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Simple Test May Predict Surgical Wound Healing Complications

October 17, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

As many as 35 percent of patients who undergo surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas experience wound-healing complications, due to radiation they receive before surgery. Now a study has suggested that a simple test called transcutaneous oximetry may be able to predict which of these patients are most likely to experience wound-healing complications, potentially enabling surgeons to take extra precautions ...

Study: College Athletes in Contact Sports More Likely to Carry MRSA

October 9, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

Even if they don't show signs of infection, college athletes who play football, soccer and other...

New Technologies Could Replace Stitches For Wound Closure

October 7, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

The increasing reliability and versatility of adhesive approaches, and the growing need for...

Common Painkillers Combined With Other Drugs May Cause High Risk of Bleeding

October 2, 2014 5:35 pm | News | Comments

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as ibuprofen and aspirin — increase one's...

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'Smart' Bandage Emits Glow To Show Healing

October 1, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has created a paint-on, see-through, "smart" bandage that glows to indicate a wound's tissue oxygenation concentration ... 

Olympus Announces Most Advanced Hemostasis Clip

September 9, 2014 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus, a global technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions for medical and surgical procedures, among other core businesses, announced Monday the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared QuickClip Pro™ hemostasis clip designed for bleed control and defect closure during GI endoscopy procedures.

Plastic Surgeon Introduces Wound Healing Aid

September 8, 2014 11:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

ScaRx®Tape is hypoallergenic and made with non-toxic adhesive. It is latex free and breathable, maintaining skin integrity. ScaRx®Tape has been shown to last about a week even with bathing. Instructions recommend that patients use ScaRx®Tape continuously for several months to help achieve the best scars possible.

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Reconstructive Surgery: Many Options After Bone Cancer Treatment

September 4, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Most people having bone cancer might consider having plastic or reconstructive surgery after treatment. This helps in repairing the damage resulting from the cancerous tumor being removed from the cartilage, bone, surrounding soft tissues and ligaments. The process of removing the cancer can result in the patient being scarred and disfigured and plastic or reconstructive surgery could be necessary to repair the damage.

SP Interview: Cohera Medical Introduces TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive

September 2, 2014 11:34 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | News | Comments

In a recent interview with Surgical Products, Cohera Medical President and CEO Patrick Daly and Peter Rubin, MD, Chair of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, gave their thoughts on why TissuGlu could be an exciting breakthrough for patients recovering from large-flag procedures.

Bundled Approach to Reduce SSIs in Colorectal Surgery

August 28, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary program (called a "bundle") that spanned the phases of perioperative care helped reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal surgery (CRS) at an academic medical center. The study was authored by Jeffrey E. Keenan, M.D., of the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C., and colleagues.

'Shape-Shifting' Material Could Help Reconstruct Faces

August 14, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers reported that they have developed a "self-fitting" material that expands with warm salt water to precisely fill bone defects, and also acts as a scaffold for new bone growth.

Surgeons Remove 232 "Tooth-Like Structures" From Teen

July 25, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Surgeon Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles. He said the team of dental surgeons took seven hours to remove all the denticles.

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After 13-Hour Surgery, Optimism For Rock Attack Victim

July 24, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — keep her alive. Screws, bolts and plates now hold together the face of the seventh-grade teacher from Uniontown, Ohio.

New Material Improves Wound Healing, Keeps Bacteria From Sticking

June 25, 2014 10:06 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

As many patients know, treating wounds has become far more sophisticated than sewing stitches and applying gauze, but dressings still have shortcomings. Now scientists are reporting the next step in the evolution of wound treatment with a material that leads to faster healing than existing commercial dressings and prevents potentially harmful bacteria from sticking...

Surgeons Report Fewer Postoperative Deep-Vein Blood Clots Using Risk-Based Preventive Measures

June 2, 2014 11:22 am | by American College of Surgeons | News | Comments

Results from a surgical quality improvement study indicate that the odds of this common and potentially life-threatening postoperative complication steadily declined after the implementation of a multicomponent prevention program in a hospital’s department of surgery...

Improved Identification Of War Wound Infections Promises More Successful Treatment

May 30, 2014 9:21 am | by American Society for Microbiology | News | Comments

War wounds that heal successfully frequently contain different microbial species from those that heal poorly, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. These and other findings have important implications for improving wound healing...

Taking Prescribed Anti-Clotting Drug May Help Save Stent Patients' Lives

May 29, 2014 10:11 am | by American Heart Association | News | Comments

If you've just received a coronary artery stent to prop open a blood vessel, your life may depend on filling your prescription and taking an anti-clotting drug within days of leaving the hospital, according to a large study...     

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Coating Stents With Vitamin C Could Reduce Clotting Risks

May 28, 2014 9:44 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Every year, more than 1 million people in the U.S. who have suffered heart attacks or chest pain from blocked arteries have little mesh tubes called stents inserted into their blood vessels to prop them open. The procedure has saved many lives, but it still has potentially deadly downsides. Now scientists are reporting in the ACS journal Langmuir that coating stents with vitamin C could lower the implants' risks even further...

Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods Lean On Each Other Through Rehab From Surgery

May 14, 2014 9:22 am | by Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The power couple of sports is a rehab unit all its own. Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods, however, can take heart in knowing they have each other to lean on during the arduous process. Vonn is working her way back from a second right knee operation that kept her from skiing at the Sochi Olympics. Woods is recovering from surgery to relieve pain from a pinched nerve in his back...

Understanding Aspirin's Effect On Wound Healing Offers Hope For Treating Chronic Wounds

May 12, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

In addition to its known capacity to promote bleeding events, aspirin also inhibits wound healing. New research published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine now describes how aspirin acts on key skin cells called keratinocytes, delaying skin repair at wound sites. A better understanding of this process offers hope for the development of drugs to encourage wounds to heal...

Insight On Managing Surgical Patients Taking New Drugs To Prevent Blood Clots

April 29, 2014 9:04 am | News | Comments

New oral anticoagulant drugs that treat and prevent clots offer a much-needed alternative to warfarin, which has been used for more than six decades and has serious shortcomings. A new article gives an overview of the major clinical trials and recommendations related to these new agents and will serve as a practical guide for their use in patients who require planned or emergency surgery...

The Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip

April 24, 2014 10:01 am | by Cook Medical | Cook Medical, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Instinct Endoscopic Hemoclip from Cook Medical is now available to gastroenterologists in major global markets. The clip is used to stop gastrointestinal (GI) tract bleeding, which is a condition that can be challenging to treat because of the variations among bleeds. The Instinct clip has two specific features that can help a physician achieve hemostasis more quickly and easily.

3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings

April 22, 2014 11:28 am | by 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division | 3M Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division announced enhancements to its 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings aimed at improving securement, wear time, and proper application.

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 | 3M Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions Division today announced enhancements to its 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings aimed at improving securement, wear time, and proper application. In clinical evaluations of the upgrades, more than nine in 10 clinicians reported overall added value as the result of the enhancements.

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 anti-clotting drug cangrelor. The Food and Drug Administration's panel of heart experts voted 7-2 against recommending the drug to prevent blood clots in patients who have undergone surgical stenting procedures to open narrowed or blocked coronary arteries...

Transparent Film Dressings

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

For more than 30 years, 3M has collaborated with healthcare professionals to develop products that simplify and improve care. That’s how 3M developed Tegaderm transparent film dressings. Today, the Tegaderm brand offers an array of products for IV site and wound care, as well as the training, education, and professional development resources healthcare professionals need.

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...

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