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Temporary ER Staff Pose Increased Safety Risks

August 26, 2011 5:22 am | Comments

Temporary staff members working in a hospital's emergency department are twice as likely as permanent employees to be involved in medication errors that harm patients, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. Results of the research raise serious issues related to temporary nursing staff in particular because they already are a substantial and growing part of the healthcare workforce, due to the national nursing shortage.


Jury Rules Against Amputation Patient

August 26, 2011 5:01 am | Comments

Bruce Schreiner, AP A Kentucky truck driver who was wheeled into surgery for a simple circumcision, but awoke without part of his penis, lost his multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the urologist who cut off a cancer-riddled section of the organ. A six-man, six-woman jury deliberated briefly before saying it didn't agree with 64-year-old Phillip Seaton and his wife, Deborah, that Dr.

Surgery Patient Dies As Doctors Flee Fire

August 26, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

(AP) — A man in China died on the operating table after his doctors fled from a fire that broke out in the next room, a hospital official said Friday. The 50-year-old man died after being left unattended for 30 minutes while undergoing surgery to amputate his leg at the Shanghai No. 3 People's Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Hu Yuan.


Goup Seeks Ban On Pelvic Surgical Mesh

August 26, 2011 4:46 am | Comments

(AP) — A consumer advocacy group is calling on government regulators to ban a type of surgical mesh used to treat pelvic collapse, saying it exposes patients to serious risks. Public Citizen sent a petition to the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to ban pelvic surgical mesh inserted through the vagina.

AmSurg Strikes Deal To Buy National Surgical

August 24, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

(AP) — Ambulatory surgery center operator AmSurg Corp. said that it has revised the price it will pay for National Surgical Care downward to $135 million in cash. AmSurg will pay up to $7.5 million more if certain profit targets for next year are met. The new deal is expected to close on or about September 1.


Nearly Three Out Of Four Who Have Lost Their Job/Insurance Are Skipping Healthcare

August 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of people who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs over the last two years said that they skipped needed healthcare or did not fill prescriptions because of cost, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report. The same proportion is also struggling with medical bills or medical debt, compared to about half (49 percent) who lost jobs but not their health insurance.

Women Seeking Labial Reduction Surgery For Cosmetic Reasons

August 24, 2011 6:22 am | Comments

Women with normal sized labia minora still seek labial reduction surgery for cosmetic reasons, finds new research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Female cosmetic genital surgery is increasingly popular and the number of labial reduction procedures in the National Health Service has increased five fold in the past 10 years.


EMR Search Tool Shows Promise In Identifying Post-op Complications

August 24, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Use of natural language processing, such as in the form of free-text searches of electronic medical records of clinical and progress notes of patients performed better at identifying post-operative surgical complications than the commonly used administrative data codes in EMRs, according to a study in the August 24/31 issue of JAMA .


Doctors Disagree On Penis Removal

August 24, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

Bruce Schreiner, AP Doctors called to testify in the civil trial of a Kentucky urologist who amputated part of a man's penis without consulting him, differed on whether it was necessary to remove the cancerous portion immediately upon making the discovery on the operating table. "I couldn't identify any emergency situation that dictated an amputation," Dr.

Coronary Artery Stenting Viable For Infants & Toddlers

August 23, 2011 6:15 am | Comments

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is not a generally accepted option for infants or toddlers with acute coronary syndrome. However, a new report published in the August issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions , a journal of The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), found coronary stent implantation to be a feasible and safe palliative option for children fifteen months and younger.

Hospitals Are Achieving Faster Heart Care

August 23, 2011 6:04 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP In a spectacular turnabout, hospitals are treating almost all major heart attack patients within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival, a new study finds. Just five years ago, less than half of them got their clogged arteries opened that fast. The time it took to treat such patients plunged from a median of 96 minutes in 2005 to only 64 minutes last year, researchers found.

Incisionless Surgery Now Available For Esophageal Disorder

August 23, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jorge Sobenes is a husband and father who loves to cook for his family. In a nine month period, however, he went from enjoying his favorite foods to not being able to eat or drink due to a tightening in his throat and difficulty swallowing.  He lost 40 pounds and was desperate for answers.


Amputation Lawsuit: Doctor Surprised To Find Cancer

August 23, 2011 5:40 am | Comments

Bruce Schreiner, AP A Kentucky doctor said Monday that he saved a truck driver's life when he amputated part of the man's penis after discovering a rare and deadly cancer, but the man told a jury he wanted to escape from the hospital when he learned it was removed without his knowledge. The truck driver, Phillip Seaton, 64, is suing Dr.

Do Surgeons Suffer From "Decision Fatigue"?

August 23, 2011 5:32 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Comments

What is “decision fatigue”? An article in yesterday’s NY Times Magazine describes “decision fatigue” as what happens when people are forced to make numerous decisions in short time periods. Israeli parole boards apparently grant parole to prison inmates much more frequently earlier in the day vs.

New Defense Against Common HAIs

August 22, 2011 7:08 am | Comments

Researchers have discovered a key mechanism used by intestinal cells to defend themselves against one of the world's most common hospital-acquired bacterial infections — a mechanism they think they can exploit to protect against the effects of the antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The scientists made their discovery while investigating cellular responses to two powerful toxins generated by the bacteria Clostridium difficile, which can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening bowel inflammation.


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