A new independent study by HealthGrades of patient outcomes at America's hospitals found that patients at 5-star rated hospitals had a 72 percent lower risk of dying when compared with patients at 1-star-rated hospitals - an enormous gap that has held steady over the past years even as overall mortality rates have improved.
The Cardinal Health Foundation today announced that, for the fourth consecutive year, it will award more than $1 million in grant funding to help U.S. hospitals, health systems and community health clinics improve the efficiency and quality of care. Earlier this year, the Cardinal Health Foundation awarded grants to 40 organizations in 25 states as part of its E3 Grant Program, which was launched in 2008 to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and excellence of health care, nationwide.
When rescuers needed to determine how to safely extract Chilean miners without their fainting and suffering a potentially devastating loss of blood to the brain, they turned to a UT Southwestern Medical Center scientist whose expertise typically is focused on astronauts in space, not mine workers trapped underground.
Individuals with co-occurring psychiatric illnesses, especially anxiety and depression, appear to have an increased risk of death within 30 days of surgery, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Psychiatric illnesses occur along with physical complaints in an estimated five to 40 percent of hospitalized patients, according to background information in the article.
Gillian Wong, AP At one moment, the Chinese urologist seemed to be at the height of his career. He had invented a surgical procedure to help patients overcome incontinence and was training doctors in America and elsewhere. The next, Dr. Xiao Chuanguo was in handcuffs, confessing that he'd hired thugs to attack two persistent critics who called him a fraud.
Catherine Tsai, AP Three healthy men had their prostate glands removed. Five people had surgery on the wrong part of their spines. A child underwent an unneeded ear operation after the wrong person was called to go to the operating room. Despite efforts to end surgical errors, doctors are still reporting operations performed on the wrong body parts and even the wrong people, a study released Monday said.
Jamie Stengle, AP Dallas C. Wiens wants to be able to smile, to smell the rain, to feel his 3-year-old daughter's kisses. Two years ago, Wiens' face was burned away in a horrible electrical accident that also left him blind. Although doctors were able to transfer skin and muscle from Wiens' back and thighs onto his charred skull, he still doesn't have lips, a nose or even eyebrows.
Kaumudi Kulkarni earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Georgia, GA. There her research focused on fungal cellular and molecular biology. She also earned a Master of Science degree from University of Pune, India, where her research focused on genetics. In addition to that, Kaumudi has extensive experience as a Microbiology Laboratory Analyst at an environmental microbiology laboratory where she has provided technical and research support to field inspectors.
According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, a combination of increased volume from current practitioners and growth in the number of surgeons performing the technique will drive the single-port laparoscopy market to over 100% growth over the next year, and to high double-digit growth past 2011.
(AP) A vast network of Armenian gangsters and their associates used phantom health care clinics and other means to try to cheat Medicare out of $163 million, the largest fraud by one criminal enterprise in the program's history, U.S. authorities said last week. Federal prosecutors in New York and elsewhere charged 73 people.
(PRNewswire) According to Millennium ResearchGroup (MRG), a combination of increased volume from current practitioners and growth in the number of surgeons performing the technique will drive the single-port laparoscopy market to over 100 percent growth over the next year, and to high double-digit growth past 2011.
(AP) Oncologist Georges Mathe, who in 1959 performed the world's first bone marrow transplant, has died, the French president's office said Monday. He was 88. Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Mathe died on Friday, but did not provide any additional details. "His contribution to the progress of oncology remains major," the statement said.
Removing an extra t2 millimeters around an area of invasive breast cancer is sufficient to minimise any residual disease in 98 percent of patients, according to research published in the November issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice . Surgeons from the Department of Breast Surgery at Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield, UK, studied 303 women who had undergone breast conserving surgery at the hospital between 2002 and 2008.
(AP) An Afghan teenager who said her nose was cut off by her husband to punish her for running away has stepped out in public for the first time with a temporary prosthetic. The 19-year-old woman, identified only as Aisha, gained worldwide attention when she appeared on the August 9th cover of Time magazine.
(AP) A surgeon and other staff have been suspended and public health officials have launched an investigation after a piece of a surgical drill bit was left inside a patient's head following a procedure at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital says a roughly quarter-inch long piece broke off and was left in a patient's scalp during neurosurgery on August 4.