U.S. healthcare facilities are grossly underperforming in hand hygiene compliance, which could impact healthcare-associated infections and patient safety, said two of the world's foremost experts on infection prevention and hand hygiene. Speaking last week before more than 200 healthcare leaders at a hand hygiene forum organized by Loyola University Medical Center and Medline Industries, Inc.
(AP) — U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2.4 million people died in the United States in 2009 — roughly 36,000 fewer deaths than the year before.
(AP) — A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s. It turns out the donor had unprotected gay sex in the 11 weeks between the time he tested negative and the time the surgery took place in 2009.
The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has recently released the AORN Retained Surgical Items Confidence-Based Learning Module (CBL) based on the association's current Recommended Practices for Prevention of Retained Surgical Items (RSIs). The CBL training is designed to determine what each learner knows about preventing RSIs and their level of confidence in their knowledge.
Since the first laparoscopic procedure was performed to remove a diseased kidney 20 years ago at Washington University in St. Louis, this breakthrough minimally invasive technique has become the standard of care for surgical nephrectomy. This remarkable achievement is celebrated with a series of cutting-edge articles in Journal of Endourology , a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
An estimated nine million working-age adults—57 percent of people who had health insurance through a job that was lost—became uninsured in the last two years, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2010 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, released today. The survey paints a bleak picture for the 43 million adults under age 65 who reported that they or their spouse lost a job in the past two years, finding that job losses are often compounded by the loss of health insurance, leaving families vulnerable to catastrophic financial losses and bankruptcy in the event of a serious illness or accident.
Dr. Olivier Collignon of the University of Montreal's Saint-Justine Hospital Research Centre compared the brain activity of people who can see and people who were born blind, and discovered that the part of the brain that normally works with our eyes to process vision and space perception can actually rewire itself to process sound information instead.
Amae Plastic Surgery Center in Michigan has seen a significant increase in everything from breast augmentation procedures to facelift surgeries. While Dr. M. Azhar Ali is a much sought-after board certified plastic surgeon in Michigan, he attributes the recent influx to a new attitude toward plastic surgery.
A meta-analysis of nine previous studies found that quitting smoking shortly before surgery was not associated with an increased risk of post-operative complications, according to a report that will appear in the July 11 print issue of Archives of Internal Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Impairment of oral intake occurs in the majority of patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) receiving chemoradiotherapy. Placement of a prophylactic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube in asymptomatic newly diagnosed patients before chemoradiation is a common practice in some centers.
(AP) — New research shows a painstaking surgical technique can help some men to become fathers after being deemed infertile because of childhood cancer. Young men can bank sperm before cancer treatment if they are told that treatment may render them sterile. For men who had not, surgeons essentially performed tiny biopsies of their testicular tissue to hunt for any pockets of hidden sperm, to be used for in vitro fertilization.
(AP) — Many hospitals run emergency rooms just for children. Now a few are opening ERs specially designed for seniors, without all the confusion and clamor and with a little more comfort. It's a fledgling trend, but expected to increase as the population rapidly grays. The question is whether they'll truly improve care.
Mike Stobbe, AP The price of preventing pre-term labor is about to go through the roof. A drug for high-risk pregnant women has cost about $10 to $20 per injection. Next week, the price shoots up to $1,500 a dose, meaning the total cost during a pregnancy could be as much as $30,000. That's because the drug, a form of progesterone given as a weekly shot, has been made cheaply for years by non-federally approved special pharmacies that custom-compound treatments.
(AP) — A Swaziland union official says public hospitals closed for three days this week after nurses went on strike in the country with the highest rate of HIV in the world. Swaziland Democratic Nurses Union spokesman Sibusiso Lushaba said that the strike for overtime wages would resume next week.
Kristen Wyatt, AP Colorado's dispute over which doctors can recommend medical marijuana could become more confusing this week when state health authorities consider tighter limits as lawmakers debate conflicting rules. One question is whether doctors with conditions on their medical licenses — such as a surgeon being banned from surgery after developing arthritis — should be able to recommend pot.