Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

DJO Launches ADAPTABLE Surgical Arm at AAOS

DJO, a leading provider of medical technologies designed to get and keep people moving, introduced the ADAPTABLE Surgical Arm at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

ADAPTABLE is the first fully sterile, surgeon-controlled leg and retractor holder designed for a safe Direct Anterior Approach (DAA) Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA). The fully-mechanical, carbon fiber surgical arm works seamlessly with any standard operating table and has the ability to reduce the number of assistants in the operating room (OR). ADAPTABLE is easy to set up, transport and store.

DAA is the fastest growing THA approach, representing approximately 40 percent of all hips being done in the U.S.[1] In the early 2000s, specialty surgical tables were introduced to assist with patient positioning and exposure during the DAA. However, specialty tables are costly, often weigh more than 800 pounds, take up significant square footage in the OR and are difficult to store. They also require specially trained personnel to operate them. As a result, use of these tables has been limited and they are not seen as a viable option for many hospitals and surgery centers.

“There are seldom times in orthopaedics when truly disruptive innovation occurs,” says Jeff McCaulley, President of DJO Surgical. “ADAPTABLE breaks accessibility barriers and puts control back in the surgeon’s hands. Along with our personalized medical education offering, suite of THA implants and instruments designed specifically for the DAA, DJO is excited to partner with customers in this new era of the anterior approach.”

The ADAPTABLE Surgical Arm is a fraction of the cost and weight of traditional specialty tables. It can be easily transported between hospitals and weighs approximately 10 pounds. This efficient, 2-in-1 solution can be used for retractor placement or leg positioning for femoral exposure, range of movement and leg length assessment.

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