An app that can send text updates to a patient's loved ones while he or she is in surgery is being used by some doctors. It is being used as a useful way to inform family members on the status of a patient. Here's a look at this cutting-edge app.
Hospitals are under new pressure not only to treat their patients, but to make sure they don't come back. Here is a report on how the Affordable Care Act is addressing the issue of unnecessary hospital readmissions. The government wants to make sure they decline.
The Affordable Care Act is bringing millions of new patients into the medical system, but it's happening just as the country is about to lose a third of its physicians. Vinita Nair visits a medical school in Connecticut which has a strategy for fixing the shortage of doctors.
For the first time, the American public is getting a chance to see what hospitals charge for certain operations or procedures. This has allowed them to compare prices, and what they are seeing has been an absolute eye-opener. There is quite the disparity between hospital charges.
Healthmark Industries announces the launch of their newest game on Crazy4Clean.com, “Maestra Tempa’s Temperature Challenge." This new game takes you on an adventure of learning the importance of temperature monitoring. Maestra Tempa will help you choose the correct temperature settings for rooms and equipment.
A biosensor can detect antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This new technology is a preliminary step in identifying and fighting superbugs, a major public health concern that has led to more deaths than AIDS in the United States in recent years.
Tumors have the potential to grow locally and invade neighboring organs. Some chest tumors may invade one of the great vessels of the body, the aorta. Surgical removal of these tumors is very challenging and necessitates the support of a heart-lung machine. Therefore there is an increased risk of complication and death.
Interspinous spacer implantation—a less-invasive alternative surgical option for spinal stenosis—has a lower complication rate than spinal fusion, reports a study. However, patients receiving interspinous spacers are more likely to require repeated back surgery.
In a revolutionary treatment for early-onset scoliosis (EOS), a team of surgeons implanted adjustable growing rods in two children from California. The pioneering surgeries — the first ever in the United States — were performed on May 7th at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
Cook Medical has launched a new fully-retractable .035 inch embolization coil, intended for peripheral arterial and venous embolization. Embolization is a nonsurgical, minimally-invasive procedure performed by a physician to block or reduce blood flow in arteries and veins.
Olympus announced the commercial availability of its 510(k) cleared BF-190 bronchoscopes. The new BF-190 bronchoscopes offer unparalleled maneuverability and flexibility through the combination of their unique Rotary Function and wider tip angulation, which will potentially allow physicians to access areas of the lung that may not be easily reached with current generation bronchoscopes.
Cincinnati Surgical introduces SnapIT Lite, a revolutionary new product that eliminates sharps injuries from opening glass ampoules. The SnapIT Lite opens and stores the severed ampoule lid until it can be ejected into a proper waste receptacle, protecting medical staff against the risk of painful lacerations.
Data being released for the first time by the government on Wednesday shows that hospitals charge Medicare wildly differing amounts — sometimes 10 to 20 times what Medicare typically reimburses — for the same procedure, raising questions about how hospitals determine prices and why they differ so widely.
It is almost 7:00 a.m. and I carry my briefcase and lunch bag from the car to my office. I nod to some of the night shift employees heading home. Another day has begun. I type my password and check the computer, reminding myself of the twenty patients I am scheduled to see today in the cancer clinic. A few new consults with untreated or recurrent cancers occupy the longer appointment slots.
The five-year international study led by researchers at UT Southwestern validates the use of a marker panel to predict which patients are more likely to have a recurrence of cancer after bladder removal, thereby identifying those patients as good candidates for follow-up chemotherapy.