Study from Rhode Island Hospital identifies an unusual yet financially impactful condition November 1, 2010 PROVIDENCE, RI – A new study from Rhode Island Hospital found that 33 individuals were responsible for 305 cases of medical intervention to remove foreign bodies that were intentionally swallowed, resulting in more than $2 million in estimated hospital costs.
For pancreatic cancer patients unable to undergo surgery – the only known cure for this form of cancer – a highly targeted cancer radiation therapy may help slow cancer progression and lessen disease symptoms, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Called stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), the study found it was able to delay pancreatic cancer progression locally, on average, by almost six months.
Ansell Healthcare announces the launch of the Ansell Protects Program, a major new initiative aimed at helping healthcare facilities understand the risks associated with chemical allergies and providing solutions for them. It is estimated that hand dermatitis affects up to 33% of all nurses, costing the U.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald's must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald's hired "mystery clients" to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.
Virtual Incision Corporation announces financing and the opening of its corporate headquarters as it works to develop in vivo single incision laparoscopic robotic surgical devices for abdominal and pelvic procedures October 29, 2010 Virtual Incision Corporation, a developer of in vivo robots for use in single incision laparoscopic surgery, today announced it has completed a $2 million Series A financing led by PrairieGold Venture Partners and Bluestem Capital.
ROME (AP) — Three surgeons have been convicted of performing unnecessary operations in what the Italian media has dubbed a "clinic of horrors." The sentences were handed down Friday after a trial in which prosecutors produced evidence that unneeded operations including amputations were performed on 83 patients at the Santa Rita clinic in Milan with the aim of getting large reimbursements from the state health system.
Chi-Chi Zhang, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's Red Cross asked citizens around the country Friday to urgently donate blood because of an acute shortage that has prompted delays in some surgeries. An emergency notice on the agency's website said blood was in especially short supply this year and called for emergency measures, such as blood drives, in Beijing and the provinces of Yunnan, Shandong, Jilin, Hubei and Guangdong.
As many as 600,000 people are affected by deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) every year, and more than half of those are never diagnosed. Some people experience swelling and varying levels of discomfort in the affected area, and some don't feel anything at all. But the symptoms of DVT can be similar to other conditions, like a pulled muscle, and because some people with DVT do not have any symptoms, there is often a delay in diagnosis.
Rhode Island officials have ordered the state's largest hospital to pay a $300,000 fine, the largest in state history, after operating room staff left a broken drill bit in a patient's skull during brain surgery. State health officials on Tuesday said Rhode Island Hospital did not follow its own policy, which requires staff to do an X-ray of a patient if a surgical tool or device is missing at the end of a surgery.
Adam D. Schaffner, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Plastic Surgery at JUVA Skin and Laser Center in Manhattan, is challenging the "one size fits all" approach to the traditional facelift with a new, customizable, minimally-invasive and affordable procedure named JuvaLiftT. We all know how the subtle changes on our face reveal our age.
When prenatal diagnosis detects the severe heart defect hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) in a fetus, a comprehensive prenatal evaluation is important to provide parents an accurate prognosis. In HLHS, one of the heart's pumping chambers is severely underdeveloped. However, say researchers, in two-thirds of cases, reconstructive surgery affords the infant an excellent chance of early survival.
Journals need to develop policies to handle the inevitable competing interests that arise when they publish papers that may bring them reprint revenue or increase their impact factors. This is the conclusion of a research article by Andreas Lundh and colleagues from the Nordic Cochrane Centre published in this weeks PLoS Medicine .
A quadriplegic English man has been left brain damaged after a nurse accidentally switched off his ventilator — an act caught on a camera the patient had reportedly installed because he was concerned about the quality of his care. Footage released by the BBC shows nurse Violetta Aylward turning off Jamie Merrett's ventilator in January 2009, then struggling to revive him.
Clinician's wages appear to vary significantly across physician specialties and are lowest for those in primary care, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Numerous studies have documented substantial income disparities between primary care and other physician specialties.
In a major paper published in the journal Anesthesiology , a Cleveland Clinic-led research team announced the development of a new publicly available tool to help patients, regulators, and hospitals compare patient outcomes and quality. The Risk Stratification Index was developed using more than 35 million Medicare and Medicaid records, then validated on more than 100,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic.