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Discovery Could Lead To Anti-Clotting Drugs With Less Risk Of Bleeding

October 29, 2013 10:22 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered a molecular switch that causes small, beneficial clots that stop bleeding to enlarge further during wound healing. By blocking this switch in lab mice, the researchers prevented small clots from growing — a process that can pose a danger in humans — while preserving their ability to staunch bleeding...

The Comfort-Caddy

October 22, 2013 9:24 am | by Nafra Worldwide | Product Releases | Comments

The Comfort-Caddy from Nafra Worldwide is a patented and FDA-cleared, multi-pouch storage system that is designed to hold wound drainage collection tubes and bulbs for post-surgical patients. It will help keep patients comfortable after surgeries that may require closed wound drainage, such as mastectomies, orthopedic procedures, spinal, or cosmetic surgeries.

SurgiClear

October 16, 2013 10:28 am | by Covalon Technologies | Covalon Technologies Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

Advancements in infection prevention have greatly increased the surgeon’s ability to give their patients the best possible care.  SurgiClear from Covalon Technologies integrates two well-known antimicrobials (chlorhexidine and silver) into the film dressing’s soft silicone adhesive. The dual antimicrobial silicone adhesive kills 99.99 percent of bacteria and suppresses re-growth of microbes on the patient’s skin, maintaining a preferred environment for wound healing.

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High Blood Sugar Levels Linked To Increased Wound Complications After Surgery

October 2, 2013 10:59 am | News | Comments

A new study released today shows that among patients undergoing surgery for chronic wounds related to diabetes, the risk of wound-related complications is affected by how well the patient's blood sugar levels are controlled before surgery.

iPRUM

September 30, 2013 10:56 am | by Onyx Medical Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Onyx Medical Inc. introduces the iPRUM, a thoracic WiFi portable drainage system. It can be remotely controlled via PC or smart phone to monitor and control air and fluid volumes over time. The iPRUM is quiet, lightweight (2 lbs) and portable. On screen displays suction pressure, flow rate, and drainage volume. iPRUM records, stores, and wirelessly transmits the measured data to a hospital main computer and alerts staff in case of any irregularities.

A Risk Worth Taking

September 26, 2013 9:49 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

All products are designed with one or more specific applications in mind. What remains unclear during the development process, however, is just how effective the product will be when compared with what’s already available on the market. It is the difference – whether it is positive or negative – that often ends up defining the product in the eyes of the public...

Port Closure System

September 20, 2013 3:35 pm | by CooperSurgical | CooperSurgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

CooperSurgical offers the new Carter-Thomason II Port Closure System, designed to ensure safer, quicker port site closure for average to obese patients undergoing a range of laparoscopic procedures. The system is comprised of two precisely engineered components, including the advanced Suture Passer and Suture Guide. Because the Suture Guide is the only device on the market designed to be placed directly through the trocar, it precisely follows the port site track to assure complete closure, including fascia and peritoneum.

Microbial Sealant

September 11, 2013 10:42 am | by Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark offers INTEGUSEAL Microbial Sealant. According to the company it's been shown to seal and immobilize skin flora that preps miss—including MRSA, S. epidermidis, and E. coli—keeping them from migrating into the surgical incision. It is effective against common and dangerous skin pathogens throughout a surgical procedure. It's also breathable, safe, easy to apply, and fast-drying.

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REVIVE SE Thrombectomy Device

September 10, 2013 9:55 am | by Codman Neuro | Product Releases | Comments

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the European launch of the REVIVE SE Thrombectomy Device, a next generation clot removal device offering enhanced navigation through the cerebral vasculature and rapid restoration of blood flow to the brain after an ischemic stroke. The REVIVE SE device is a self-expanding basket made out of nitinol that features a closed-ended soft distal tip to capture clots and large fragments with minimal trauma.

neoClose

August 29, 2013 1:47 pm | by neoSurgical | Product Releases | Comments

neoSurgical offers neoClose, an innovative new FDA-approved device designed to overcome the challenges of quickly, simply, and effectively closing any port or access site in the abdominal wall following keyhole surgery. The neoClose device consists of an AccuGuide that aids the accurate delivery of a bioabsorable PGA suture and attached bioabsorbable AutoAnchor using the the trocar as the reference point, that swiftly and easily closes the wound and offers a consistent positive outcome to both the surgeon and the patient.

Study: Enhanced Recovery Pathway For Gynecologic Surgery Sets Patients Back To Health Faster

August 27, 2013 11:22 am | News | Comments

Patients who had complex gynecologic surgery managed by an enhanced recovery pathway (ERP) resulted in decreased narcotic use, earlier discharge, stable readmission rates, excellent patient satisfaction and cost savings, according to a Mayo Clinic study. A team of gynecologic oncologists, urogynecologists, and anesthesiologists developed an enhanced recovery pathway for patients undergoing gynecologic surgery to recover more quickly.

SurgiSleeve

August 7, 2013 9:46 am | by Covidien | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien enters the fast-growing wound protector market with the global launch of SurgiSleeve.  Used in both open and minimally invasive surgery, the new access device protects the wound site from contamination and also provides excellent exposure and visualization.

