A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: “I know that health care providers are concerned about implementing new health information technology and finding professionals who can operate and maintain such systems. I know many clinicians are unsure how they will develop or strengthen their skill set to incorporate using health IT efficiently and effectively without jeopardizing their communication with patients during a clinical visit.
Using adult stem cells, researchers have created functional blood vessels that could one day replace synthetic grafts often required in various vascular bypass surgeries, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Annual Conference 2010.
Nicotine withdrawal can cause dangerous agitation in intensive care patients. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care found that, compared to non-smokers, agitated smokers were more likely to accidentally remove tubes and catheters, require supplemental sedative, analgesic or anti-psychotic medications, or need physical restraints.
A Los Angeles surgeon has been ordered to pay a Maryland patient and his wife $800,600 in a malpractice judgement. The ruling stems from Dr. Hrayr Shahinian performing an inappropriate surgery and then altering a pathology report to cover up his failure to remove a tumor. The award included $300,000 in punitive damages for “intentional infliction of emotional distress.
This man was brought to the clinic after his motorcycle crashed leaving him with a broken leg. Orthopedic surgeons from the Austin, TX area treated him.
A video from the International Journal of Urology presents images of a laparoscopic nephrectomy in patients with renal vein and/or inferior vena cava anomalies April 8, 2010 This video from the International Journal of Urology presents images of the management of the renal pedicle in laparoscopic nephrectomy in cases where there were anomalies of the renal vein and inferior vena cava.
Minimally invasive surgery takes advantage of advances in computer imaging and robotics to provide effective surgical cancer treatment with a much smaller impact on the patient. Robotic surgery systems consist of one or more robotic arms, precisely controlled by surgeons seated at a console, which enlarges 3-D views of the surgery site.
With the start of the baseball season comes an onslaught of predictions. So-called experts citing why certain teams and players will perform well or poorly both intrigues and frustrates me. While I love to hear their thoughts on what I should expect from my team and its rivals, I also get annoyed when their prognostications differ from the heightened expectations I have for the Milwaukee Brewers this season.
Urologists have come up with better ways to bring attention to themselves. Some have advertised in urinals at baseball games. Others have lured patients for a vasectomy, promising a prescription of mandatory bedrest during March Madness. Dr. Jack Cassell, on the other hand, had to go create a national scandal.
The MD-4221, a 42" full HD, flat display for the operating room, is the next generation of Barco’s HD-42 display which has been further optimized for use in the digital operating room. Equipped with the latest high-quality LCD panel, the MD-4221 delivers bright, crisp images even in highly illuminated OR environments.
Olympus introduces a 9.9-millimeter gastroscope that delivers HDTV image quality and Narrow Band Imaging (NBI). The new scope, the GIF-H180J model, is intended for upper gastrointestinal screening, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Features include: An auxiliary water channel, flushes away blood, mucus and other debris inside the upper gastrointestinal tract, helping to ensure a clear view at all times.
After exploring several manufacturing companies and hospitals that were applying the Toyota Production System (TPS) to improve processes and eliminate “waste,” St. Joseph Heath System-Humboldt County in California developed their own focused commitment on improvement called “The Humboldt Way.
Hip fractures are the second leading cause of hospitalization of elderly patients. According to a new study published in the April 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS ), a person's pre-surgical health classification, as determined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), is a leading indicator as to how well the person will fare after surgery to repair the hip fracture.
Saint Vincent's Hospital, a 160-year-old institution in Manhattan that treated hundreds of victims of the September 11 attacks and was at the forefront of the AIDS epidemic, will cease operating most of its patient services after a prolonged but failed effort to rescue it from massive debt, officials said Tuesday.