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Better Care Now Available For Hip Fracture Patients

June 6, 2014 9:30 am | by Central Maine Medical Center | Comments

Central Maine Medical Center and Central Maine Orthopaedics, who came together to establish The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine five years ago, have developed the state's first hip fracture program focused on helping patients recover sooner...

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Healthcare Worker Fatigue Cited As Contributing Factor In Over 1,600 Events Reported to Penn. Patient Safety Authority

June 6, 2014 9:12 am | by Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority | Comments

Healthcare worker fatigue is cited as a contributing factor in over 1,600 events reported through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority with 37 reported as harmful events including four patient deaths...

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VA Healthcare Nominee Withdraws

June 6, 2014 9:10 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama's choice to be the top health official at the Veterans Affairs Department withdrew his nomination Thursday, saying he feared his confirmation could spark a prolonged political battle...       

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NJ Court Rules For Nurse Fired For Refusing Flu Vaccine

June 6, 2014 8:58 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A New Jersey appeals court says a nurse was unfairly denied unemployment benefits after she was fired for refusing a flu shot. June Valent was working as a nurse at Hackettstown Community Hospital in 2010 when the company began requiring employees to take the flu vaccine unless they had medical or religious reasons not to. Anyone who refused would be required to wear a mask...

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Bloodstream Infections Reduced Through Better Central Line Care At Three Hospitals

June 5, 2014 10:27 am | by APIC | Comments

Whether through the use of alcohol-containing caps or basic cleaning of the injection port of the central line, infection preventionists at three hospitals are finding successful ways to stop germs from entering central line catheters and causing bloodstream infections in patients...

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Increase In Number Of Total Knee Replacement Surgeries, Especially In Younger Adults, Linked To Obesity

June 5, 2014 9:47 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

"We observed that growth of knee replacement volumes was far outpacing that of hip replacements and were curious as to the origins of this trend," said lead study author Peter B. Derman, MD, MBA, an orthopaedic surgery resident at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, N.Y...

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New Diagnostic Imaging Techniques Deemed Safe In Simulations

June 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Gamma and neutron imaging offer possible improvements over existing techniques such as X-ray or CT, but their safety is not yet fully understood. Using computer simulations, imaging the liver and breast with gamma or neutron radiation was found to be safe, delivering levels of radiation on par with conventional medical imaging, according to researchers at Duke Medicine...

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2014 Decontaminator Of The Year Award And The Robert Hilbodt Award

June 4, 2014 4:42 pm | by Healthmark Industries | Comments

At the recent Michigan Society of Hospital Central Service Personnel (MSHCSP) Conference held in Sterling Heights, Michigan, Healthmark announced that Mary Velasco is the winner of the IAHCSMM’s 2014 Anne Cofiell Decontaminator of the Year Award...

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NOT ALL GERMS ARE CREATED EQUAL: New Documentary Sounds The Alarm On Superbugs

June 4, 2014 4:31 pm | by Uji Films | Comments

Strep throat as a life-threatening illness? No more surgeries due to high risk of infections? As the 86th anniversary of the discovery of penicillin approaches, a new film explores how antibiotics, medicine's miracle drug, may soon be rendered useless and presents solutions to averting the antibiotic-resistance "cliff..."

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Study Shows Pituitary Tumor Removal Improved By iMRI And Endoscopy Together

June 4, 2014 11:09 am | by IMRIS Inc. | Comments

MRIS Inc. today announced that a published retrospective study indicates that use of VISIUS intraoperative MRI (iMRI) combined with endoscopy for transsphenoidal surgery (surgical access through the nose) increases the amount of pituitary (adenoma) tumor removal compared to conventional microscopy without iMRI. The amount of tumor removal using iMRI was also associated with longer patient survival...

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Understanding Mussels' Stickiness Could Lead To Better Surgical And Underwater Glues

June 4, 2014 11:00 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Mussels might be a welcome addition to a hearty seafood stew, but their notorious ability to attach themselves to ships' hulls, as well as to piers and moorings, makes them an unwelcome sight and smell for boaters and swimmers. Now, researchers report in ACS' journal Langmuir a clearer understanding of how mussels stick to surfaces, which could lead to new classes of adhesives that will work underwater and even inside the body...

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How Long Is Too Long To Wait For Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery?

June 4, 2014 7:12 am | by Canadian Journal of Cardiology | Comments

Modest delays in treatment have substantial impact on effectiveness of transcatheter aortic valve replacement in patients with severe aortic stenosis, say researchers in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology...            

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Implanted Heart Device Linked To Increased Survival

June 4, 2014 7:03 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are associated with improved survival among heart failure patients whose left ventricles only pump 30 to 35 percent of blood out of the heart with each contraction, according to a study from the Duke Clinical Research Institute...

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Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs May Reduce Deaths

June 4, 2014 6:46 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Community opioid overdose prevention programs (OOPPs)—including the use of naloxone for rapid drug reversal—can improve bystander responses to overdose of heroin and related drugs, according to a review in the June Journal of Addiction Medicine...

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Adopting New Definition Of Kidney Disease For Clinical Trials Could Accelerate Development Of New Treatments

June 4, 2014 6:42 am | by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health | Comments

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that new therapies for kidney disease could be developed more quickly by revising the definition of kidney disease progression used during clinical trials. If adopted, the new definition could shorten the length of some clinical trials and also potentially encourage more clinical trials in kidney disease...

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