A Loyola University Hospital study has demonstrated how the hospital has improved patient safety and cut costs by reducing the number of blood transfusions. In 2009, the average amount of blood products transfused per patient at Loyola was 10 percent lower than it was in 2008, saving $453,355.
A new interactive, web-based map from the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research Institute shows, county-by-county throughout the U.S., where shortages of surgeons and other physicians threaten patient access to timely, safe, high-quality and affordable care. The Surgery Workforce Atlas was released during ACS’s 96th Annual Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.
I heard the patient's agonizing scream emanate from Room 31 just seconds before Nurse Carla ran up to me. "Dr. Jim," she said, grabbing me by my arm, "I need you in 31 right away." Her face was flushed, her voice edged with concern. Carla, usually calm and collected, had me worried with her nervousness.
Ocotber 6, 2010 Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Hiep Thieu Nguyen, M.D. to the company's Medical Advisory Board. Currently, Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center at Children's Hospital, Boston (CHB).
Surgeons at UW Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have determined that transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery (TONES) is a safe, effective option for treating a variety of advanced brain diseases and traumatic injuries.
An increasing number of obese adolescents, particularly females, are undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Yet a case study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition highlights the possible link between the surgery in adolescent girls and an increased risk for neural tube defects, which can lead to paralysis and mental retardation in their future children.
Patients facing planned surgery answered 36 percent more questions about the procedure correctly if they watched an interactive multimedia presentation (IMP), as opposed to just talking to medical staff, according to research in the October issue of the urology journal BJUI . Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, randomised 40 patients due to undergo radical prostatectomy into two groups.
Jenny Gross, Associated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods. Now they have a license to study and market it, and plan to sell it over-the-counter worldwide.
This is the conclusion of new research from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center presented Oct. 2 at this year's annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco. The research studied the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique at improving the surgical posture and technical performance of urological surgeons during laparoscopic skills assessment exercises.
New resources from AORN help perioperative professionals protect surgical patients. October 5, 2010 October is National Fire Prevention Month – a time when perioperative professionals review policies on fire safety, educate staff, conduct mock fire drill and overall, ramp up awareness of prevention and management methods fo surgical fires in the operating room.
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has bridged the gap anesthesiologists have been battling between time spent manually charting data points throughout surgical procedures versus the amount of time devoted to making crucial patient care decisions. Penn State Hershey implemented Cerner CareAware® technology, which enables connectivity between devices and the electronic health record (EHR), and Draeger anesthesia machines and monitors to dramatically decrease data charting events during surgery.
Karl Ritter, Associated Press Writers Malin Rising, Associated Press Writers October 4, 2010 STOCKHOLM (AP) — Robert Edwards of Britain won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for developing in-vitro fertilization, a breakthrough that ignited heated controversy in the 1970s but has helped millions of infertile couples since then have children.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — American scientists deliberately infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago, a recently unearthed experiment that prompted U.S. officials to apologize Friday and declare outrage over "such reprehensible research.
TORONTO (AP) — Twenty-nine women have alleged that a doctor sexually assaulted them while they were under anesthetic, and police warned Thursday there could be more victims. Anesthesiologist George Doodnaught, 61, was already facing three counts of sexual assault before police announced 26 more charges Thursday.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a centerpiece of President Barack Obama's health care remake, a lifeline available right now to vulnerable people whose medical problems have made them uninsurable. But the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan started this summer isn't living up to expectations.