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Primary Care Docs Earn Less

October 26, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Clinician's wages appear to vary significantly across physician specialties and are lowest for those in primary care, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Numerous studies have documented substantial income disparities between primary care and other physician specialties.

Cleveland Clinic-Led Team Develops Quality Index For Hospitals

October 26, 2010 5:49 am | Comments

In a major paper published in the journal Anesthesiology , a Cleveland Clinic-led research team announced the development of a new publicly available tool to help patients, regulators, and hospitals compare patient outcomes and quality.  The Risk Stratification Index was developed using more than 35 million Medicare and Medicaid records, then validated on more than 100,000 patients at the Cleveland Clinic.

Surgical Complications Drop When Hospitals Share Safety Data

October 26, 2010 5:40 am | Comments

Michigan hospitals reduced surgical complications by nearly 10 percent at a time when the rest of the nation saw no change in complication rates, according to a new study out next week in the Archives of Surgery . Complications dropped at hospitals participating in what's called the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, a group of 16 hospitals led by the University of Michigan Health System that agreed to pool data and share information about what keeps patients safe.

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Reporting Procedures Lead To Underestimating Endoscopy Complications

October 26, 2010 5:26 am | Comments

Hospital visits following outpatient gastrointestinal endoscopies may be more common than previously estimated, according to a recent report in the Archives of Internal Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. About 15 to 20 million endoscopic procedures are performed each year in the United States, according to background information in the article.

CDC Says 1/3 Of U.S. Adults Could Have Diabetes By 2050

October 25, 2010 6:58 am | Comments

One in 10 U.S. adults has diabetes now. The prevalence is expected to rise sharply over the next 40 years due to an aging population more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, increases in minority groups that are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and people with diabetes living longer, according to CDC projections published in the journal Population Health Metrics.

New Data Shows Additional Capabilities Of PillCam

October 25, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

Given Imaging Ltd. recently announced that several new studies have demonstrated PillCam SB's clinical value in detecting and monitoring Crohn's disease and its utility in managing patients with obscure GI bleeding. The studies were presented at the United European Gastroenterology Week 2010 conference in Barcelona.

Questionnaire Identifies Patients At Greater Risk For Complications

October 25, 2010 6:30 am | Comments

A simple, eight-item pre-operative questionnaire could help identify patients at risk for complications following surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Individuals prone to the obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, as determined by the questionnaire, appear to have an increased risk of heart, lung and other complications following elective surgery.

Telementoring Key To Providing Remote Surgical Expertis

October 25, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

Telementoring may be an effective way for subspecialist surgeons to assist remotely located general surgeons, according to new research findings published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . In the study, eight general surgery residents with no formal subspecialty training participated in three mock operations using animal cadavers intended to simulate live procedures.

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Glue Improving Post-Op Quality Of Life

October 25, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

New research shows that a surgical procedure using a cutting-edge super glue pioneered a year ago by Calgary researchers can improve the recovery of heart patients after open-chest surgery. Recently, Dr. Paul Fedak presented his findings to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010. The glue, called Kryptonite™, is being used to enhance the closure of the breastbone after surgery.

Project Access Helps Uninsured Get Needed Surgeries

October 22, 2010 6:28 am | Comments

Approximately 40 people without health insurance and in desperate need of outpatient procedures will receive free medical procedures through Project Access San Diego, a project of the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. The procedures will be performed in partnership with Kaiser Permanente San Diego at the Otay Mesa facility on Saturday, October 23.

Couple Sues After Mega Death Sauce Hospitalizes Son

October 22, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

(AP) Some don't like it hot. A Steak 'n Shake restaurant in Cleveland, TN was sued by a couple who claimed it served a hot sauce that sent their son to the hospital. Tim and Mary Katherine Gann said a restaurant server gave their minor child a bottle of Blair's Mega Death Sauce for his chili and encouraged him to eat some.

European Surgeon Tabs SPIDER For Single-Incision Gall Bladder, Hernia Operations

October 22, 2010 6:17 am | Comments

The TransEnterix SPIDER® Surgical System, a platform that allows for operating through a patient’s belly button, has received regulatory approval to market in the European Union. With this approval in place, Professor Helmut G. Weiss, a respected expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques, used the SPIDER system to remove the gallbladders of two patients, repair an inguinal hernia in a third patient, and perform a colorectal procedure in a fourth.

Changing The Face Of Orthopaedic Surgery

October 22, 2010 6:07 am | Comments

At Loyola University Health Systems, 20 percent of orthopaedic faculty and 16 percent of orthopaedic residents are women. And at Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine, six of the 11 fourth-year students applying for orthopaedic residencies are women. Among podiatrists, two of the five attending and two of the seven residents are women.

St. Johns Mercy Medical Wins 3M Innovation Award

October 22, 2010 5:57 am | Comments

With a video depicting an infection prevention biathlon, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis received more than 10,000 votes and was named the winner of the 3M Innovation Award. The contest invited healthcare facilities across the country to showcase original ways of improving patient care and helping to reduce the risk for healthcare-associated infections through video or written submissions.

Needlestick Safety Frustrations Continue

October 20, 2010 7:24 am | Comments

With Infection Prevention Week and the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the signing of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) recently unveiled a study focusing on some frustrations regarding a lack of progress in implementing the strategies outlined in the Act.

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