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Surgeon: 'Bone Putty' Could Accelerate Healing For Soldiers' Traumatic Wounds

March 3, 2014 11:07 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Kansas surgeon is working on a $1.6 million research product that seeks to address combat-related trauma issues for soldiers. Michael Heggeness, the program director and chair of orthopedics of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, believes a so-called "bone putty" could be a viable alternative to typical treatment options for military veterans with serious lower-limb wounds...

3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings

February 25, 2014 10:16 am | by 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division | Product Releases | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division today announced enhancements to its 3M...

FDA Panel Rejects Medicines Co.'s Anti-Clotting Drug Cangrelor

February 13, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

A panel of federal health advisers on Wednesday voted against approval of the Medicines Co.'s...

Transparent Film Dressings

January 10, 2014 10:04 am | by 3M | Product Releases | Comments

For more than 30 years, 3M has collaborated with healthcare professionals to develop products...

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For Heart Surgery, A Glue Replaces Needle And Thread

January 9, 2014 10:31 am | by Karen Weintraub | Articles | Comments

When Dr. Pedro del Nido operates on an infant’s or small child’s heart, he closes the surgical cuts the old-fashioned way: with needle and thread. As tried and true as it is, sewing a patch onto a child’s heart is difficult and risky. Frustrated by these limitations, del Nido, head of the cardiac surgery department at Boston Children’s Hospital, and medical researchers in Boston have come up with a replacement: glue...

Johns Hopkins Review Throws Doubt On Wound Care Treatment

December 24, 2013 8:57 am | News | Comments

A systematic review of 66 research papers focused on the treatment of skin ulcers suggests that most are so technically flawed that their results are unreliable. And even of those that pass muster, there is only weak evidence that some treatments work better than standard compression therapy or special stockings...

Port Closure System

December 20, 2013 9:08 am | 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.

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Researchers Explain Why Some Wound Infections Become Chronic

December 18, 2013 9:47 am | News | Comments

Chronic wounds affect an estimated 6.5 million Americans at an annual cost of about $25 billion. Further, foot blisters and other diabetic ulcers or sores account for the vast majority of foot and leg amputations in the United States today. Why does treating chronic wounds cost so much? What complicates chronic wound infections, making healing difficult?

Microbial Sealant

December 13, 2013 9:36 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.

TAWT

December 9, 2013 11:08 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.

Lasers Deemed Highly Effective Treatment For Excessive Scars

November 29, 2013 9:49 am | News | Comments

Current laser therapy approaches are effective for treating excessive scars resulting from abnormal wound healing, concludes a special topic paper. The review provides strong support for laser treatment of hypertrophic scars—but less so for another type of abnormal scars called keloids...

The Comfort-Caddy

November 27, 2013 9:37 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.

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CHG Antimicrobial Adhesive Technology

November 25, 2013 11:24 am | by Vancive Medical Technologies and CareFusion Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Vancive Medical Technologies and CareFusion Corporation announced an exclusive agreement in the United States, Canada and Mexico for the licensing and distribution of Vancive’s BeneHold Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) antimicrobial Adhesive Technology for applications in vascular access. Under the agreement, CareFusion will market Vancive’s unique antimicrobial adhesive technology used with transparent dressings that are ideally suited for protection of catheter insertion sites.

Researchers Test Bandaging For Swollen Arm That Comes About As A Result Of Breast Cancer Treatment

November 14, 2013 10:48 am | News | Comments

As a complication of treatment, breast cancer patients may develop swelling in the arm, called lymphedema, which can last a long time. But there's no difference if simple compression bandages or a complicated daily lymphatic massage are used as treatment, McMaster University researchers have found...

Post-Surgery Pain Tied To Temporary Memory Decline In Mice

November 14, 2013 10:10 am | News | Comments

Pain in the surgical incision site might contribute to the temporary memory and learning problems that can occur after surgery, according to a new study performed on mice. Up to 80 percent of surgical patients in the United States have some level of pain after surgery, and several studies have suggested that such pain could cause problems with thinking ability after surgery...

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System

November 12, 2013 10:20 am | by Innovative Therapies | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Therapies’ Quantum is the first fully-featured device to offer negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) with simultaneous irrigation to enhance continuous healing for patients and an innovative economic model based on therapy hours used.

The Port Site Closure Problem

November 8, 2013 3:41 pm | by Anne-Marie Gannon, Clinical & Regulatory Affairs Specialist, neoSurgical | Articles | Comments

Surgical teams are faced with the challenging task of reducing post-operative complications. Solutions that enable safer surgery, faster recovery time and better outcomes are required. For laparoscopic surgery, this will include technologies that lead to reduced post-operative pain and a lower risk of herniation. The advent of technologies that offer a consistent positive outcome will be a welcome benefit for both patient and surgeon...

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Study: Rapid Healing, Healthful Aging Among Possible Benefits Of L. reuteri In Humans

November 7, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Consumption of purified microbes originating from human milk accelerates the wound-healing process in mice, according to a team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece...

FIRST PLACE (INFECTION CONTROL) -- Covalon Technologies' SurgiClear

November 6, 2013 1:23 pm | by Covalon Technologies | Covalon Technologies Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

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.

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.

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.

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.

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