Replacing venous catheters only when clinically indicated did not increase the risk of phlebitis compared with a routine replacement protocol, a randomized trial showed. The two catheter-replacement strategies resulted in identical 7 percent rates of phlebitis. Secondary outcomes also did not differ between treatment groups, according to an article published in the Sept.
The Joint Commission, the nation’s major hospital accreditation board, is releasing its annual list of hospitals that have excelled at adhering to basic procedures for treating common illnesses such as heart attacks and strokes. The commission is recognizing 620 hospitals – 18 percent of those it accredits — as “top performers” for following recommended protocols at least 95 percent of the time.
A team of surgeons in Saudi Arabia recently separated a pair of twin girls during a 13-hour operation. The babies shared the same urinary and reproductive systems, and had partially shared digestive systems. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.
Additional surgeries were just as frequent in breast cancer patients who underwent MRI scans prior to full or partial mastectomy as in those who did not have the preoperative imaging, a retrospective analysis found. Among patients who had preoperative MRI scans on the basis of breast density and biopsy results, 19.
In the era of the 80-hour workweek, having surgical residents involved in trauma care might have an adverse effect on patient outcomes, researchers reported. In a retrospective study, admission to teaching trauma centers was associated with an increased rate of major complications compared with centers that do not teach resident physicians, according to Marko Bukur, MD, and colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Little kids have been in the news for swallowing magnetic "Bucky Balls" and detergent pods. And now there's a case report of an 8-month-old baby girl named Aunraya, who was brought to Texas Children's Hospital because she swallowed a new toy: a superabsorbent polymer ball. Her great grandmother and legal guardian, Freida Deweese, thought Aunraya had swallowed a "piece of candy.
Ron Strang lay helpless in the dirt as the hole in his leg was packed with gauze and swathed in bandages. The Marine sergeant was on foot patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province when an improvised explosive device tore through his left thigh, shredding his muscle and draining half his blood. "I'm sure I would've died without the quick actions of my fellow Marines," said Strang, 28, who endured more than a dozen surgeries and painful skin grafts to close the gaping wound.
Eighty to 90 percent of Americans experience debilitating back pain at some point in their lives. For many, it will go away with rest and conservative treatments, but for some, like NBC’s Tom Costello, surgery is the only option. Visit NBCNews.
A few years ago, Dr. Anthony Atala’s lab at Wake Forest University got good at making ears. They were growing new ears on a scaffold using patient's cells, because so many soldiers were losing their ears in explosions. Now the Department of Defense has a project that’s closer to Atala’s heart: making new genitals for soldiers who have stepped on bombs.
A subgroup of patients awaiting a kidney transplant could benefit from closer surveillance by SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging, researchers suggested. Of the 133 patients in the study who underwent screening before renal transplant from 2003 to 2011, 6 percent developed new ischemia or infarct during an average follow-up of 5 years, according to Sapna Legha, MD, of Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, and colleagues.
I will never be normal like I was before I got sick. I couldn’t run if it was an emergency. I cannot ride a bicycle, although I can sort of halfway dance with my wife. I can’t carry my grandchildren up the stairs. I am never sick. I was a perfectly healthy surgeon, working 88.7 hours a week on average.
Miniaturized ventricular assist devices (VADs) and other novel pieces of equipment will take the spotlight here at the Heart Failure Society of America meeting against a backdrop of tension over standardizing performance in the field. VAD pumps have gotten progressively smaller and more convenient for patients over time -- to the point where they are considered as a heart transplant alternative in some circumstances.
Dabigatran, the first FDA-approved oral anticoagulant for stroke reduction in atrial fibrillation (Afib) since warfarin, has been widely adopted in the U.S., but is increasingly being used off label, researchers found. Dabigatran (Pradaxa) use increased from 0.062 million quarterly visits to 0.363 million quarterly visits, which reflected its growing share of oral anticoagulant visits since the fourth quarter of 2010 to the last quarter of 2011 (3.