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Spike In Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Deaths May Be Linked To 30-Day Survival Measurement

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | Comments

Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark...

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Patients Over 65 Have More Complications After Colorectal Cancer Surgery

April 10, 2014 10:02 am | Comments

Most colorectal cancer surgeries are performed on patients older than 65 years, and older patients have worse outcomes than younger patients, although the total number of colon cancer operations has decreased in the past decade...    

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Medical Helicopter Crashes On Roof Of New Mexico Hospital

April 10, 2014 9:49 am | Comments

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury...    

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New Campaign Brings Awareness To Role Of HCW Attire In Pathogen Transmission

April 9, 2014 1:49 pm | Comments

To draw attention to the role healthcare worker attire can play in transmitting pathogens, Vestagen Technical Textiles, Inc. today launched a “Keep the Coat” awareness campaign. The effort intends to bring understanding that, with new technological advancements, what care providers wear can actually become a line of defense for them, their patients, and their families.

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Promising Agents Burst Through 'Superbug' Defenses To Fight Antibiotic Resistance

April 9, 2014 10:37 am | Comments

In the fight against "superbugs," scientists have discovered a class of agents that can make some of the most notorious strains vulnerable to the same antibiotics that they once handily shrugged off. The report on the promising agents called metallopolymers appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society...

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Giraffe Dies During Unique Surgery For Terminal Heart Defect

April 9, 2014 9:46 am | by Bailey Elise McBride, Associated Press | Comments

Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a 6-month-old female giraffe with a terminal heart defect died Tuesday during surgery. Kyah had an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus — a symptom of a congenital heart defect — that prevented her from holding down solid food...

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Olympian Ian Thorpe Battling Serious Infections Related To Shoulder Surgery

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | Comments

The agent for five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe says the 31-year-old will never swim again after contracting two potentially-deadly infections while undergoing shoulder surgery. James Erskine said on Tuesday that Thorpe was "quite sick" in the intensive care ward of a Sydney hospital but dismissed media reports the swimmer might lose the use of his left arm...

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Adenoma Detection Rates Linked To Colorectal Cancer And Mortality

April 8, 2014 10:29 am | Comments

A study of over 224,000 patients and more than 314,000 colonoscopies found that adenoma detection rates closely tracked the future risk of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopies screen for colorectal cancer by detecting early, curable cancers. Precancerous adenomas — a type of colon polyp — can also be detected and removed, thereby preventing cancers from developing...

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Expert Guidance Highlights Practices To Reduce Prevalence Of Catheter-Associated UTIs

April 8, 2014 9:47 am | Comments

New expert guidance highlights strategies for implementing and prioritizing efforts to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals. The practice recommendations, are the first in a series to be published over several months sharing evidence-based strategies to help healthcare professionals effectively control and prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections...

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Medical Association Won't Stop Medicare Doc Data Release

April 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

The nation's largest doctors' group said Monday it won't try to block Medicare's release of billing records for 880,000 physicians, although it continues to oppose the government's recent decision to open up the massive data trove. An official of the American Medical Association told The Associated Press that the group won't go to court ahead of Wednesday's scheduled release...

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Groundbreaking Surgery Could Fix Giraffe's Terminal Birth Defect

April 8, 2014 9:19 am | by Bailey Elise McBride | Comments

A 6-month-old giraffe born with a terminal defect that prevents her from digesting most foods is scheduled to undergo groundbreaking surgery that an Oklahoma City Zoo veterinarian said has never before been performed on her species. Kyah has an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus — a symptom of a congenital heart defect — that prevents her from holding down much of what she eats...

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New Kidney Transplant Technique From Henry Ford Hospital Credited As The First To Use A New Set Of Patient Safety Standards

April 7, 2014 11:15 am | Comments

An innovative kidney transplant technique developed by Henry Ford Hospital is credited as the first in the world to use a new set of patient safety standards coordinated by the University of Oxford in England. The standards are being assembled and offered as a framework for developing, performing, and reporting surgical innovations that, unlike new medical treatments, are not under strict regulations and control...

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Authorities: Syracuse Surgeon Slapped, Insulted Sedated Patients

April 7, 2014 11:09 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A New York surgeon was the subject of a state Health Department investigation after a complaint alleged he often slapped anesthetized patients at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center on the buttocks and called them derogatory and inappropriate names prior to surgery...

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New York Out-Of-Network Insurance Coverage Mandated

April 4, 2014 10:45 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | Comments

Starting next year, patients in New York will be protected from the surprise out-of-network medical bills that have pushed some toward personal bankruptcy. The measure signed into law this week is scheduled to take effect April 1, 2015...

Researchers Show Impact Of Long-Term Vitamin D Insufficiency On Fracture Risk

April 4, 2014 9:20 am | Comments

A study presented today at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases shows that long-term low levels of vitamin D intake are associated with higher 10-year fracture risk in elderly women.       

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