It's difficult enough for high-risk women to face removing their breasts to prevent cancer, and then many are informed they can't have the type of mastectomy procedure they prefer. A new technique uses a two-stage approach to allow women with large or ptotic breasts to become suitable candidates for nipple sparing, direct to implant prophylactic mastectomy.
Value-Based Decision-Making Process Using Single Best Practice To Prevent DVT Reduces Hospital CostsApril 10, 2013 11:02 am | Comments
Researchers report success in using a concept called “value-based analysis,” which simultaneously measures quality and cost and addresses inefficiencies in care. The researchers applied a value-based analysis approach to implementing a single best practice for preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in surgical patients and were able to reduce hospital costs in excess of $1.5 million per year.
Using inventory lists and electronic medical records, researchers projected the annual cost of discarded supplies because of potentially contaminated packages from patient isolation rooms from the six units included in the study to be $387,055.
Patients who have open heart surgery for heart disease caused by radiation cancer treatment are nearly twice as likely to die in the years following their surgery compared to similar patients who did not undergo radiation treatment, according to new research.
Placement of copper objects in intensive care unit (ICU) hospital rooms reduced the number of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) in patients by more than half, according to a new study. The proportion of patients who developed HAI and/or colonization with MRSA or VRE was significantly lower among patients in rooms with copper surfaces.
The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year. However, there is still debate over whether robotic surgery is at least as good or better than conventional surgeries.
Dr. Sherman C. Yu at Texas Laparoscopic Consultants has successfully completed his 100th minimally invasive SPIDER gastric sleeve procedure, a significant milestone for a bariatric surgeon offering a new advanced technology. Gastric sleeve is a fast-growing choice for surgically supported weight loss.
An internet survey of AAPS members shows that about 47% of respondents think that it is more difficult for a Medicaid patient, compared with an uninsured patient, to get an appointment with a primary-care physician. Only 26% thought that the uninsured had more difficulty.
A new minimally invasive laser therapy showed promise for burning up inoperable recurrent glioblastomas. The device, which was recently cleared by the FDA, is also being tested on other hard-to-treat tumors. While laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) has been used as an ablative treatment for glioma for more than 2 decades, its development was limited due to technical issues.
Researchers found that children with genetic disorders that cause fibrosis, cirrhosis, and other liver conditions, which can affect other organs, have a good chance of still being alive five years, even 20 years after a liver transplant operation.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot.
Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, today announces data from two independent clinical evaluations that indicate favorable results in preventing surgical site infections when using the PICO Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System (PICO) post-operatively following a Caesarean section.
The cognitive impairment often reported after on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) usually resolves within 8 weeks of the procedure, researchers reported.
Uninsured patients are more likely to progress to kidney failure and die from it than those who are covered by public or private insurance, researchers reported.
Only half of people with arthritis who had a hip or knee replacement reported a significant improvement in pain and mobility after surgery, according to a new study.