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From Opium to Ether: The Evolution of Anesthesia

Have you ever heard the comment “I don’t mind, as long as they put me under?”  Today, when we think of potentially painful surgery we immediately assume we’ll have the use of anesthesia on our side to get us through with little or no pain.  Surgeons perform amazing and intricate surgeries – heart bypasses, transplants, brain surgery – but would find it difficult without anesthesia.

Needles and soporifics
The Chinese were probably the first to use a form of anesthesia, acupuncture, as a means of relieving pain during surgical procedures.  The earliest text on the medical use of acupuncture, the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Inner Medicine, dates back to 200 B.C., but the practice itself has its roots to Taosim which originated in the 4th century B.C.

The inventive and industrious Romans pioneered the use of soporifics such as opium and mandrake to perform operations.  Across the Atlantic, Incan shamans had their patients chew coca leaves and drilled holes in their heads to let the bad spirits escape.

Here in the U.S. we’re all fairly familiar with the use of alcohol as an anesthetic, thanks to Gabby Hayes and John Wayne.  Good old whiskey was used around the world in modern times, but side effects of vomiting, addiction, and sometimes death made this method undesirable.

The advent of modern anesthetic practices

Modern techniques to reduce surgical pain began when the English scientist Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) discovered that inhalation of nitrous oxide might relieve pain.  However, the watershed event for medicine and surgery came when William Thomas Green Morton (1819-1868), a Boston dentist, publically demonstrated the application of ether to remove a tumor from the neck of his patient.  Morton had rightly concluded that Priestly’s idea was right, but the gas was wrong.

In the early 20th century ether and chloroform were replaced by halogenated hydrocarbons such as halothane, which is still used.  Today we have a “balanced anesthesia” approach: a “cocktail” of drugs to induce loss of consciousness and eliminate pain.

Save money on Ganim Medical’s selection of pre-owned anesthesia machines

Drager Narkomed 2A Anesthesia Machine (Pre-Owned) $6,995
K-Package: O2 analyzer, tidal volume monitor, alarms; three vaporizers; AVE ventilator; standard hypoxic guard;
standard O2 and N2O; E-cylinder and central gas connections standard; AVE ventilator (electronic) standard; can be configured with ascending (A-of-F style) or descending bellows. Read more.

Drager Narkomed 2B anesthesia machine (pre-owned) $7995
Three 19.1 vaporizers; AVE electronic ventilator; absorber and scavenger; oxygen analyzer;  breathing pressure monitor; respiratory volume; centralized alarm and data; oxygen ratio controller; pressure limit controller; weight: 400 lbs (181.4 kg); max dimensions: 40” L x 68” H x 25” W (101.6 x 172.7 x 63.5 cm); top shelf: 32” L x 52” W (81.3 x 132.1 cm); table top: area 271 in2.  Read more.

Ohmeda Excel 210 SE anesthesia machine (pre-owned) $7,200
Accommodates three gases and two vaporizers; powerful ventilation and monitoring capabilities for secondary anesthetizing locations; integrated oxygen, volume, airway pressure monitoring; enclosed, non-interchangeable pneumatic circuitry; differentiated pipeline, cylinder gauges; master on/off switch activates electronics and pneumatics. Read more.

Ohmeda Modulus 2 Plus Anesthesia Machine (Pre-Owned) $7,000
Comes standard with a 7810 ventilator that integrates oxygen, volume, and pressure monitoring; optional pulse oximetry and endtidal CO2 modules; great for university and research facilities; double-flow meter tubes (O2 & N2O) and flow meter protection shield, link-25 hypoxic guard and touch-coded oxygen knob. Read more.

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Mow Your Lawn while Having an Endoscopy

You can go to work, watch television, or do your gardening while having your small intestine photographed!

Technology revolutionizes healthcare
Capsule endoscopy employs a video capsule that is swallowed and takes photographs of the small intestine.  The procedure is useful when disease is suspected in the small intestine and can sometimes diagnose sources of bleeding visible microscopically only or causes of abdominal pain such as Crohn’s disease, or peptic ulcers. Capsule endoscopy can be used to diagnose problems in the small intestine, but unlike EGD or colonoscopy, cannot treat pathology that may be discovered.  Capsule endoscopy can use bluetooth to transfer the captured images to a computer!

Watch this video to learn more about the procedure:

Limitations
This marvel of modern technology is the best means of viewing the inside of the small intestine but the capsule does not allow for therapy. Other limitations include the inability to detect abnormalities and blurred, uninterpretable photographs in some cases.  At times, transit is so slow that the capsule examines only part of the small intestine before the battery fails.

Camera systems for standard endoscopy
Ganim Medical can save you money with our pre-owned/refurbished line of endoscopic camera systems.  Our price for the units listed here includes both the camera control unit and the camera head with coupler.  For purchase separately, call us at 800-522-5909

Stryker 1088 HD Camera System (Pre-Owned) $4,000
This system features crystal-clear image quality, analog and digital outputs, 220 V or 110 V power rating for international usage, and the ability to send, share, and edit images on most digital devices. This is the longest-lasting, toughest, most rugged camera on the market.

Stryker 1188 HD Camera System (Pre-owned) $7,000
The 1188 HD offers superior picture quality, enhanced clarity, and more intuitive user controls.  Surgical teams will experience unprecedented visibility during endoscopic procedures — visibility that can elevate overall surgical and patient outcomes.

