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.
A study published in published the June issue of the British Journal of Surgery compared two increasingly popular treatments for varicose veins, and found that patients who received radiofrequency ablation (RFA) reported less post-procedural pain than those treated with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA).
In an attempt to turn up new leads in the search for gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, the FBI is enlisting the surgical community for help. Full-page ads were placed in a recent edition of Plastic Surgery News asking if doctors have seen his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, who had breast implants and other cosmetic work performed before she went on the lam in 1995 with Bulger.
Every nurse fears killing someone. New nurses fear it the most, because they don't understand the safeguards in place to keep it from happening. Older nurses, if you get 'em liquored up and they trust you enough, will certainly have a story about something that seemed...off, that they didn't catch in time, and that led to a patient's death.
Canadian hospital owner Medical Facilities Corporation says it lost $1.7 million in the first quarter, as higher operating expenses offset revenue growth of six percent. Toronto-based Medical Facilities, which also owns hospitals in the United States, said earnings were down by five cents per share.
John Marshall, AP The surgeon waved his arms like a puppeteer over the body of his 18-year-old patient, the sound of a heartbeat from a monitor giving way to the jarring noise of a saw grinding bone in her hip joint. The sedated college volleyball player agreed to the surgery, not knowing if her insurance would cover the expense but hopeful that it would allow her to again walk up stairs without collapsing in pain.
EDGECO introduces a cost-efficient stretcher for ER and general hospital use. Providing a basic fixed height, these stretchers ease mobility with their convenient hand holds on each corner. According to the company, features include: Long-life polyurethane, double-ball-bearing swivel casters that ensure quiet movement.