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Steerable Catheter Aids Cardiac Arrhythmia Treatment

A novel steerable catheter enables targeted delivery of radio frequency (RF) energy to specific points in heart tissue to correct cardiac arrhythmia. More...
25 Aug 2016
Image: The PZT Actuator attached to standard surgical forceps (Photo courtesy Yuichi Kurita, Hiroshima University).

Stochastic Resonance Enhances Surgeon’s Haptic Sensation

A novel device can be slipped onto any surgical tool to vibrate against a surgeon’s palm, improving the ability to sense the details of a patient’s internal tissues and organs. More...
24 Aug 2016
Fluke Biomedical
Image: The PleuraFlow system with Active Clearance Technology (ACT) (Photo courtesy of ClearFlow).

Proactive Technology Helps Keep Chest Tubes Clear

A new system proactively clears chest tubes and prevents the retention of blood and fluids in the chest cavity of cardiothoracic surgery patients. More...
23 Aug 2016
Image: A new study shows that the risk of opioid-naive individuals developing persistent postoperative opioid use is low (Photo courtesy of Toronto Western Hospital).

Low Risk of Developing Opioid Addiction Following Major Surgery

Researchers at Toronto Western Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, and other institutions conducted an analysis of anonymized administrative information on outpatient prescriptions dispensed to residents of Ontario (Canada) 65 years or older. The study group included those 66 years or older, opioid naïve, and who underwent specific major elective surgeries, such as coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), lung resection, colon resection surgery; radical prostatectomy, and hysterectomy between 2003 and 2010. More...
23 Aug 2016
Image: A woman preparing for an appendectomy (Photo courtesy of Getty Images).

Appendectomy and Tonsillectomy Associated with Increased Fertility

Women who have their appendix or tonsils removed have higher subsequent pregnancy rates and shorter time to pregnancy, according to a new study. More...
18 Aug 2016
Image: The Permaseal device (Photo courtesy of Micro Interventional Devices).

Transapical Access Device Facilitates Structural Heart Disease Procedures

A novel transapical access and closure device helps enter the left ventricular cavity for delivery of interventional instruments. More...
17 Aug 2016
Image: A new study shows no difference in the rate of postoperative surgical site infection outpatient surgical procedures between sterile and nonsterile gloves (Photo courtesy of the Mayo Clinic).

Sterile Gloves Hold No Advantage in the Battle Against SSI

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA) conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies to explore SSI rates and determine whether the use of sterile versus nonsterile gloves in outpatient cutaneous procedures affects the rate of postoperative wound infection. Patients in the studies underwent outpatient cutaneous or mucosal surgical procedures, including Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS), repair of a laceration, standard excisions, and tooth extractions. More...
16 Aug 2016


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