Pay-for-performance reimbursement of surgeons, intended to reward doctors and hospitals for good patient outcomes, may instead be creating financial incentives for discriminating against obese patients, who are much more likely to suffer expensive complications after even the most routine surgeries, according to new Johns Hopkins research.
At a recent social gathering, a doctor friend who has been in private practice for almost 15 years revealed something that caused one physician to nearly choke on her drink, another to gasp in disbelief and the rest of us to stop what we were doing and gawk as if he had committed some grave social faux pas.
A new study finds obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese. May 3, 2010 Obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese, according to a study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Philips introduces the InnerCool RTx Endovascular System for cooling and warming, which provides advanced whole body temperature modulation therapy in a closed-loop system from the inside out. The InnerCool RTx is a high-performance system that can rapidly raise and lower the body temperature of certain non-paralyzed, awake patients of all sizes in the intensive care setting.
Shafer Medical Devices, a division of Shafer Enterprises, introduces the Normothermia Monitoring and Management System (NMAMS) for monitoring patient temperature. According to the company features include: The ability to monitor up to 1,000 patients at one time.
Ansell Healthcare Products has improved its glove packaging with a newer, greener design that reduces packaging waste. Ansell’s increased-count exam pack contains more exam gloves per box – and per case. The new dispensing box still fits into customers’ existing wall brackets, yet provides 50 to 100 percent more gloves, depending on the specific glove selected.
Howard Huntington, AP “Life was not looking like it was worth living anymore. I couldn't see any way out. Then this came up. I jumped on it immediately. I didn't care if it was Kookamunga.” Jim Krois had been a photographer for the Daily Courier for five years when he was laid off in 2008.
Researchers have developed a computer-based system that can automatically track patient-specific radiation dose exposure (based on a patient's size and weight) for every patient that receives a CT scan, providing patients with a way to start tracking their cumulative health care-related radiation exposure, according to a study presented at the ARRS 2010 Annual Meeting.
Dedicated breast surgeons, who are responsible for the treatment of breast cancers, performed as well as specialized breast radiologists when screening mammograms, stated a six-year study presented this week at the American Society of Breast Surgeons. The prospective research involved 10,020 mammograms performed at a surgeon-run South African breast health center between January 2003 and June 2009.
Samantha Abernethy, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — The case of a surgical technician exposing 6,000 patients in Colorado to Hepatitis C while feeding her drug addiction has prompted legislators to consider requiring surgical staff to register with the state. The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Thursday on two bills designed to increase oversight of the medical staffers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Medical device company Medtronic Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to buy heart device maker ATS Medical Inc. for $350 million in cash, expanding its products for cardiac surgery. Medtronic is offering ATS Medical $4 per share, which is a 54 percent premium to the stock's closing price on Wednesday.
Denis D. Gray, Associated Press Writer BANGKOK (AP) — A major Thai hospital evacuated patients and suspended all but emergency surgery Friday after anti-government protesters stormed in to hunt for security forces they suspected were taking positions there overlooking their barricaded enclave.
An expert at University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital will use the Catheter Robotics Remote Catheter Manipulation System for the first time in a heart rhythm treatment procedure. April 30, 2010 A pioneering world first robotics system operation is to be conducted at Glenfield Hospital Leicester thanks to expertise at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester.
The TRUMPF T3 Spinal Frame, developed in collaboration with Allen Medical Systems®, is a completely portable, radiolucent system that can be placed directly on the TRUMPF JUPITER carbon fiber table to create a fully-functional spine table. The system offers superior intra-operative scanning in iCT suites.
Hospital rankings matter. Specifically, those published in the US News & World Report carry additional weight. Hospitals use these numbers in advertising campaigns, and patients often choose hospitals based on these rankings. But does a high place really mean you’re getting better care? Not necessarily.