In men undergoing prostate surgery, excessive fluid absorption can lead to dangerously low sodium levels. Adding a small amount of glucose to the irrigation fluid used during surgery can help anesthesiologists prevent this complication, reports a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. The new technique provides an effective solution to the challenge of how to monitor fluid status during transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says concessions made to Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to win his vote on the health care overhaul bill were a rip-off for his state and is urging California lawmakers to vote against it. In an interview Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press , Schwarzenegger says giving extra Medicaid benefits to Nebraska to secure Nelson's vote, critical to Senate passage of the measure, was like buying a vote.
David B. Caruso, AP New York City health officials have already battled calories and trans fat. Now, they're taking on salt. The city health department released guidelines Monday recommending a maximum amount of salt that should be in all sorts of manufactured and packaged food. The recommendations posted on its website call for sizable reductions in the salt content of many products, from a 20 percent drop in peanut butter to a 40 percent decline in canned vegetables.
Budgets are tightening in most hospitals these days. Purchasing professionals are facing increasing pressures to buy the lowest priced products, yet maintain a high-quality. When purchasing surgical gowns and drapes, this is especially important. These materials are crucial to maintaining infection control practices and keeping surgical patients and staff safe.
Fulcrum Methods, a provider of methodologies to assist healthcare IT personnel with project and program management, is extending its current product offerings to include curriculum and training programs for education and professional development purposes. An essential component of the program is designed to address the shortfall of skilled IT personnel needed to implement and support a national electronic healthcare system.
The ability to suction unlimited amounts of irrigants, blood and other body fluids from the floor. A raised design for easy repositioning. The ability to help reduce the likelihood of injuries associated with wet floors. The ability to help protect healthcare professionals and housekeeping personnel from contact with contaminated substances.
For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones and the Internet, to connect doctors to patients in far-flung locales. But are doctors ready for this form of technology? Telemedicine has the potential to improve quality of care by allowing clinicians in one “control center” to monitor, consult and even care for and perform procedures on patients in multiple locations.
Newswire A new approach to common cardiac procedures called transradial angiography might lead to reduced patient complications and recovery time, as well as lower hospital costs. Cardiologists at the University of Illinois and Jesse Brown VA medical centers are among the first in the Chicago area to offer the approach to heart angiograms and clearing blocked arteries.
Cook Medical is touting a recent study that compares its Zilver Biliary Stent to the most commonly used device, the Wallstent from Boston Scientific. Essentially, the conclusion of the international multi-center study, published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy , is that the two stents have very similar performance characteristics.
While numbers can be twisted to mean almost anything a user wants them to, those relating to obesity and the general overweight condition of the U.S. population are tough to ignore. What I find interesting is that while some organizations – political and charitable alike – have established programs aimed at promoting exercise and healthier eating in combating this situation, it’s tough to ignore that a fair amount of resources have also been used to assimilate these conditions into our society.
Laura Buchholz, Reuters Pregnant women tempted to induce labor for convenience rather than medical necessity may want to wait for nature to take its course. Dr. J. Christopher Glantz at the University of Rochester School of Medicine found that inducing labor introduces a risk of 1 to 2 cesareans per 25 inductions that might have been avoided by waiting for spontaneous labor to begin.
Shares of companies that make orthopedic implants, like Biomet, could be strong performers heading into 2010. Biomet, which is privately held, reported sales for its fiscal second quarter that showed revenue growth of eight percent, rising to $695.6 million. That included 15 percent growth in revenue from knee implants, an eight percent gain in hip implant revenue, and a 29 percent jump in revenue from procedures on the extremities.
Stephanie Nano, AP It looks like doctors aren't the only ones who should scrub before surgery. Bathing patients with an antiseptic and squirting medicated ointment up their noses dramatically cut the rate of dangerous staph infections afterward, researchers found. A second study found the antiseptic did a better job of preventing infections than the reddish-brown iodine solution that's been used for decades to swab the skin before an operation.
Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Director of The Aesthetic Institute of New York and New Jersey, recently started using Twitter as a means of disseminating the latest information in facial plastic surgery techniques, new products and beauty trends to his patients and anyone else interested in facial rejuvenation.
Kimberly-Clark Health Care recently announced the findings of their prospective, randomized, controlled, multi-center trial on cuffed versus uncuffed endotracheal tubes in small children, which has been published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia . The study found that the incidence of tube exchange was 15 times less in children who received cuffed ET tubes than those who received uncuffed ET tubes.