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OBP Medical introduces CLEAR-TRAC family of disposable surgical retractors

OBP Medical introduces CLEAR-TRAC family of disposable surgical retractors

OBP Medical, the leading global developer of single-use, self-contained, illuminating medical devices, today announced the launch of its CLEAR-TRAC family of disposable surgical retractors. The line—which includes CLEAR-TRAC SP (surgical pocket), CLEAR-TRAC V (vaginal) and new CLEAR-TRAC B (breast)—is the first on the market to offer a built-in, single-use light source. [More]
Statins benefit patients undergoing major lung resection, lower major complications

Statins benefit patients undergoing major lung resection, lower major complications

Statins have been shown to reduce complications from cardiovascular surgery. To determine whether statins might also help those undergoing major lung surgeries, a team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center conducted a well-designed study that randomized patients to receive either a statin or placebo before and after surgery. [More]
Implantable antibiotic-laden sponges help prevent sternal wound infections during cardiac surgery

Implantable antibiotic-laden sponges help prevent sternal wound infections during cardiac surgery

Cardiac surgeons often "crack open" the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound infection (SWI) occurs, serious complications and even death may result. Implanting antibiotic-laden sponges between the sternal halves before closure has been adapted to prevent infections. [More]
Dr. Oz expands partnership with iHeartMedia

Dr. Oz expands partnership with iHeartMedia

The Dr. Oz Show and iHeartMedia announced today they have expanded their partnership, increasing Dr. Oz's robust radio presence across iHeartMedia broadcast radio stations and on iHeartRadio, the all-in-one digital music and streaming radio service. [More]
Withholding ARBs for longer than two days after surgery significantly increases risk of postoperative death

Withholding ARBs for longer than two days after surgery significantly increases risk of postoperative death

Withholding angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) for longer than two days after surgery is associated with a significantly increased risk of postoperative death, according to a study of more than 30,000 patients in the VA health care system by researchers at UC San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. [More]
New research draws on support from patients and public to investigate impact of cardiac surgery

New research draws on support from patients and public to investigate impact of cardiac surgery

A University of Leicester-based research group funded by the British Heart Foundation is drawing on support from patients and members of the public to investigate why cardiac surgery can often result in serious or fatal damage to other organs in the body. [More]
Astute Medical's NephroCheck Test obtains measurements of two biomarkers that act as alarm for AKI risk

Astute Medical's NephroCheck Test obtains measurements of two biomarkers that act as alarm for AKI risk

An intervention known as remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) significantly reduced the occurrence of acute kidney injury (AKI) in cardiac surgery patients and confirmed that post-operative elevations of two kidney biomarkers act as an alarm for risk of AKI, according to a study published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
CSL Behring awarded NHF's 2015 Corporate Leadership Award

CSL Behring awarded NHF's 2015 Corporate Leadership Award

The National Hemophilia Foundation has awarded CSL Behring its 2015 Corporate Leadership Award as recognition for the company's longstanding and unwavering commitment to advancing science and improving the care of the bleeding disorders community. The award was accepted by Paul Perreault, CEO and Managing Director, CSL Limited, during the NHF Annual Spring Soiree in New York City on May 21. [More]
Post-operative atrial fibrillation can significantly increase risk of heart attack or stroke

Post-operative atrial fibrillation can significantly increase risk of heart attack or stroke

As many as 12 percent of patients undergoing major, non-cardiac surgery experience an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation. [More]
Certain metabolites in the blood could predict clinical outcome in children undergoing heart surgery

Certain metabolites in the blood could predict clinical outcome in children undergoing heart surgery

The study, published today in the journal Critical Care Medicine and carried out at Royal Brompton Hospital, followed children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease, and found that by analysing metabolites in the blood -- molecules created as a result of metabolism -- it was possible to predict a child's clinical outcome. [More]
Use of fresh whole blood from single donors may reduce complications in pediatric heart surgery patients

Use of fresh whole blood from single donors may reduce complications in pediatric heart surgery patients

Using fresh whole blood from single donors is better than using component blood from multiple donors in pediatric heart surgery patients, according to an article in the May 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Young age and small body weight predispose pediatric CHD patients toward re-intervention

Young age and small body weight predispose pediatric CHD patients toward re-intervention

A retrospective review of 633 adults and children who underwent bioprosthetic pulmonary valve replacement (PVR) for congenital heart disease between 1996 and 2014 indicated that the risk of re-intervention was five times greater for children than adults, with the likelihood of re-intervention decreasing by 10% for each increasing year of age at surgery. [More]
Getinge secures EUR 160 million loan from EIB for development of new medical devices

Getinge secures EUR 160 million loan from EIB for development of new medical devices

The European Investment Bank has provided a EUR 160 million loan to Getinge AB, a global medical technology company, for its research and development in the areas of surgery, intensive care, infection control, care ergonomics and wound care. Getinge’s research addresses unmet medical needs and targets the development of new devices with higher efficiency and safety for increased positive outcomes for both caregivers and patients. [More]
Two Louisville heart physicians to host symposium on cardiovascular disease in women

Two Louisville heart physicians to host symposium on cardiovascular disease in women

Two of Louisville's leading heart physicians will host a one-day symposium designed to provide the community, physicians, nurses and health professionals up-to-date information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in women. [More]
Jersey Shore achieves Joint Commission certification for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Program

Jersey Shore achieves Joint Commission certification for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Program

Jersey Shore has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's rigorous standards. [More]
Study: Blood test can predict postoperative stroke risk following cardiac surgery

Study: Blood test can predict postoperative stroke risk following cardiac surgery

The results of a blood test done immediately after heart surgery can be a meaningful indicator of postoperative stroke risk, a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has found. [More]
Patients with multiple narrowed arteries have better outcomes with CABG than with PCI

Patients with multiple narrowed arteries have better outcomes with CABG than with PCI

Despite the advent of a new generation of stents, patients with multiple narrowed arteries in the heart who received coronary artery bypass grafting fared better than those whose arteries were opened with balloon angioplasty and stents in a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
Clinical trial examines uncertainty about when to give blood transfusions after cardiac surgery

Clinical trial examines uncertainty about when to give blood transfusions after cardiac surgery

New research has shown that patients having heart surgery do not benefit if doctors wait until a patient has become substantially anaemic before giving a transfusion. [More]

Blood tests in heart surgery patients can lead to anemia, blood transfusions

Laboratory testing among patients undergoing cardiac surgery can lead to excessive bloodletting, which can increase the risk of developing hospital-acquired anemia and the need for blood transfusion, according to an article in the March 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
CSL Behring donates protein therapies to World Federation of Hemophilia

CSL Behring donates protein therapies to World Federation of Hemophilia

In recognition of Rare Disease Day and as part of its ongoing commitment to the global bleeding disorders community, CSL Behring announced today that it is donating 2 million international units (IUs) of protein therapies to the World Federation of Hemophilia. [More]
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