A strong desire to dramatically improve OR efficiency led one South Carolina hospital to purchase and implement a real-time process management solution.
A 76-year-old man's case posed a number of significant challenges for one surgery team.
A study published Tuesday finds that there's no major link between hospitals with high readmissions and those with low mortality rates. The findings come as Medicare ramps up financial penalties for hospitals with higher readmission rates in an effort to improve quality and contain costs.
Researchers at the University of Iowa set out to see if they could learn, and then compare, the price of a common procedure -- hip replacement -- at hospitals across the United States. Of those they surveyed, only 16 percent could immediately provide a complete price, including the doctor's fees and hospital costs, for the procedure. And 47 percent of the hospitals came up with a figure only after health care providers were separately contacted.
A minimally invasive procedure paired with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to remove blood clots in brain tissue after hemorrhagic stroke appears safe and effective, and may even lead to cost savings, a phase II trial suggested.
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center’s team approach to surgical quality improvement resulted in a 62 percent reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
A new device is designed to recover blood spilled during open-heart and major trauma surgery and concentrate the blood cells for transfusion back to the patient.
After years of alternately ignoring the symptoms and getting misdiagnosed with ailments such as irritable bowel syndrome, a doctor in Philadelphia finally told Allison Sarver she had chronic pancreatitis. Furthermore, Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore had been performing a surgery on some of their patients that involved removing the entire pancreas, extracting its insulin-producing cells -- called islets -- and moving them to the patient's liver.
Nearly forty percent of hospital-based general practitioners who are responsible for overseeing patients’ care say they juggle unsafe patient workloads at least once a week, according to a study published Monday as a research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine.
High-risk criteria in lung cancer haven't been picking out truly higher-risk patients and instead may be unnecessarily keeping some from more complete resection, a study suggested. There was no difference in surgical complications, mortality, and final pathology between patients who met the major criteria -- lung function or diffusion capacity half of normal or worse -- to be considered "high risk" and those who didn't.
The storied "July effect" that new residents and fellows have on patient outcomes in teaching hospitals is negligible in spinal surgery patients, researchers found. A retrospective review of nearly 970,000 admissions over 8 years for spinal surgery showed little difference between mortality rates during July in teaching hospitals compared with other months.
Percutaneous mitral valve replacement may be on the horizon, first-in-man results with the transcatheter CardiAQ valve suggest. Compassionate use in an 88-year-old man with class IV heart failure and severe symptomatic mitral regurgitation yielded good valvular function on postoperative transesophageal and 3-dimensional echo, with little paravalvular leak.
Patients with non-metastatic gastric cancer had similar survival and other outcomes following robotic or conventional laparoscopic gastrectomy, according to a large retrospective series from Korea. Both surgical techniques led to a five-year survival of 94 percent and disease-free survival (DFS) of 92 percent.
Imatinib therapy with surgical removal of residual tumors outperformed imatinib therapy alone among patients with recurrent and metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors
Based on their findings, the authors concluded that performance of general surgery operations the day after an overnight in-hospital trauma shift did not affect complication rates or readmission rates. At this time, there is no compelling evidence to mandate work-hour restrictions for attending general surgeons.