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Endoscopic Imaging: At the Intersection of Quality Care, Efficiency, And Innovation

October 17, 2013 11:12 am | by Len Farris, Vice President of Marketing, Americas for PENTAX Medical | Comments

The field of endoscopic imaging is well positioned in this new era of healthcare to rise to the challenge of improving care while reducing cost. Highly trained physicians and staff and high quality endoscopic imaging equipment are the building blocks of a successful endoscopic imaging unit. However, tools and treatment and workflow protocols are critical to achieving both clinical and economic success...


Quality Of Life Better With Both CABG And PCI

October 16, 2013 9:31 am | by Todd Neale | Comments

Both coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents resulted in dramatic improvements in quality of life among diabetic patients with multivessel disease, a subanalysis of the FREEDOM trial showed...


Study: Nonprofit Hospital CEOs Earn $600K A Year

October 15, 2013 9:09 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

A new study shows that chief executive officers at non-profit hospitals make about $600,000 a year. The salary findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Oct. 14, were based on data from almost 2,700 hospitals. The study authors wrote that prior to their research, not much information has been available on how much hospital CEOs are compensated...


Superbugs: The Numbers Don't Lie

October 14, 2013 9:17 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

If one is to believe the old adage that “Numbers never lie," then the healthcare industry should be very, very worried about the ever-growing problem of superbugs of in hospitals and medical facilities. A recent report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that every year more than 2 million people in the United States get infections that are resistant to antibiotics.  Of those 2 million, roughly 23,000 die...


Peer Rating Strategy Predicts Bariatric Outcome

October 11, 2013 9:12 am | Comments

Patients of bariatric surgeons deemed to have poor skills by peers who watched them perform a procedure were almost three times more likely to have complications and five times more likely to die than those treated by top-rated surgeons, a study found. The complication rate among patients treated by surgeons in the bottom quartile was 14.5 percent, compared with 5.2 percent among those treated by surgeons in the highest quartile...


Wearing Gloves And Gown In ICU May Protect Against MRSA Superbug, But Not VRE

October 10, 2013 9:51 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

Wearing disposable gowns and gloves may help fight against MRSA's spread. However, the protective gear was not shown to reduce the rates of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), another bacteria that's a culprit for hospital acquired infections...


Disposables In The OR

October 4, 2013 4:40 pm | by James B. Schultz, Executive Vice President, ECA Medical Instruments | Comments

While the use of disposables in healthcare is certainly nothing new, their implementation as instrumentation in orthopedic procedures is. Offering an array of benefits for OEMs and hospitals alike, such as cost savings, improved efficiencies, and enhanced safety, without sacrificing the durability and strength of more traditional instruments, it’s no wonder this trend is occurring...


Duodenal Switch Beats Gastric Bypass For Blood Sugar Control

October 4, 2013 3:33 pm | by Kristina Fiore | Comments

When it comes to bariatric surgery, the duodenal switch procedure may offer a better glycemic profile than gastric bypass, researchers found. In a small study comparing three forms of bariatric surgery, all patients had improved fasting blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity -- but those who'd had gastric bypass had a much larger spike followed by a deeper trough in blood sugar on a glucose tolerance test...


Pill May Treat Stubborn, Deadly C. Diff Bacteria

October 3, 2013 4:34 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Transplanting fecal matter has been one of the best remedies at treating a tough bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Scientists are now saying they can give all the benefits of poop in a tiny pill. This new pill method is a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." And, Canadian researchers tried this method on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help...


Obamacare Sites Still Swamped But Wait Times Cut

October 3, 2013 3:57 pm | by Katie Moisse | Comments

More than 7 million Americans have gone online since Tuesday to browse the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, prompting administrators to add servers and engineers to handle the Web traffic. Another 295,000 people used federal health insurance exchange call centers and 167,000 have requested live Web chats, according to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Richard Olague... 

'ICU Delirium' Affects Brain After Discharge

October 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

"Profound" cognitive problems often persist after a stay in the ICU, leaving patients with the equivalent of a blow to the head or early Alzheimer's disease, a study determined. One year after discharge, 34 percent of patients had cognitive scores similar to those with moderate traumatic brain injury and 24 percent had the equivalent of mild Alzheimer's disease...


Opioid Use Up After Bariatric Surgery

October 2, 2013 9:20 am | by Crystal Phend | Comments

Chronic opioid use increased rather than decreased after bariatric surgery, an observational study showed. Among patients on the painkillers before surgery, 77 percent stayed on them over the next year as mean daily morphine equivalents rose 13 percent in the first year and 18 percent across three years after surgery...


Government Shutdown Begins Over Healthcare Feud

October 1, 2013 10:59 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | Comments

Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's healthcare law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. With the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate at a stalemate, it was unclear how long a temporary bill needed to finance government activities would be stalled...

Stem Cells May Prevent Tissue Rejection In Breast Reconstruction Surgery

September 30, 2013 9:51 am | by Ryan Jaslow | Comments

Scientists are reporting breast reconstruction surgery may be improved by adding stem cells and fat to the procedure. A new study published Sept. 26 in The Lancet found the technique was superior to typical reconstruction surgeries that use only fat grafts harvested from elsewhere in the body...


The Problem Of SSIs

September 27, 2013 9:48 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Surgical site infections result in cost totals ranging between $5 billion and $10 billion per year, without taking into account additional expenses related to factors such as job loss or malpractice litigation. While there are ways for hospital staff and administration to reduce the prevalence of surgical site infections at their respective facilities, they remain a significant problem for many facilities.



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