Mitch Stacy, AP Veterans, military families and others who oppose a decades-old law that shields military medical personnel from malpractice lawsuits are rallying around a case they consider the best chance in a generation to change the widely unpopular protection. The U.S. Supreme Court has asked for more information from attorneys and will decide next month whether to hear the case of a 25-year-old non-commissioned officer who died after a nurse put a tube down the wrong part of his throat.
(AP) — Pfizer, Inc. confirmed that one patient who was taking its drug candidate tofacitinib, a pill designed to treat rheumatoid arthritis, died during a recent clinical trial and said the death was connected to the drug. The world's largest drugmaker said the patient died of respiratory failure.
A closer look at two smart phone applications that are getting more popular in the surgical community The handyscope is an optical attachment and an accompanying app that converts an iPhone into a practical dermatoscope. The attachment provides up to 20x magnification for the phone's camera and illuminates the skin with polarized light, thanks to built-in LEDs and internal batteries.
American surgeon Jayant Patel will serve out a seven-year prison term in Australia, after a Brisbane court dismissed his appeals against his manslaughter convictions and sentence. In June 2010, the former director of surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital was convicted in connection with the deaths of three patients, and of causing grievous bodily harm to a fourth.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Millions of seniors in popular private insurance plans offered through Medicare will be getting a reprieve from some of the most controversial cuts in President Barack Obama's health care law. In a policy shift critics see as political, the Health and Human Services department has decided to award quality bonuses to hundreds of Medicare Advantage plans rated merely average.
Ben Hubbard, AP Dr. Mohammed al-Fagieh, chief surgeon at Hilal Hospital in Misrata, carries around a gruesome catalog of recent cases that have come through his wards. When asked about common wounds, he pulled a cell phone from the pocket of his blue scrubs and flipped through a sampling of images.
A Loyola University Health System study has found another reason to not binge drink alcohol. Binge drinking, researchers found, could change the body's immune system response to bone injuries. "This tremendously complicates the trauma care of these patients," said bone biologist John Callaci, PhD, senior author of the study.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon surgeon operated on the wrong eye of a 4-year-old boy from Washington state, his parents say. "She said, 'Frankly, I lost sense of direction and didn't realize I had operated on the wrong eye until I was done operating on the eye,'" Tasha Gaul, the boy's mother, said of the doctor's reaction after last week's surgery.
Crazy4Clean.com has launched the “Saga of SONIgal”, the newest online flash-based game that takes you on an adventure through the sonic cleaning process with SONIgal. Help SONIgal remember her PPE's in a word-search level, swim through an ultrasonic tank to make sure it is degassed and cleaning verification tests are placed properly, and much more! Plus, earn a free CEU when you pass the quiz at the end of the game.
An analysis of data from Medicare beneficiaries who underwent hip replacement or subsequent follow-up corrective surgery between 1991 and 2008 indicates that the length of hospital stay after surgery declined during this time period, as did the proportion of patients discharged home, while there was an increase in the rate of hospital readmissions and discharge to a skilled care facility, according to a study in the April 20 issue of JAMA.
Breast implants appear to be associated with a rare form of lymphoma, but there is not yet evidence to show that the cancer is caused by implants or to suggest an underlying mechanism for how the disease might develop, according to a study by researchers from the RAND Corporation. The study, published online by the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, also finds that the disease takes a slow course and can be controlled by surgical removal of the implant and surrounding capsule.
Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer Emily Fennelll, 26, of Yuba City, Calif., who lost her right hand in an auto accident in 2006, talks about her experience as the recipient of a hand transplant, at a news conference at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles Tuesday, April 19, 2011.
Virtual nasal surgery has the potential to be a productive tool that may enable surgeons to perform personalized nasal surgery using computer simulation techniques, according to researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin. The findings are posted online today and will appear in the September print issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Surgical patients with do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders appear to be at higher risk for poor surgical outcomes, according to a report published online today by the Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The study will appear in the August print issue of the journal. "Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders preclude the use of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a clinically unresponsive, pulseless patient," according to background information provided by the authors.
Excessive alcohol consumption appears to be associated with changes in some surgical skills performed on virtual reality simulator testing the following day, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "While surgical performance is certain to be impaired acutely with excessive alcohol consumption, there is little information that defines the persistence of this effect," the authors write as background information in the study.