While hand gestures are nothing new to the operating room, surgeons of the future might use a system that recognizes hand gestures as commands to control a robotic scrub nurse or tell a computer to display medical images during an operation. Both the hand-gesture recognition and robotic nurse innovations might help reduce the length of surgeries and the potential for infection, states Juan Pablo Wachs, an assistant professor of industrial engineering at Purdue University.
The pediatric cardiac team at Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital is the first in the region and one of a handful in the nation to implant a pulmonary heart valve without open-heart surgery. To date, four patients have received the valve in the OHSU Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
Greg Bluestein, AP A federal lawsuit filed against the Food and Drug Administration urges a judge to block imports of a key drug used in the nation's executions that has been in short supply since the sole U.S. maker decided to stop producing it. The lawsuit claims the FDA has knowingly allowed state corrections officials to import sodium thiopental, the sedative used in a three-drug execution cocktail, that has not been approved by the agency.
(AP) — The VA Medical Center in St. Louis has halted surgeries after a regular inspection showed possible contamination of equipment. The hospital's medical director, RimaAnn O. Nelson, said spots were noticed on surgical trays and water stains on at least one surgical instrument before any surgeries were performed Wednesday.
Medline Industries, Inc., a privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare products, and CareFusion Corporation a medical technology company, have announced an agreement to sell the CareFusion International Surgical Products (ISP) distribution business to Medline for approximately $130 million.
Detroit Receiving Hospital sets up dorms for its staff to ride out this week's blizzard at the hospital.
The AUGS Foundation Board of Directors are pleased to announce the winners of the 2010 AUGS Foundation Grants Program. The AUGS Foundation Grants Program was created in 2006 to advance research in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, a field that provides consultation and comprehensive management to women with complex pelvic conditions, lower urinary tract disorders and pelvic floor dysfunction.
(PRNewswire) Following a recent recall of potentially contaminated non-sterile alcohol prep pads, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding health care professionals about the safe use of non-sterile alcohol prep pads to clean and disinfect the surface of the skin. On January 5, The Triad Group of Hartland, Wisconsin recalled all lots of its alcohol prep pads and swabs citing concerns about the product's potential contamination with Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can be harmful to humans.
In light of an aging population and increasing chronic vascular disease, there is a tremendous unmet need for new medical technologies to treat potentially dangerous chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and blood clots, according to a Scientia Advisors review of the vascular device market. Both the CVI and the thrombosis segments present significant opportunities for medical device innovators.
Mike Stobbe, AP Health officials say only about half of U.S. adults with high levels of bad cholesterol are getting treatment. Worse, not all those treated are managing to control the problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as many as two out of three Americans with high levels of bad cholesterol do not have their problem under control.
Studies have shown that regions spending more on medical care, such as Miami, do not have better health outcomes than regions that spend relatively less, such as Minneapolis. However, less is known about how medical spending affects health at certain critical times, such as in the immediate period after a patient is admitted to the hospital with a life-threatening condition.
A Johns Hopkins-led safety checklist program that virtually eliminated bloodstream infections in hospital intensive care units throughout Michigan appears to have also reduced deaths by 10 percent, a new study suggests. Although prior research showed a major reduction in central-line related bloodstream infections at hospitals using the checklist, the new study is the first to show its use directly lowered mortality.
Tonsillectomy is the most common major surgical procedure performed in children. Children who undergo the surgical removal of their tonsils, with or without the removal of their adenoids, are at increased risk for becoming overweight after surgery, according to new research published in the February 2011 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery .
(AP) — Relatives of a patient went through a Chinese hospital with knives, seriously wounding six people and trying to throw a doctor out a window in the city of Shanghai, news reports said Tuesday. The 20 relatives of the patient, identified as Liu Yonghua, stormed through Xinhua Hospital's thoracic surgery department after Liu died.
(AP) — The Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend has notified 130 employees that they will lose their jobs May 1, when the hospital becomes a same-day surgery center. Mark Mingenback, director of business strategy for the center, says the employees will get a severance package but must remain with the hospital until May 1 to collect it.