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Referrals To Higher-Volume Hospitals Don't Always Improve Outcomes

March 11, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Referring patients to hospitals that have the largest volume of surgical procedures does not necessarily lead to improved outcomes for the overall population, according to the results of a new study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The findings of studies that suggest the higher the volume of specialty surgical procedures performed at any given hospital, the better that hospital’s outcomes will be, has resulted in calls for volume-based referrals.

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Refferrals To Higher-Volume Hospitals Don't Always Improve Outcomes

March 11, 2011 4:25 am | Comments

Referring patients to hospitals that have the largest volume of surgical procedures does not necessarily lead to improved outcomes for the overall population, according to the results of a new study in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The findings of studies that suggest the higher the volume of specialty surgical procedures performed at any given hospital, the better that hospital’s outcomes will be, has resulted in calls for volume-based referrals.

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Alternative Surgical Robot In The Works

March 9, 2011 5:38 am | Comments

Viking Systems, Inc. (OTCBB:VKNG), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of 3D and 2D visualization solutions for complex minimally invasive surgery, announces that its 3DHD system has been selected as the vision component of an alternative, cost-effective surgical robotic system demonstration that will be featured at the European Association of Urology (EAU) Annual Meeting which will be held in Vienna, March 18-22.

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Non-Invasive Approach To Essential Tremor Treatment

March 9, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A new chapter in medical history opened days ago when noninvasive MR-guided focused ultrasound was used to successfully treat a patient with essential tremor (ET), a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide and causes involuntary shaking of the hands, head, face, eyelids, voice or other muscles.

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Virtual Surgery Takes On Gastric Banding

March 9, 2011 5:08 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) "Not a day goes by that I don't think about what I eat, how I eat, or how it looks on me," states Leslie Riopel, Clinical Hypnotherapist. After going back to pursue her Master's degree, she formed Sweetdreams Hypnosis in 2010. Her sister, Cynthia Morris, an RN, is also involved in a business that now offers Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis.

U.S. Funds Training For African Health Workers

March 9, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

Michelle Faul, AP The United States will fund training for 140,000 African health care workers in an initiative to "transform and dramatically increase" medical education on the continent, the top U.S. AIDS official announced. Ambassador Eric Goosby said the plan will bring partnerships between African and U.

China Promises To Improve Hospitals

March 9, 2011 4:35 am | Comments

Gillian Wong, AP Top Chinese officials have promised to improve public hospitals and cut their dependence on drug sales for income — a major driver of high health care costs. Public health care in China has been underfunded for years, and the high cost and poor access of health services are among the public's biggest complaints.

Clinical Alarm Issues Inhibit The Delivery of Safe Health Care

March 8, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

Clinical alarms alert caregivers and hospital staff to critical changes in a patient’s physiologic condition, as well as to safety issues and device malfunctions, so that caregivers may intervene appropriately. Adverse alarm events are accidents waiting to happen, the results of a perfect storm in an error-prone system.

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Scientists Make New Urethras For Five Boys

March 8, 2011 5:34 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — Doctors have created urethras using patients' own cells for the first time — another example that scientists may be able to grow replacement body parts one day "It's not so much science fiction anymore to think we can grow replacement organs," said Patrick Warnke, a tissue engineering expert at Bond University in Australia.

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Hand Transplant First In U.S.

March 8, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

Surgeons at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center performed the first hand transplant in the western United States in an operation that began one minute before midnight on Friday, March 4, and was completed 14-and-a-half hours later, on Saturday, March 5. The transplant was performed on a 26-year-old mother from Northern California who lost her right hand in a traffic accident nearly five years ago.

Homeless Cost $2,500 More For Hospital Stays

March 8, 2011 5:01 am | Comments

Homeless people with medical or surgical problems arrive at the hospital with underlying health issues and stay longer than others, often because there is no place to send them after their initial medical crisis has been treated, the study found. Those with psychiatric illness arrive at the hospital much sicker than others.

Rehab Within A Day Of Knee Replacement Pays Off

March 7, 2011 8:45 am | Comments

Starting rehabilitation sooner following knee arthroplasty surgery could pay dividends - for both patients and hospitals. Commencing physical therapy within 24 hours of surgery can improve pain, range of joint motion and muscle strength as well as cut hospital stays, according to new research in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation .

Stretchable Electronics Simplify Cardiac Ablation Therapy

March 7, 2011 8:31 am | Comments

In an improvement over open-heart surgery, cardiologists are now using catheters to eliminate damaged heart tissue in certain patients, such as those with arrhythmias. However, this can also be a long and painful procedure as many catheters, with different functions, need to be inserted sequentially.

Doctor Empathy Associated With Positive Outcomes

March 7, 2011 8:19 am | Comments

It has been thought that the quality of the physician-patient relationship is integral to positive outcomes, but until now data to confirm such beliefs has been hard to find. Through a landmark study, a research team from Jefferson Medical College (JMC) of Thomas Jefferson University has been able to quantify a relationship between physicians' empathy and their patients' positive clinical outcomes, suggesting that physician empathy is an important factor associated with clinical competence.

First Robotic Atrial Fibrillation

March 7, 2011 8:07 am | Comments

Doctors at Beaumont Hospital in Troy have performed Michigan's first minimally invasive robotic procedure to correct atrial fibrillation. The robotic maze procedure is an alternative to open-heart surgery performed through keyhole incisions with fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay. Phillip Robinson, M.

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