(AP) Federal officials say the nation's hospitals are failing to stamp out common infections that can turn life-threatening for patients. The Health and Human Services department's 2009 quality report finds “very little progress” on eliminating health care infections. For example, rates of bloodstream infections following surgery increased by eight percent.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Having a bad reaction to penicillin as a child doesn't guarantee you're still allergic decades later. And if the oncologist says you have to switch chemotherapies because of an allergic reaction, well, maybe not. More medical centers are recommending a lesser known choice: Drug desensitization, a carefully controlled method of helping patients temporarily tolerate medications that their bodies once rejected.
Chronic stress has recently been implicated as a factor that may accelerate the growth of tumors. However, the mechanisms underlying this effect have not been determined, offers Anil Sood and colleagues at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. They have generated data using human ovarian cancer cell lines and tumor specimens that indicate that stress hormones, especially norepinephrine and epinephrine, can contribute to tumor progression in patients with ovarian cancer.
Replacing failing artificial animal-based heart valves by implanting mechanical valves inside them is an effective option for high-risk patients, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal Of The American Heart Association. In the study, physicians describe how 24 high-risk patients, whose previous implants failed, received transcatheter valve-in-valve implantation – where a new artificial valve is seated within a previously implanted valve made of pig or cow tissue.
Surgical simulation and training is crucial in helping surgeons develop and refine surgical skill. Now a variety of offerings allow for honing these skills before stepping into the OR. April 20, 2010 When James “Butch” Rosser, MD, FACS, professor of surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine, prepares for a case, he warms up with one of his favorite video games—Silent Scope or Super Monkey Ball.
Having a basic understanding of the different surgical implants and grafts available—both biologic and synthetic—is the first step to help a surgeon decide which material is right for the patient and procedure. April 23, 2010 With an array of materials and structures to consider, the options for surgical implants and grafts for surgeons can be “dizzying” at times, says Alfredo M.
What are the top three considerations surgical professionals should make when purchasing surgical cameras & video systems? April 21, 2010 With continual improvements in minimally invasive surgery techniques coupled with constrained capital budgets, facilities must add more rigor to their technology assessments and purchasing practices.
Imagine, you are the pilot of a 747, getting ready to land the plane at LAX (pilot speak for Los Angeles International Airport), your ear phones are strapped on, you are talking to the tower, verifying your landing instructions, going through the check list, lowering the landing gear, adjusting the fuel mixture, and just as you throttle back– “Excuse me, captain, but the passenger in 12B really needs to go to the bathroom even though the no smoking sign is on.
0 Medical practice is a big business. Conservative estimates put the total cost of medical malpractice at nearly $35 billion annually and, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, nearly $5 billion is paid in claims each year. With an average claims payment of about $300,000 and up to 50% of that going to the lawyers representing the patient, its not surprising that practically every show on cable television has at least one advertisement imploring patients who have suffered practically any bad outcome to contact a lawyer immediately for “the compensation they deserve.
0 This story (from the NY Times) about the young palliative care physician in New York who died at age 38 from metastatic breast cancer is pretty harrowing. Dr. Desiree Pardi was a rising star, apparently, in the field of palliative care medicine. She was first diagnosed with cancer at age 31 and battled the recurrences with surgery and chemotherapy while maintaining a full work schedule over the subsequent 7 years.
0 We're stretched so thin, right now. No new hires in sight. Look at this list of patients: 22 of 'em, all over 70, eight "new's" among them, every one with tons of medical issues. Didn't get out of here until 10:30 last night. Then back at it at 8 (am) this morning. I'm telling you, I hate it.
A research team led by Mayo Clinic has found a national trend toward younger, more diverse patients having total knee replacement surgery. The findings were presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans. Additional audio and video resources including excerpts from an interview with Dr.
The Ortho-Light™ from Lumitex MD® is a new, patented illumination device that provides superior visualization for small-incision hip, shoulder or knee surgeries. Ortho-Light™ is a cool fiber optic panel that brings bright, shadowless light where it’s needed – inside the surgical cavity.
As an alternative to a dedicated orthopedic fracture table, STERIS Corporation offers the Orthopedic Extension. This table accessory serves as an ideal solution when current case load may not warrant a dedicated table, when budget restraints are a concern, when considering a supplemental or secondary fracture table or when the preference is to minimize the shuffle of tables.
Cast Comfort by Shafer Enterprises is a unique new aerosol spray product that stops unbearable itching, soothes the skin and helps eliminate odor. According to the company, orthopedic surgeons use the product to relieve discomforts that have always troubled casted patients.