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Pre-Op Exam Rates Vary Amongst Hospitals

December 21, 2011 5:47 am | Comments

Hospitals vary greatly in the number of patients who see an internal medicine specialist before major non-cardiac surgery, with rates ranging from five percent of patients to 90 percent, new research has found. The findings are important because they suggest there are no commonly agreed upon standards for which patients should have such consultations, said Dr.

Cancer At The Holidays

December 21, 2011 5:37 am | Comments

His cancer was growing and his symptoms were progressing alarmingly. As holiday music played in the background, I searched the calendar to see how rapidly his surgery could be scheduled. The young man and his wife first looked relieved when we found a surgical opening in the coming week, but their faces fell as they realized that he would spend December 25th in the hospital.

Emergency Care Not Always Local

December 20, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

The first study to examine patterns of emergency care for an entire state has found that 40 percent of emergency department visits in Indiana over a three-year period were by patients who visited more than one emergency department. This finding challenges conventional wisdom that patients are tightly bound to healthcare systems and tend to repeatedly visit local facilities.

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Adenotonsillectomy Can Help Children With Sleep Disorder

December 20, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

Children may have a better quality of life and diminished cardiovascular disease risk from the decreased endothelin 1 (ET-1) levels after adenotonsillectomy, according to new research published in the December 2011 issue of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery . SDB is an increasingly common indication for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy due to obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS).

Surgeon Tracks, Instead Of Treating Prostate Cancer

December 20, 2011 5:57 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP John Shoemaker visited six doctors in his quest to find the best treatment for his early stage prostate cancer — and only the last one offered what made the most sense to the California man: keep a close watch on the tumor and treat only if it starts to grow. Very few men choose this active surveillance option.

Medicare Planning Ahead For Doctor Cuts

December 20, 2011 5:42 am | Comments

(AP) — Medicare has set up a damage control plan to deal with steep cuts to doctors that a gridlocked Congress may be unable to head off by January 1. Officials are telling doctors and other clinical providers that Medicare will hold claims for services during the first two weeks of 2012 to avoid passing on a 27 percent cut in payments, which would be required unless Congress acts.

Restricting Post-Op Blood Transfusions Safe For Some Hip Patients

December 19, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

More than half of the older, anemic patients in a New England Journal of Medicine study did not need blood transfusions as they recovered from hip surgery, according to new research co-authored by University of Maryland School of Medicine scientists. The findings could immediately change the way such patients are treated.

Panel Issues New Guidelines For Intrathecal Pain Management

December 19, 2011 5:36 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A panel of experts has recommended changes to the guidelines used to determine treatment via intrathecal administration for patients suffering from severe chronic pain. The 2011 Polyanalgesic Consensus Conference (PACC) brought together a group of national leaders in chronic pain management for the purpose of updating their current algorithm to standardize decision-making among providers and improving the technical quality of care in chronic pain.

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ASBP Supports FDA's Letters About Misleading Lap-Band Ads

December 19, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to take action against surgical centers and the marketing firm 1-800-GET-THIN, LLC, for misleading advertising of the Lap-Band, an FDA-approved device used for weight loss in obese adults.

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Chilean Baby Dies After Seperation Surgery

December 19, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

(AP) — A 10-month-old girl who was surgically separated from her conjoined twin died Sunday after suffering general organ failure, said the director of a Chilean children's hospital. Doctors at Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital had separated Maria Jose Paredes Navarrete from her twin sister Maria Paz late Tuesday at the thorax, abdomen and pelvis in a marathon, 20-hour surgery.

Walking Program Improves Post-Op Hip Function

December 16, 2011 5:43 am | Comments

Researchers in Norway report that patients who receive walking skills training following total hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis show improved physical function. The physical therapy program displayed a positive effect on walking distance and stair climbing which continued 12 months following hip replacement surgery.

Less Blood Needed Post-Surgery, Says Study

December 16, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Patients need less blood after surgery than is widely thought. A new study comparing two plans for giving blood transfusions following surgery showed no ill effects from post-poning transfusion until patients develop signs of anemia or their hemoglobin concentration falls below 8 g/dL. Results of the National Heart and Lung and Blood Institute–funded study are published in the New England Journal of Medicine .

Doctors Fail To Re-Attach Hacking Victim's Ear

December 16, 2011 5:19 am | Comments

Manuel Valdes, AP Doctors were unable to re-attach a Washington state security guard's ear after a shoplifter attacked him with a hatchet, his brother stated. Police in the southwest Washington city of Longview arrested Adrian Kramer, 31, and booked him in county jail for investigation of assault, robbery, burglary and theft after the attack at a Fred Meyer retail store.

Chilean Twins In Delicate Post-Surgery Condition

December 16, 2011 5:12 am | Comments

(AP) — Conjoined twin girls who were separated in a 20-hour operation were in critical condition on Friday and one was in danger of dying, according to the director of the Chilean hospital where they are being treated. Doctors have been closely watching the 10-month-old twins for any complications since Tuesday's operation, and Hospital director Osvaldo Artaza said that Maria Jose suffered "an episode of cardiac complications that required re-animation and extraordinary measures.

Partnership For Patients Initiative Aims At Improving Care

December 16, 2011 5:02 am | Comments

Hospitals across the country will have new resources and support to make healthcare safer and less costly by targeting and reducing the millions of preventable injuries and complications from healthcare acquired conditions, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced. As a part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, $218 million will go to 26 state, regional, national and hospital system organizations.

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