New lumpectomy orientation system—Ranfac Corporation has released a new system to provide quick, easy, and certain orientation of excisional breast biopsies. Tissue samples are oriented without the use of sutures; instead, pins are inserted through the tissue sample. These pins are marked posterior, medial, and superior. When inserted properly, these orientation direction markings indicate the orientation of the tissue sample relative to the patient's body. Labeling is done by the surgeon as soon as the specimen is removed, allowing the surgeon to communicate directly with pathology and providing accurate three-dimensional orientation of the breast specimen. The markings can be seen under radiography or during other examinations of the tissue sample.
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Innovative microbial barrier reduces risks of contamination—Kimberly-Clark Health Care has launched InteguSeal* Microbial Sealant, a microbial barrier designed to reduce the risk of skin %uFB02ora contamination throughout a surgical procedure. Absolute sterilization of a patient's skin prior to surgery is not possible, and wound contamination by the patient's endogenous skin %uFB02ora is a key factor in the development of surgical site infection. InteguSeal seals and immobilizes pathogens to help protect against their migration into an incision. The versatile %uFB01lm bonds to skin surfaces that have varying levels of curvature, hair content, or %uFB02ora. It is easy to apply and dries quickly. InteguSeal does not promote bacterial resistance nor does it need to be removed for suture or closure. It can be used with a variety of patient skin preparation treatments and surgical procedures, including electrocautery, sutures, staples, and wound adhesives.
System sounds alert when surgical disposables are left behind—RF Surgical Systems Inc. and Medline have introduced RF-Detect, a patented system that accurately alerts the surgical team when surgical gauze, towels, or sponges remain in the patient before surgical incisions are closed. Retained sponges are a leading safety concern in operating rooms across the country and can lead to serious complications, including infection, the need for re-operation, and even death. Members of the operating room staff spend signi%uFB01cant time accounting for all sponges used during a surgical procedure. Radiography can be required if even one is unaccounted for. The RF-Detect System consists of micro-radiofrequency tags that are imbedded in surgical gauze, sponges, and towels, and features a sterile handheld wand connected to an easy-to-use, self-calibrating console. Hospital personnel pass the wand over the patient prior to closing the wound and can detect within seconds any tagged surgical disposables that remain. The RF-Detect System is accurate and remedies counting mistakes attributable to human error.
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