Overall mortality rates from the end of 2007 to the beginning of 2010 at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, FL have dropped from 3.4 to 2.1. A 1.3-point drop represents a huge reduction for any hospital and translates into lives saved. To date, Bay Medical Center's rate for heart attack is down from 15.
Nikki Alworth stared at the envelope, then stared again, her eyes scanning the words over and over. She wasn't imagining things. The University of Maryland medical student would remain at the university to begin her career as a doctor in emergency medicine. No need to sell the house in Rodgers Forge.
Lauren Cox, ABC News A Wisconsin health care clinic ties in its vasectomy promotion with basketball. Yes, a vasectomy. In the past two years, more and more doctors across the nation have jumped on the tournament as a prime opportunity to get men to “take care of the equipment and lower your seed for the tourney,” as one advertisement for an Oregon urologist suggested.
Reuters – Researchers in Japan have designed a super-elastic iron alloy which they hope can be used in sophisticated heart and brain surgeries. In a paper published by the journal Science , researchers said the metal's super-elasticity allows it to return to its original form and gives it additional properties, such as ductility and a change in magnetization.
Patient referrals between hospitals influence the rates of hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Computational Biology . It went on to explain that referred patients often have the potential to carry a hospital-acquired infection with them. The prevalence of hospital-acquired infection is widely believed to reflect the quality of hygiene and health care in individual hospitals, and is therefore often used as a benchmark for hospital quality.
New legislation means Iowa physicians who perform a wrong-site procedure will be subject to new state sanctions from the Iowa Board of Medicine. Stronger actions stem from the board’s feelings that these situations represent preventable medical errors that can be addressed via standardized procedures in the perioperative environment.
by Gitika Ahuja and Suzan Clark A Harrisburg, Pa., man who lost both hands in a farming accident is now recovering after having become the first man in U.S. history to get a transplanted arm and forearm. "You know, this is like science fiction," Chris Pollock, a mechanic and National Guardsman, said on "Good Morning America.
Maria Cheng, AP Britons trying to cheer up their hospitalized friends and relatives often have to do so standing up - sitting on the bed usually isn't allowed. In a commentary published Wednesday in the British medical journal BMJ , Dr. Iona Heath argues the recommendation is unjustified and denies patients the chance to be close to their loved ones.
Frederik Joelving, Reuters Despite all their hard work on the field, retired National Football League players may be facing the same health problems that plague obese men who stick to watching the game. “We see these guys as supermen, they are the pinnacle of health,” said Dr. R. Todd Hurst of the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Even though older patients with colon cancer are less likely to receive chemotherapy following surgery because of concerns of adverse events, new research indicates that when they do receive this treatment, it is less toxic and of shorter duration than therapy younger patients receive, and older patients experience fewer adverse events, according to a study in JAMA .
Access MediQuip, LLC, a prominent supplier of outsourced implantable medical device management solutions, unveiled its proprietary Recall Management Service. The new release is designed to protect patients, inform and empower surgeons and facilities, and help payers improve quality while managing costs.
Two doctors and a Hershey, PA surgeon are being accused of leaving surgical sponges in woman during multiple operations between 1993 – 1999, including one for removing a previously forgotten sponge. The suit claims that the sponges left in the patient’s abdomen eventually caused problems significant enough to require follow-up surgery that entailed removing her uterus and ovaries.
Dr. Anurag Aggarwal and his colleagues claim that they achieved successful results in 25 patients. In this procedure, a graft of sternocleidomastoid muscle that runs along the side of the neck, and connective tissue that overlies it, is implanted in the patient's lips, giving the lips a plumper and fuller appearance.
California Health Agency Works To Reduce Errors Molly Hennessy-Fiske, LA Times Doctors at Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center in Riverside diagnosed Francisco Torres with a tumor on his kidney, and he agreed to have it removed last July. But after the operation, he learned that the surgeon had removed his other healthy kidney, forcing Torres, 72, to undergo a second surgery and become dependent on dialysis.
Marilynn Marchione, AP Stock market slides may hurt more than your savings. New research suggests they might prompt heart attacks. Duke University researchers found a link between how a key stock index performed and how many heart attacks were treated at their North Carolina hospital shortly after the recession began in December 2007 through July 2009, when signs of recovery emerged.