Florida hospitals and surgeons today launched a significant new initiative to improve patient safety and the quality of surgical care while reducing costs throughout the state. The Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI), a joint project of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a statewide collaboration that will focus on reducing surgical complications and improving the quality of care in participating hospitals.
ICU-acquired infection rates are not an indication of patients' mortality risk, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, undermining a central tenet of many pay-for-performance initiatives. Public reporting of quality data is increasingly common in health care. These report cards are designed to improve the quality of care by helping patients choose the best hospitals.
I walked into Room 28 to examine a woman who had presented to our emergency department with complaints of abdominal pain. She had initially been examined by our chief resident, who was under my supervision for this particular shift. Unfortunately, this patient was a "frequent-flier," presenting to our ER multiple times in the past few years.
John Theurer Cancer Center has begun implanting a wireless radiation sensor, so that radiation oncologist can receive immediate data on the amount of radiation being delivered to rumors and surrounding tissue. May 18, 2010 John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center announces that it is one of two cancer centers in the tri-state area currently implanting a wireless radiation sensor, known as DVS® (Dose Verification System).
Spectranetics Corporation introduces a new advanced Laser Lead Extraction Simulation system. The new simulation system is intended to augment traditional procedural training for physicians on laser-assisted lead extraction procedures by permitting hands-on practice with extraction tools and techniques in multiple case scenarios in a virtual operating environment.
Limbs and Things recently introduced the new Advanced Venipuncture Arm. According to the company’s website, the are features: The AV Arm Harness that allows the arm to be easily strapped to a person's shoulder enabling Simulated Patient scenarios to be practiced in training sessions.
Adult patients without health insurance admitted to intensive care units in Pennsylvania hospitals are at a 21 percent increased risk of death compared to similar patients with private insurance, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. The difference in mortality risk was not explained by patient characteristics or differences in care at the hospital level, suggesting that uninsured patients might receive poorer quality care.
The parents of an Edmonton, Alberta toddler are now confident their son will be able to undergo surgery for a rare birth defect, thanks to the generosity of people across Canada. The two-year-old, Maddox, was born with lymphatic cystic hydroma, a severe and rare malformation on the left side of his face that has so far been untreatable by doctors.
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found that colonoscopy preparation drugs administered the same day as the procedure are equally effective to those given the night before and the morning of the procedure, but result in less complaints of side effects such as abdominal pain, sleep loss and workday interference.
Health Robotics and B. Braun Melsungen AG today announced that in exchange for undisclosed consideration, Health Robotics has re-acquired from B. Braun the exclusive marketing, sales, installation, implementation, interface, manufacturing, and technical support European rights for CytoCare, a robot designed to manufacture chemotherapy and hazardous IV Admixtures, and which rights B.
Lindsey Tanner, AP The number of children hospitalized with dangerous drug-resistant staph infections surged 10-fold in recent years, a study found. Disease incidence increased from two to 21 cases per 1,000 hospital admissions from 1999 to 2008. Most infections were caught in the community, not in the hospital.
via CNN, an Australian study on interruptions in the ED: (CNN) – Interruptions in the emergency room may exact an unhealthy toll on patient care, a group of Australian researchers reported Thursday. The researchers, from the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, found that interruptions led emergency department doctors to spend less time on the tasks they were working on and, in nearly a fifth of cases, to give up on the task altogether.
Surgical Products asks manufacturers of equipment booms: What should surgical professionals consider of when purchasing equipment booms to ensure their OR is adaptable for future upgrades and updates? May 17, 2010 Booms play an important role in delivering many critical services to the Operating Room and more importantly supporting the surgical team.
The ProMIS surgical simulator from Haptica now includes: Colectomy, Cholecystectomy, Appendectomy and ObGyn modules. The ability to allows for single site surgery. The ability to produce metrics on FLS and standard curriculum tasks. Fore more information, visit www.
The LapSim® System from Surgical Science, Inc. is a surgical simulation and training platform with basic skills task training and anatomical camera training for procedures such as cholecystectomy, GYN, suturing and anastomosis, and appendectomy. Team training applications are compatible in all modules, as well.