Why medical manufacturers need to address risks early

The outbreak of the ‘superbug’ bacteria at the UCLA Health Center late last year, was linked to the use of the hospital’s duodenoscopes. The situation brought into sharp focus the need for proper sterilization of medical equipment. The subsequent lawsuits brought against the manufacturer of the medical scope, shows why medical manufactures need to address possible risks early, by reviewing current standards for sterilization.

Although the medical scopes were cleaned according to the specifications outlined by the manufacturer and the FDA, an outbreak did occur. This was due to the fact that the design of the machines makes them difficult to clean. Cleaning is usually done manually, as the machines are sensitive to high temperatures, and cannot be sterilized using an autoclave.

After the outbreak, the FDA issued a Safety Communication in February 2015, advising that the design of the endoscope may impede effective cleaning.

Consequent to the fallout from this case, both medical manufacturers, and health care facilities need to be proactive and implement procedures to minimize risk. There is no doubt that the public will be demanding more accountability from both parties. Therefore neither of them will be able to avoid culpability in these matters.

For their part, medical manufacturers need to re-evaluate the sterilization of these types of devices. Health care providers also have a role to play, because in the absence of a review, they need to put in place procedures that will ensure that medical devices are properly sterilized.   This is the only way that any potential risks will be identified and addressed early.

Medical manufactures or health care facilities that need legal counsel on this matter, can contact Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles at 310-203-2800. You can also go online to http://www.nelsonhardiman.com/contact-us/.

What are some of the best skin tightening procedures?

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Do you have loose skin on your face and body that you’d like to tighten without surgery? You can resolve that concern by asking your doctor about the various skin tightening machines available that can tighten your skin quickly and comfortably. So what are the best skin tightening procedures?

The best skin tightening methods generally use laser and radiofrequency technology to firm and tone the skin. Accent XL is one of the most effective.

Accent XL for skin tightening

The Accent XL can be used to firm skin on the face, (especially the neck and jowls), and the body. It also reduces the appearance of cellulite. Accent XL uses radiofrequency (RF) technology.

The heat energy from the Accent XL targets the dermal or inner layer of the skin, where it remodels collagen. This new collagen gives the skin a smoother texture, and also improves skin elasticity.

It generally takes 3-5 treatments with the Accent XL to achieve tighter skin. The duration of the session varies depending on size of the treatment area, but ranges from 45 minutes to an hour. Treatments are generally recommended over 4-6 weeks.

Accent XL is a safe treatment that both tones and tightens the skin. Its dual-layer RF thermotherapy utilizes both bipolar and unipolar to treat 2 depths of tissue. It is the unipolar RF energy that penetrates the deep structures of the skin to improve firmness.

Most people experience little or no discomfort during Accent XL treatments, and downtime is negligible. The results are usually apparent after the first session.

Accent XL skin tightening treatment is available in Memphis TN, at Sona Med Spa. Why not give them a call today at 901-683-8220 for a consultation. You can also contact them in Little Rock, AR at 501-228-7662, or via the web at www.sonamedspaonline.com.

Turn back the clock and look younger with a non-invasive Décolletage treatment

Most skin care treatments focus on the face and neck, leaving the décolletage mostly forgotten. However the décolletage is not spared the effects of age, and is also prone to sun damage, resulting in fine lines and loose skin. Traditionally, there have been few anti-aging treatments for the skin of the upper chest.  But now, you can turn back the clock with a non-invasive décolletage treatment known as Ulthera Décolletage (click here).

About Ulthera Décolletage
Ulthera Décolletage is an FDA-approved skin rejuvenation treatment that is specifically designed to treat wrinkles, fine lines, and skin laxity in the chest region.

What does it do?
Ulthera Décolletage effectively rejuvenates the skin of the upper chest, and therefore complements the usual skin care treatments that focus on the face and neck. It treats crepey skin, dark spots, and improves skin texture.

How does it work?
It utilizes ultrasound energy to heat the skin cells, causing them to lift and tighten. Ulthera Décolletage also stimulates natural collagen production, and this has the effect of tightening the skin in the long term.

