heavy-Duty Vest has 50 percent thicker walled tubing. Designed for wear beneath lead aprons and for extra-tough applications.

Why Physicians Will Never Learn To Like EMRs

October 2, 2013 9:11 am | by Margalit Gur-Arie | Blogs | Comments

To be clear, most EMRs can’t do all these things just yet, but they are being redesigned along these lines, because these new EMRs are foundational to what David Cutler, a Harvard applied economics professor and one of the most influential health care policy makers, calls the “information technology revolution...”

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Flexible Drop-In Doppler Probe

September 27, 2013 10:58 am | by VTI | Product Releases | Comments

VTI offers the new Flexible Drop-In Doppler probe for use in laparoscopic and robotic procedures for positive identification of vasculature.  During laparoscopic procedures the probe is manipulated by the surgeon using a standard grasper, while in robotic surgery, the console surgeon directly manipulates the VTI Flexible Drop-In Doppler via a robotic arm.

New Breast Cancer Imaging Technique Could Cut Down On False Positives

September 27, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

A joint BYU-Utah research team is developing a new breast cancer screening technique that has the potential to reduce false positives, and, possibly, minimize the need for invasive biopsies. The group has created an MRI device that could improve both the process and accuracy of breast cancer screening by scanning for sodium levels in the breast...

Robot Leg Gives Near-Normal Mobility

September 26, 2013 11:09 am | by Michael Smith | News | Comments

A robotic control system for a prosthetic leg allowed a 31-year-old man to walk and climb stairs with a nearly normal gait, researchers reported. The system links nerves in the thigh -- including some for missing muscles in the lower limb -- to a processor that decodes the signals and guides the motion of the prosthesis...

RealView Visual Workflow Management Software

September 25, 2013 10:19 am | by Steris | Steris Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The RealView Visual Workflow Management Software from Steris is designed to help create Lean, highly efficient perioperative environments. According to the company, improvements include an increase of up to 85 percent in OR utilization and a 146 percent improvement in surgical volume without adding ORs or overtime.

Google Glass Could Help Rural Surgeons

September 20, 2013 3:18 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

India is the perfect place for Google Inc.’s wearable computer Google Glass, according to the first surgeon in the country to perform an operation wearing the optical device. J.S. Rajkumar, a tech-savvy laparoscopic surgeon at the Lifeline Multi Speciality Hospital in the southern city of Chennai, on Tuesday carried out two operations wearing Glass, which uses a tiny, voice-controlled, Wi-Fi-enabled computer on the face...

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S.A.F.E.

September 20, 2013 10:12 am | by Steris | Steris Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Steris offers the new S.A.F.E. Situational Awareness for Everyone Display. It is designed to provide automatic access to key patient information from diverse IT systems – laboratory, radiology, medical records, allergies, and more – within the operating room.

HD Camera Head And HD Camera Control Unit

September 18, 2013 10:59 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. Olive Medical is dedicated to providing affordable HD MIS imaging equipment to the OR by using a combination of superior technology, cutting-edge imaging sensors, and lean manufacturing processes.

ZeroWire Ultra

September 18, 2013 10:41 am | by NDSsi | NDS Surgical Imaging | Product Releases | Comments

The latest advancement of NDSsi's ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless video technology, ZeroWire Ultra allows up to nine transmitter/receiver pairs to operate simultaneously within neighboring vicinities (75-feet radius). Utilizing an innovative system of “Time Frequency Coding,” ZeroWire Ultra units are programmed to change frequency bands in a specific sequence and timing, creating nine non-interfering channels, compared to the previous generation’s three-channel limit.

Medical Fact Or Fiction?

September 16, 2013 11:28 am | by Dr. Stephen B. Shrewsbury | Articles | Comments

Medical science is changing so fast that much of what's just down the road seems more like a "Star Trek" episode than something you'll soon find at your doctor's office or local hospital. Let's see if you can separate the fact from the fantasy. Take a few seconds to read through the following seven statements. Which will soon be medical realities and which are pure science fiction?

Electronic Health Data Can Be Used As Warning System For Missed Medicine Doses

September 16, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

Electronic data routinely gathered in hospitals can be used as a warning system for missed doses of prescribed medicine and making improvements to patient safety, says a new study. A research team found that the secondary use of data from an electronic prescribing and decision support system in an English hospital led to a 'substantial and sustained' reduction in rates of missed or delayed doses of medicines.

FMS1655 Controllers

September 16, 2013 10:18 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.

Google Glass For Medicine: Four Reasons Why It Could Be Disastrous

September 16, 2013 9:22 am | by Matthew Katz, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

The buzz is that Google Glass will transform medicine.  But unless it’s carefully vetted it could be a disaster for patients, clinicians, and hospitals.  Until the FDA or research confirms its safety, Google Glass is banned from my clinic as a privacy and medical practice hazard. Here are four reasons why.

Great Expectations

September 13, 2013 5:18 pm | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

A multi-year project by Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center to construct two hybrid operating rooms featuring state-of-the-art technology concluded in January of 2012. With one located in the facility’s tower and another in its atrium, staff from a number of different specialties immediately began to utilize cutting-edge technology and interact with one another on a number of hybrid surgical procedures.

New Tool Detects Breast Cancer, Limits Surgeries

September 13, 2013 11:39 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

More than 230,000 U.S. women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Many choose a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous tissue. Now a new tool in the operating room may save women from follow-up surgery. CBS News' Teresa Garcia reports.

OR Inventory Manager

September 13, 2013 10:05 am | by TECSYS Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TECSYS Inc. announced the OR (Operating Room) Inventory Manager; TECSYS’ innovative and clinical staff-friendly solution specifically designed for the perioperative supply chain environment. It empowers the OR organization to leap forward in their transformational initiatives to meet the constraints and stringent needs of today’s operating rooms. TECSYS’ OR Inventory Manager is all about ultimate visibility, control, and efficient execution.

UAB Surgeon First To Use New Heart Catheter On A U.S. Patient

September 12, 2013 10:37 am | News | Comments

University of Alabama at Birmingham cardiovascular physician Tom McElderry, M.D., has become the first surgeon in the United States to use the new IntellaTip MiFi XP catheter in a patient. The device was given FDA approval in the United States in August for the treatment of atrial flutter, an arrhythmia that affects nearly one million people in the United States.

Use Of EHRs For Patients With Diabetes Linked With Reduction In ED Visits, Hospitalizations

September 11, 2013 11:36 am | News | Comments

Among patients with diabetes, use of an outpatient electronic health record (EHR) in an integrated healthcare delivery system was associated with modest reductions in emergency department visits and hospitalizations, but was not associated with a change in office visit rates, according to a study.

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