Errors related to missed or delayed diagnosis are frequently a cause of patient injury, and therefore an underlying cause of patient safety related events. Autopsy analysis spanning several decades show error rates at four to 50 percent, according to an article released today by the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.
(AP) Allergan says it will pay $600 million to settle a years-long federal investigation into how it marketed its top-selling drug, Botox. The company says it will plead guilty to one misdeameanor charge of “misbranding”, in which the company's marketing led physicians to use Botox for unapproved uses.
Women at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer because of inherited mutations of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who had prophylactic mastectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries) had an associated decreased risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer, according to a study in the September 1 issue of JAMA .
A new multi-center study of 854 children with Crohn's disease shows a five-year cumulative risk of bowel surgery is significantly lower than reported in recent studies. The findings of the study, led by Hasbro Children's Hospital, also indicate that children diagnosed between ages 13 and 16 had an increased risk of bowel surgery, and that a common treatment that begins at diagnosis, immunomodulator therapy, did not alter the risk of surgery.
Saskatchewan has turned to private health care to help clear up a backlog of patients waiting for day surgeries. The province said Monday that the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has started booking patients for dental surgery and knee arthroscopy procedures at Omni Surgery Center, a private surgical facility.
Mike Baker, AP By his own reckoning, a Navy electrician spent just eight hours in Vietnam, during a layover on his flight back to the U.S. in 1966. He bought some cigarettes and snapped a few photos. The jaunt didn't make for much of a war story, and there is no record it ever happened. But the man successfully argued that he may have been exposed to Agent Orange during his stopover and that it might have caused his diabetes — even though decades of research into the defoliant have failed to find more than a possibility that it causes the disease.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP More women will be giving birth by C-section for the foreseeable future, government scientists said Monday, releasing a study into the causes of a trend that troubles maternal health experts. Overall, cesarean deliveries account for about one-third of births in the U.
Anaesthetists are calling for greater clarity on the legal implications of testing incapacitated patients for blood-borne viruses, after a survey found that this is often done following staff needlestick injuries, in possible breach of UK legislation. The paper, in the September issue of Anaesthesia , reports on the results of an anonymous survey of intensive care units in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
(AP) Doctors removed 13 nails and five needles from a Sri Lankan maid who says the couple she worked for in Saudi Arabia hammered them into her body. L.G. Ariyawathi, who was hospitalized with severe pain after returning from Saudi Arabia, has said the family she worked for punished her by heating the nails and needles before sticking them into her.
Specialty Surgical Instrumentation, Inc. (SSI) a division of Symmetry Medical, Inc., has launch of a new e-commerce website at www.specsurg.com. It provides customers with easy-to-find product information and features a streamlined log-in portal where customers will be able to quickly cross reference products and place orders.
Stryker Corporation will pay $150 million for Gaymar Industries, which manufactures temperature management devices and pressure ulcer treatment technology. The deal is expected to close by October 1. Gaymar is owned by private equity firms Nautic Partners and Norwest Equity Partners. The buyout is the culmination of a 10-year relationship between the two companies.
Lindsey Tanner, AP Emergency room visits for school-age athletes with concussions has skyrocketed in recent years, suggesting the intensity of kids' sports has increased along with awareness of head injuries. The findings, in a study of national data, doesn’t necessarily mean that concussions are on the rise.
(AP) Italy's health minister traveled to Sicily to apologize to a new mother for an operating room fist fight between two doctors that led to her botched delivery. Laura Salpietro, 30, had to have her uterus removed and her son Antonio suffered heart problems and possible brain damage following his birth in Messina's public hospital, Italian news reports said.
Linda A. Johnson, AP Johnson & Johnson's artificial joint business is recalling two hip replacement products, just two days after getting hit with a government warning that it is illegally marketing two other products. It is the 11th J&J recall since September. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.
Vicente L. Panetta, AP Doctors were shocked when they looked into a woman's uterus searching for an orange-size tumor but found something that resembled a giant rock instead. Surgeons ended up removing a 56-pound tumor from the 54-year-old woman. It was 19” across. “At first sight, one could see it was going to be a big tumor, but not that big,” said Dr.