Holbrook Mohr, AP An extremely rare infection has been passed from an organ donor to at least one recipient in what is thought to be the first human-to-human transfer of this amoeba. Four people in three states received organs from a patient who died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in November after suffering from neurological problems, said Dave Daigle, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention.
Ten years ago, a national panel of health care experts released a landmark report on medical errors in the American health care system. Published by the Institute of Medicine , “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System” estimated that as many as 98,000 people died in hospitals each year as a result of preventable mistakes.
According to a Loyola University Health System study, a simple bedside exam performed by a physician or surgeon after brain surgery can be superior to a CT scan, especially in predicting which patients would need to return to the operating room to treat complications such as bleeding. Patients typically receive CT scans following open brain surgery to remove tumors, repair aneurysms or treat injuries, but CT scans can cost hundreds of dollars and expose patients to radiation.
Codman & Shurtleff, Inc. (Codman) will be the exclusive distributor of Disposable SPETZLER™-MALIS® Non-stick Bipolar Forceps, manufactured by Synergetics™ USA, Inc., effective December 1, 2009 in the U.S. and worldwide starting February 1, 2010, expanding Codman’s three-year distribution agreement with Synergetics.
Thermoflect from Encompass Group provides a solution to hypothermia and is available in children’s sizes, from neonatal to ages 10-12. Products offered include bouffant caps, blankets, infant papoose and children's PJ bottoms and tops from toddler to size 10-12. Thermoflect is based on technology pioneered by NASA and features: The ability to reflect back the body’s own heat to help prevent cooling.
Arizant Healthcare, Inc. introduces the Ranger Irrigation Fluid Warming System. The irrigation system offers the high-volume delivery of warmed fluids required during demanding procedures while providing true temperature control - eliminating the potential cool down of fluid bags removed hours earlier from the warmer.
You have been cancer free for two years now. Congratulations! That was a terrible time. The whole time I was getting treatment, things were absolutely terrible! Just terrible! What do you mean? In what way? On top of everything else, we lost all of our friends! We were totally alone through all of the treatment.
Hans Patrick Griesser’s story "WHAT'S MORE AFFORDABLE THAN FREE?” was a runner up in the MedGadget’s Medical Sci-Fi Writing Contest. December 18, 2009 “No, Grandma. It's a reverse pinch.” “What does that mean?” she asked. “It's like you're spreading it out to zoom in.
The Illinois Supreme Court did not rule Thursday on whether the state’s medical malpractice law will survive. “It is not unusual for an opinion that is on the anticipated list to be withdrawn before filing,” a spokesman for the high court said. The next batch of Supreme Court opinions is expected in mid-January.
Scientists say they have made a synthetic blood-clotting agent that could help wounded troops and patients by cutting bleeding time in half and offer surgeons a limitless supply with a longer shelf life than fresh donor platelets, Science Translational Medicine reports. The materials that make up the composition of the fake platelets are already used in treatments approved by the U.
Randolph E. Schmid, AP People in sunny, outdoorsy states say they're the happiest Americans, and researchers think they know why. A new study comparing self-described pleasant feelings with objective measures of good living found these folks generally have reason to feel fine. The places where people are most likely to report happiness also tend to rate high on studies comparing things like climate, crime rates, air quality and schools.
Johnson & Johnson recently announced that its Ethicon unit will buy privately held medical technology company Acclarent, Inc. for $785 million in cash. Both companies' boards of directors have approved the deal. Acclarent makes minimally invasive devices used in sinus surgery. The deal is expected to close during the first quarter of next year.
Average life expectancy in the United States has reached almost 78 years, a record high, federal health officials said recently. Women can expect to live to 80.4 years on average and men to 75.3 years, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But even though Americans can expect to live longer than their parents, life expectancy in the United States is still lower than in many other industrialized countries, including Canada and Japan.
The Arctic Sun from Medivance controls the temperature of the water circulating through the ArcticGel Pads via a patient/temperature feedback loop. The patient can be cooled or kept normothermic as the pads transfer heat from patient—without posing the risk of DVT, insertion site bleeding or infection associated with catheters.