Ultherapy décolletage provides noticeable results after just one treatment, and this continues as new collagen is produced. Treatment time is 30 minutes, and it creates considerable improvement in the skin. Ultherapy décolletage is safe, and there is no downtime.

If you feel uncomfortable displaying your décolletage because it’s starting to show tell-tale signs of age, don’t worry. Contact Serenity Med Spa in San Francisco, CA to find out how you can turn back the clock with Ultherapy. This non-invasive décolletage treatment will tighten the skin, and improve lines and wrinkles. Call Serenity Med Spa today at 415-781-9200, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Lisa Kang or Dr. David Kang.

Best body contouring solutions for tightening skin after weight loss

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The exhilaration felt after significant weight loss is often tempered by the amount of loose, flabby skin that’s often left behind. Skin does not usually snap back into its original tautness after massive weight loss. Therefore it often takes some of the best solutions for tightening skin after weight loss, to get the body in shape.

After major weight loss, there is typically a lot of extra skin on areas such as the face, arms, abdomen, thighs, and breasts, and eliminating it often requires surgical intervention.  A face lift, arm lift, tummy tuck, medial thigh lift, and breast lift, are the body contouring procedures usually recommended for dealing with sagging skin in these areas.

  • Facelift: A facelift pulls the skin tight, and gets rid of extra skin in the mid-face, and also the jowls and neck.

 

  • Arm Lift: The arm lift or brachioplasty improves the contours of the upper arms, by eliminating excess skin and fatty deposits. The tighter skin makes the arm look shapely and more youthful.

 

  • Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty gets rids of excess abdominal skin and also tightens the muscles, giving the midriff a toned appearance.

 

  • Medial Thigh Lift: The medial thigh lift corrects sagging in the inner and outer thighs.

 

  • Breast Lift: A breast lift or mastopexy improves sagging breasts, by elevating them on the chest. This is done by removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding muscles, and repositioning the nipple.

Adults should not consider having these body contouring procedures done until they have achieved their desired weight.

If you have recently undergone major weight loss and would like to learn more about these skin tightening solutions, contact Accent Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tupelo, MS. Call (662) 377-6290 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Craig.

Benefits of retaining a healthcare attorney for dentists

During the course of business, health care professionals such as dentists are faced with several compliance and business issues that affect their medical practice. It’s always advisable to retain the services of a healthcare attorney for dentists, to ensure compliance with the numerous federal and state health care laws. They can also provide legal services on matters relating to business transactions, and regulatory defense.

Compliance

Dentists are required to comply with health care regulations including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute. HIPAA governs the confidentiality of patient medical records. The Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute regulate specific types of referrals, and financial transactions.

Dentists need to make sure that they are adhering to the various regulations, and also have the related policies and procedures in place. Having a health care attorney is one way to make certain that their compliance is intact.

Business Transactions

Dentists often require legal advice at start-up, especially in relation to the type of business entity most suitable for their dental practice i.e. limited Liability Company, partnership, or Professional Corporation. A health care attorney can also manage the preparation of dental practice agreements, assist with property matters, and also with lease agreements for dental equipment.

Attorneys can also handle litigation issues arising out of overpayment appeals, disputes over dental equipment, or licensure defense and appeals. There may also be issues relating to Dental board investigations, as well as reimbursement audits and investigations.

Having a qualified health care attorney available for dentists, ensures that compliance and business transaction issues are being accurately managed. Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles provides representation for dentists on these and other matters. Call 310-203-2800 today to speak to an attorney about legal issues affecting your dental practice.

What is non-Invasive body contouring? Is it effective?

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Traditionally, body contouring has been an invasive and often painful procedure, causing many people to rethink having it done.  However thanks to several new devices, non-invasive body sculpting is now possible, and these devices have made the procedure safer and more efficient. But what is non-invasive body contouring, and is it as effective as conventional liposuction?

At first glance, most people would think that lasers couldn’t possibly shape and contour the body as surgery does, but the results prove otherwise. Body shaping lasers slim and contour the body by selectively focusing on and eliminating pockets of fat. Fat is eliminated from areas such as the thighs, arms, stomach, and legs.

