Carla K. Johnson, AP Uninsured patients with traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance, according to a new study. The findings by Harvard University researchers surprised doctors and health experts who have believed emergency room care was equitable.
Kelli Kennedy, AP The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services received roughly 30 warnings from inspectors over three years during the Bush and Obama administrations but didn't respond to half of them, even after repeated letters, according to records provided to The Associated Press by U.
A team of Australian surgeons are working today on a delicate and complicated surgery to separate twin sisters who are joined at the top of the head. The 2-year-old Bangladeshi orphans, Trishna and Krishna, share parts of their skull, brain tissue and blood flow. Doctors expected the operation, which began this morning, to take at least 16 hours, with a team of 16 surgeons and nurses.
According to the American Heart Association, infants born with a severely underdeveloped heart are more likely to survive to their first birthday when treated with a new shunt procedure — yet it may not be the safest surgery in the long term. Babies born with a critically underdeveloped left side of their hearts require three surgeries to correct the problem.
Tim Schäufele, MD at the MediClin Heart Center Lahr/Baden in Germany offered a report at the recent American Heart Association meeting that suggested the routine use of the radial artery as an access point resulted in fewer bleeding complications and less pain without substantial increases in procedure time.
Surgeons do not typically receive training in the areas of leadership, communication and teamwork. A recent study finds standardized training in these areas could be a valuable tool to improve teamwork among surgical teams. November 16, 2009 Senior surgical residents at Christiana Care, an ACS-verified Level 1 trauma center in Newark, DE, are responsible for leading the trauma activations at the facility.
Sleep deprivation can negatively impact a surgeon’s performance. A recent study examined the effect available pharmacological stimulants have in countering the consequences of long work hours. November 18, 2009 Sleep deprivation of surgeons can lead to negative effects of the surgical performance and has the potential to hinder patient safety.
Integrating your surgical suite can be a large project. While there are many considerations and decisions to make, here is a list of some of the important factors to think about when it comes to OR integration … November 17, 2009 As surgical procedures advance, the needs of surgeons and surgical teams are changing.
By: Dr. Val Published: There hasn’t been much discussion about serious tort reform in the current healthcare reform debate. That’s probably because most policy experts don’t believe it will make a significant dent in healthcare costs. I happen to believe that tort reform would be a huge boon for healthcare (just ask Ob/Gyns in Texas) and save a lot in defensive medicine practices and unnecessary testing, but even if I’m wrong and it wouldn’t result in cost-savings, there’s another issue at play: access to primary care physicians.
By: Michael Smith Published: Almost every story I write from a medical meeting carries a warning that says, in essence, don't take this for gospel. We at MedPage Today take some care about that. Not that we're especially prone to error (although we can all nod off from time to time) but we want to make sure readers recognize the tentative nature of presentations at medical meetings.
By Pauline W. Chen, M.D. Published: In my medical school class of 140, Kerry was one of the best and the brightest. Gregarious, unassuming and a dedicated fitness buff with a weakness for ice cream, she managed to sail through the weekly exams that most of us struggled with during the first two years.
Monarch Medical Products introduces the Alinsod URO-GYN Scissors. Red Alinsod, MD of Laguna Beach, CA is the designer of these scissors and many other unique surgical devices for Urogynecology. These new scissors are designed specifically for Pelvic Surgery including Vaginoplasty and Hysterectomy.
MAQUET offers a comprehensive telemedicine system to meet the growing demands on modern OR management. From the seamless integration of medical image and data sources to storage and archiving in accordance with the international DICOM standard and transfer to a PC or laptop by IT network or internet.
The NuBOOM®, CompView Medical’s Visualization and Equipment Management System is installed in OR’s without construction or extensive healthcare facility renovation. The system features: Cabinet space, shelf space and electrical inputs that house medical and video equipment keeping cords off the floor to improve safety.
Easy of management and deployment. The ability to achieve clinical performance and user interaction with touch panel interface. The ability to provide a solution for present and future communication technologies that protect ROI investment dollars, optimizing clinical functionality, information work flows, and enhance patient care.