Since last year, SSM St. Mary's Health Center in the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, Mo., has been the test site for a system developed by Biovigil Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich. A flashing light on a badge turns green when hands are clean, red if they're not. It also tracks each hand-cleaning opportunity - the successes and the failures.
Cardiac researchers have for several years been frustrated by the inability to obtain human heart cells from human patients. But technology out of Toronto allows researchers to make mature tissue from human cardiac cell samples for the first time, which could eventually lead to biodegradable surgical patches that remain in the body.
At a Capitol Hill hearing Tuesday, journalist Steven Brill, who examined the issue of the high cost of healthcare in a much quoted March 2013 Time magazine article, told Senate Finance Committee members that President Barack Obama’s health care law will do very little to lower prices for consumers.
Hospitals that performed well on publicly reported outcomes had a significantly lower overall mortality rate as compared with poorer performers, an analysis of data from 2,300 hospitals showed. Top performers had a 3.6 percent lower absolute risk-adjusted mortality as compared with hospitals that ranked near the bottom.
A growing number of studies show that more healthcare is not always better and the more expensive drug or treatment option is not necessarily the right choice. In fact, sometimes more care – specifically care that you don’t need – can be harmful for your health, and expose you to unnecessary risks.
Hospitals are breaking from the traditional fare they typically offer by beefing up their presentations, setting up gardens to grow their own vegetables and even inviting local farmers to sell produce in their lobbies. And food management companies that specialize in health care facilities say they are getting more requests from hospitals looking to boost their satisfaction scores for Medicare.
Accelerate Diagnostics, a Tucson, Ariz., biotech firm, has come up with a way to more quickly diagnose these organisms for quicker treatment options. The firm developed a non-cultured testing for the rapid identification of drug-resistant organisms and hospital-acquired infections.
Patients with diabetes have poorer outcomes following a lung transplant, researchers reported. In a retrospective study at a high-volume lung transplant center, patients with diabetes had about a five-fold increased risk of death after a lung transplant compared with transplant recipients who didn't have diabetes.
Surgical robots are becoming more of a standard in operating rooms. As such, device designers are going to need to understand the motion control technology that makes them function. This article looks at the “sheet music” that offers the guidance to the “conductor” who is instructing the “instruments.”
After being on the market for more than decade, doctors still can't say with any certainty whether Medtronic's spine surgery product known as Infuse increases the risk of a complication that causes sterility in men. But two independent reviews of the safety and effectiveness of the product heighten concerns about the complication and raise questions about why warnings weren't sounded years earlier.
The majority of the hundreds of thousands of robotic surgeries performed in the U.S. each year are done safely. However, as use of the machine increases, so are reports of injuries: The U.S. Food and Drug administration has received more than 200 reports since 2007 of burns, cuts, and infections – including 89 deaths -- after robotic surgery.
Laparoscopic repair of ventral hernias cuts complications and hospital stay for obese patients, a national study showed. The less invasive procedure had less than half as many complications as open surgery. Hospital stays dropped to a median three days versus four with the conventional surgery, yielding lower total hospital charges of $40,387 versus $48,513.
The high profile story of two children who need lung transplants has moved organ transplant board members to action, with ramifications for other youngsters in need of new lungs. In a revision of existing policy, the executive committee of the board that runs the organ transplant system ruled Monday that children 11 or younger can be considered for transplant from an adolescent or adult donor.
The report found that 20.3 percent of families headed by someone under the age of 65 — 54.2 million people — had difficulty covering medical expenses in the first half of 2012, compared with 21.7 percent of families — or 57.8 million people – in the same period in 2011.
Eastman’s Gopal Saraiya, global segment leader of medical devices at Eastman Chemical Company, took time to address a number of questions related to the use of materials in medical device development. He was included in the staff written article, “Materials Impact Medical Device Design Trends.” Following are all of the responses he provided.