WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are beginning a new push to improve hospital safety — aiming to save 60,000 lives over the next three years and save money at the same time. Hospitals are dangerous places, rife with infections and opportunities for medical mistakes. Yet some hospitals have dramatically reduced those harms, and lowered their bills as patients go home faster.
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have concluded that the anatomy of the pelvis following robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) is considerably different when compared to the anatomy of the pelvis following an open prostatectomy (OP). These findings, which are the first to ever compare pelvic anatomy following RARP and OP surgery, may have implications for patients requiring post-operative radiation.
A new surgery for cervical disc disease in the neck may restore range of motion and reduce repeat surgeries in some younger patients, according to a team of neurosurgeons from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and several other medical centers that analyzed three large, randomized clinical trials comparing two different surgeries.
New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that intervening with neutralizing antibodies to C5a or its receptors could prevent development of cardiomyopathy in patients with sepsis April 12, 2011 New research published online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) details research in rats and mice that offers hope for stopping the devastating, and often fatal, effects of sepsis in humans.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Physicians may choose riskier treatment for themselves than they'd recommend for their patients, according to a study that highlights a need for candid discussions about patients' preferences. The findings are important because patients faced with difficult medical decisions often ask their doctors, "What would you do?" The answer reflects the doctors' values — not necessarily those of the patient.
Millennium Surgical, recently named one of the 100 Fastest Growing Privately-owned Companies in the Philadelphia region, is expanding its brand in the healthcare marketplace with the acquisition of the domain name SurgicalInstruments.com . The SurgicalInstruments.com domain provides greater access for surgical facilities to Millennium Surgical’s resources.
A new study from Mayo Clinic, the largest long-term study of kidney transplant recipients published to date, demonstrates that progressive damage to kidney transplants may be less common and less severe than previously reported. The study, involving 797 patients transplanted between 1998 and 2004 and followed for at least five years, shows that 87 percent of patients have mild or no signs of progressive scar damage to the transplanted organ when biopsied at one year after transplant.
According to Millennium Research Group (MRG) the market for hip and knee reconstruction will be driven by increasing patient acceptance of unicondylar knee implants and resurfacing hip implants that allow for selective bone resection in patients in their 40s and 50s, combined with demand deferred by the poor economy.
SimQuest LLC has developed the first platform for open-incision surgical simulation, which will enable surgeons to practice open surgical techniques with no risk to patients. The platform will allow surgeons to practice their skills in an environment that allows for errors and provide objective feedback on performance.
Medline Industries, Inc., announces that it is donating $50,000 in medical supplies to Japan rescue and relief efforts following the country's devastating earthquakes and tsunami. The aid includes supplies for surgical procedures as well as a government request for surgeon's gloves and gowns.
In a paper published in the professional health care journal, Health Affairs , Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System report that their model for collaborative health care quality improvement has measurably improved safety and quality in several clinical areas, and has saved millions in health care costs.
Deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure to suppress faulty nerve signals, allowed 77 percent of patients to stop their use of medications for essential tremors within one year following the surgery, University of South Florida researchers report. "It's a significant finding demonstrating that patients see a lot of symptom improvement with this treatment option," said Andrew Resnick, a research assistant in the USF Health Department of Neurology.
(AP) — Michigan State offensive lineman Arthur Ray, Jr. practiced with the Spartans on Thursday, four years after being diagnosed with leg cancer. The school said Ray was granted a waiver by the NCAA that enabled him to participate. He had been medically disqualified so as not to count against the team's scholarship limit.
PRNewswire -- Orthopaedic surgeon Kevin R. Stone, M.D., has performed San Francisco's first outpatient, robot-assisted knee replacement surgery. The procedure replaced the patient's patellofemoral joint. While robotic joint surgery has been growing nationally, the development of techniques to enable joint replacement to be performed as an outpatient procedure has the potential to revolutionize orthopaedics and the economics of healthcare.
Anna McFall, AP A filtering problem in a medical laboratory was at the heart of an infection outbreak in six Alabama hospitals where nine patients died and 10 others were sickened after receiving intravenous feeding bags contaminated with bacteria. Investigators found bacteria on a faucet and some equipment at the Meds IV lab, said Alabama Department of Public Health director Dr.