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Unnecessary Surgical Procedures Draw Malpractice Claim

January 25, 2010 5:26 am | Comments

At least one patient has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit and a federal investigation has been launched into a physician and hospital due to findings that a doctor may have performed hundreds of unnecessary medical procedures. According to a report on WBAL out of Baltimore, the medical malpractice lawsuit against Dr.

Health System Reduces Carbon Footprint

January 25, 2010 5:15 am | Comments

S t. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network in Pennsylvania purchases renewable energy and avoids more than $1 million in electricity costs January 25, 2010 St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network has taken a major step towards reducing its carbon footprint, a recent release on Business Wire reported.

New Social Site Connects To The OR

January 25, 2010 5:12 am | Comments is a new social website intended to be the first that lets members share their surgical procedures live with friends and followers, both on as well via a live video stream from surgical scopes and instruments over Twitter and Facebook. The site’s creator, Edward Boches, also hopes a simple interface will allow for tweeting vital signs during an operation.


J&J Unit Closes Deal For Sinus Surgery Device Company

January 22, 2010 6:20 am | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon business said Thursday it completed its $785 million purchase of Acclarent Inc., which makes devices used in sinus surgery. Ethicon said the deal has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission. Ethicon, which sells surgical supplies and cosmetic medical products, agreed to buy Acclarent of Menlo Park, CA, in December.

Meteorite Strikes Doctor's Office In Virginia

January 22, 2010 6:19 am | Comments

Doctors at a small practice in Virginia got a big surprise when a tennis ball-sized meteorite traveling at an estimated 220 miles per hour punched a hole through their a roof. January 22, 2010 LORTON, VA (AP) — Doctors at a small practice in Virginia got a big surprise when a tennis ball-sized meteorite punched a hole through their roof.

Lighter Sedation For Elderly May Reduce Post-Op Confusion, Disorientation

January 22, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

A Johns Hopkins study in hip fracture patients suggests a 50 percent drop in risk of postoperative delirium when the depth of sedation during procedures is limited January 22, 2010 A common complication following surgery in elderly patients is postoperative delirium, a state of confusion that can lead to long-term health problems and cause some elderly patients to complain that they “never felt the same” again after an operation.

Organization Repairs Instruments For Volunteer Surgeons Headed To Haiti

January 22, 2010 6:17 am | Comments

Surgeons embarking for Haiti to assist earthquake victims can have their surgical devices refurbished prior to departure at no cost through the non-profit organization Instruments of Mercy, Inc®. “We’ve heard reports of surgeons having to use rusty instruments and hacksaws to amputate limbs,” says Gene Robinson, founder of Instruments of Mercy and CEO of IMS, a surgical instrument management and consulting company that supports Instruments of Mercy.

Approximately $1 Million Of Supplies Donated To Haiti

January 22, 2010 6:16 am | Comments

Cardinal Health announces the company is donating approximately $1 million worth of supplies through four organizations: World Vision, AmeriCares, Map International and Heart to Heart International. To most efficiently help meet the critical needs on the ground in Haiti, and leverage resources and the capabilities of relief organizations, they are directing donations through these four organizations.


New Weapon In Fighting HAIs

January 20, 2010 6:01 am | Comments

A new fast-acting disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and prions could help to reduce the spread of deadly infections in hospitals, according to research published in the February issue of Journal of General Virology . Researchers from the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, Germany have optimised a rapid-acting, practical formula for disinfecting surgical instruments.

Specialists Better Route For Emergency Colon Surgery

January 20, 2010 5:49 am | Comments

Reuters – If you find yourself in need of emergency colon surgery, you'll be better off with a surgeon who specializes in operating on the large intestine, a new study from Spain shows. While colorectal surgery is a formally accepted specialty in the United States, Australia and other regions, this is not yet the case in Europe, Dr.

Circumcising Babies Could Help Africa's AIDS Fight

January 20, 2010 5:36 am | Comments

Kate Kelland, Reuters Circumcising newborn boys to stop them from becoming infected with the AIDS virus in later life is more cost-effective than circumcising adult men, Rwandan health experts stated. A study by Agnes Binagwaho and colleagues at Rwanda's health ministry found that the operation, which has been shown to cut dramatically the virus' transmission from women to men, is quicker, simpler and more cost-effective in newborns.

New Tools Aid Haiti Relief Effort

January 20, 2010 5:25 am | Comments

Frank Bajak, AP Hundreds of tech volunteers spurred to action by Haiti's killer quake are adding a new dimension to disaster relief, developing new tools and services for first responders and the public in an unprecedented effort. Noel Dickover, a Washington, D.C.-based organizer of the CrisisCamp tech volunteer movement, states that, “developers, crisis mappers and even internet-savvy folks can actually make a difference.

Med Students Cite Place For Alternative Therapies

January 20, 2010 4:57 am | Comments

In the largest national survey of its kind, researchers from UCLA and UC San Diego measured medical students' attitudes and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and found that three-quarters of them felt conventional Western medicine would benefit by integrating more CAM therapies and ideas.

New Catheter-Based Ventilation Device Begins Trials

January 19, 2010 5:00 am | Comments

Ventilators, though staples of modern critical care, can have drawbacks for both patient safety and comfort. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that a considerably less intrusive system from a company called ALung Technologies is about to begin clinical trials in India and Europe. The Hemolung is designed to perform respiratory gas exchange via a catheter inserted into the femoral or jugular vein.

FDA Toughens Stance On Tanning Beds

January 19, 2010 4:45 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Just as millions head to tanning beds to prepare for spring break, the Food and Drug Administration will be debating how to toughen warnings regarding cancer risks. Yes, sunburns are particularly dangerous, but there's increasing scientific consensus that there's no such thing as a safe tan, either.


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