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After 13-Hour Surgery, Optimism For Rock Attack Victim

July 24, 2014 12:17 pm | Comments

Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — keep her alive. Screws, bolts and plates now hold together the face of the seventh-grade teacher from Uniontown, Ohio.

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ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

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Prevention Programs Lead To Drop in Post-Op Pneumonia

July 24, 2014 11:54 am | by Hadiza S. Kazaure, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Colleagues | Comments

A postoperative pneumonia prevention program for patients in the surgical ward at a California Veterans Affairs hospital lowered the case rate for the condition. Pneumonia is a common infection that accounts for about 15 percent of all hospital-acquired infections and as much as 3.4 percent of complications among surgical patients.

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Deer Jet Medical Launches China's First Global Air Ambulance

July 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Deer Jet Medical Co., Ltd. | Comments

Whenever a medical emergency occurs, a Chinese traveling abroad only has to make one call to receive a medical evacuation and repatriation from a safe, fast and dedicated air ambulance jet ...                  

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Activity Level May Predict Orthopedic Outcomes

July 23, 2014 10:22 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

According to a literature review, patients' activity level is a strong predictor for how well they will do with certain treatments and how well they recover from injuries after treatment...                 

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Ketamine Can Be A Wonder Drug For ER Patients And Their Physicians

July 23, 2014 10:11 am | by American College of Emergency Physicians | Comments

For critically ill patients arriving at the emergency department, the drug ketamine can safely provide analgesia, sedation and amnesia for rapid, life-saving intubation...                       

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Hopkins To Pay $190M After Doc Taped Pelvic Exams

July 23, 2014 9:56 am | by Juliet Linderman, Associated Press | Comments

A "rogue" gynecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday...            

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Miracle Flights For Kids Partners With KARL STORZ

July 22, 2014 12:06 pm | Comments

Through the agreement, KARL STORZ will make donations to Miracle Flights based on utilization of a feature in their latest operating room workflow solution called Essential NEO OR1. For each clinical use, the company will donate $1 to Miracle Flights. ORs generally can handle 4-6 procedures per day.

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Study Confirms Value In RF GERD Treatment

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | Comments

A newly published peer-reviewed paper states that Stretta therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy, or find surgery an undesirable option.

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Robotic, Computer-Assisted Devices Struggling To Win Over Orthopedic Surgeons

July 22, 2014 11:52 am | Comments

The cost-effectiveness of robotic devices for high-volume surgeries, such as large joint reconstruction and spinal fusion, hasn't been justified yet. Furthermore, GlobalData says that the current economic climate and reimbursement hindrance for computer-assisted joint replacements have resulted in many hospitals feeling reluctant to embrace these modern technologies.

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Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment Eases Spinal Pain

July 22, 2014 11:03 am | Comments

"... extreme back pain due to spinal tumors degrades quality of life, and until now, limited minimally invasive procedural options ... have been available,” said Nam D. Tran, M.D., and Ph.D., neuro-oncology surgeon. “This multi-center study validates t-RFA as a treatment option that provides rapid, lasting pain relief without the need to interrupt the patient’s primary cancer therapy.”

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New Technique Uses 'Simulated' Human Heart To Screen Drugs

July 21, 2014 10:23 am | by Coventry University | Comments

A Coventry University scientist has developed a pioneering new way – using samples of beating heart tissue – to test the effect of drugs on the heart without using human or animal trials...                 

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Free Support Kit To Help Prevent Healthcare Injuries

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Handicare | Comments

The non-profit NoInjuries.com initiative is offering a free support kit to help prevent healthcare injuries to both caregivers and patients. The kit contains useful tools and tips for implementing and sustaining a facility-wide healthcare injuries prevention program...

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Orbis Launches Seventh Flying Eye Hospital Program In Mongolia

July 21, 2014 9:23 am | by Orbis | Comments

The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is visiting Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia for the seventh time to conduct an intensive and comprehensive training and skills exchange program aimed at strengthening ophthalmic services in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia...          

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Best Anticoagulants After Orthopedic Procedures Depends On Type Of Surgery

July 21, 2014 9:17 am | by Wiley | Comments

Current guidelines do not distinguish between aspirin and more potent blood thinners for protecting against blood clots in patients who undergo major orthopedic operations, leaving the decision up to individual clinicians...          

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