Reuters Senior health officials in Alberta, Canada said they had fired an unidentified worker for giving National Hockey League players preferential access to the flu vaccine. The controversy boiled over when it was revealed that players for the Calgary Flames and their families received shots on an exclusive basis one day before the province closed public flu clinics due to a shortage of the vaccine.
National obesity and public health leaders are pressing Congress to address health needs of the morbidly obese November 9, 2009 As the House of Representatives and the Senate debate companion bills to make health care more affordable and accessible, a coalition of obesity and public health experts is urging Congress not to overlook the needs of the more than 15 million Americans who suffer from severe obesity and are at the greatest risk for chronic disease and death.
By Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: Gina (not her real name) had been born with a defect in her liver, with ducts so damaged and narrow that the bile could not drain. In the first year of her life, she underwent two urgent operations. The first was an unsuccessful effort to convert a loop of intestine into a drainage system for her bile; the second was a lifesaving liver transplant.
Erica Werner, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Here’s a look at bills currently before Congress. The Democratic-controlled House passed its legislation on a 220-215 vote Saturday night, with nearly unanimous Republican opposition. In the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid is finalizing legislation merging the work of two committees and making other changes.
The chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee wants an investigation into the risk of E. coli getting into school lunches. Rep. George Miller, (D-CA) is worried about a recent outbreak that killed at least two people and sickened about two dozen others in 11 states. The E. coli outbreak was linked to ground beef produced by Fairbank Farms of Ashville, NY.
There are a number of reasons to be excited about the development of new technologies relative to surgical robotics. Whether your enthusiasm stems from how their minimally invasive nature allows for shorter procedures, or the way in which quicker recovery times translate to lower long-term costs for both the hospital and patient, the impact of this technology is significant and wide-reaching.
Stephanie Nano, AP It seemed like a great idea — doing bypass surgery while the heart is still beating, sparing patients the complications that can come from going on a heart-lung machine. Now the first big test of this method has produced a surprise: Bypass has fewer problems and is more successful done the old way.
Erica Werner, AP House Democrats are scrambling to secure enough support to pass President Barack Obama's health overhaul initiative, working to soothe last-minute concerns from rank-and-file Democrats ahead of a make-or-break vote. Voting is set for Saturday on the 10-year, $1.2 trillion legislation that embraces Obama's goals of extending health coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and putting tough new restrictions on insurance companies.
Dr. James Wang says he tries to tell his patients when extra medical procedures aren't necessary. If they insist, though, he will do it—not so much to protect their health as his own practice. After being sued for allegedly failing to diagnose a case of appendicitis, Wang says he turned to what's known as "defensive medicine," ordering extra tests, scans, consultations and even hospitalization to protect against malpractice suits, a recent Associated Press article reports.
PremiCide® from Metrex solidifies and sanitizes liquid medical waste in a closed delivery system. According to the company, features include: The ability to save facilities money by converting biohazardous waste into regular waste and eliminating potential exposure to harmful pathogens.
BASS Medical has added the BASS “FIN” to its line of fluid control products. The BASS Fluid Control System is used for arthroscopies and other “wet” procedures to keep the Operating Room floor dry. The BASS “FIN” is a smaller (22-inch by 6-inch) version of the BASS without suction.
An annual study of patient outcomes at each of the nation's 5,000 non-federal hospitals found a wide gap in quality between the nation's best hospitals and the rest. According to the study, issued by the independent healthcare ratings organization HealthGrades, patients at their highly-rated hospitals have a 52 percent lower chance of dying when compared to the U.
Overall hospital prices increased 0.2 percent in September, and were 3.0 percent higher than a year previous, according to a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This relates to actual or expected reimbursement for a sample of treatments or services. The increased prices are attributed to a number of factors: Natural price increases relevant to any marketplace.
On site medical waste disposal and recycling system for all clinical waste and hospital waste materials compliant with the UN's World Health Organization (WHO).
What is new in cholecystectomy today - the bread and butter of general surgery? Can a cholecystectomy be performed always laparoscopically? Probably not. Can there be no iatrogenic injuries and no mortality? Certainly not. If this is the picture you would see when you put your first port in, in a 74 years old patient in near arrest due to sepsis and respiratory failure how many of you would continue laparoscopically and when and why would you go the good old days of open surgery? Would a large inflammatory mass in the right upper quadrant, barely allowing for insertion of a trocar and certainly not living much room for other ports put you off from laparoscopic surgery? What are the mortality, morbidity and recovery with open surgery in such settings? This case: a 74 years old man on anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation, presents with acute cholecystitis and sepsis; after a brief improvement with initial conservative management with rehydration, antibiotics and cardiology review for reversal of Warfarin, 48 hours later he deteriorates rapidly and is taken to surgery for cholecystectomy.