Texas Children's Hospital in Houston became the first pediatric hospital in the United States to implant an artificial heart. The patient was a 17-year-old male and seen as the only option to save his life. The history-making patient underwent a rare 15-hour operation on May 22 and is currently recovering.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Nearly one-third of Americans experience long-lasting pain — the kind that lingers for weeks to months — and too often feel stigma rather than relief from a healthcare system poorly prepared to treat them, the Institute of Medicine said Wednesday. Chronic pain is reportedly costing the nation at least $558 billion a year in medical bills, sick days and lost productivity, the report found.
(AP) — A former Australian gynecologist has been sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison for mutilating a patient's genitals, indecently assaulting two other patients and ignoring a ban on practicing obstetrics. Graeme Reeves, 60, was sentenced in the New South Wales District Court on Friday after Judge Greg Woods found him guilty in April of assaulting two patients during internal pelvic examinations at his clinic in the farming town of Bega in 2002 and 2003.
(AP) — At least 17 infants have died in the last 48 hours at a government-run hospital in eastern India and the state is investigating, media reported Thursday. Television news channels showed images of weeping and wailing parents outside the B.C. Roy Hospital for Children in Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal.
(AP) A hospital quality group is targeting the problem of wrong-site surgeries by bringing together eight U.S. hospitals and surgery centers to find specific causes and solutions. The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare says some estimates put the national number of big mix-ups during surgery at 40 per week.
"We can't save Medicare as we know it," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., who authored the plan with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. "We can only save Medicare if we change it," he added in an apparent jab at President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. Democrats reacted with criticism of the proposal, which Coburn said was designed to rescue the financially imperiled program and help the nation confront a "wall of debt.
A new approach for implanting an aortic heart valve without open-heart surgery is being offered at Rush University Medical Center to patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at high-risk or not suitable candidates for open heart valve replacement surgery. Aortic valve stenosis (AS) affects nearly 1.
A study from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, sheds new light on why people who experience serious trauma or go through major surgery can suffer organ damage in parts of the body which are seemingly unconnected to the injury. The study, published in Nature Immunology , examines the way certain white blood cells, called neutrophils, move out of blood vessels to defend damaged organs against injury or infection.
(AP) — Medtronic, Inc. Chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak defended the data that his company submitted to federal regulators as part of the approval process for a bone-growth protein, saying they were sound and support the safe use of the spinal surgery product. The executive's statement came in response to a Spine Journal study scheduled to be published Wednesday that claims doctors on the medical device maker's payroll failed to disclose complications that came up during clinical trials of the bone-growth protein.
A simple item found in almost every medicine cabinet - a cotton swab - may be a key tool in the fight against post-surgical wound infections. In a sentinel trial, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center surgeon Shirin Towfigh, MD, showed that painless and gentle probing of a wound with a dry cotton swab after surgery dramatically reduced infections in post-operative incision sites.
Nurses on a surgical intensive care unit (SICU) at a large academic medical center cut bloodstream infections to zero and saved more than $200,000 during a six-month period. The University of Maryland Medical Center SICU sustained a rate of zero central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) for a 25-week period, eliminating 14 CLABSIs when compared to the same time period in the previous year, according to results of a six-month nursing initiative presented at the 38th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
John Christoffersen, AP A 60-year-old Army veteran won a $925,000 settlement with the Department of Veterans Affairs after he was blinded in one eye during a routine outpatient cataract operation, his attorney said. Jose Goncalves of Hartford was blinded in his right eye when a third-year resident at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in West Haven incorrectly administered an anesthetic during the procedure in 2007, attorney Christopher Bernard said.
Lauran Neergaard, AP There's a lot of variation in how quick doctors are to order up a few pints — not in cases of trauma or hemorrhage, but for a range of other reasons. Anemia is common in older patients who may get a transfusion as an easy boost even when the anemia's too mild to matter, or instead of treating the underlying problem.
(AP) — A love-sick Pennsylvania couple ended up getting hitched in a hospital chapel after the groom tumbled down a set of stairs on their wedding day. The Erie Times-News reports Derek and Cassy McBride were married Saturday at Saint Vincent Health Center because Derek took the wrong kind of plunge a few hours earlier.
Planned operations are sometimes cancelled when the health care system is overwhelmed by emergency cases. Hospitals lose money and efficiency decreases, and patients who have prepared have their surgery cancelled. In an article in Clinical Ethics, researchers at Uppsala University, Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital claim that this has ethical, psychological, and medical consequences.