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Patient Referrals Impact Hospital Infection Rates

March 19, 2010 4:47 am | News | Comments

Patient referrals between hospitals influence the rates of hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology . It went on to explain that referred patients often have the potential to carry a hospital-acquired infection with them. The prevalence of hospital-acquired infection is widely believed to reflect the quality of hygiene and health care in individual hospitals, and is therefore often used as a benchmark for hospital quality.

Iowa Surgeons Face Stiffer Penalties For Wrong-Site Errors

March 19, 2010 4:27 am | News | Comments

New legislation means Iowa physicians who perform a wrong-site procedure will be subject to new state sanctions from the Iowa Board of Medicine. Stronger actions stem from the board’s feelings that these situations represent preventable medical errors that can be addressed via standardized procedures in the perioperative environment.


Atlanta Surgical Team Saves Lives In Haiti

March 18, 2010 7:14 am | Videos | Comments

Dr. Alan Larsen, Dr. Maurice Goins and nurses Sonya, Chato and Eleanor spent a week performing numerous operations on earthquake victims in Haiti.


Transplant Recipient: 'This is Like Science Fiction'

March 18, 2010 7:14 am | News | Comments

by Gitika Ahuja and Suzan Clark A Harrisburg, Pa., man who lost both hands in a farming accident is now recovering after having become the first man in U.S. history to get a transplanted arm and forearm. "You know, this is like science fiction," Chris Pollock, a mechanic and National Guardsman, said on "Good Morning America.


Robotic Hysterectomy

March 18, 2010 7:08 am | Videos | Comments

Dr Herbert Gretz presents Robotic Surgery Series. Tools and Techniques: Left Pelvic Sidewall and Bladder Flap. Monopolar and Bipolar electrosurgery.

Hand Hygiene Video Contest Winner

March 18, 2010 7:06 am | Videos | Comments

3M and AORN announced Billings Clinic as the winner for the "It's In Your Hands" Video Contest at the AORN Annual Congress in Denver, Colo.

British Hospitals: No Sitting

March 17, 2010 6:34 am | News | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Britons trying to cheer up their hospitalized friends and relatives often have to do so standing up - sitting on the bed usually isn't allowed. In a commentary published Wednesday in the British medical journal BMJ , Dr. Iona Heath argues the recommendation is unjustified and denies patients the chance to be close to their loved ones.

Retired NFL Players Not In Much Better Shape Than Fans

March 17, 2010 6:15 am | News | Comments

Frederik Joelving, Reuters Despite all their hard work on the field, retired National Football League players may be facing the same health problems that plague obese men who stick to watching the game. “We see these guys as supermen, they are the pinnacle of health,” said Dr. R. Todd Hurst of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Age Impacts Post-Surgical Chemo

March 17, 2010 5:59 am | News | Comments

Even though older patients with colon cancer are less likely to receive chemotherapy following surgery because of concerns of adverse events, new research indicates that when they do receive this treatment, it is less toxic and of shorter duration than therapy younger patients receive, and older patients experience fewer adverse events, according to a study in JAMA .

New Device Recall Platform

March 17, 2010 5:49 am | News | Comments

Access MediQuip, LLC, a prominent supplier of outsourced implantable medical device management solutions, unveiled its proprietary Recall Management Service. The new release is designed to protect patients, inform and empower surgeons and facilities, and help payers improve quality while managing costs.


Surgeons On Trial For Retained Sponge Saga

March 17, 2010 5:29 am | News | Comments

Two doctors and a Hershey, PA surgeon are being accused of leaving surgical sponges in woman during multiple operations between 1993 – 1999, including one for removing a previously forgotten sponge. The suit claims that the sponges left in the patient’s abdomen eventually caused problems significant enough to require follow-up surgery that entailed removing her uterus and ovaries.

Neck Muscle Grafts Could Replace Collagen

March 16, 2010 7:03 am | News | Comments

Dr. Anurag Aggarwal and his colleagues claim that they achieved successful results in 25 patients. In this procedure, a graft of sternocleidomastoid muscle that runs along the side of the neck, and connective tissue that overlies it, is implanted in the patient's lips, giving the lips a plumper and fuller appearance.

California Health Agency Works To Reduce Errors

March 16, 2010 6:55 am | News | Comments

California Health Agency Works To Reduce Errors Molly Hennessy-Fiske, LA Times Doctors at Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center in Riverside diagnosed Francisco Torres with a tumor on his kidney, and he agreed to have it removed last July. But after the operation, he learned that the surgeon had removed his other healthy kidney, forcing Torres, 72, to undergo a second surgery and become dependent on dialysis.

Hearts May Swoon When Stocks Do

March 16, 2010 6:40 am | News | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Stock market slides may hurt more than your savings. New research suggests they might prompt heart attacks. Duke University researchers found a link between how a key stock index performed and how many heart attacks were treated at their North Carolina hospital shortly after the recession began in December 2007 through July 2009, when signs of recovery emerged.

New Alternative To Amputation

March 16, 2010 6:24 am | News | Comments

In the United States, more than 100,000 amputations are performed each year on individuals with critical limb ischemia, the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The number one priority in treating these patients is to re-establish blood flow to avoid limb amputation. Interventional radiologists have found that a subgroup of patients with critical limb ischemia may avoid amputation through the use of drug-eluting stents on the smaller arteries below the knee, according to a study released at the Society of Interventional Radiology's Annual Scientific Meeting.


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