Mike Stobbe, AP Only one in five malpractice claims against doctors leads to a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in two decades. While doctors and their insurers may be winning most of these challenges, that's still a lot of fighting. The study also found that each year about one in 14 doctors is the target of a claim, and most physicians, as well as virtually every surgeon, will face at least one in their career.
During thyroidectomy (surgery to remove the thyroid gland), the technique surgeons use to identify an important nerve appears to make a difference in terms of complications such as impairment of the parathyroid glands (which make a hormone that controls calcium levels), according to a report published by Archives of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced finanical information relating to the company's performance progress. Craig Leon, Chief Executive Officer, said, "The momentum created in the first quarter has carried over into the second quarter and we are very proud of our accomplishments to date. We established several industry leading relationships, including Crouse Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Sense Graphics, which enable us to proceed with development and testing of Amadeus Composer.
Karin Laub, AP The day Libyan rebels advanced into the strategic city of Zawiya, Moammar Gadhafi's forces clamped down on the local hospital. They forced doctors to perform hours of consecutive surgeries, put snipers on the roof and an anti-aircraft gun near the entrance, two doctors who managed to escape said Tuesday.
PRNewswire/ -- Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics Division and OrthoSensor, Inc., a leader in intelligent orthopaedics, today announced an agreement in which OrthoSensor will provide the OrthoSensorT Knee Trial, designed for use with Stryker's Triathlon Knee System. The trial looks to provide quantitative, intra-operative feedback to surgeons in optimizing joint balance during total knee arthroplasty.
A new study has shown that a Flexible-Fiber CO2 laser can safely cut and coagulate during endoscopic assisted transsphenoidal craniotomies (TSC) without the line of sight problems encountered with conventional CO2 lasers. The findings, reported by researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), appear in the July/August issue of World Neurosurgery .
PRNewswire/USNewswire - The 3rd Annual World MRSA Day Kickoff Event and Global MRSA Summit will be held October 1, 2011 at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. The 2011 Global theme is: The MRSA Epidemic - A Call to Action. "The rapidly escalating human suffering and loss of life from MRSA in the United States and in other countries needs to be recognized and an immediate international response for prevention, awareness and education is imperative," states Jeanine Thomas founder of MRSA Survivors Network and World MRSA Day.
Lindsey Tanner, AP When Army Ranger Leroy Petry's hand was blown off by a grenade as he was saving his comrades in battle, he knew just what to do. He used his remaining hand to twist a tourniquet around his arm to avoid bleeding to death. Sgt. 1st Class Petry, awarded the Medal of Honor last month, was with a regiment trained in do-it-yourself battlefield treatment.
PRNewswire - Liberate Cosmetic Surgery has discovered that 25 percent of women surveyed started to first consider cosmetic surgery between the ages of 10 and 15 years-old. The survey's respondents were 3,000 British women between 18 and 30 years-old. Paul Banwell, consultant plastic surgeon at Liberate commented, "There is no doubt that more and more younger people are considering cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation still remains the number one procedure.
PRNewswire/USNewswire - Dr. James Higgins, Chief of Union Memorial Hospital's Curtis National Hand Center, was honored by the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery with the prestigious Godina Traveling Fellowship last year. After completing a clinical and research tour of hand centers worldwide, he applied his knowledge to a procedure never performed in the U.
PRNewswire - Robotics are helping surgeons make great strides in the medical arena, and the advanced technology used in robotic prostatectomy procedures delivers many benefits to both surgeon and patient. However, in recent news, there is some scrutiny on the frequency of its use. Further, some critics are cautioning patients against the mass marketing of robotic surgery and its benefits.
In light of continuing Medicare and other third party-payer physician reimbursement issues and changes, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and 20 other surgical specialty organizations have jointly published the sixth edition of Physicians as Assistants at Surgery , a guide that indicates whether an operation may call for the use of a physician as an assistant.
PRNewswire - A new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases suggests that the cost of a gastric banding weight loss procedure is offset by reduction in obesity-related medical costs within 2.25 years for surgery-eligible patients with diabetes, and within four years for all surgery-eligible patients.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common - but preventable - complication after surgery that can lead to other complications or even death. The use and development of biomarkers will help physicians diagnose and treat acute kidney injury. Three protein measurements indicate who has a high risk of developing kidney injury after heart surgery, according to two studies appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology .
Researchers from the Indiana University have identified common barriers and strategies for successfully implementing practice changes in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The study, published in the August issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology , the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, reveals shared lessons learned from six ICUs as they implemented evidence-based practices to reduce Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.