During my internship, the first year after graduating from medical school, I took care of a middle-aged woman who began our first conversation with a question that patients still ask me today. “So doctor,” she said as I pulled my stethoscope out to listen to her heart, “where did you go to medical school?” In a social context, I might have considered her question to be polite chatter, a filler during an awkward quiet moment.
In recent years, recognition to the role the environment plays in spreading potentially infection-causing microorganisms around hospitals has grown. As a result, new technologies have emerged that look to disinfect surfaces such as keyboards, countertops, bedrails and more that are discreetly contributing to hospital-acquired infections in patients.
(AP) U.S. hospitals support nearly one of nine jobs in the country and more than $2.1 trillion in economic activity, according to a study funded by the industry's trade group. The American Hospital Association report concluded hospitals directly employed nearly 5.4 million people in 2008. That's up from about 4.
Raphael G. Satter, AP A British doctor who admitted shortening the lives of nearly 20 patients — including his own son — may face charges. Howard Martin, 75, was cleared in 2005 of murdering three patients with fatal doses of pain killer. He has since had his license revoked. Now a dramatic confession to a national newspaper has prompted police and prosecutors to consider re-opening the case against him.
OBP Medical offers the first disposable side-opening speculum with disposable LED light source to the medical community. For single use only, the OfficeSPEC eliminates the time and expense of reprocessing and reduces the chance of cross-contamination in medical setting. With an open side for improved instrument access and easy removal, the OfficeSPEC also features a built-in, hands free, disposable light source (will provide 2 hours of light) and smoke channel.
At the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting recently the results of a national survey were revealed. The survey of health care and information technology professionals, sponsored by Intel, found that a majority of decision makers believe that the emergence of telehealth will have a major role in improving the care for the globally aging population, aka the “baby boomers.
Mike Stobbe, AP When an Associated Press reporter went scuba diving in the oil-streaked Gulf of Mexico this month, people commenting on websites worried about his health. But at the same time, the oil sure didn't bother some beachgoers in Alabama. “I was in the water two hours yesterday,” said Robert Theil, a French visitor to Orange Beach, as his sister acted as translator.
While the danger of infection for patients has always been a top concern at health care facilities, the increased cost associated with hospital-acquired infections makes finding solutions to manage infection-causing microorganisms even more crucial. Recently, a UK study published in the June 1 print edition of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that Clostridium difficile (C.
Standard radiography (X-rays) can help in the diagnosis of laparoscopic adjustable gastric band slippage, a known complication of adjustable gastric banding surgery, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology . As adjustable gastric banding surgery becomes common, more patients are presenting to the emergency department with complications of the procedure, particularly those resulting from slippage of the gastric band.
Many Swiss surgical residents and consultants believe recently implemented 50-hour workweek limitations for residents have a negative effect on surgical training and the quality of patient care, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Surgery . “On Jan. 1, 2005, the Swiss government implemented new work hour limitations for all residency programs in Switzerland, and the federal work law became effective for all medical and surgical residents throughout the country,” the authors write.
Molnlycke Health Care introduces two new surgical gloves featuring enhanced grip to its Biogel® non-latex polyisoprene (PI) line. The new Biogel® PI UltraTouch® G is typically 15 percent thinner than Biogel® PI and offers improved sensitivity, a curved finger and a micro-roughened surface.
Protection Organizers from Health Care Logistics offer a solution for keeping infection protection apparel stocked and ready-to-use in a consistent location. According to the company, Protection Organizers are available in multiple styles to accommodate the varied needs of staff throughout the facility.
Is the health care reform bill excise tax on medical device manufacturers a fair trade for more customers, or an unnecessary burden that threatens innovation? Although the health care reform bill was signed months ago, everyone seems to still be riffling through the pages trying to figure out what it means and where it’s probably gone wrong.
Cambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, announced a new platform for enabling wireless connectivity from a medical device to on-line health services, compliant to the Continua Health Alliance standard. It will be available for demonstration at the Continua Summer Summit & Plugfest 2010 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, June 16-18 2010.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP To settle medical malpractice lawsuits, Judge Douglas McKeon sometimes quietly listens to heartbroken family members as they vent their anger. He calls it humanness. Curiosity about medical matters led the longtime New York City judge to become a specialist in resolving wrenching cases that involve life-changing harm to patients.