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ACS: Value-Based Purchasing To Improve Patient Care

January 17, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

The American College of Surgeons believes that given the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focus on improving the value of health care, the proposed value-based purchasing rule it issued on January 7 is an important step toward improving the quality of care and patient outcomes while reducing complications and the cost of care.

Medicine Prices Factor Into Poorer Kids Needing IBD Surgery

January 14, 2011 5:11 am | Comments

Anne-Marie Tobin Children in low-income neighbourhoods who have inflammatory bowel disease are more likely to go under the knife for surgery than their counterparts in high-income areas, a new study finds. It's a concern, says the lead author, because the goal in treating IBD is to avoid taking out a piece of bowel for as long as possible, and the way that's done is through medication.

BC Hospital Plagued By Dirty Surgical Tools

January 14, 2011 4:47 am | Comments

A Kamloops, British Columbia hospital plagued by dirty surgical tools and surgery delays is getting a new facility to clean the instruments used in operating rooms.The provincial government says $10.7 million will be spent to build the facility at Royal Inland Hospital, and the unit should be ready early next year.

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Giffords' Doctors Balancing Role As Rock Stars

January 14, 2011 4:41 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP One is an irrepressible South Korea native who has treated some of the most horrific wartime injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. The other is a reserved neurosurgeon who happens to be the brother-in-law of television show host Dr. Oz. Together, they have stood in their white lab coats before a gaggle of TV cameras every morning to update the nation about their highest-profile patient to date: Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded after being shot point-blank in the head last weekend.

Surveys Show Hospitals Planning For EHR, Incentive Payments

January 14, 2011 4:31 am | Comments

Four-fifths of the nation’s hospitals, and 41 percent of office-based physicians, currently intend to take advantage of federal incentive payments for adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR) technology, according to survey data released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).

New Approach To Aneurysms: Through The Nose

January 14, 2011 4:12 am | Comments

Dr. Anand V. Germanwala and Dr. Adam M. Zanation have published a paper describing a surgery they performed that is believed to be the first reported clipping of a ruptured brain aneurysm through a patient's nose.During breakfast one Sunday, Alfreda Cordero was struck suddenly and violently by the worst headache she had ever experienced.

Implantable Device To Treat Obesity

January 12, 2011 5:41 am | Comments

IntraPace, Inc., announced today that it has received European CE Mark approval for the abiliti system as a treatment for obesity. The CE Mark certifies that a product has met European Union requirements for commercial marketing in Europe.  “While gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass are very effective treatments for obesity, they alter the digestive tract and are often associated with significant side effects.

Double-Dog Dare You : Boy Rescued After Tongue Sticks To Pole

January 12, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

In a scene straight from the movie A Christmas Story , an eight-year-old Oklahoma boy got his tongue stuck to a metal pole after he licked it on a dare. Officials say when rescue crews arrived Tuesday morning, the boy was standing on his tiptoes, trying to wriggle his frozen tongue free from a stop sign pole across the street from Woodward Middle School.

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Arm Arteries Not Superior To Leg Vein Grafts

January 12, 2011 5:26 am | Comments

Use of a radial artery (located within the forearm, wrist and hand) graft compared with a saphenous vein (from the leg) graft for coronary artery bypass grafting did not result in improved angiographic patency (the graft being open, unobstructed) one year after the procedure, according to a study in the January 12 issue of JAMA .

CT Helps With Bullet Trajectories/Surgical Approaches

January 12, 2011 5:12 am | Comments

Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) provides an efficient, effective way to analyze wounds from bullets and explosive devices, according to a study published online and in the March issue of Radiology . "The information provided by MDCT has the potential to improve patient care and aid in both military and civilian forensic investigations," said the study's lead author, Les R.

Acne Bug Could Be The Source Of Other Infections

January 12, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

Previously, researchers thought the detection of P. acnes at the site of infections was due to contamination from the skin. For example, an infection at a site within the body after surgery, could have been caused by bacteria transferred to an open wound from the skin during an operation. However, recent research has contradicted this, suggesting P.

U.S.'s First Accredited Robotic Surgery Training Institute

January 12, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

Roswell Park Cancer Institute near Buffalo, NY has received the first accreditation in this country as a training institute in robot-assisted surgery.The accreditation from the Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) allows the hospital to participate in a scholarship program for young urologists, providing for three-month mini fellowships.

One Year After Haiti Devastation, Doctors To Perform Life-Saving Surgery

January 11, 2011 5:52 am | Comments

The devastating earthquakes that struck Haiti last January saved at least one life – that of Lovely Ajuste, a Port-au-Prince teen.  Ms. Ajuste sought treatment for a severe cough and shortness of breath in the days following the disaster that has left her homeless. Mahalia Desruisseaux, M.

5-Year Outcomes On Radiosurgery Favorable For Prostate Cancer

January 11, 2011 5:51 am | Comments

Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), in the field of radiosurgery, announces the first published five-year outcomes on low risk prostate cancer patients treated with the CyberKnife@ Robotic Radiosurgery System. The multi-center study, published in the January 10, 2011 issue of Radiation Oncology, found that 93 percent of patients had no recurrence of their cancer at a median follow-up of five years, a rate that compares favorably to results obtained with other treatment modalities, including surgery and conventional radiation therapy.

AHA: Require Students To Get CPR Training

January 11, 2011 5:51 am | Comments

Jamie Stengle, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Learning CPR at school has given 14-year-old Olivia Frierson more confidence when she babysits or helps out at a church nursery. "I'm not as worried if something would happen," said Olivia, a ninth-grader at Shaker Heights High School in suburban Cleveland.

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