Anna McFall, AP A filtering problem in a medical laboratory was at the heart of an infection outbreak in six Alabama hospitals where nine patients died and 10 others were sickened after receiving intravenous feeding bags contaminated with bacteria. Investigators found bacteria on a faucet and some equipment at the Meds IV lab, said Alabama Department of Public Health director Dr.
Lauran Neergaard, AP From cradle to grave, minority populations tend to suffer poorer health and get poorer health care than white Americans. In a first-of-its-kind report, the government is recommending steps to reduce those disparities. The plan being released Friday runs the gamut from improving dental care for poor children to tapping "promotoras," savvy community health workers who can help guide their Spanish-speaking neighbors in seeking treatment.
PRNewswire -- After more than 16 months of negotiations, including yet another session held yesterday with a Federal mediator, the registered nurses of St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA have called for a vote by the membership on Friday, April 8 to authorize a one-day strike. According to the union, talks continue to stall over hospital management's refusal to improve unsafe patient care conditions at the hospital.
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, AP A University of Southern California-affiliated hospital reactivated its kidney transplant program — two months after it was shut down because a doctor put the wrong kidney into a patient who survived the error. USC University Hospital's transplant director Dr.
Eight brand-leading companies across healthcare, recycling and waste management have come together to form a technical coalition seeking to inspire and enable sustainable, cost effective recycling solutions for plastic products and materials used in the delivery of healthcare. The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is made up of members from Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cardinal Health, Engineered Plastics, DuPont, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark and Waste Management.
Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP As Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spends her days re-learning how to speak, walk and care for herself, her therapists are carefully tracking every moment and often posing one critical question: When can she go home? Experts say they expect her medical team to make that call in the coming weeks because Giffords is at the point in her therapy where doctors typically make such decisions about transitioning brain injury patients into outpatient care.
Each year, more than 100,000 patients in the U.S. undergo implantation of a new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for heart rhythm abnormalities. This number constitutes a 20-fold increase over the last 15 years. Current medical guidelines advocate discussion of end of life care of these medical devices, including deactivation, but many patients may not understand their options.
The gender gap among United States Medical Graduates in the traditionally male-dominated specialty of general surgery is shrinking, according to study results published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . These findings align with the overall trend of increasingly equal gender enrollment of medical students.
A new calculator can predict the risk of post-operative complications occurring for individual bariatric surgery patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The risk calculator will help in surgical decision-making and allow patients to better understand what they can expect during recovery in order to prepare for a bariatric operation.
Teenagers who undergo spine fusion for scoliosis using the newest surgical techniques can expect to be doing well 10 years after surgery, according to a Hospital for Special Surgery study published online for the journal Spine . Researchers had thought that the surgery would cause damage to the spine just below the fused discs, but the study showed that this was not the case.
A new risk calculator can predict the risk of postoperative complications occurring for individual bariatric surgery patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The risk calculator will help in surgical decision-making and will help patients better understand what they can expect during recovery in order to prepare for a bariatric operation.
(AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Raleigh, NC hospital has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to settle allegations it overbilled Medicare by ordering higher-cost services for patients who only needed outpatient treatment. The U.S. Justice Department said that between 2004 and 2007 Rex Healthcare billed Medicare for inpatient admissions to increase what it could charge for a spinal surgery procedure.
Lindsey Tanner, AP More kids are getting CT scans in emergency rooms, a study found, raising concerns about exposure to adult-sized radiation doses and potential risks for cancer down the road. The number of ER visits nationwide in which children were given CT scans surged from about 330,000 in 1995 to 1.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Every year, thousands of people make a deal with their doctor: I'll pay you a fixed annual fee, whether or not I need your services, and in return you'll see me the day I call, remember who I am and what ails me, and give me your undivided attention. This arrangement potentially poses a big threat to Medicare and to the new world of medical care envisioned under President Barack Obama's health overhaul.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Cardiologists are reporting a major advance: A long-awaited study suggests that many people with a bad aortic valve can avoid open-heart surgery and have a new one placed through a tube in an artery instead. However, there is a downside — a higher risk of stroke — and uncertainty about how long these valves will last.