Researchers Identify A Novel Approach To Organ Regeneration, Tissue Repair

July 31, 2013 11:16 am | News | Comments

Because most human tissues do not regenerate spontaneously, advances in tissue repair and organ regeneration could benefit many patients with a wide variety of medical conditions. Now a research team has identified an entirely new approach to enhance normal tissue growth, a finding that could have widespread therapeutic applications.

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Polish Face Transplant Patient Talks Amazing Recovery

July 30, 2013 10:33 am | by Monika Scislowska, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 33-year-old man said he owes his doctors "everything" following a skin-and-bone transplant on May 15, three weeks after losing his nose, upper jaw and cheeks in an accident at the brick factory where he worked. Doctors say it was the world's fastest time frame for such an operation.

Wounds Heal Better When Debrided Often

July 29, 2013 10:29 am | by Sarah Wickline | News | Comments

Faster and more complete wound healing was achieved with more frequent debridement regardless of wound type, size, or duration, researchers found. Weekly or even more frequent debridement -- the removal of necrotic tissue and foreign bodies from a wound that isn't healing on its own -- resulted in shorter healing times for all wound types compared with less frequent debridement.

Challenging Cases: Hernia Mesh

July 8, 2013 4:46 pm | by Andrew Dennis, D.O., FACOS, DME, The Cook County Trauma Unit, JHS Cook County Hospital | Articles | Comments

Multiple gunshot wounds to a 36-year-old man's abdomen and right groin led to one difficult case for surgeons at Chicago's Cook County Trauma Unit. The patient developed a massive SIRS response and remained non-closeable for several weeks.

TAWT

July 8, 2013 10:19 am | by StarSurgical, Inc. | Starsurgical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

StarSurgical, Inc. announces TAWT (Trans Abdominal Wall Traction), a less invasive Wittmann Patch technique for acute closure and chronic giant ventral hernia repair.  TAWT helps restore abdominal wall anatomy without component separation or bridging mesh, and  it preserves the midline fascial borders for final closure.

Microbial Sealant

June 25, 2013 10:05 am | by Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark offers INTEGUSEAL Microbial Sealant. According to the company it's been shown to seal and immobilize skin flora that preps miss—including MRSA, S. epidermidis, and E. coli—keeping them from migrating into the surgical incision. It is effective against common and dangerous skin pathogens throughout a surgical procedure.

PulSTARLogix System

June 7, 2013 2:48 pm | by Encompass Group, LLC | Encompass Group, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Encompass Group, LLC's PulSTARLogix System by Albahealth is an intermittent pneumatic compression system that promotes proper blood flow for immobile patients and reduces the risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The pump is compact and quiet, easy to use and comfortable for the patient.

The Comfort-Caddy

June 5, 2013 9:52 am | by Nafra Worldwide | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The Comfort-Caddy from Nafra Worldwide is a patented and FDA-cleared, multi-pouch storage system that is designed to hold wound drainage collection tubes and bulbs for post surgical patients. It will help keep patients comfortable after surgeries that may require closed wound drainage, such as mastectomies, orthopedic procedures, spinal, or cosmetic surgeries.

SurgiClear

June 3, 2013 11:02 am | by Covalon Technologies | Covalon Technologies Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) SurgiClear from Covalon Technologies integrates two well-known antimicrobials (chlorhexidine and silver) into the film dressing’s soft silicone adhesive. The dual antimicrobial silicone adhesive kills 99.99 percent of bacteria and suppresses re-growth of microbes on the patient’s skin, maintaining a preferred environment for wound healing.

Combat Ready Clamp

May 15, 2013 10:51 am | by Combat Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The Combat Ready Clamp from Combat Medical Systems made history Friday when it received new critical indications from the FDA making it the first device of its kind approved to treat unmanageable amputations and pelvic wounds not addressable with standard limb tourniquets.

After Countless Surgeries, Still-Hospitalized Boston Bomb Victim Upbeat

May 13, 2013 11:03 am | by Bob Salsberg, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marc Fucarile lost his right leg above the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing, and doctors are still fighting to save his shattered left one. He has second- and third-degree burns and a piece of shrapnel lodged in his heart. He's lost track of how many surgeries he's had, with more still ahead. But he won't allow the pain or the uncertainty of his future shake his spirit or destroy his faith in humanity.

iPRUM

May 13, 2013 9:51 am | by Onyx Medical Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Onyx Medical Inc. introduces the iPRUM, a thoracic WiFi portable drainage system. It can be remotely controlled via PC or smart phone to monitor and control air and fluid volumes over time. The iPRUM is quiet, lightweight (2 lbs) and portable. On screen displays suction pressure, flow rate, and drainage volume.

AIR-BAND Radial Compression Device

May 6, 2013 9:58 am | by Maquet Cardiovascular LLC | Product Releases | Comments

AIR-BAND from Maquet Cardiovascular LLC is a 26-cm long, latex-free, self-adhesive wristband with a clear window and bulb that facilitate visualization of the puncture site. A luer valve on the end of the clear fill tube enables any standard syringe to be connected to inflate and deflate the bulb with air to provide compression of the radial puncture site.

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