As Hurricane Sandy headed toward the East Coast, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said Sunday, he was assured that hospitals were ready. "The teams from the City Health Department are at these facilities making sure that the emergency generators are working and that they have back-up fuel supplies," he said at a news conference before the storm. In spite of this confidence, the generators at some hospitals did not work as expected.
After a diagnostic catheterization reveals a coronary blockage, many physicians and patients prefer immediate stenting, and a new consensus document outlines protocols for this controversial "ad hoc" procedure.
Most breast cancer patients who undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy based the decision on fear, not science, according to a survey of more than 2,000 patients. Approximately 80% of women who underwent the preventive surgery did not have clinical indications that would classify them as high risk for recurrence.
After years of gently prodding hospitals to make sure discharged patients do not need to return, the federal government is now using its financial muscle to discourage readmissions. Spurred by new financial penalties that Medicare started imposing on places with too many readmissions, hospitals are doing more outreach to make sure patients are following their discharge program.
Heftier patients take a little longer in the operating room for lung cancer resection, although with an effect that appears limited to costs rather than outcomes, researchers found. Duration of the procedure from room entry to exit rose by 7.2 minutes with every 10 kg/m2 higher body mass index (BMI, P<0.0001).
Despite early advantages, endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) doesn't reduce mortality compared with open surgery long term, a randomized trial showed. The lower perioperative mortality risk seen with the less invasive method persisted at 3 years, with a 28% reduced risk of all-cause mortality.
Protexis Latex Hydrogel surgical gloves feature Cardinal Health's exclusive hydrogel coating that makes them easy to don, while enhancing the second-skin comfort of latex. The gloves are powder-free which protects the wearer against powder-related skin irritation and the patent against post-operative complications associated with granulomas.
Your chances of surviving brain surgery might be affected by whether you have health insurance. According to the findings of a new study by Johns Hopkins University researchers, uninsured patients died at a higher rate after receiving brain surgery to remove cancerous tumors than those with private insurance.
Even minimally invasive surgery usually requires multiple incisions: one for the camera system showing the way to the surgeon at the console, and others for each of the robotic arms that do the cutting and stitching. Now there are robotic systems — one on the market, others in development — that are even less intrusive. They require only a single, small incision through which the robotic arms and camera enter.
In patients with moderate ischemic mitral regurgitation who were scheduled to undergo bypass surgery, repairing the mitral valve during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) had some benefits, a randomized RIME trial showed.
Heart failure patients with an electrical problem that requires a single-lead pacemaker do better when both ventricles are paced, a randomized trial found. Patients who underwent biventricular pacing had a 26% reduction in the combined endpoint of mortality, heart failure-related urgent care, and worsening heart function.
This year’s Excellence In Surgical Products (ESP) Awards gave readers the difficult task of picking the winners from all of the great submissions received. From the entrants rose three Best of Show products which include a wireless video solution, thermal underscrub shirt and an all-in-one positioning kit.
People who have undergone bariatric surgery may be at greater risk of acetaminophen-induced acute liver failure, researchers reported. In a retrospective analysis of 101 liver failure patients, 54 had disease induced by acetaminophen overdose, and of those 16.7 percent had previous bariatric surgery.
Danish patients who underwent the procedure over a 10-year period were more likely than those who had not received a hip or knee replacement to have an ischemic stroke or hemorrhagic stroke in the first 2 postoperative weeks.