Hospital rankings matter. Specifically, those published in the US News & World Report carry additional weight. Hospitals use these numbers in advertising campaigns, and patients often choose hospitals based on these rankings. But does a high place really mean you’re getting better care? Not necessarily.
A new study published in the May issue of American Journal of Infection Control concluded a statistically significant reduction in the rate of surgical site infections (SSI) in patients undergoing cesarean section (C-section) delivery(1) (7.5 percent versus 1.2 percent; relative reduction of 84 percent) through an infection prevention bundle including the use of 2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG)/70 percent isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution (ChloraPrep®), 2 percent CHG no-rinse cloth, instrument sterilization, staff education and training.
Researchers have developed a way to enhance how brain tumors appear in MRI scans and during surgery, making them easier for surgeons to identify and remove. Scientists at the Ohio State University are experimenting with different nanoparticles that they hope may one day be injected into the blood of patients and help surgeons remove lethal brain tumors known as glioblastomas.
Dr. Alan Reznik performs an arthroscopic elbow surgery for a locking elbow. He explains how he positions the patient in the supine position. April 29, 2010 This is an arthroscopic elbow surgery for a locking elbow. The Patient is a 60 year old athlete with recurring painful locking of the elbow with running and sporting activities.
Friedrich Herbst, MD, FRCS and Bernhard Dauser, MD of the Department of Surgeryat St. John of God Hospital in Vienna perform a SILS Sigmoidectomy for colon cancer with a ColonRing. A 35-year-old female patient had undergone colonoscopic removal of a 2cm polyp at 20cm from the anal verge.
Dr. Samadi discusses robotic surgery in today's world. He compares his surgical team to a baseball team, where each member has talent and a specific role. They job is to perform at their best in order to hit a home run each time. With robotic surgery, there is less blood loss, more urinary control and sexual function.
This surgical video demonstrates renowned robotic and laparoscopic surgeon Dr. M. Patrick Lowe (Gynecologic Oncologist) from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL removing a rare 12 cm ovarian tumor (struma ovarii presenting as pseduo-meigs syndrome) via single-port laparoscopy avoiding traditional open surgery.
While browsing the health section on CNN’s website yesterday, I came across an article about a 25-year-old woman who recently passed away from cystic fibrosis. What made her story especially unique, though, was that up until the very end of her life, she blogged about her experience.
Radiosurgical approaches to cancer treatment are showing promise in the treatment of lung, liver, and spinal tumors, according to four leading clinical experts who presented at a symposium in New York earlier this month. New approaches to image-guidance and motion management are making it possible to successfully target tumors that are typically hard to reach with a radiosurgical technique doctors call stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).
The ARCH Table Extension from TRUMPF is an easy-to-use, leg-holding traction device. Designed for the Direct Anterior Approach to Total Hip Replacement, it is also an excellent solution for hip and femur fracture cases. Features include: The ability for optimal leg positioning, including hyperextension, abduction and external rotation, to be achieved with constant, measurable, safe traction and precise reference points.
The EPD offers: Ample support of the chest to stabilize the back. The ability to clamp onto operating room tables using standard 5/8" clamps or to be used with the company’s self-supporting Labor and Delivery Stand (LDS). Suitability for a wide range of body sizes with simple adjustments.
Innovative Medical Products introduces the large De Mayo Hip Positioner®--a bariatric solution for lateral positioning of obese patients during hip surgery or in any surgery requiring lateral positioning. The solution stabilizes bariatric patients in the same orientation throughout the surgical procedure, while eliminating the need for any strenuous lifting of the patient by OR personnel.
Frank Eltman, AP An expert on a rare form of brain surgery is backing a Long Island hospital under scrutiny after two of its top physicians were suspended for leaving a patient on the operating table. In a review commissioned by North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health Systems, UCLA neurosurgeon James Ausman called the Long Island hospital's Chiari Institute “the finest center of its kind in the world.
Chris Jenkins, AP Bob Uecker has made a 40-year career out of delighting baseball fans with his self-deprecating sense of humor. Even facing heart surgery at the end of the week, that didn't change. Addressing reporters, the Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer opened up by joking that he called a press conference to announce that he was joining the Brewers' active roster.