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Multifetal Pregnancy. A Handbook for Care of the Pregnant Patient, by Roger B. Newman, MD, and Barbara Luke, ScD, MPH, RD, discusses the risks, genetic testing issues, maternal nutritional needs, and obstetrical complications unique to multiple gestations. It includes a chapter on neonatal and postnatal considerations in such pregnancies. The publisher is Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (Tel: 800-638-3030; Fax: 301-824-7390; Web site: http://www.lww.com).
Gynazole-1 from Ther-Rx (Tel: 877-567-7676) is a prescription cream for vaginal yeast infections caused by Candida albicans. Previously, three applications of its active ingredient2% butoconazole nitratewere required. But because this product uses a bioadhesion technology that minimizes leakage and allows sustained release of the ingredient, one application is now sufficient.
A catalog now available from CIVCO Medical Instruments Co. (Tel: 800-445-6741) features new general purpose, endocavity, and intraoperative transducer covers in four materials, and needle guides for various ultrasound systems. CIVCO also has an updated accessories catalog for Acuson U/S transducers, including new biopsy needle guidance systems with reusable brackets and disposable needles. The products can be ordered online, from http://www.civcomedical.com.
The BBL CultureSwab Collection and Transport System now comes in a foil package with 50-swab units individually sealed in plastic film pouches. The foil and the plastic film block oxygen to prevent oxidation of the transport medium, and contain nitrogen gas to create the optimal environment for various bacteria. The product is designed for use with aerobes and facultative anaerobes. It comes with a choice of swab applicators, including single, double, aluminum-wire and twisted-wire shafts.
The same company, BD Biosciences (Tel: 410-316-4000; Fax: 410-316-4906; Web site: http://www.bd.com), part of Becton, Dickinson and Company, has a new system for collecting, transporting, and preserving vaginal specimens. Specimen transport is possible for up to 72 hours with the BD Affirm VPIII Ambient Temperature Transport System, which stabilizes the rRNA of the target organisms in the specimen and inhibits their growth during transport. This product is for use with the BD Affirm VPIII Microbial Identification Test for detecting the rRNA of Candida spp, Gardnerella vaginalis, and Trichomonas vaginalis.
In view of the potential medical benefits of stem cells, parents can have their newborn's cord blood shipped to a laboratory for testing and long-term preservation. CRYO-CELL International, Inc. (Tel: 727-723-0333; Fax: 727-723-0444; Web site: http://www.cryo-cell.com) provides this service for an initial fee of $275 plus a $50 annual fee after the first year.
Two new breast-pump models offer carrying convenience, in addition to the practical features of the original PUMP IN STYLE, such as automatic cycling and vacuum adjustment. The PUMP IN STYLE COMPANION, designed for use in the office, has a detachable briefcase and a pump bag that includes a removable cooler. The TRAVELER comes in a roomy backpack that also includes a cooler. The pumps are made by Medela, Inc. (Tel: 800-435-8316; Fax: 815-363-1246; Web site: http://medela.com).
Instrument trays for uterine procedures hold the instruments in position at a convenient angle for ready access during procedures. The trays, with compartments for vaginal retractor, swabbing sponges, and different types of dilators, are easy to sterilize. The supplier is Advanced Medical Innovations, Inc. (Tel: 818-701-7171; Fax: 818-701-9708).
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