By Zoe Kiren Deol, MD, FACS Most every physician I know has hilarious stories of doctor-patient encounters where the patient, when asked his or her medical history, had trouble conveying the name of a medication or procedure that they had taken or had undergone. I distinctly remember my first such encounter with medical translation.
The Illinois Supreme Court recently overturned the state’s five-year-old medical malpractice law because it limited compensation to injured patients for pain, suffering and other non-economic harms. The ruling came down as federal proposals to cap malpractice awards are receiving fresh attention in Washington.
About 40 percent of cancers could be prevented if people stopped smoking and overeating, limited their alcohol, exercised regularly and got vaccines targeting cancer-causing infections, experts say. The International Union Against Cancer released a report focused on steps that governments and the public can take to avoid the disease.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Government is poised to become king of the hill in America's vast health care system, with or without President Barack Obama's planned redo. According to a recent report, federal and state programs will pay slightly more than half the tab for health care purchased in the United States by 2012, says the analysis by Medicare number crunchers published in the journal Health Affairs .
It occurred to Anne Mitchell that she might lose her job, but it was beyond her conception that she would be indicted and threatened with 10 years in prison for doing what she knew a nurse must: inform state regulators that a doctor at her rural hospital was practicing bad medicine. When she was fingerprinted and photographed at jail last June, it felt as if she had entered a parallel universe.
Action Products, Inc. has commenced its 40th year of providing pressure ulcer prevention products to the world. Troy McKnight, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “It’s gratifying to see the tremendous progress that’s been made by the medical community in the treatment and prevention of decubitus ulcers and to know that Action Products has contributed to this progress for more than 40 years through its products, technology and dedication.
As I sat down to put this column together, there were a number of topics running through my head. So instead of trying to detail just one of them, here are my thoughts on some recent political, industry and social points following an election, in anticipation of Sunday’s big game and how the future face of the OR needs to be ready for a change.
C-QUR™ Mesh combines Atrium’s ProLite™ polypropylene mesh material with an all-natural Omega 3 bioabsorbable coating derived from highly-purified, contaminant-free, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil. This proprietary blend of natural Omega 3 fatty acids, alcohols and triglycerides aids mechanical handling and healing properties.
Davol Inc., a subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc. offers a non-crosslinked xenograft device for use in soft tissue repair including hernia and abdominal wall reconstruction. Features include: A proprietary technology that maintains an acellular structurally intact, non crosslinked porcine dermal matrix for enhanced biocompatibility in host tissue.
A recent article in the Orange County Register reports the first U.S. clinical trials are to begin this spring on an intragastric balloon developed by ReShape Medical in San Clement, CA. The device is reportedly a double-balloon mechanism that is inserted endoscopically using the ReShape delivery system down the patient’s throat with a tube attached and inflated with saline.
A federal appeals court cleared Intuitive Surgical in a case involving the malfunction of a da Vinci surgical robot during a prostatectomy that may have lead to a Pennsylvania man's erectile dysfunction. Roland Mracek sued Intuitive after undergoing a prostatectomy at Bryn Mawr hospital. During the surgery, the da Vinci robot began displaying error messages.
Surgical patients are being put at risk because a new California regulation allows nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia without the supervision of a physician, claims a lawsuit filed against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger by two large physician groups. The groups are concerned about the lack of supervision in these instances.
(Reuters) – A man in a deeply unconscious state for five years has been able to communicate with doctors using just his thoughts in a study scientists say is a “game changer” for care of vegetative state patients. British and Belgian researchers used a brain scanner called functional magnetic resonance imaging to show the man, who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in 2003, was able to think yes or no answers to questions.
Researchers have found that there were fewer complications for women, after having a cesarean delivery, if sutures were used instead of staples to close the wound. Women undergoing cesarean delivery in labor as well as scheduled cesarean delivery were used in the study. Use of staples resulted in a higher wound separation rate, higher composite wound complication rate, and increased post-operative physician visits.
Danny Williams’, the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, is under fire for his decision to head south for heart surgery. A former lawyer and millionaire businessman, Williams is having an unspecified cardiac surgical procedure at an undisclosed U.S. hospital. The move raised questions about whether he could have the operation in Canada.