As a patient safety best practice and endorsement of evidence-based medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors approved and released a clinical practice guideline, which found a strong recommendation against a popular procedure called vertebroplasty as a way to treat fractures in the spine.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Before he passed out in the medical tent in Iraq, 19-year-old Lance Cpl. James Crosby wanted to know two things: would he survive the rocket attack that sent shrapnel through his side and spine, and was he all in one piece? "I wanted to know not just if my arms and legs were there — I wanted to know if everything else was there," he said.
Clinicians from three U.S. hospitals today reported significant progress in the fight against deadly IV catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI). Data analyzed and presented by clinicians from St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs, Ark.; Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio; and VA Medical Center Seattle showed that the hospitals virtually eliminated such infections, which annually kill some 62,500 hospital patients nationwide.
The "empowered patient" movement (which I think is a good thing) strives to take the doctor out of the center of care and put the patient at its focus. The role of doctor is not to be the star of the show, the quarterback, the superhero, but the advocate and helper for the patient to accomplish their goal: health.
Surgeons are pioneering a method of inducing extreme hypothermia in trauma patients so that their bodies shut down entirely during major surgery. Their thoughts being that this approach will give doctors more time to perform operations. Advocates also hope it will help reduce the damage done to the brain and other organs while the patient's heart is not beating.
(AP) A man in northeastern Brazil is recovering after surgeons removed a 4" (10-centimeter) blade that had been stuck in his head for three years following a bar fight. Edeilson Nascimento, a 29-year-old tire repairman, told reporters he is feeling great after the three-hour surgery earlier this week.
People go to emergency departments when they've broken a leg, been stabbed or otherwise need urgent care. But a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine finds that 90 percent of EDs nationwide also offer preventive-care services. The high prevalence was surprising, said M. Kit Delgado, MD, the study's lead author and a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford's Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and it likely stems from less-than-ideal conditions.
The use of device-assisted enteroscopy, a technique that allows complete examination of the small bowel, may be just as successful in pediatrics as it has been in adult medicine, according to a study from Nationwide Children's Hospital. One of these techniques, known as Double-Balloon Enteroscopy (DBE), allows doctors to reach parts of the small intestine that cannot be reached using standard endoscopic procedures.
LED usage and advanced technology continues to shine in the OR. September 27, 2010 Since their introduction to the surgical market in 2007, light emitting diode (LED) surgical lighting has seen dramatic growth in the operating room. According to Joey Knight, Vice President of Sales at MAQUET Surgical Workplaces, in the approximately three years since LEDs have been available as lighting options for the surgical suite, the technology has claimed more than 50 percent of the market from the previous halogen technology, and projections for the future say that growth will only continue.
The HoverMatt® Air Transfer System now available in a disposable, Single-Patient Use model. Because it is patient-dedicated, the Single-Patient Use HoverMatt® further addresses infection control and reprocessing concerns, while providing the same safe and easy transfer you have come to expect from the HoverMatt® family of products.
Pointe Conception Medical’s single chip CCD endoscopic cameras offer the highest value integrated camera on the market today. Combined with PC-Medical’s EndoHub™, the Acquire-1.0™ delivers a cost-effective solution capable of providing integrated image capture, video recording, streaming over IP and network storage.
One-year data from the PARTNER clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine , demonstrates that transcatheter aortic-valve implantation, compared with standard therapy, resulted in significantly lower rates of death among patients who cannot undergo surgery for aortic stenosis.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option — a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests. Not yet known is whether easier-to-implant valves might work for the less sick who'd like to try the new technology rather than undergo the open-heart surgery required for standard valve replacements.
Lindsey Tanner, AP A report says treatment has improved substantially at U.S. hospitals for several ailments, including heart attacks, pneumonia and children's asthma. The information is based on more than 3,000 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent regulatory group. On average, hospitals in the report gave recommended heart attack treatment almost 98 percent of the time in 2009, versus 89 percent in 2002.
A simple, inexpensive blood test could soon help doctors halt organ rejection before it impairs transplanted hearts and kidneys. "In the past, we couldn't spot rejection episodes until they harmed the organ," said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, who is co-senior author of the new research and an associate professor of medical informatics and pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.