This is a painful story to write. A close friend of mine, in his 40’s, had a persistent light cough for many months. Finally, when he had an X-ray taken, it showed a large tumor on his lungs. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. As a non-smoker and strapping, physically fit man, he was shocked, as you can imagine.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing temperature management equipment in order to achieve adequate temperature in the OR for both patients and surgeons? Patients and surgeons are both interested in the same goal – the best possible outcome. According to several studies, patients who successfully maintain normothermia (36C – 38C) during surgery require fewer transfusions, experience less post-operative bleeding, spend less time on mechanical ventilators, require less time in intensive care and go home sooner.
During my internship, the first year after graduating from medical school, I took care of a middle-aged woman who began our first conversation with a question that patients still ask me today. “So doctor,” she said as I pulled my stethoscope out to listen to her heart, “where did you go to medical school?” In a social context, I might have considered her question to be polite chatter, a filler during an awkward quiet moment.
In recent years, recognition to the role the environment plays in spreading potentially infection-causing microorganisms around hospitals has grown. As a result, new technologies have emerged that look to disinfect surfaces such as keyboards, countertops, bedrails and more that are discreetly contributing to hospital-acquired infections in patients.
At the American Telemedicine Association’s annual meeting recently the results of a national survey were revealed. The survey of health care and information technology professionals, sponsored by Intel, found that a majority of decision makers believe that the emergence of telehealth will have a major role in improving the care for the globally aging population, aka the “baby boomers.
While the danger of infection for patients has always been a top concern at health care facilities, the increased cost associated with hospital-acquired infections makes finding solutions to manage infection-causing microorganisms even more crucial. Recently, a UK study published in the June 1 print edition of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases found that Clostridium difficile (C.
Is the health care reform bill excise tax on medical device manufacturers a fair trade for more customers, or an unnecessary burden that threatens innovation? Although the health care reform bill was signed months ago, everyone seems to still be riffling through the pages trying to figure out what it means and where it’s probably gone wrong.
The stillness in the meeting room was electric. First, one panelist addressed the audience members who have never experienced a malignancy. She described the unique and powerful bond that exists between cancer survivors. She described how the brush with mortality forces each survivor to renegotiate terms with Life itself.
What should surgical professionals consider when purchasing temperature management equipment in order to achieve adequate temperature in the OR for both patients and surgeons? June 21, 2010 With the CMS normothermia measure (SCIP-Inf-10) now a reality, hospitals will likely be warming patients that, in previous years, may have gone unwarmed.
DO? When I found out that I was going to have the rare opportunity to meet President Bill Clinton, many things ran through my mind: What would I say? What would I do? What would I wear? The only thing I was sure of was that I wasn’t going to wear a blue dress.
I recently read about a case involving the next step down the slippery slope of criminal prosecution of physicians. First Michael Jackson’s physician gets prosecuted when his physician gives him an unintentional overdose of an anesthetic medication when trying to help him sleep. According to a previous discussion on this topic, most people seemed to think that prosecutors were justified in those charges.
A new point of care patient education tool takes advantage of new Apple device to enhance visualization of common medical conditions and treatments. June 16, 2010 Blausen Medical, developer and owner of the world's largest library of 3D medical animations, announced its new Human Atlas HD iPad app is now available in the Apple iTunes App Store.
Richard Long, Clinical Sales Manager - U.S. Sales for GE Healthcare - Surgery (OEC) offers insight into what to consider when purchasing equipment booms to ensure the OR is ready for future upgrades. June 15, 2010 In today's rapidly changing medical economy there are several factors that must be addressed when considering the purchase of boom systems for the operating - procedure room.
She was 50. Prior to being transported to our ER, her only complaint had been for non-traumatic elbow pain over the past two weeks. She was on no medications and had no significant medical history. She was at home, preparing to visit her doctor for a scheduled visit, when she collapsed. Because she didn’t drive, her elderly father had planned on swinging by to pick her up.