The risk of complications and early death after commonly performed abdominal surgical procedures appears to be higher among older adults, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Surgery . “Approximately 2 million older Americans undergo abdominal surgical operations each year,” the study’s authors note.
The US military has awarded Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital a multimillion-dollar contract to pay for the face transplants of veterans who have survived catastrophic war injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Defense is hoping they will be able to complete face transplants on six to eight patients over the next 18 months, which would nearly double the nine known procedures completed worldwide.
Howard Fendrich, AP The National Football League is partnering with Boston University brain researchers who have been critical of the league's stance on concussion. The league now plans to encourage current and former NFL players to donate their brains to the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, which has said it found links between repeated head trauma and brain damage in boxers, football players and, most recently, a former NHL player.
A Kansas mother is praising a neighbor as "Superman" after her 6-year-old daughter told her he somehow found the strength to lift a car off her. The girl escaped with minor injuries after being pinned under the vehicle. Harris said he doesn't know how he managed to lift the Mercury sedan off the child, but when he tried later that day to lift other cars, he couldn't.
LG Display Co., Ltd., an innovator of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) technology, announced this month the world’s first commercial launch of a 3D LCD panel boasting full-HD resolution. What does this mean for surgeons and surgical teams? As Medgadget reports, the launch of this technology makes it more and more likely that 3D technology will soon be a common modality to view volumetric, live images in radiology rooms and in the OR.
Flexline™ Anesthesia Carts from InterMetro Industries offer integrated features that are designed to conform to the needs of the OR. The carts feature: A build to endure the rigors of daily use and provide enhanced security and organization required in Anesthesia Departments.
Healthcare workers can work efficiently with a compact mobile cart from Herman Miller that lets them mobilize a computer, work surface and storage on their rounds. According to the company, the cart features: Modular, lightweight, and interchangeable components.
Holbrook Mohr, AP An extremely rare infection has been passed from an organ donor to at least one recipient in what is thought to be the first human-to-human transfer of this amoeba. Four people in three states received organs from a patient who died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in November after suffering from neurological problems, said Dave Daigle, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention.
Ten years ago, a national panel of health care experts released a landmark report on medical errors in the American health care system. Published by the Institute of Medicine , “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System” estimated that as many as 98,000 people died in hospitals each year as a result of preventable mistakes.
According to a Loyola University Health System study, a simple bedside exam performed by a physician or surgeon after brain surgery can be superior to a CT scan, especially in predicting which patients would need to return to the operating room to treat complications such as bleeding. Patients typically receive CT scans following open brain surgery to remove tumors, repair aneurysms or treat injuries, but CT scans can cost hundreds of dollars and expose patients to radiation.
Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman) will be the exclusive distributor of Disposable SPETZLER™-MALIS® Non-stick Bipolar Forceps, manufactured by Synergetics™ USA, Inc., effective December 1, 2009 in the U.S. and worldwide starting February 1, 2010, expanding Codman’s three-year distribution agreement with Synergetics.
Thermoflect from Encompass Group provides a solution to hypothermia and is available in children’s sizes, from neonatal to ages 10-12. Products offered include bouffant caps, blankets, infant papoose and children's PJ bottoms and tops from toddler to size 10-12. Thermoflect is based on technology pioneered by NASA and features: The ability to reflect back the body’s own heat to help prevent cooling.
Arizant Healthcare, Inc. introduces the Ranger Irrigation Fluid Warming System. The irrigation system offers the high-volume delivery of warmed fluids required during demanding procedures while providing true temperature control - eliminating the potential cool down of fluid bags removed hours earlier from the warmer.
You have been cancer free for two years now. Congratulations! That was a terrible time. The whole time I was getting treatment, things were absolutely terrible! Just terrible! What do you mean? In what way? On top of everything else, we lost all of our friends! We were totally alone through all of the treatment.
Hans Patrick Griesser’s story "WHAT'S MORE AFFORDABLE THAN FREE?” was a runner up in the MedGadget’s Medical Sci-Fi Writing Contest. December 18, 2009 “No, Grandma. It's a reverse pinch.” “What does that mean?” she asked. “It's like you're spreading it out to zoom in.