Revisional bariatric surgery appears to be associated with a higher risk of complications than the initial procedure, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Surgery . Surgical treatment is currently the only effective approach for long-term weight loss in the severely obese, according to background information in the article.
Ablative fractional resurfacing (AFR) is a new laser surgery technique for resurfacing the skin, and could be a safer and more effective way to remove scars from surgery or trauma, a new study offers. Six months after treatment, women with atrophic scars showed marked improvement in texture, pigmentation, atrophy and overall appearance of their skin, according to a report published on-line in the Archives of Dermatology .
The more specialized a hospital is in orthopedic surgical care, the better the outcomes appear to be for patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery, University of Iowa researchers report in a new study of Medicare patients. Among more specialized hospitals, there were fewer serious post-surgical complications such as blood clots, infections and heart problems, as well as fewer deaths.
Cardinal Health’s Presource® Products and Services and Clinical Apparel/Patient Protection businesses conduct full clinical and logistical assessments in identifying supply chain pain points and recommending product and workflow solutions to reduce inventory, promote staff safety and productivity, and improve cost effectiveness.
University of Adelaide forensic pathologist Roger Byard recently published his findings in the Journal of Forensic Sciences outlining the highly toxic nature of many herbal substances, a large percentage of which are mistakenly believed to be completely safe. His report cites the potentially lethal concentrations of arsenic, mercury and lead.
The following is an abridged posting taken from http://www.epmonthly.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=667&Itemid=28 In the post, a physician asks about responding to a request for doctors on a cross-country flight. This individual went to help a ma who had collapsed, seemingly with a heart attack.
Three years after the U.S. blood banking industry issued recommendations that discourage transfusing plasma from female donors because of a potential antibody reaction, Duke University Medical Center researchers discovered that female plasma actually may have advantages. The Duke team conducted a retrospective study of Red Cross donor and hospital data from a period when female plasma wasn't restricted.
(Reuters) Members of President Barack Obama's Cabinet announced nearly $1 billion in grants on Friday to increase the use of health information technology, pushing a key component of his healthcare overhaul and job creation plans. The money will be used to help make healthcare information technology available to over 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by 2014, and train thousands of people for careers in healthcare and information technology.
A federal judge has dismissed 28 charges against a surgery technician as part of an agreement with prosecutors where the woman admitted to tampering with medications that resulted in three dozen people contracting hepatitis C. Kristen Diane Parker was to be sentenced to 20 years in prison last month in a plea deal with prosecutors, but a judge said it was not enough time.
A $60 million dollar verdict was awarded to Allison Hugh against Ferdinand A. Ofodile, M.D., a Queens County, NY plastic surgeon. Hugh went to Dr. Ofodile for a thigh lift procedure, and sustained a deformity to the labia of her vagina that is permanent and cannot be surgically corrected. It was ruled that Dr.
Scenario #1: Providing Emergency Treatment at an MVA “I was driving on a stormy New England afternoon when I came upon a car on its roof in a ditch, the driver’s body lying half in and half out of his window. I called 9-1-1 then went to see if I could help. The man was trapped under the dash with an obvious head injury, a GCS that I had calculated to be 5 with a blown pupil on the left.
Heart specialists at the University of Michigan Health System make a plea for clarity on the best approach for prescribing beta blockers before surgery. February 12, 2010 In a commentary appearing in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association , heart specialists at the University of Michigan Health System make a plea for clarity on the best approach for prescribing beta blockers before surgery.
Dr. Joan M. Teno of Brown University and her colleagues found that hundreds of patients who had specified, in writing, that they did not want a feeding tube received one anyhow. Reuters Health February 12, 2010 Whether or not a person with advanced dementia winds up with a feeding tube inserted down their throat may have more to do with economic concerns than his or her wishes, suggests a new study out in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).
(Reuters) Drugmakers are starting to get into bed with information technology companies as they struggle to prove the value of their medicines to governments and insurers. By using smart gadgets to monitor patients in real time, pharmaceutical companies believe they can improve clinical outcomes and establish the cost-effectiveness of treatments.
Anne Mitchell, a nurse at Winkler County Memorial Hospital in the small West Texas town of Kermit, was acquitted after authorities had charged her with “misuse of official information” following her filling a complaint with the Texas Medical Board regarding what she felt were unsafe practices by Dr.