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Two Orlando Hospital Workers Test Negative For MERS

May 15, 2014 9:07 am | Comments

Two employees tested negative for a rare virus days after coming into contact with a Saudi resident infected with the second confirmed MERS case in the U.S., a spokeswoman for an Orlando hospital said Wednesday. One of the two employees tested after showing symptoms of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome was hospitalized Monday...


Report: N.J. Hospital Quality Effort Averts 9,206 Adverse Events, $100M In Costs In 2013

May 14, 2014 10:12 am | by New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) | Comments

New Jersey hospitals participating in a nationwide quality and patient safety program have averted 9,206 adverse events for patients and more than $100 million in added healthcare costs in 2013, according to new data from the Partnership for Patients-New Jersey initiative...


Experts: Continuous Monitoring Of Post-Surgical Patients Receiving Opioids Should Be Universal Standard

May 14, 2014 10:07 am | by Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety | Comments

"There is no doubt that patients who have either sedation or postoperative pain management do require some sort of monitoring," said Bhavani S. Kodali, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School...


Study Findings Question Benefit Of Additional Imaging Before Cancer Surgery

May 14, 2014 9:59 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Among patients with a certain type of colorectal cancer with limited spread to the liver, imaging using positron emission tomography and computed tomography (CT) before surgery did not significantly change the surgical treatment of the cancer, compared with CT alone, according to a study...


Large Increase Seen In ER Visits For Traumatic Brain Injury

May 14, 2014 9:55 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Between 2006 and 2010, there was a nearly 30 percent increase in the rate of visits to an emergency department for traumatic brain injury, which may be attributable to a number of factors, including increased awareness and diagnoses, according to a study... 


First Trial Restored Under New Initiative Casts Doubt On Repeat Bowel Cancer Surgery

May 14, 2014 9:51 am | by BMJ-British Medical Journal | Comments

The trial is published in the online journal BMJ Open today. It is the first to be restored under the restoring invisible and abandoned trials (RIAT) initiative that allows third parties to publish previously abandoned studies when the original researchers or sponsors fail to do so...


Florida Hospital Workers Exposed To Deadly MERS Virus Await Test Results

May 14, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Employees at two Orlando hospitals who came in contact with a Saudi resident infected by the second confirmed U.S. case of a rare virus are being monitored for symptoms and have been told to stay home for two weeks, health officials said Tuesday...


Arthroscopy Of The Knee Joint For Arthrosis: No Benefit Detectable

May 13, 2014 10:31 am | by Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care | Comments

The benefit of therapeutic arthroscopy with lavage and possible debridement for the treatment of arthrosis of the knee joint (gonarthrosis) is not proven. There was no hint, indication or proof of benefit of therapeutic arthroscopy in comparison with non-active comparator interventions, e.g. sham surgery, for any patient-relevant outcome...


Cardinal Health Completes Acquisition Of AccessClosure

May 13, 2014 10:22 am | by Cardinal Health | Comments

Cardinal Health today announced the completion of the acquisition of AccessClosure, a leading manufacturer and distributor of extravascular closure devices in the United States. The $320 million acquisition was an all-cash transaction...  


Hospitals Ranked On Complications After Hip And Knee Replacement Surgeries

May 13, 2014 10:15 am | by Karen N. Peart, Yale News | Comments

With an aging population comes an increase in hip and knee joint replacement surgeries. To provide better information on the outcomes of these surgeries, help inform patient choice, and improve the quality of the nation’s hospitals, a team of Yale School of Medicine researchers have developed a measure for hospitals based on the complications following their patients’ hip and knee replacements...


Professional Surfer Back In Water After Surgery To Treat Rare Bone Cancer

May 13, 2014 9:57 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

When professional surfer Richie Lovett began experiencing hip pain at 31, he attributed it to his athletic lifestyle. But after months of discomfort and preliminary tests, the Australian native learned the pain was caused by a cancerous tumor in his femur or thigh bone...


Surgeon To Pay $2.3M After NY Woman Died Following Procedure

May 13, 2014 9:36 am | Comments

A plastic surgeon who has appeared on television to talk about the procedures she offers has settled with the family of a New York woman who died following a liposuction procedure. Legal documents filed last week say Dr. Sharon Giese or her insurer will pay $2.3 million to the husband and young children of 32-year-old Nanuet resident Adriana Porras...


Remotely Monitoring Heart Patients With Implanted Defibrillators Lowers Risk Of Death

May 12, 2014 11:09 am | by Yale | Comments

Patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) have significantly lower risk of death and re-hospitalization if they are followed through an automatic, wireless remote monitoring system, a Yale clinical study has found. Results of the study are being presented at the annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society...


Hijacking Bacteria's Natural Defenses To Trap, Reveal Pathogens

May 12, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Nottingham | Comments

The breakthrough, published in the journal Nature Materials, could offer an easier way of detecting pathogenic bacteria outside of a clinical setting and could be particularly important for the developing world, where access to more sophisticated laboratory techniques is often limited...


Leadless Pacemaker Showing Promising Results After One Year

May 12, 2014 10:57 am | Comments

The findings, which assessed device performance and patient outcomes through 12-months of follow-up, show pacing thresholds (0.43 volts) and sensing (10.32 mV) of the leadless pacemaker device are equivalent to those in traditional pacemakers. In addition, there was no experience of infections or failure to sense, pace, or communicate with the pacemaker...



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