Health and Human Services' Secretary Katheen Sebelius has called for a review of policies affecting children awaiting lung transplants, as the parents of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl fight for their daughter to be granted the care they said she has been denied because of her age.
Perhaps the problem is that I still use the term “medical record,” or (worse) “EMR” to describe what I am looking for. While computers have been an important part in the corruption of the system, they have not been the cause of the screwing up, they have simply made the screwing happen at a much faster rate.
Many patients who have experienced strokes or mini strokes take blood thinners to reduce the risk of blood clots that can cause strokes. This can pose a dilemma when a patient needs to undergo a surgical procedure, because blood thinners can increase the risk of bleeding. But a new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology advises that it is likely safe to continue taking blood thinners before minor procedures.
Neither higher doses of anti-clotting drugs nor filters inserted in the vena cava are guaranteed to help prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) during bariatric surgery, a review of the literature suggests. A systematic review and meta-analysis was unable to show that an increased dosage of these medications can prevent VTE in bariatric surgery patients.
Patients who receive a red blood cell transfusion during or after heart surgery may be at greater risk for infection, according to a new study. However, the use of platelets during transfusions does not appear to carry a similar risk. Limiting red blood cell use could result in fewer major postoperative infections, the researchers suggested.
When Justin Ryder, 35, was discharged from University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson on May 20, he had a new donor heart beating in his chest and a new baby boy waiting for him at home in Las Vegas, his heart transplant made possible by 83 days of life with a temporary total artificial heart.
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Most people I knew became doctors because they wanted to interact with patients. Now a new study confirms the opposite: doctors-in-training are spending less time with patients than ever before. There is just no substitute for time in doctor-patient relationships. Efficiency is important but it isn’t the end of the story.
Hospitals have tried to combat the spread of the infections and drug-resistant "superbugs" by implementing prevention programs, developing germ-resistant hospital equipment, or even turning to robots with ultraviolet sensors for cleaning. A large study suggests an effective approach to stop the spread of potentially deadly hospital infections like MRSA is decontaminating every patient in intensive care.
The North Shore-LIJ Health System is expanding a first-of-its-kind video monitoring system used to measure hand-washing compliance at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, by introducing cameras in operating rooms at Forest Hills (NY) Hospital.
After having both hips replaced, Paula Spurlock expected to face months of rehabilitation to regain strength and mobility. However, she never expected to have an allergic reaction to the implants. A new blood test may make it possible to detect these allergies before the surgery takes place.
Dr. Angel Caldera, a cardiologist at Scott & White Hospital in Texas, discusses a new alternative for open heart surgery that is less invasive. According to Caldera, it involves implanting a new valve in the patient's heart with the use of catheters.
A recent study finds that most heart patients want a more active role in critical decisions about their healthcare. Dr. Harlan Krumholz, one of the researchers behind the new study, discusses this topic with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts.