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Irene's Impact

August 29, 2011 8:11 am | Comments

A look at how Hurrican Irene impacted the east coast of the United States, from a healthcare perspective. The most recent report states that 27 people in eight states lost their lives because of the storm. Total damage on the East Coast is projected at $7 billion. After evacuating more than 1,000 patients, Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, and the north and south campuses of Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) received state approval to begin accepting inpatients on Sunday evening.

On Closure

August 29, 2011 8:04 am | by To continue reading this blog, click here . | Comments

by Dr. Wes The chief complaint, the history and physical, the differential diagnosis, the proper testing, the treatment. From Day 1, these are the pieces of medicine that are hammered in to young doctors' heads: the best way to treat this or that, the best drug, widget or gizmo, the latest advance.

Researchers Offer Sutureless Method Of Joining Blood Vessels

August 29, 2011 7:58 am | Comments

Reconnecting severed blood vessels is mostly done the same way today — with sutures — as it was 100 years ago, when the French surgeon Alexis Carrel won a Nobel Prize for advancing the technique. Now, a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed a sutureless method that appears to be a faster, safer and easier alternative.

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Experimental Drug Could Reduce Risks For Stroke, Blood Clots

August 29, 2011 7:43 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Developers of an experimental drug that's part of a new generation of anti-clotting medicines stated that in a key patient study, Apixaban significantly cut the risks of stroke, major bleeding and death. Drugmakers Pfizer Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said the 18,201-patient, late-stage study of Apixaban found that compared with the popular blood thinner Warfarin, Apixaban reduced risk of stroke and dangerous blood clots by 21 percent, reduced major internal bleeding by 31 percent and risk of death by 11 percent.

Medical Train Offers Hope

August 29, 2011 7:34 am | Comments

Dozens of elderly villagers, tribal tattoos marking their scrawny arms, sit in a dimly lit hall. Hidden behind large sunglasses or with white bandages wrapped across one eye, they're all recovering from cataract surgery. Most have never seen water gush from a faucet or pressed a switch to flood a room with light.

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Hospital Transplants Five HIV-Infected Organs

August 29, 2011 7:25 am | Comments

Annie Huang, Associated Press One of Taiwan's best hospitals mistakenly transplanted HIV-infected organs into five patients after a hospital staffer misheard the donor's test results by telephone, the hospital said. The five are now being treated with anti-AIDS drugs, an official at National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei said Monday.

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Temporary ER Staff Pose Increased Safety Risks

August 26, 2011 5:22 am | Comments

Temporary staff members working in a hospital's emergency department are twice as likely as permanent employees to be involved in medication errors that harm patients, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Results of the research raise serious issues related to temporary nursing staff in particular because they already are a substantial and growing part of the healthcare workforce, due to the national nursing shortage.

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Jury Rules Against Amputation Patient

August 26, 2011 5:01 am | Comments

Bruce Schreiner, AP A Kentucky truck driver who was wheeled into surgery for a simple circumcision, but awoke without part of his penis, lost his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the urologist who cut off a cancer-riddled section of the organ. A six-man, six-woman jury deliberated briefly before saying it didn't agree with 64-year-old Phillip Seaton and his wife, Deborah, that Dr.

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Surgery Patient Dies As Doctors Flee Fire

August 26, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

(AP) — A man in China died on the operating table after his doctors fled from a fire that broke out in the next room, a hospital official said Friday. The 50-year-old man died after being left unattended for 30 minutes while undergoing surgery to amputate his leg at the Shanghai No. 3 People's Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Hu Yuan.

Goup Seeks Ban On Pelvic Surgical Mesh

August 26, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

(AP) — A consumer advocacy group is calling on government regulators to ban a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic collapse, saying it exposes patients to serious risks. Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to ban pelvic surgical mesh inserted through the vagina.

AmSurg Strikes Deal To Buy National Surgical

August 24, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

(AP) — Ambulatory surgery center operator AmSurg Corp. said that it has revised the price it will pay for National Surgical Care downward to $135 million in cash. AmSurg will pay up to $7.5 million more if certain profit targets for next year are met. The new deal is expected to close on or about September 1.

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Nearly Three Out Of Four Who Have Lost Their Job/Insurance Are Skipping Healthcare

August 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of people who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs over the last two years said that they skipped needed healthcare or did not fill prescriptions because of cost, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The same proportion is also struggling with medical bills or medical debt, compared to about half (49 percent) who lost jobs but not their health insurance.

Women Seeking Labial Reduction Surgery For Cosmetic Reasons

August 24, 2011 6:22 am | Comments

Women with normal sized labia minora still seek labial reduction surgery for cosmetic reasons, finds new research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Female cosmetic genital surgery is increasingly popular and the number of labial reduction procedures in the National Health Service has increased five fold in the past 10 years.

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EMR Search Tool Shows Promise In Identifying Post-op Complications

August 24, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Use of natural language processing, such as in the form of free-text searches of electronic medical records of clinical and progress notes of patients performed better at identifying post-operative surgical complications than the commonly used administrative data codes in EMRs, according to a study in the August 24/31 issue of JAMA .

Doctors Disagree On Penis Removal

August 24, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

Bruce Schreiner, AP Doctors called to testify in the civil trial of a Kentucky urologist who amputated part of a man's penis without consulting him, differed on whether it was necessary to remove the cancerous portion immediately upon making the discovery on the operating table. "I couldn't identify any emergency situation that dictated an amputation," Dr.

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