Where do you start when trying to minimize the risks from healthcare technology? ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, helps hospitals answer this question with the release of its 5th annual list of Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2011 .
Howard Fendrich, AP Commissioner Roger Goodell was planning to briefly stop by the hotel where the NFL's head, neck and spine medical committee met Wednesday to hear from equipment makers, researchers, the military and NASCAR about how to improve helmet safety and cut down on concussions.Goodell wound up listening in for a few hours.
Holly Ramer, AP As grateful as she was when her sister-in-law offered in October to donate a kidney on her behalf, Kathy Niedzwiecki didn't believe for one second her prediction that it would happen before Christmas. "I'm always the cup half empty, she's always the cup half full. Always," Niedzwiecki said three days after she received a new kidney in the first success for a national pilot program that helps arrange so-called kidney exchanges.
Patients who have complications after colorectal cancer surgery are less likely to get chemotherapy, even when it is clearly recommended for their diagnosis, a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds. In addition, patients with complications were more than twice as likely to have their chemotherapy delayed for more than 120 days after diagnosis or two months after surgery, which is considered the appropriate timeframe for receiving chemotherapy.
Despite the common clinical practice among surgeons to discontinue their patients' anti-platelet therapy prior to surgery, a recent study of patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA) indicated that this practice may be unnecessary. The study will be published in the December issue of the Annals of Vascular Surgery .
The United States Patent Office has issued to Biosafe, Inc. a composition of matter patent on the siloxane polymer that is the keystone of the company’s proprietary antimicrobial technology. The chemistry underlying the antimicrobial causes it to molecularly bond to the treated surfaces of film, sheet, molded plastics, non-wovens, metals, wood and other substances, enabling it to resist leaching or migration and providing long-lasting protection against bacteria, mold, mildew, and fungi.
If skin is the body’s fortress against germ invaders, shouldn’t minimally invasive surgeries - operations guided by camera probes, conducted entirely within the abdomen – carry less risk for serious infection than procedures that slice the same cavity wide open? New research published in the December Annals of Surgery is challenging that assumption for a subset of patients.
More employers and insurance companies are providing domestic medical travel incentives such as waived deductibles; coinsurance plans and covered travel expenses if employees will simply travel within the United States for healthcare travel or to another region or city for medical care. "The savings are significant and therefore insurers and third party administrators are partnering with healthcare providers for new revenue sources, especially in these times of reduced revenues," said David Goldstein, president of Health Options Worldwide (HOW), an online medical tourism agency that provides healthcare options domestically and internationally.
Bob Christie, AP Democratic state lawmakers criticized Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's cuts to a state health care program, calling the elimination of benefits for some medical transplants equivalent to setting up "death panels." They urged Brewer to either call a special session of the Legislature to restore the funding or to use federal stimulus funds she controls to do so.
(AP) — It wasn't blue suede shoes but a pair of sneakers that led a San Francisco doctor dressed as Elvis Presley to a woman who passed out at a Las Vegas restaurant after a marathon. Claudio Palma tells the Las Vegas Review-Journa l he was dressed as the King after Sunday's Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll half-marathon when he performed CPR and resuscitated another runner at the Burger Bar at Mandalay Place.
(AP) — Abiomed, Inc. said it is ending a study using its Impella heart product because the results will likely fall short of the main goal of reducing major adverse events related to surgery. The company said it based the move on a recommendation from an independent monitoring board. The Impella Cardiac Assist Device system allows surgeons to implant a device to keep blood flowing during and after surgery and prevent heart failure.
(AP) — Doctors in Panama say two girls born attached at the abdomen who share the same heart are in intensive care and face a situation with a high mortality rate. Children's Hospital Director Alberto Bissot says the twins were born early Saturday and also share a pancreas and liver.
Surgery to remove tumors under the brain, known as acoustic neuromas, produces favorable outcomes in the "vast majority" of patients, according to one of the largest studies of its kind. Loyola University Hospital surgeons Dr. Douglas Anderson and Dr. John Leonetti followed 730 patients whom they had jointly operated on during a 21-year period.
A group of computer engineers at Vanderbilt University is convinced that the basic technology is now available to create robot assistants that can perform effectively in the often-chaotic environment of the emergency room. The specialists in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are enthusiastic about the potential advantages.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer University of Maryland Medical Center infection control specialist Michael Anne Preas, right, inspects the catheter on Shock Trauma Center patient Lawrence Heil, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Baltimore. Every doctor, nurse and visitor who enters an intensive care patient's room at the University of Maryland Medical Center dons a bright yellow surgical gown and gloves so germs don't spread.