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Q&A: Hand Hygiene

December 1, 2009 5:33 am | Articles | Comments

Surgical Products talks with Joan Blanchard of AORN about the importance of hand hygiene and a new initiative to engage and recognize nurses around the country for exemplary hand hygiene compliance. To raise awareness of the deadly risks associated with poor hand hygiene and encourage best practices among nurses and other healthcare professionals, the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and 3M Infection Prevention have joined in an initiative to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)  in the surgical setting.

Nurse Abuse Could Involve Over 100 Victims

December 1, 2009 5:24 am | News | Comments

A metro Atlanta nurse anesthetist has been charged with molesting and sodomizing anesthetized patients in dental and medical offices, and police say the videotaped abuses could involve 100 or more victims. Paul Patrick Serdula, 47, who worked in dental and medical offices across metro Atlanta, was arrested on child molestation and sodomy charges.

Ambulatory Surgical Centers Best Hospitals In Some Procedures

December 1, 2009 5:11 am | News | Comments

Measuring five quality-based performance areas, an ambulatory surgical center out performed a standard hospital in otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research in the December 2009 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery . The cross-sectional study analyzed a total of 486 cases at a pediatric ambulatory surgical center (ASC) and a hospital-based facility (HBF).

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Flight Risks

December 1, 2009 4:52 am | News | Comments

The first ever published study of aviation-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. finds that more than 1,013 patients are admitted to U.S. hospitals with aviation-related injuries annually, and that 753 aviation-related deaths occur each year. The study, conducted by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy and Columbia University, also reports that the largest categories of patients were occupants of civilian, noncommercial powered aircraft.

NOTES Approach Produces Another Success

December 1, 2009 4:42 am | News | Comments

Another advancement in NOTES (Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopy Surgery) technique has been realized as surgeons used the transanal route to remove a rectal mass. The team of surgeons carried out the first surgical removal of a rectal mass using the TEM (Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery) technique in the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.

Addressing Post-Surgical Depression Aids Recovery

December 1, 2009 4:21 am | News | Comments

In the so-called Bypassing the Blues trial, 50 percent of patients who were depressed after having coronary artery bypass surgery saw improvements of at least 50 percent in their negative mood after participating in the intervention, compared with 29 percent of control patients who received usual care.

Gunshot Victim Recovering After Face And Jaw Transplant

December 1, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

More than a year-and-a-half following the first near-total face and upper jaw transplant, the donor tissue appears successfully integrated, according to a report in the November/December issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery . The recipient has experienced no long-term rejection and has regained some functional abilities, including her senses of smell and taste.

Radical MS Theory Stirs Interest

November 30, 2009 6:28 am | by by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today | News | Comments

Can multiple sclerosis be treated with a simple surgical procedure? That question - raised by the research of an Italian physician - is causing a stir among those who study the condition, which has long been regarded as an autoimmune disease. Instead, according to Paolo Zamboni, MD, of the University of Ferrara, in Ferrara, Italy, MS may result from poor vascular circulation in the brain.

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The Greatest Gift

November 30, 2009 6:14 am | News | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Color-coded denim cloths cover the row upon row of black body bags atop cold metal tables. Blue means a body that eventually will go into a common grave. Tan, the family wants those remains back for burial, eventually. These are bodies donated to science, awaiting one of the most sensitive rites in becoming a doctor.

Patients Not Up For Risky Business

November 30, 2009 5:51 am | News | Comments

A study that will appear in the December issue of Arthritis Care & Research suggests that increasing patient responsibility for making medical decisions may decrease their willingness to accept risky treatment options. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1.

Nitrile Exam Glove

November 30, 2009 5:34 am | Sempermed Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sempermed introduces its SemperShield™ extended cuff nitrile exam powder-free glove. According to the company, the glove features: Extra thickness. An extended cuff compared to a traditional nitrile exam glove. A textured surface that promises a secure grip without compromising sensitivity.

Top 10 Ways To Annoy Your Doctor 

November 30, 2009 5:29 am | by Dr. Rob, MedPage Today | Articles | Comments

  Top 10 lists are back! I forgot about this kind of post, and a reminder by a reader is bringing them back.  They are really a fun and easy kind of post to write, so you may see a fair number of them (read: Rob is getting lazy).  I thought I’d start back with some suggestions for disgruntled patients (or gruntled ones, for that matter) to make their doctor’s day much worse.

Surgeon Pioneers 'Scarless' Thyroid Surgery

November 30, 2009 5:28 am | News | Comments

Tulane University surgeon performs a new form of endoscopic surgery to remove all or a portion of the thyroid or parathyroid glands without leaving a scar on the neck November 30, 2009 Tulane University School of Medicine surgeon Dr. Emad Kandil is one of the first in the country to perform a new form of endoscopic surgery that uses a small incision under the arm to remove all or a portion of the thyroid or parathyroid glands without leaving a scar on the neck, a release from the university reports.

Country Folk Replacing More Joints Than City Slickers

November 30, 2009 4:29 am | News | Comments

Southern Illinois researchers have determined that Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas are 27 percent more likely than urban dwellers to have total knee or hip replacement surgeries. Researchers also found women more likely than men to undergo total joint replacement surgeries. Full findings appear in the December issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism .

Smart Phones Help Speed Up Diagnoses

November 30, 2009 4:09 am | News | Comments

A recent study from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) states that radiologists can accurately diagnose acute appendicitis from a remote location with the use of a handheld device or mobile phone equipped with special software. “The goal is to improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnoses, as well as to improve communications among different consulting physicians,” said the study's lead author, Asim F.

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