Preventable medical errors are a critical driver of healthcare costs, both in human and financial terms, so it's in everyone's best interest to improve systems and processes. Quality is always less expensive; government payers and health plans have recognized this and are holding providers accountable by refusing to pay for "never events" such as wrong-site surgery and healthcare-acquired infections.
Surgeons who successfully performed kidney transplants after removing small cancerous and benign masses from the donated organs have published their results in the December issue of the urology journal BJUI . “Transplanting a living donor kidney which has been affected by a renal mass is controversial and considered a high risk,” says co-author Dr Michael W Phelan.
Marley Seaman, AP Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. says it has stopped enrolling patients in trials of a drug intended to reduce bleeding during heart surgery because of deaths among patients that took it. Cubist said a data monitoring board wants to assess the difference between patients on the drug, and those who were on an alternative treatment.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, doctors and hospitals should stop using a device from Steris Corp. to sterilize surgical tools. The company’s SS1 sterilizer device has reportedly been malfunctioning, which has lead to patients becoming infected from unsterile instruments. The FDA recommends physicians begin using alternative devices, while Steris representatives have been reassuring customers about future usage.
Anick Jesdanun, AP In simpler times, maintaining good health was a matter of joining a gym or lacing up running shoes for a lap in the park. At most, you'd buy a watch with a digital display so you could time your laps. These days, a range of gadgets can help boost your workouts, and I'm not talking about iPods that distract you as you lift weights or sprint to nowhere on a treadmill.
A consumer group contends one of the holiday season's must-have toys is unsafe, but the maker of the robotic Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters defends its product against a study by San Francisco-based GoodGuide stating that higher-than-allowed levels of the chemical antimony were found in the toy. GoodGuide named Zhu Zhu Pets hamsters one of the top-selling toys with low ratings after finding antimony, which can cause health problems, on the hair and nose of one of the toy hamsters, called Mr.
According to a recent AHA (American Hospital Association) survey, which is included in the 2010 edition of AHA Hospital Statistics , the recession continues to impact community hospital operations. As unemployment rises, six in 10 hospitals report seeing more uninsured patients in the emergency department and half cite an increased need for health clinics and other subsidized services.
The difference between a good total joint and a great total joint replacement is initially small, but over time the difference can be significant. A good total joint might last 10 years, but a great total joint could last 30 years. Being a total joint surgeon is a profession with little or no room for error in every single hand movement.
Jeff Reinke , editorial director The new 3200 Model 3M/Littmann Electronic Stethoscope, which is compatible with Zargis Cardioscan software, was recently introduced. It costs $765 and has the potential to replace other testing procedures that run somewhere in the neighborhood of $9.4 billion annually.
French scientists have found a way to create human skin rapidly from stem cells, a discovery that could save the lives of many burns victims who are vulnerable to infection, but must wait weeks for skin grafts. The scientists made the breakthrough by creating a patch of human skin on a mouse's back using stem cells – cells which have the ability to develop into any human cell.
The batches, known as lines, were made by two researchers at Harvard University and Rockefeller University using private funds, said Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. In March, Obama lifted restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research imposed by his predecessor.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Hospitals are giving faster care to lots more heart attack patients, which translates to more lives being saved. Better than three-quarters of people suffering major heart attacks are getting their blocked arteries reopened within 90 minutes of arriving in the emergency room, says a Yale University study of 831 hospitals.
Mike Stobbe, AP The new U.S. Surgeon General has called for increased efforts in growing the number of minority physicians. In one of her first speeches to a large crowd since she was sworn in Nov. 3, Dr. Regina Benjamin noted that only six percent of U.S. physicians are minorities — the same as it was a century ago.
STERIS Corporation and NeoForce Group, Inc. have agreed to jointly promote the world’s first dedicated surgical system for term and preterm newborns. The new system includes a dedicated neonatal surgical table, customized visualization and integration technology, full procedural capabilities and enhanced connectivity to families and medical professionals outside the room.
Capsa Solutions, a leading provider of storage, processing and transport products, has announced the acquisition of Artromick Mobile Solutions Group and their comprehensive line of medication, medical and mobile computing carts. Artromick Mobile Solutions Group was previously owned by Sterling Partners, a Chicago and Baltimore-based private equity firm.