Ventilators, though staples of modern critical care, can have drawbacks for both patient safety and comfort. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that a considerably less intrusive system from a company called ALung Technologies is about to begin clinical trials in India and Europe. The Hemolung is designed to perform respiratory gas exchange via a catheter inserted into the femoral or jugular vein.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Just as millions head to tanning beds to prepare for spring break, the Food and Drug Administration will be debating how to toughen warnings regarding cancer risks. Yes, sunburns are particularly dangerous, but there's increasing scientific consensus that there's no such thing as a safe tan, either.
Emma and Taylor Bailey, from the San Tan Valley area near Phoenix, were born connected at the chest, sharing a liver and a seven-chambered heart. Most hearts have four chambers. Their parents, Mandy and Tor Bailey, weren't expecting them to ever leave the hospital. Emma and Taylor exceeded expectations but now have heart failure, and their parents know the girls must be surgically separated to survive in the long term.
Following a rule expanding coverage of weight-loss surgery under Medicare, bariatric procedures in the Medicare population were centralized to a smaller number of certified centers, were more likely to be minimally invasive, and were associated with improved outcomes, stated a report in the January issue of Archives of Surgery .
A randomised controlled trial of fish oil given intravenously to patients in intensive care has found that it improves gas exchange, reduces inflammatory chemicals and results in a shorter length of hospital stay. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care investigated the effects of including fish oil in the normal nutrient solution for patients with sepsis, finding a significant series of benefits.
Reuters The Canadian government must allow Vancouver's Insite facility, North America's only sanctioned drug-injection site, to remain open, a provincial appeals court ruled on Friday. The facility allows addicts to use their own illegal drugs under supervised conditions, and is the focus of a battle between the federal government, which wants to close it, and local health officials, who say it saves lives.
Drug and medical product makers and other health care companies are pledging to donate at least $15.5 million in cash and products to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Besides donating cash to various relief groups, pharmaceutical companies and medical product makers were preparing or have sent products to treat injured people, as well as medicines for patients who had lost their supply.
ContainMed, Inc. offers the VersaPod™ instrument trays and accessories. Features include: Seamless aluminum bases and covers with optional lift-out tray. Stainless steel handle and latch hardware. Medical grade silicone instrument holding accessories and mats.
Stanley Innerspace’s embedded Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) clinical supply management solution, SPACETRAX plus RFID, uses RFID technology and biometric security access to reliably and accurately track and account for high-cost clinical supplies in real time.
Ruhof ATP Complete® is a reliable method for verifying the cleanliness of all hospital surfaces, scopes, instruments and hand hygiene. According to the company, features include: The ability to get results in only 15 seconds. The ability for test results to be synced to a PC where the reading is down-loaded for tracking the results.
A urologist has been indefinitely barred from inpatient surgery for removing the wrong kidney of one patient and taking a biopsy from another patient's pancreas instead of a kidney. Dr. Erol Uke has signed the disciplinary ruling from the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, agreeing that his actions justify the board's discipline.
She tells prosecutors she injected herself with the Fentanyl and replaced it with saline. She said she intended to put the saline in clean needles but got careless. Prosecutors say her scheme exposed nearly 6,000 patients at the two hospitals to the incurable liver disease. Thirty-six of them got infected.
by Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS This morning, I am sitting in front of my computer, drinking my coffee, and chatting with a good friend from my surgical residency days named Chris. Chris is helping me with a humanitarian project that I am currently working on. I am designing solar and wind powered units that can run a small surgical clinic in a remote area, or in areas of disaster relief.
It is reasonable to obtain a histological diagnosis before treating patients who have pancreatic masses and are unsuitable or unwilling to undergo surgery. As the pancreas is a deep-seated organ surrounded by other vital structures, it is a challenge for the physician to obtain an adequate specimen for histological examination.
Surgeons from UC Davis Medical Center have demonstrated that artificial muscles can restore the ability of patients with facial paralysis to blink, a development that could benefit the thousands of people each year who no longer are able to close their eyelids due to combat-related injuries, stroke, nerve injury or facial surgery.