A recent study finds nearly one million incidents among medicare patients in years 2006 to 2008. The incidences were associated with $8.9 billion in costs. April 2, 2010 Nearly one million patient-safety incidents occurred among Medicare patients over the years 2006, 2007, 2008, a figure virtually unchanged since last year’s annual study of patient safety by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization.
An Ohio couple can look forward to an annual birthday season, because their new twins were born a week apart. Jennifer Renz of North Canton went into labor while at her doctor's office on March 22. She wasn't due for another 12 weeks but gave birth at a Cleveland hospital to a 1-pound, 13-ounce girl, named Grace.
Mike Stobbe, AP Small taxes on soda do little to reduce soft drink consumption or prevent childhood obesity, but larger levies probably would, states new research. The study is being released as a recent wave of proposals would raise soda taxes or create new ones on sugared beverages. But they'll have to be a lot steeper than current taxes, which are generally four percent or less, said Roland Sturm, lead author of the new research.
Carla K. Johnson, AP Congress voted to overhaul the health care system on a Sunday. On Monday, Patti Lawson e-mailed her employer's human resources office to ask how soon she could get her 22-year-old daughter back on her health insurance. In about six months, the new law will allow at least 2 million young adults to be covered under their parents’ policies.
Surprise Inside – Missing Heads & Torsos Sue Major Holmes and Maria Sudekum Fisher, AP A human head and torso were found inside a red biohazard tub as part of what was supposed to be a routine shipment of medical waste from New Mexico to a Kansas company. That gruesome discovery last week turned out to be just the start.
Patient deaths at three London hospitals have been cut by almost 15 percent after introducing treatment checklists (known as care bundles), finds a study published on www.bmj.com. The researchers say their methods could be used to reduce mortality in many other hospitals. The North West London Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of about 500,000 at three sites: Northwick Park Hospital, Central Middlesex Hospital and St Mark's Hospital.
The first ever Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery for Sleeve Gastrectomy performed in Asia. Team CODS under the guidance of Dr. M.
An OR team performs surgery in Haiti using flashlights as lighting. Frequent power outages promote flashlights and headlamps in the OR.
Chelsey, a teenager, undergoes gastric bypass surgery to help her with her weight problems.
An Orange County, California woman’s new breasts will cost her six months in jail. Yvonne Jean Pampellonne was sentenced for using a fraudulent line of credit to obtain $12,000 in cosmetic surgery, including breast implants and liposuction. The 30-year-old woman pleaded guilty to burglary, grand theft and identity theft.
CAE Healthcare and Immersion, a leading innovator of haptic (touch feedback) technology, have announced that CAE Healthcare has acquired part of Immersion's medical simulation business unit. Three product lines are part of the acquisition and will form the core offerings of CAE Healthcare's newly established surgical simulation division.
Matthew Perrone, AP A former Food and Drug Administration scientist said his job was eliminated after he raised concerns about the risks of radiation exposure from high-grade medical scanning. Dr. Julian Nicholas said at a public hearing that he and other FDA staffers “were pressured to change their scientific opinion” after they opposed the approval of a CT scanner for routine colon cancer screening.
An Oklahoma woman is suing her Tulsa surgeon after she was severely burned during breast reconstruction surgery last December. The woman had a double mastectomy two years earlier because of breast cancer, and felt this surgery would be her final step after being declared cancer free. When she woke up from surgery her face was covered in bandages.