Patients who are placed in contact isolation after their operations are at a particularly high risk for developing life-threatening blood clots, but ensuring they move around has helped curb the occurrence of venous thromboembolism in one hospital.
A new study, published in the July, 2014, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Northwestern Medicine® researchers, sheds new light on the risks associated with the growing popularity of endoscopic resection in the treatment of localized, early-stage esophageal cancer. The study reviewed the outcomes of more than 5,000 patients from 824 hospitals.
Compared with complication rates in 2009, mortality rates dropped by 31.5 percent. The collaborative saw improvements in 13 of the 17 types of complications, and nine improved significantly. The areas of most improvement included surgical site infections, pneumonia and urinary tract infections, which all dropped by approximately one-third.
A revised version of a surgical procedure to treat severe chronic migraine headaches led to significant symptom relief more than 90 percent of the time in patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). "We confirmed that surgery through standard incisions used for cosmetic procedures can be very effective in treating some of the most severe cases of chronic migraine," says William G. (Jay) Austen, Jr., MD.
A team of researchers have created a biodegradable biomaterial that is inherently antioxidant and can be used to create elastomers, liquids that turn into gels, or solids for building devices or implants that are more compatible with cells and tissues, reducing inflammation or rejection.
The project's goal was to reduce the cardiac NSQIP SSI rate to two percent. The team succeeded in lowering the infection rate to a NSQIP average of 1.6 percent in the nine months after fully instituting the surgical best practices bundle.
West Virginia's state epidemiologist said an investigation found that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient, surgical masks were not worn during epidural injections, and that the facility had other sanitation and hygiene issues.
Their plan is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care.
Researchers have identified two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands. Adding widespread knowledge of the new signs—inferior displacement of the superolateral band margin by more than 2.4 cm from the diaphragm and the presence of an air-fluid level above the band will aid in diagnosing affected bariatric patients.
New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin.
Previously, “if the portion removed during the first surgery came back positive for cancer, a second surgery was needed to remove the rest of the thyroid. The molecular testing panel now bypasses that initial surgery, allowing us to go right to fully removing the cancer with one initial surgery. This reduces risk and stress to the patient, as well as recovery time and costs.”
An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis. A hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.
Surgeon Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles. He said the team of dental surgeons took seven hours to remove all the denticles.
The Obama administration says policyholders will keep getting financial aid as it sorts out legal implications. The government said consumers who received multiple subsidy estimates, or disagree with their subsidy amount, can appeal. They hope to resolve most of the appeals this summer, but it's unclear how many people received or appealed varying subsidy amounts.
Major League Baseball's commissioner has called the trend "puzzling" and said there was a time earlier in the season when he was afraid to pick up a newspaper out of fear of more bad news. Over two dozen major league pitchers have been sidelined with elbow injuries this season.