Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP To settle medical malpractice lawsuits, Judge Douglas McKeon sometimes quietly listens to heartbroken family members as they vent their anger. He calls it humanness. Curiosity about medical matters led the longtime New York City judge to become a specialist in resolving wrenching cases that involve life-changing harm to patients.
Lindsey Tanner, AP The fear of missing something weighs heavily on every doctor's mind. But the stakes are highest in the ER, and that fear often leads to extra blood tests and imaging scans for what may be harmless ailments. Many ER doctors say the No. 1 reason is fear of malpractice lawsuits.
The stillness in the meeting room was electric. First, one panelist addressed the audience members who have never experienced a malignancy. She described the unique and powerful bond that exists between cancer survivors. She described how the brush with mortality forces each survivor to renegotiate terms with Life itself.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing temperature management equipment in order to achieve adequate temperature in the OR for both patients and surgeons? June 21, 2010 With the CMS normothermia measure (SCIP-Inf-10) now a reality, hospitals will likely be warming patients that, in previous years, may have gone unwarmed.
The Medisafe SI-PCF™ system has been tested and validated for cleaning da Vinci® EndoWrist® instruments. The SI-PCF system uses the same critical cleaning parameters as Intuitive Surgical's manual cleaning method, with the advantage of being able to reprocess up to 10 EndoWrist instruments simultaneously, within a time efficient and convenient process.
Vestagen Technical Textiles offers the Vestex™ nanotechnology-based lab coats. Vestex garments repel blood and other bodily fluids, and rapidly kill microbes. Vestex is impregnated with nano-sized particles that change the surface area of the fabric, increasing surface tension and creating a barrier to fluids such as blood and body fluids.
Ruhof’s new line of autoclavable instrument trays, kidney dishes and bowls are made of medical grade polypropylene that can withstand the high temperatures of autoclaving without cracking, discoloring, rusting, staining, and denting. According to the company, this new line features: Reusable.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar & Stephen Ohlemacher, AP Last Friday the Senate passed legislation to spare doctors a 21 percent cut in Medicare payments that had been looming for months, but the last-ditch effort came too late. Moments after the Senate acted, Medicare announced it would begin processing claims it has already received for June at the lower rate.
“Our study shows that in the short term, weight loss by diet alone does not achieve the same improvements in diabetes as gastric bypass surgery,” said the author, Judith Korner, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Korner and her colleagues found that gastric bypass surgery better improved insulin sensitivity – the body's ability to successfully clear glucose sugar from the bloodstream into the cells.
A new study suggests that the recovery time and cost of brain-tumor surgery could be reduced if surgery is performed while patients are awake during part of the procedure. The study, conducted at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, examined the outcomes of 39 patients treated for glioma, a type of brain tumor that affects about 20,000 Americans annually.
The effective, convenient and affordable Cattails™ Channel Brush features a new "Pull-Through" design that significantly increases the amount of brushing action without causing buckling. The flexible leader makes it easier to clean hard-to-reach narrow channels.
DO? When I found out that I was going to have the rare opportunity to meet President Bill Clinton, many things ran through my mind: What would I say? What would I do? What would I wear? The only thing I was sure of was that I wasn’t going to wear a blue dress.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — For the first time, abuse of painkillers and other medication is sending as many people to the emergency room as the use of illegal drugs. In 2008, ERS saw an estimated 1 million visits from people abusing prescription or over-the-counter medicines — mostly painkillers and sedatives.
Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer ATLANTA (AP) — South African surgeons have transplanted kidneys between donors and patients who were both infected with the AIDS virus — a medical first that has some U.S. doctors buzzing about whether it could be tried here. The first four of the transplants, which occurred in 2008, are described in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
Doctors in Germany have shown a transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation provides an option for high-risk patients July 18, 2010 Doctors at the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany successfully used transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation in elderly patients with degenerated bioprostheses in aortic and mitral position.