LINDSEY TANNER,Associated Press Writers VALERIE BAUMAN,Associated Press Writers ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tens of thousands of health care workers who typically avoid flu shots are under more pressure than ever to get vaccinated as hospitals and clinics prepare for a spike in swine flu cases this fall and winter.
by Amanda McGowan I read a commentary piece on cnn.com the other day headlined “Why Primary Care Doctors Are Fed Up.” The article was written by a primary care physician in California who says that the availability of primary care doctors in the United States is lessening, and the reason is because PCPs are underpaid, overworked and under appreciated.
Larry Margasak, The Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Time is running out for a two-party compromise on health care as a bipartisan group of six Finance Committee senators considers a new proposal that might be the last, best hope for an overhaul agreement. The six were to meet Tuesday on Sen.
Ex-administrator of NY surgery clinic where man died during liposuction pleads guilty to fraud Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press NEW YORK — The former administrator of a Manhattan cosmetic surgery clinic where a man died while undergoing liposuction pleaded guilty to fraud charges Friday, a decade after authorities uncovered a fraud they said cost insurance companies more than $900,000.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — If you pay the mechanic $1,000 to fix your transmission and it breaks again next week, the garage should find and fix the problem for free. So if you get an infection following open-heart surgery because the doctor forgot an antibiotic, why are you charged extra to clear up the wound? At Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, pay a flat fee for bypass surgery and you'll get essentially a 90-day warranty on your heart fix.
Operation Walk Pittsburgh team provides life-changing hip and knee replacements to the disabled PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Operation Walk Pittsburgh team, consisting of 50 healthcare providers from Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Boston, and Philadelphia recently returned from an extraordinary mission abroad to Antigua, Guatemala.
A recent study shows that a 2003 reform of the length of resident on-duty hours could be connected to an increase in the rate of perioperative complications for patients treated for hip fractures. Among other things, this reform limited the resident workweek to 80 hours. This timeline corresponds to an increasing rate of worse outcomes seen in teaching hospitals, according to a study published in the September 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS).
Dominating the headlines of newspapers, websites and blogs both medically focused and mainstream, has been debate over the Obama Administration’s attempt at healthcare reform. It’s a polarizing issue that seems to me to be less about finding a solution and more about partisan politics.
Megadyne’s Modified Electrodes can be used with new protective nose cones to protect surrounding tissue from thermal damage and electrical burns. Specifically designed for surgical procedures performed in confined spaces such as tonsillectomies or other delicate procedures, the protective nose cone enclosure prevents stray current leakage between the hand piece and blade junction that, when exposed, can allow current to stray to surrounding tissue causing thermal burns to patients.
Covidien introduces its Leak Compensation software feature for the Puritan Bennett 840™ ventilator system to provide continuous levels of mechanical ventilation to patients requiring respiratory support, regardless of the level of gas leakage that might occur in the circuit or past a patient interface device in the clinical setting.
ARMONK, N.Y., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Implanet, a manufacturer of implantable medical devices, has selected IBM (NYSE: IBM) sensor technology as the foundation for BeepN'Track, a new service that traces the movement of Implanet's products - including knee and hip implants - across its supply chain to hospitals.
New study links resident duty-hour reform to negative outcomes for hip fracture patients ROSEMONT, Ill., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study finds a 2003 reform of the length of resident on-duty hours has led to an increase in the rate of perioperative (the span of all three phases of surgery: before, during and after) complications for patients treated for hip fractures.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Health workers caring for patients who have or may have swine flu should wear a special type of mask called an N95 respirator, not looser-fitting surgical masks, the Institute of Medicine advised Thursday. Health authorities have stressed that the general public doesn't need to wander around wearing masks against flu, which doesn't spread only through the air.
Charles Babington and Jennifer Loven, Associated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Even as liberals urge President Barack Obama to demand bold, far-reaching changes to the nation's health care system, the White House signaled openness Thursday to compromises that might attract moderate congressional Democrats as well as some Republicans.