The Senate overwhelmingly passed a largely symbolic resolution calling for repeal of a 2.3 percent tax on medical device companies on Thursday. It applies to a range of medical products - from bedpans to expensive heart devices - many manufactured in the home states of the senators backing the repeal.
Switching to the minimally invasive forms of some common surgeries could have saved an estimated $14 billion in healthcare spending in 2009, researchers said. The estimated savings are a combination of lower medical costs and reduced workplace absenteeism.
The reasons for failures of implanted knees have changed over the past 15 years, with the majority of failures today relating to surgeon-dependent factors such as component malpositioning, a researcher stated.
Amputation for peripheral arterial disease was nearly twice as likely for blacks as for whites, despite access to good hospitals or high patient income.
Despite all the work in the last decade to improve patient safety and raise awareness of preventable medical errors, physicians by and large have been slow to support the movement, a leader in patient safety said.
Two approaches to fertility-preserving surgery yielded results suggesting that younger women with cervical cancer face tradeoffs involving fertility versus disease control, investigators reported.
Whether to invest in new tools for minimally-invasive procedures should be more than a question of upfront cost.
When lint or other debris manages to contaminate your surgical tools, the effects can be devastating.
If addressed properly, patient transfer can have major effects on patient experience and help reduce preventable nurse injuries.
The busier the environment at your hospital or medical facility, the more difficult it is to track all the steps of surgical prepping with manual processes.
The proper products and processes can significantly decrease the chances of wrong-site surgery and other "never" events.
Radial access for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) was not linked with a significant risk of clinically detected neurologic complications compared with femoral access, a retrospective study found.
A new kind of endoscope technology with a factor of four image improvement over any previous design has recently been demonstrated by researchers from Stanford University. It may lead to flexible endoscopes producing about 80,000 pixels at a resolution of three-tenths of a micron, as compared to 10,000 pixels at three micron resolution for current state of the art.
When her breast surgeon assured her the tumor was isolated to her right breast, and she knew she had no family history of the disease, Vanessa Thiemann still opted for a double mastectomy.
What would you do to reduce the chance of dying of cancer? How far would you go if you had a 70 to 90 percent chance of contracting bowel cancer -- and your uncle, mother, father, and two of your brothers had died from it? Lynne Fisher decided she would do almost anything.