John Flesher, AP With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from temporary, minor nuisances such as runny noses and headaches to long-term risks such as cancer if contaminated seafood ends up in the marketplace.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is implementing a new rating system for its hospitals that will limit the types of surgeries doctors can perform at some facilities. The changes come after several patients died because of surgical mistakes at one Illinois VA hospital. Officials acknowledged that at least nine patients died directly because of surgical mistakes by doctors at the Marion VA Medical Center in southern Illinois in 2006 and 2007.
Boston Scientific today announced the start of patient enrollment in the EVIDENCE Clinical Trial, which compares the therapeutic and cost effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) therapy to spine re-operation in patients with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). EVIDENCE is a randomized, controlled trial enrolling 132 patients at 20 sites worldwide.
Complications with some recent operations performed at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Vermont have raised concerns about the amount of training surgeons should undergo before using a da Vinci system on live patients. These incidents, which have included lacerated bladders and severed ureters, have many wondering if the marketing advantages for a hospital are being given greater priority over patient safety.
An innovative, minimally-invasive partial knee replacement surgery helped one 80-year-old Martin Memorial patient overcome osteoarthritis. MAKOplasty partial knee replacement surgery uses 3-D visualization and a robotic arm to help patients get back on their feet quickly.
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors are rare lesions stemming from connective tissue anywhere along the length of the gut. This video reviews treatment of such a tumor through Laparoscopic Partial Gastrectomy.
This is a short clip of advanced Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy with Valley Surgical Clinics. One incision is made into the "belly button" leaving the patient with no visable scars.
Thoughts of my first job rushed back into me as I pulled open the front door of the veterinary clinic. My son carried his sick cat past me and headed to the receptionist’s desk. I took a breath. “Oh my goodness,” I thought. “This place smells just like the animal hospital back home.
The ThermaCor 1200 Rapid Thermal Infusion System, which helps maintain the patient’s normothermic temperature, has been used in trauma, vascular and liver transplant cases. May 5, 2010 Smisson-Cartledge Biomedical LLC (SCB) announced recently that its ThermaCor 1200 Rapid Thermal Infusion System has been used successfully in multiple clinical cases in the United States and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Cosmic Nee-Noggs from DeRoyal have been designed and researched to be pleasing, likable and fun for children between the ages of three and eight. The staff can wear the facial products and use the Nee-Nogg devices with the children to help them feel more comfortable, less frightened and a bit more playful.
Derma Sciences, Inc. introduces its new XTRASORB™ Foam dressing. According to the company, the XTRASORB™ Foam has been designed to provide a marked advancement to standard polyurethane foam dressings. The difference is on the outer facing portion of the dressing.
The unique disposable Standard Via-Guard® alternates clog-free Tip and AdjustaFlo® Poole suction. It clears fluids fast, saves time, cuts inventory and lowers costs. Clog-Free Standard Tip or Poole suction Cuts inventory, saves time and lowers costs Disposable for infection control For more information, visit www.
Just as cameras and televisions have been reinvented in the last decade with improved optics, sharpness and brightness, so have the tiny imaging scopes that physicians use to peer into the body's nooks and crannies --its organs and digestive system. And few places in the United States are testing the power of these new endoscopic optics as thoroughly as are researchers at Mayo Clinic.