Giving neuromuscular blocking agents as part of the anesthetic package raised the risk of respiratory complications, a large single-center study showed. Use of intermediate-acting, non-depolarizing neuromuscular blocking agents increased the risk of both oxygen desaturation and reintubation ( P <0.
Nitrous oxide doesn't appear to increase cardiovascular risk during surgery, researchers reported here. In a randomized controlled trial, there were no differences in levels of the cardiac marker troponin whether patients had nitrous oxide alone, in combination with B vitamins, or neither treatment ( P =0.
For critically ill patients, transfusing fresher blood didn't translate to better outcomes, researchers said here. In a single-center retrospective study, patients had the same overall rates of transfusion complications and other morbidities including length of ICU and hospital stays whether they were given red blood cells that were less than 8 days old, or more than two weeks old, according to Leanne Clifford, BM, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
It was not uncommon for surgical patients to develop post-operative fever, infectious drainage from their incisions, sepsis and often death until the idea of sterile surgery came about in the late nineteenth century. Now improved anesthesia and infection prevention practices have allowed surgical advances such as open heart surgery and kidney transplants.
A car accident left Rachel Bailey, 23, fighting for her life and partially paralyzed, with a type of injury that's usually fatal. Doctors have called her recovery "nothing short of amazing." Baily spoke with TODAY's Jenna Wolfe in an exclusive interview.
Doctors use bones, nerves and other tissues from man's own body to rebuild his hand. KPLC's Britney Glaser reports.
New minimally invasive lumbar surgery helps patients with troublesome back pain. WJAR's Barbara Morse Silva reports.
An estimated 9.2 percent of spinal fusion surgeries in children used bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) -- a use that was not only off-label, but also costly, according to data culled from more than 8,000 pediatric spinal fusion procedures. The median cost for spinal fusions using BMP was $47,136 versus $43,126 ( P <0.
The Mitroflow aortic pericardial prosthesis had stable hemodynamics up to 5 years after surgical implantation in older patients with a heavy burden of comorbidities, researchers found. In extended follow-up after completion of a clinical trial, the valve demonstrated minor hemodynamic changes of questionable clinical significance, according Federico Asch, MD, of Medstar Washington Hospital Center at Georgetown University, and colleagues.
October 8, 2012 Screening diabetic patients for evidence of silent ischemia may not be helpful in preventing cardiac mortality, researchers suggested. The goal of screening is to perform coronary interventions, but Ariane Sultan, MD, of University Hospital Montpellier in France, demonstrated there was no difference in outcomes among 76 patients who had silent ischemia detected and who underwent coronary angiography and 39 patients who declined the invasive procedure.
For male patients with smaller femoral heads hip resurfacing does not appear to be as effective as total hip replacement, researchers found. And for women, 5-year implant survival was worse with hip resurfacing regardless of head size, Ashley Blom, PhD, of the University of Bristol in England, and colleagues reported online in The Lancet .
Health officials are now trying to track down people in 23 states who got epidural steroid injections.
For more than 40 years, Lesley Kelly of Glasgow, Scotland, lived with third-degree burns that stretched over 60 percent of her body. Kelly was 2 years old when she fell into a bathtub filled with hot water that scorched most of the right side of her body. She lost full range of motion around many of her joints.
A risk model comprised of seven clinical and demographic characteristics may help identify the 10 percent to 20 percent of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) patients at highest risk of death, researchers said. The predictive covariates are chronic kidney disease, age 75 or older, COPD, diabetes, NYHA class III, left ventricular ejection fraction ≤20 percent, and atrial fibrillation, according to Kenneth C.