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Chicago Hosts Unique Fetal Surgery Patient Reunion

September 23, 2014 10:39 am | Comments

The Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) brought together a unique community of families from across the Midwest: all former CHOP patients who traveled to Pennsylvania and either underwent fetal surgery to treat conditions before birth, or needed specialized care or surgery immediately after birth. The group of 125 people gathered at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

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How Safe Are Outpatient Surgical Facilities?

September 23, 2014 10:14 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 to promote patient safety in the outpatient setting. Patient safety is the sole mission of the organization. "AAAASF is sympathetic to the recent unfortunate and highly publicized case involving an outpatient surgical facility," said Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, AAAASF board president.

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New Measure Provides More Data On Oxygen Levels During Sedation

September 23, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

The "area under the curve of oxygen desaturation" (AUCDesat) may provide a more sophisticated approach to monitoring blood oxygen levels during procedures using sedation, according to a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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One-Year Outcomes Good For Patients Treated With Superficial Femoral Artery Stent

September 22, 2014 11:57 am | Comments

The use of stents has improved management and outcomes of coronary artery disease, and clinical trials are attempting to prove the same will be true for superficial femoral artery disease. Randomized trials have shown favorable results for self-expanding nitinol stents compared with balloon angioplasty. A new report seeks to test this treatment in a real-world population of patients enrolled in an observational registry.

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Surgical Products Focuses On Hybrid OR Integration

September 22, 2014 11:46 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving hybrid OR integration. In the article, we quoted several experts, including Christy Guadet, Director of OR1 Marketing, KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc. This week, SP will run standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story.

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After Surgery, Patient Gets $117,000 Bill From Doctor He Never Saw

September 22, 2014 11:15 am | by Elisabeth Rosenthal, The New York Times | Comments

Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an "assistant surgeon," a neurosurgeon based in Queens, New York whom Drier had never met.

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Citing Joan Rivers, Texas' Perry Backs Clinic Law

September 22, 2014 10:54 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday invoked comedian Joan Rivers' death at a surgical clinic while defending a law he signed that would close the majority of abortion facilities in the nation's second-most populous state. The potential 2016 presidential candidate said the law made Texas safer, even though a federal judge in August blocked a key provision that requires abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards.

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Neurosurgery Tackles Past, Current And Future Concepts of Sports Concussion

September 22, 2014 10:39 am | Comments

An estimated 1.68 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the United States each year, and there are likely a significant number that go unreported. Current Concepts in Sports Concussion is a comprehensive, 16-article supplement of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

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New Guidelines For Managing Peri- And Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation

September 22, 2014 10:26 am | Comments

The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) has released new evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and treatment of perioperative and postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) and flutter for thoracic surgical procedures. The guidelines are published in The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

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Study: Exercise Boosts Tumor-Fighting Ability of Chemotherapy

September 19, 2014 12:46 pm | Comments

Study after study has proven it true: exercise is good for you. But new research from University of Pennsylvania scientists suggests that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Their work, performed in a mouse model of melanoma, found that combining exercise with chemotherapy shrunk tumors more than chemotherapy alone.

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Experts Issue Plea For Better Research And Education For Advanced Breast Cancer

September 19, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

Breast cancer experts around the world have issued a plea to researchers, academics, drug companies, funders and advocates to carry out high quality research and clinical trials for advanced breast cancer, a disease which is almost always fatal and for which there are many unanswered questions.

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Family Squabbles Can Derail Recovery From Cancer Surgery

September 19, 2014 11:05 am | by Alan Mozes, HealthDay Reporter | Comments

Cancer patients burdened by stress and family conflicts before surgery may face a higher risk for complications following their operation, a new study suggests. Investigators found that patients with a so-called quality-of-life "deficit" appeared to have a nearly three times greater risk for complications compared to those with a normal or good quality of life.

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Pennsylvania Deaths Related To Robotic Surgery

September 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Kris B. Mamula, Pittsburgh Business Times | Comments

Doctors reported 722 “safety events” between 2005 and March 31 involving use of robotic surgery in a variety of procedures, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority found. Unintended laceration, bleeding and infection were among 75 percent of the problems that were reported, according to the Harrisburg-based nonprofit that seeks to identify and correct problems in medical care.

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Utah Doctor Gets Up To Life In Wife's Murder

September 19, 2014 10:10 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

A Utah doctor found guilty of killing his wife in a trial that became a national true-crime cable TV obsession will serve 17 years to life in prison, a state judge decided Friday. The long-awaited sentence comes seven years after prosecutors say Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs prescribed following cosmetic surgery and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress.

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Report: US Health System Not Properly Designed To Meet Needs Of Patients Nearing Death

September 18, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

The U.S. health care system is not properly designed to meet the needs of patients nearing the end of life and those of their families, and major changes to the system are necessary, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine. The 21-member committee that wrote the report envisioned an approach to end-of-life care that integrates traditional medical care and social services and that is high-quality, affordable, and sustainable.

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