Recent Articles

June 19, 2014 10:19 am
Randell Sprouse, LSSBB, Sterile Processing Technician, St. John Providence Health System
In today’s healthcare environment, it’s imperative to identify ways to save money and boost productivity – without compromising quality. At St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich., we set out to do just that by challenging a longstanding and widely held assumption – an “urban legend,” if you will – that containers are a more efficient and cost-effective solution than single-use sterile wrap for surgical instrument sets...
June 19, 2014 2:16 pm
Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products
Surgical Products recently spoke with Linda Homan, RN, BSN, CIC, Senior Manager, Clinical and Professional Service, Ecolab Healthcare, to talk about the medical community's efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections...      
June 18, 2014 11:11 am
Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products
A conservative attitude toward investment and lingering concerns about the short-term financial state of the healthcare industry will most likely define how hospitals approach the purchase of surgical instruments in 2014 and 2015...     
June 17, 2014 10:08 am
Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products
Improved infection control, better clinical outcomes, and reduced readmission rates are little more than pipe dreams for those hospital facilities unwilling to invest in the tools and technology designed to help accomplish those goals. This fact became abundantly clear to a pair of Orange, Calif.-based healthcare facilities – St. Joseph Hospital and Hoag Orthopedic Institute...
June 16, 2014 10:04 am
Alisandra Rizzolo, VP and General Manager of Customer Care, Stryker Instruments Division
Since many repair services cover an extensive range of equipment, they are often able to provide a lot of value to hospitals by repairing or servicing the equipment instead of replacing it. A few ways hospitals benefit include: increased uptime, more ability to control hospital costs, and continued commitment to high quality service to patients. Let’s take a closer look...
June 13, 2014 10:48 am
U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade
After a 20 year journey as a civilian emergency room doctor, one woman has found it was her enlistment in the U.S. Army Reserve and a recent deployment that has given her a newfound appreciation for advances in her field and the Army healthcare system as a whole...
June 13, 2014 9:49 am
Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products
Dr. Scott Ellner, Vice Chairman of Surgery and the Director of Surgical Quality at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, recently spoke to Surgical Products and gave his take on the healthcare industry’s fight against surgical-site infections...
June 13, 2014 10:28 am
Mikhaila Friske, Editorial Intern, Surgical Products
There is a lack in pricing transparency. Patients are not given detailed information about costs of a procedure, which means hospitals are not being held responsible for the outcomes of their surgeries because people do not know what their money actually gets them. This gives hospitals no incentive to adjust prices or improve outcomes...
June 12, 2014 10:04 am
Paul Newberry, AP National Writer
When Erik Compton strolls up to the first tee at Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday, he'll be in some unfamiliar territory. The only other time he played in one of golf's biggest events was four years ago. He missed the cut. But if you're expecting Compton to be overwhelmed by this U.S. Open moment, think again. This guy has faced much more daunting challenges than a major championship — such as undergoing two heart transplants...
June 6, 2014 3:13 pm
Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press
Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the chest...
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