 Stryker 988 Camera System (Pre-Owned/Refurbished) $2,400
Specifications for this system are: imaging system: 1/3” interline transfer, EX view HAD CCD 752 (H) x 582 (V) pixels.  Cameral control unit dimensions: 9.8” / 24.8 cm (w) x 4.0” / 10.1 cm (h) x 15” / 38.1 cm (d).  Enhancement: Switchable to 8 steps.  Cable connector: super lemo gold pin connectors.  Resolution: 950 lines.

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Electrosurgical Generator Options

Origins of electrosurgery
Did you know that development of the first commercial electrosurgical device is credited to Dr. William T. Bovie, who worked on it from 1914 to 1927 at Harvard University?  The first use of an electrosurgical generator in operating room occurred on October 1, 1926 in a surgery performed by Dr. Harvey Cushing.

The low-powered hyfrecator, manufactured by the Birtcher Corporation of Los Angeles, for electrosurgery performed on conscious patients in an office setting was in 1940.  The word Hyfrecator® is a brand name derived from “high-frequency eradicator.”  However, a number of manufacturers now produce Hyfrecators and the term, with a lower-case “h,” has since come to be used generically to refer to any dedicated non-ground-return electrosurgical apparatus.

Ganim Medical’s pre-owned and refurbished electrosurgical units
At Ganim Medical, we offer pre-owned and refurbished medical equipment that permits healthcare facilities to use the latest technology for patient treatment, without breaking the bank.  Refurbished medical equipment can be the answer to your needs, instead of making large capital investments in new devices that can become quickly outdated.  Our electrosurgical units come refurbished, rebuilt, and repainted, and include a standard 90-day warranty.

Conmed Excalibur Plus PC Electrosurgical Unit (Pre-Owned) $2,900
This device features the powerful isolated ESU available, allowing the Surgeon to adjust power settings from the surgical field with a standard ES pencil.  The Excalibur Plus PC-patented controlled output voltage in CUT maintains minimum necessary voltage for smooth cutting through various impedance tissues with minimal thermal damage.  This electrosurgical generator includes cut, coag, bipolar and blend.

Conmed Hyfrecator 2000 Electrosurgical Unit (Pre-Owned) $700
Features include a memory to store up to three power settings.  The remote-control, hand- switching pencil can change power settings while maintaining the sterile field and decreasing procedure time.  The dual microprocessors permit (1) controlling the function and output of the hyfrecator, (2) termination activation if a hazard or safety issue is detected.  This device is a cost-effective alternative to various laser procedures.

Conmed Sabre 2400 Electrosurgical Unit (Pre-Owned/Refurbished) $1,800
This high-power electrosurgical unit has a monopolar foot pedal.  The unit is designed to accommodate the needs of all surgical procedures.  It features independent monopolar outputs, enhanced bipolar performance, and can be programmed for standardization.  It also combines automatic feedback circuitry and visual displays to provide the most sensitive contact quality monitoring system available today.

ValleyLab Force 2 Electrosurgical Unit (Pre-Owned/Refurbished) $3,900
The ValleyLab Force 2 electrosurgical generator provides cutting and coagulation in monopolar or bipolar outputs.  The unit offers high-performance capabilities in a multipurpose generator, while featuring flexibility through varying degrees of homeostasis.  The operator can choose one of three preset modes: simultaneous independent coagulation, low-voltage coagulation, and Valleylab REM™ safety, which substantially reduce the risk of patient burns at the return electrode site.

For more information on any of these electrosurgical generators, see our web site or call 800-522-5909.

Medical Equipment Technology Advancing Rapidly

From ultrasound imaging on smartphones to robot surgeries, we found these incredible advancements in medical technology uncovered by articlesbase.com fascinating.

The ultrasound machine that fits in the palm of your hand

Ultrasound Imaging on Your Phone
Ultrasound machines are still relatively clunky and heavy. But with the help of a $100,000 grant from Microsoft, researchers at Washington University have created the first ever portable ultrasound machine that fits in the palm of your hand by combining the Microsoft smartphone with USB-based ultrasound probe technology. With the device patient data from remote locations can be sent to specialists via phone instantly, and they can in turn study the data and send back a diagnosis.

New Prostate Treatment: Cavitation
Treatment of prostate growths is traditionally invasive, painful and not always effective. At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, however, urologists have developed a new method of treating prostate growths by using highly focused microwave pulses. When these pulses reach the growth, they create bubbles of dissolved gas from prostate tissue. When these microscopic bubbles explode, they create a shockwave, which dissolves the growth. This shockwave effect is called cavitation, and not many thought that it could ever be controlled with such precision.

Microwaving Tumors
Liver cancer treatment involves either surgery or transplant.  But a third option is now available at the UC San Diego Medical Center. It’s called microwave ablationand it involves inserting a thin needle into the cancerous tumor and then emitting hot microwaves into it, causing it to die after about 10 minutes. The potential to use microwave ablation to treat other types of cancer is being studied.

Microwave ablation, a new minimally-invasive option for treating liver tumors

Gamma Cameras
High-res gamma cameras have become one of the most useful tools for the diagnosis of breast cancer. Other imaging techniques did not provide sufficient detail to fully detect cancer in some instances. Brest-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) is helping doctors detect cancer cases that would have otherwise remained overlooked.

Doctor-free Surgeries
Engineers at Duke University are working to bring about the advent of robot surgeries, unassisted by human hands. By using a rudimentary tabletop robot and 3D ultrasound imaging along with an artificial intelligence program, they built a robot that can perform basic surgical tasks on its own. Though far from practical yet, their robot marks one of the first steps towards this space age dream of someday having robots that perform all kinds of medical procedures, especially in places not immediately accessible to humans.


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