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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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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...     

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...

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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...

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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...

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.

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.

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...

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