Cone Health announces a dramatic reduction in healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates after implementing an infection prevention program which includes Xenex room disinfection systems. Cone Health saw zero MRSA cases in its intensive care units, and the total number of HAIs decreased 42 percent during the time period studied.
More than 60 percent of hospital nurses' and doctors' uniforms tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of APIC - the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.
Amanda Lee Myers, AP Leroy Luetscher could feel the pruning shears jutting from his face as he tried to determine just what had happened to him after trimming the plants in his backyard and then falling face-first. At 86, Luetscher was covered in blood and in more pain than he'd ever felt in his life.
PRNewswire/ - A new survey released by Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City shows more than 70 percent of parents would find it "very important" to seek medical care for a child with diabetes symptoms, asthma or a learning disability, whereas only 54 percent of feel the same about a child who is overweight.
PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Minimally invasive surgery to treat scoliosis in teenagers is now a "feasible option," according to Vishal Sarwahi, M.D., Director of Spine Deformity Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. "This new procedure to correct curvature of the spine involves three small incisions in the back, as opposed to standard open surgery, which requires a two-foot incisions in the back," said Dr.
Mayo Clinic has identified a new benefit of social media and online networking: a novel way to study rare diseases. Through patient-run websites dedicated to heart conditions and women's heart health, a team of cardiologists led by Sharonne Hayes, M.D., is reaching out to survivors of spontaneous coronary artery dissection, also known as SCAD, a poorly understood heart condition that affects just a few thousand Americans every year.
Federal, evidence-based recommendations underpin Alliance Task Force’s proposal to include obesity services in the essential health benefits package "A major intent of the ACA is to control healthcare spending and increase access to necessary services for those who need it most," said Alliance Director Christine Ferguson, J.
Randolph E. Schmid, AP The version of plague that caused the Black Death in 14th century Europe may now be extinct, researchers report, but other deadly forms remain in circulation. The plague ravaged Europe and wiped out nearly one- third to two-thirds of the population. Its cause was eventually identified as the bacteria Yersinia pestis.
Todd Richmond, AP A Madison, WI-based clinic is trying to track down hundreds of patients after a nurse apparently spent years improperly using diabetic injection devices on them, potentially exposing them to blood-borne diseases such as HIV. Dean Clinic officials have begun trying to contact 2,345 patients who saw the nurse between 2006 and when she left her job two weeks ago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.