Contradicting previous study results, insertion of a sponge that contains the antibiotic gentamicin at the time of surgical closure following cardiac surgery did not reduce the rate of sternal wound infections after three months, compared to patients who did not receive the intervention, according to a study in JAMA .
A prediction score that includes factors such as age, blood pressure, and heart and respiratory rate has been developed for patients who received out-of-hospital emergency care associated with the development of a critical illness during their hospitalization. This could include complications such as severe sepsis, the need for mechanical ventilation or death.
Maximizing the use of surgical instruments and ensuring many years of productive and satisfactory performance starts with caring for your instruments. New Instruments - Newly purchased instruments must be cleaned, lubricated and autoclaved immediately before use. Proper Use - Instruments are designed for a specific purpose and should be used only for that purpose Water and Stainless Steel - Tap water contains minerals that can cause staining.
Perhaps the most important principle in practicing medicine, drummed into medical students and junior doctors time and time again, is to do no harm. Our medical interventions and treatments can be given either too early, too late, or inappropriately, with sometimes terrible and tragic results.
Alina Wolfe Murray, AP A fourth baby died Tuesday and seven remained in critical condition following a fire at a Bucharest maternity hospital. Authorities launched an investigation to determine what caused the blaze late Monday at Giulesti maternity hospital. The accident provoked a wave of public indignation, throwing light on Romania's poorly funded and understaffed health system.
Bariatric surgery appears to be associated with reduced use of medications and lower health care costs among patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery . “From an epidemiological standpoint, once these diseases develop they are rarely reversed.
The humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders performed close to 20,000 procedures in resource-limited settings between 2001 and 2008, with an operative death rate of only 0.2 percent, suggesting surgical care can be provided safely in these circumstances with appropriate minimum standards and protocols, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Surgery .
Seniors who received home care after discharge from the hospital for partial hip surgery (hemiarthroplasty) were 43 percent less likely to die in the three months following the procedure, found a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal . However, less than 16 percent of elderly patients discharged home after partial hip surgery in the study group received home care.
Medtronic, Inc. and Osteotech, Inc. have signed a definitive agreement under which Medtronic will acquire Osteotech for $6.50 per share in cash of Osteotech common stock. The total value of the transaction is expected to be approximately $123 million. Osteotech is a leader in the growing field of biologic products for regenerative healing, and has pioneered several technology platforms, including the Grafton® demineralized bone matrix, which has a growing body of evidence supporting its bone-generating capabilities.
Designing and developing medical devices is a challenging business, and as America’s health care system evolves, Battelle creators are busy innovating new products. But the hurdles of the industry get higher all the time. That’s why Battelle turns to a hometown neighbor to get the process started easily.
The hospital is never a quiet place. Walk through the wards on a typical day, and you’ll hear a cacophony of alarms, bells, and other tones coming from both computers and medical equipment. American Medical News recently discussed so-called “alarm fatigue.” They cite a study showing find that “16,934 alarms sounded in [a medical] unit during an 18-day period.
The Orchide HD Camera from MAQUET allows the surgical team to share images in full-HD quality. Features of the camera include: Picture quality of 2 Mio pixels. Realistic 3D images. High color accuracy to distinguish subtle differences in color and texture, as in direct non video-assisted vision.
Sony introduces the HVO-1000MD HD Digital Recorder, a versatile new high definition (HD)/standard definition (SD) video medical recording solution that combines superior image quality with a range of innovative features for enhanced workflow and ease-of-use. The company plans to release the product in third quarter.
Ivan Moreno, AP A Colorado hospital said that it has temporarily suspended live donor liver transplants while it investigates the death of a South Dakota man who donated part of his liver to his brother. The death would be Colorado's first of a live liver donor and the fourth in the country if it's ruled it was a result of the procedure, according to the United Network of Organ Sharing.
Stephen Singer, AP Finding investors in a weak economy is never easy, but John Marano hopes a new Connecticut tax credit will persuade some to take a chance with his medical equipment manufacturing company. Marano, president and CEO of Vascular Insights, which manufactures and sells equipment to treat varicose veins without surgery, anesthesia and hospital stays, said he's looking to the new state tax credit to attract more investors to the company.