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Hospital Wins Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Against Former Surgery Resident

May 19, 2014 11:22 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A federal court ruled Thursday that Massachusetts General Hospital did not discriminate against a female surgeon because of her gender. Dr. Nina Shervin, a former orthopedic surgery resident, maintained that her former employer engaged in gender discrimination by putting her on probation and refusing to provide her with a permanent staff position after she complained...


Teen 'Feeling Great' After Surgeries To Reattach His Arm

May 19, 2014 10:48 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A teenager whose arm was severed below the elbow as he cleaned a restaurant pasta machine has had the limb successfully reattached. Seventeen-year-old Brett Bouchard is able to move his right arm again less than three weeks after his accident at Violi's Restaurant in Massena, New York, on the Canadian border. So far, Bouchard has undergone four surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital...


Sepsis Involved In High Percentage Of Hospital Deaths

May 19, 2014 10:22 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

An analysis that included approximately 7 million hospitalizations finds that sepsis contributed to 1 in every 2 to 3 deaths, and most of these patients had sepsis at admission, according to a study published by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the American Thoracic Society International Conference...


Novel Device Successfully Treats Central Sleep Apnea In Heart Failure

May 19, 2014 10:18 am | by European Society of Cardiology | News | Comments

A novel device implanted under the skin like a pacemaker successfully treats central sleep apnea (CSA) in heart failure patients, according to research presented today at the Heart Failure Congress 2014...               


Utah ER Patient Shot Four Times By Police

May 19, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

A 34-year-old man was on pain pills for a back problem when he was shot four times by police inside a northern Utah hospital emergency room, a family member said. Jason Burr was sent to the emergency room at Cache Valley Hospital in North Logan after being told he needed immediate surgery, said Gar Workman, the grandfather of Burr's wife, Cassy Burr...


Teen 'Happy' After Four-Pound Facial Tumor Removed

May 16, 2014 10:45 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A 16-year-old teenager is getting used to her new reflection after doctors were able to remove a four-pound tumor from her face. Hennglise Dorival, who lives in Haiti, had lived for years with the large tumor that had grown so large in recent years that it even moved her eye out of its socket and threatened her breathing...


Cleaning Brushes For Flexible Bone Reamers

May 16, 2014 10:36 am | by Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Surgical Instruments Corp. is pleased to offer cleaning brushes for flexible bone reamers. The brushes are constructed of white medical-grade, anti-microbial bristles and 31” rigid stainless steel rods/shafts, in diameters of 3mm, 5mm, and 7mm. Spectrum’s bone reamer cleaning brushes are reusable and are packaged in units of three.


Reducing The Handoff Errors After Hospital Discharge

May 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Kenneth Lin, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

As a long distance runner on my high school track team, I won few accolades in individual events, but shone in relays. My teammates and I spent hours perfecting our baton exchanges, which must occur within a limited area of the track, until these handoffs felt smooth and effortless...


How To Perform Leg Surgery On A 385-Pound Gorilla

May 16, 2014 10:14 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A doctor in Tennessee was confronted with a rather unique surgical case this week. The surgeon was tasked with operating on a 385-pound gorilla. Wanto, a 37-year-old silverback Western lowland gorilla, had a broken femur. Knoxville Zoo keepers believe Wanto fractured the upper part of his right leg on Monday afternoon by hitting the climbing bars in the gorillas' indoor courtyard...


Low-Dose Anticoagulation Therapy Can Be Used Safely With New Mechanical Heart Valve

May 16, 2014 10:00 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

Less aggressive anticoagulation therapy, combined with low-dose aspirin, can be used safely in conjunction with a newer generation mechanical heart valve. These findings from the first phase of a randomized clinical trial are published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, an official publication of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery...


New Kidney Allocation Policy Could Improve The Success Of Transplantations In The U.S.

May 16, 2014 9:56 am | by American Society of Nephrology | News | Comments

A newly approved U.S. policy regarding allocation of kidneys from deceased donors will likely improve patient and transplant survival, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The true effects of the new policy are yet to be seen, however, and officials will evaluate its intended and unintended consequences on an ongoing basis...


Congress Growing Impatient On Inquiry In VA Deaths

May 16, 2014 9:39 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Patience is wearing thin in Congress as lawmakers confront allegations of treatment delays and falsified patient-appointment reports at health centers run by the Veterans Affairs Department. A former clinic director says dozens of veterans died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix VA hospital...

Cost-Control Plan For Healthcare Could Cost Consumers

May 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

You just might want to pay attention to the latest health insurance jargon. It could mean thousands of dollars out of your pocket. The Obama administration has given the go-ahead for a new cost-control strategy called "reference pricing." It lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures, such as knee and hip replacements...


Study: Overtreating Medicare Patients Costs Billions

May 15, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study suggests that in a single year, up to 42 percent of Medicare patients got at least one medical procedure they didn't need — overtreatment that cost as much as $8 billion. The treatments included prostate cancer screening for men beyond the age most experts recommend, and imaging tests in older women for osteoporosis at too frequent intervals...


2014 ESP Award Submission: Aplicare Sterile Skin Antiseptic Povidone-Iodine Products

May 15, 2014 10:13 am | by Aplicare/Clorox Healthcare | Aplicare, Inc., Clorox Professional Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Aplicare Sterile Skin Antiseptic povidone-iodine products are available in sponge sticks, swabsticks, prep pads, and packets.  They meet key guidelines and practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) to help improve patient safety.



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