Archive January 2016 XVII, No. 1

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App Lets Patients Plan and Price Surgery
Capitalizing on the healthcare pricing transparency trend, a San Francisco plastic surgeon has created an app that gives surgery pricing information to prospective patients. BuildMyBod, which can be incorporated into any physician or facility website, lets potential patients price out the surgical services they're interested in — anything from rhinoplasty to rotator cuff surgery (depending, of course, on your specialties). Patients see an anatomical figure on their screens, read descriptions of available procedures and select those they might like to pursue. When they're finished, they're immediately told what the all-inclusive, out-of-pocket charge would be — but only after they've provided contact information. For insured patients, a disclaimer explains that some fees may be covered, and that a follow-up consultation can determine full specifics. Monthly fees of $99 to $249, based on facility size.

ClearAccess ASC Solution table

Spine Table Designed For Surgery Centers
The ClearAccess ASC Solution table takes up less than 12 square feet of floor space and has an open configuration that allows for the simultaneous use of 2 C-arms. There are no towers at the head or foot of the table, meaning anesthesia providers have direct access to the patient's airway during procedures. The table's intuitive design also has no T-pins to move, which eases set-up and lowers risk of patient injury during mid-procedure adjustments. Its inboard wheels let you position the surface directly against stretchers for safe patient transfers. Electronic wheel locks, which are activated with the touch of a button on a handheld control, stabilize the table when caring for heavier patients on a surface with a 600-lb. safe working load.

Cox Rapid Heat Model 6000

Dry Heat Sterilizer Eliminates Instrument Corrosion
The Cox Rapid Heat Model 6000 uses high-velocity hot air to sterilize instruments in minutes without the use of water, thus eliminating instrument corrosion. It uses 375°F temperatures to sterilize unwrapped instruments in 6 minutes and wrapped instruments in 12 minutes. Since the system doesn't use water, the company says it prevents corrosion, pitting or dulling of your instruments while also eliminating the need for a drying cycle.

Leica's Eye Scope

See More, Clearly, With Leica's Eye Scope
Launched at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting in November, the Proveo 8 ophthalmic microscope platform from Leica Microsystems offers visualization upgrades for cataract and vitreoretinal surgeries. The company's FusionOptics technology combines high-resolution imaging with an increased depth of field to deliver a texture-rich view, while its CoAx4 Illumination employs 4 individual beam paths that let users adjust the light's diameter so they'll never lose the red reflex. The Proveo 8's modular design can integrate IOL guidance systems, optical coherence tomography and "heads-up" 3D viewing monitors, among other upgrades.

Eiberg Illuminated Retractor System

A Better View During Total Hips
Help light up dark surgical cavities encountered during total hip surgeries with the Eiberg Illuminated Retractor System. The system combines an ergonomic design, an atraumatic blade with a tip that anchors securely to bone and Invuity's "intelligent photonics," a patented technology that converts hot, concentrated light into broad, uniform and thermally cool illumination. The combination is designed to improve precision, efficiency and safety, says the company.

Silicone Heat Gloves

Silicone Heat Gloves
The one-size fits-all Silicone Heat Glove from Healthmark Industries is made from latex-free silicone. The reusable glove protects staff while they're unloading steam sterilizers and washer-disinfectors. Available in 16.9-inch and 13.7-inch sizes and in a shade of light blue, they can be worn ambidextrously by inserting either hand entirely into the glove with minimal effort.

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