The "empowered patient" movement (which I think is a good thing) strives to take the doctor out of the center of care and put the patient at its focus. The role of doctor is not to be the star of the show, the quarterback, the superhero, but the advocate and helper for the patient to accomplish their goal: health.
Surgeons are pioneering a method of inducing extreme hypothermia in trauma patients so that their bodies shut down entirely during major surgery. Their thoughts being that this approach will give doctors more time to perform operations. Advocates also hope it will help reduce the damage done to the brain and other organs while the patient's heart is not beating.
(AP) A man in northeastern Brazil is recovering after surgeons removed a 4" (10-centimeter) blade that had been stuck in his head for three years following a bar fight. Edeilson Nascimento, a 29-year-old tire repairman, told reporters he is feeling great after the three-hour surgery earlier this week.
People go to emergency departments when they've broken a leg, been stabbed or otherwise need urgent care. But a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine finds that 90 percent of EDs nationwide also offer preventive-care services. The high prevalence was surprising, said M. Kit Delgado, MD, the study's lead author and a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford's Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, and it likely stems from less-than-ideal conditions.
The use of device-assisted enteroscopy, a technique that allows complete examination of the small bowel, may be just as successful in pediatrics as it has been in adult medicine, according to a study from Nationwide Children's Hospital. One of these techniques, known as Double-Balloon Enteroscopy (DBE), allows doctors to reach parts of the small intestine that cannot be reached using standard endoscopic procedures.
One-year data from the PARTNER clinical trial, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine , demonstrates that transcatheter aortic-valve implantation, compared with standard therapy, resulted in significantly lower rates of death among patients who cannot undergo surgery for aortic stenosis.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Thousands of older Americans who need new heart valves but are too frail to survive the surgery might soon get a chance at an easier option — a way to thread in an artificial aortic valve without cracking their chests. Not yet known is whether easier-to-implant valves might work for the less sick who'd like to try the new technology rather than undergo the open-heart surgery required for standard valve replacements.
Lindsey Tanner, AP A report says treatment has improved substantially at U.S. hospitals for several ailments, including heart attacks, pneumonia and children's asthma. The information is based on more than 3,000 hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission, an independent regulatory group. On average, hospitals in the report gave recommended heart attack treatment almost 98 percent of the time in 2009, versus 89 percent in 2002.
A simple, inexpensive blood test could soon help doctors halt organ rejection before it impairs transplanted hearts and kidneys. "In the past, we couldn't spot rejection episodes until they harmed the organ," said Atul Butte, MD, PhD, who is co-senior author of the new research and an associate professor of medical informatics and pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Jerry and Becky Morefield enjoy some time together with their 15-year-old triplets with cerebral palsy in Mahomet, Ill., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010. The nation's new health care law adds consumer protections that kick in Thursday, forcing insurers to meet new requirements.
Health Connect Partners (HCP) announced today that attendance of over 130 Hospital OR Directors, GPOs and Surgery Center Administrators exhibiting at the upcoming 2010 Hospital OR & Surgery Center Conference, set for October 13-15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville will be the largest combined group of OR directors and surgery eenter administrators ever exhibiting at a Reverse EXPO Conference.
Jim Bailey, Trail Daily Times TRAIL, B.C. — A pair of British Columbia brothers who travelled to Mexico for a controversial surgical procedure to avoid becoming wheelchair-bound say they're now recovering with a new sense of liberation. Matt Berukoff and his brother Dan, from Fruitvale, both suffer from multiple sclerosis.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Obesity puts a drag on the wallet as well as health, especially for women. Doctors have long known that medical bills are higher for the obese, but that's only a portion of the real-life costs. George Washington University researchers added in things like employee sick days, lost productivity, even the need for extra gasoline — and found the annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man.
Hannah Wolfson, AP More patients at UAB Hospital haven't been able to pay their bills over the last two years because of the tough economy, and hospital administrators are predicting the trend will continue in 2011. "High unemployment and fewer insured patients are affecting both the hospital and the faculty," John Faulstich, the UAB Health System's chief financial officer, told the University of Alabama System board of trustees.
Treating hospital patients with thigh-length surgical stockings, rather than knee-high socks, can reduce life threatening blood clots, a new study suggests. Researchers found that knee-high stockings, which are similar to flight socks, do little in stroke patients to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a life threatening form of blood clot that can travel up into the heart and lungs.