Ever since the Institute of Medicine issued its landmark report "To Err Is Human" in 1999, significant attention has been paid to improving patient safety in hospitals nationwide. However, a high number of adverse events, including major injury and even death, occur in private physician offices and outpatient clinics as well.
(AP) — A man attacked the wife of Pirates catcher Chris Snyder after a traffic dispute while Snyder sat in the car, unable to get out because he'd had back surgery, Pittsburgh police said. Carla Snyder and the scooter-riding man, Subhash Arjanbhi Modhwadia, nearly collided Wednesday.
Mike Stobbe, AP U.S. births apparently have declined for a third year in a row, potentially because of the weak economy. Births had been on the rise for years, with an all-time high of more than 4.3 million in 2007. But the count has been dropping since. Last year, it fell three percent to slightly more than four million births, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After being hit in the eye by a stone, a detached retina left a man blind in his right eye. Despite surgery to remove a cataract when he was 23, which temporarily restored light perception, the patient was completely blind in that eye. Doctors at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary have reported a case, published in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Medical Case Reports , describing how this patient had functional vision restored 55 years after the childhood accident which left him blind.
A gel that creates a watertight seal to close surgical wounds provides a significant advance in the treatment of patients following spinal procedures, effectively sealing spinal wounds 100 percent of the time, a national multi-center randomized study led by researchers at UC Davis has found.
Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson will cut back on manufacturing and development of heart stents, even halting sales of its best seller, as tougher competition and a flat market have sharply cut into sales. The company said that Cordis will stop making Cypher and Cypher Select drug-coated stents by year-end, and it will also stop development of a new drug-coated stent called Nevo.
Multidisciplinary clinical practice guideline, Polysomnography for Sleep-Disordered Breathing Prior to Tonsillectomy in Children will be published as a supplement to the July issue of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery . This guideline provides otolaryngologists with evidence-based recommendations for using polysomnography in assessing children, aged two to 18 years, with sleep-disordered breathing and who are candidates for tonsillectomy, with or without adenoidectomy.
Hypospadias, the second most common birth defect in boys, causes the opening of the urethra to be misplaced on the penis. If not corrected properly, the malady can lead to urinary tract infections and difficulty with urination and normal sexual activity. Dr. Warren Snodgrass, professor of urology and chief of pediatric urology at UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas, examined data from an eight-year period to assess how successful his procedure is in correcting hypospadias.
PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first ceramic-on-metal total artificial hip system for patients with osteoarthritis. Previous total hip replacement systems cleared or approved by FDA have used different combinations of metal, ceramic, and polyethylene (a form of plastic).
PRNewswire/ This week U.S. Army sleep specialists presented new research at SLEEP 2011, a joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society. As sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia are increasingly common in soldiers, they have become an important and growing research focus for the Army.
Maria Cheng, AP Donors promised to give a global vaccines body more than $4 billion to help it protect millions of children from diseases like measles, pneumonia and yellow fever. At a one-day pledging conference in London on Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the U.K.
Despite concerns that surgeon fatigue is leading to dangerous complications for patients, and data showing worse outcomes for many patients who undergo surgery at night, new Johns Hopkins research suggests that — in the case of heart and lung transplants — time of day has no affect on patient survival.
A facelift incision and robotics can help surgeons safely remove a portion of a diseased thyroid from some patients without the characteristic neck scar. Georgia Health Sciences University surgeons developed the technique utilizing the remote access capabilities of robots, experience gained from another no-neck-scar approach through the armpit, and earlier success removing the largest salivary gland from the lower jaw region.
Stephen Dockery, AP For Ruben Rios to throw a touchdown, it takes a flick of his tongue. To break away from a tackle, he puffs into a tube. Rios is a quadriplegic with no use of his body below his shoulders. For Rios to play video games like Madden NFL 11 he uses a controller that combines lip controls, puff and sip tubes and a head-operated joystick.
Significant barriers are keeping adults affected by obesity and physicians from talking frankly about bariatric surgery, a new survey sponsored by the Obesity Action Coalition and Ethicon Endo-Surgery shows. The survey found that while four in five adults affected by obesity had discussed weight with their health care provider, only one in 10 who meet the National Institutes of Health guidelines for bariatric surgery have had their doctor recommend it.