Non-invasive approaches to body contouring generally involve the use of devices powered by radiofrequency, ultrasound, or laser energy. At the Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery in Latham, MD, they use Velashape and Laser Lipo to carry out body contouring.

  • Velashape combines bipolar radiofrequency and infrared light energy, along with a mechanical massage/vacuum, to minimize fat deposits. The device heats the skin and shrinks the fat cells, while the mechanical massage smooths skin tissue.

 

  • Laser Lipo involves the use of lasers to break up the fat cells, and liquefy the fat. The fat is then eliminated naturally from the body. It typically takes one treatment with laser lipo to achieve a trimmer body.

These non-invasive options have the added benefit of requiring no surgical incisions, and no downtime. Patients can therefore resume regular activities immediately after treatment.

Achieving your ideal shape no longer has to be an elusive goal. If you’d rather not undergo surgery, several non-invasive options are available. Why not give Beaux Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery a call today at 301-880-7022, to schedule an appointment with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Nia Banks.

Knowing what to expect with Blepharoplasty recovery

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Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), is designed to eliminate tired eyes and make you look youthful once again. Eyelid surgery may be performed for cosmetic or functional reasons to correct heavy upper eyelids, or to remove eye bags. Excess skin and fat around the eyes reflect an aging appearance, therefore more people are opting to have eye surgery done. But what is the procedure like and what can you expect with blepharoplasty recovery.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery is usually performed as an in-office procedure, under local anesthesia. Surgery takes about 30 to 45 minutes on average, and involves the removal of excess skin and fat, via incisions made in the natural crease of the eye.

What to expect with Blepharoplasty recovery

Patients can expect some swelling and bruising after blepharoplasty. A cold compress is typically recommended to minimize swelling. In cases where dissolvable stiches are not used, the stiches are removed 2 to 3 days after surgery.

You are generally advised to take it easy the first few days following the operation. Most people can resume working within 3-4 days, as the swelling and bruising should have subsided by this time. However, patients are advised to avoid heavy exercises for up to 2-3 weeks, and protect their eyes with sunglasses when they go outdoors.

Most of the healing usually takes place within 2 weeks of blepharoplasty, but since people heal differently, it may take others longer to get back to normal.  In addition, people that have more bleeding during surgery will have more bruising, and a longer recovery period.

If you’d like to learn more about what to expect with blepharoplasty recovery, contact Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA. Kyle Song, MD is a well-known and respected plastic surgeon, and he regularly performs eyelid surgery. Call 949-701-4454 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Song.

What to do if something happens to your breast implants?

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The self-confidence and satisfaction some women feel after breast augmentation is often shattered when something goes wrong with the breast implants. So if you are contemplating breast augmentation, be sure to ask your surgeon about any possible complications, so that you know what to do if something happens to your breast implants.

What to do about Breast Implant Complications

The rupture of the breast implants and capsular contracture, are among the most common breast implant complications.

When saline breast implants rupture there is a noticeable difference in the shape and size of the breast, as the saline leaks quickly, and the breast deflates. The saline is absorbed by the body, but this does not usually cause any complications.

A ruptured silicone breast implant is not as easily detected, as most times there are no obvious signs. In some cases the gel remains within the layer of scar tissue that often forms around the implants. However, the silicone can also drain to other parts of the body, so it’s important to have it removed as soon as the rupture has been confirmed. An MRI scan is usually done to verify a ruptured silicone breast implant.

If you suspect that your silicone breast implant has torn, consult your plastic surgeon immediately, so that an MRI can be done to rule out or confirm it. The implant can then be removed.

Capsular contracture is another complication that may arise with breast implants. It refers to the thickening of the scar tissue that surrounds the implant. The condition normally requires surgical correction to remove the capsule.

If you’d like to learn more about what to do if something happens to your breast implants, contact Dr. Sean Doherty in Concord, MA. Dr. Doherty also serves patients in the greater Boston area. Call 978-369-4499 for a consultation.