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Malpractice Liability Limits Part Of Approach To Lower Deficit

July 20, 2011 7:22 am | Comments

The deficit reduction plan floated by the "Gang of Six" senators would include using a Judiciary committee to find an unspecified amount of savings from medical malpractice reform, presumably by limiting settlements. A November 2010 study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that medical errors contribute significantly to increases in the federal deficit.

Convicted Pediatrician Triggers New Sex Abuse Policy

July 20, 2011 7:06 am | Comments

(AP) — The nation's largest pediatricians' group has issued its first policy on protecting children from sexual abuse by doctors, citing a recent Delaware case and urging medical facilities to screen employees for previous abuse. Parents and patients also should be informed that they have a right to have a chaperone present during children's exams, according to the policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A New Approach To Primary Care: Prevention

July 20, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

Tom Murphy, AP A budding model for primary care that encourages the family doctor to act as a health coach who focuses as much on preventing illness as on treating it has shown promising results and saved insurers millions of dollars. Growth in emergency room visits and hospital admissions slowed and prescription drug costs have been tamed with this approach, known in the industry as patient-centered medical homes, or just medical homes.

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Strategies For Expediting Hip Fracture Surgery

July 20, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

An economic study in the current issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) identifies two cost-effective strategies for hospitals to expedite surgery in hip fracture patients, and potentially improve patient outcomes. "Recent studies suggest that mortality within one year after hip fracture repair increases significantly if the time from hospital admission to surgery exceeds 48 hours and that systems-based factors contribute to delay in surgery," said Christopher J.

Surgeon Civility Benefits Patients, Reduces Costs

July 19, 2011 7:59 am | Comments

A surgeon's behavior in the operating room affects patient outcomes, healthcare costs and medical errors, as well as patient and staff satisfaction, says a commentary in the July issue of Archives of Surgery . The article's primary author is Andrew S. Klein, MD, MBA, a liver surgeon and the director of the Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Transplant Center in Los Angeles.

Common Test May Be Unnecessary For Bariatric Surgery Candidates

July 19, 2011 7:47 am | Comments

A new study by researchers from Rhode Island Hospital has found that stress testing with myocardial perfusion imaging as part of a pre-operative workup for bariatric surgery candidates may be unnecessary. The research is published in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology , and is now available online.

ACS Targets 1,000 Hospitals For NSQIP

July 19, 2011 7:34 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- The American College of Surgeons (ACS) today announced its goal to enlist at least 1,000 hospitals into its respected National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. The commitment is part of the ACS Inspiring Quality initiative launched today, an effort to raise awareness of proven models of quality improvement, coordinated care and disease management that can help improve the quality and value of healthcare.

Wrong Surgery Down, Close Calls Up At VA

July 19, 2011 7:08 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical procedures and surgeries on the wrong patient and wrong body part have declined substantially at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide, while reports of close calls have increased, according to a study that credits on-going quality improvement efforts. These efforts include a VA requirement for doctors, nurses and other hospital workers to report medical errors and near-misses to their bosses.

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Wrong Surgery Down, Close Salls Up At VA

July 19, 2011 7:05 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical procedures and surgeries on the wrong patient and wrong body part have declined substantially at Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide, while reports of close calls have increased, according to a study that credits on-going quality improvement efforts. These efforts include a VA requirement for doctors, nurses and other hospital workers to report medical errors and near-misses to their bosses.

Discovery Opens New Options For Improving Transfusions

July 18, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

DURHAM, N.C. - Donated red blood cells lose a key feature that diminishes their lifesaving power the longer they have been stored, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. The finding, published Friday in the journal Critical Care Medicine, details how banked blood undergoes a change during storage that decreases its ability to transport oxygen.

Program To Provide Face, Hand and Abdominal Wall Transplants

July 18, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a major step into a new transplantation frontier, UCLA has established a first-of-its-kind program to restore functionality and enhance quality of life for people who have suffered severe trauma or other disfiguring injuries to the upper extremities, face or abdomen.

3 Die At UK Hospital Where Saline Was Contaminated

July 18, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British police are investigating whether three hospital patients died as a result of receiving saline solution contaminated with insulin. Detectives were hunting Saturday for the person who tampered with a batch of saline at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, northwest England.

FDA Favors Innovative Heart Valve For The Frail

July 18, 2011 6:26 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health scientists say the first artificial heart valve designed to be implanted without major surgery appears to help patients who are too frail to undergo chest-opening surgery. The Food and Drug Administration has posted its review of a highly anticipated heart valve from Edwards Lifesciences, which can be threaded into place through one of the body's major arteries.

Study Identifies Patients With Higher Risk After Bilateral Knee Replacement

July 15, 2011 4:59 am | Comments

A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery has identified patients who are at a higher risk of morbidity and mortality when undergoing knee replacement surgery in both legs at the same time. The study found that patients who have a history of significant medical problems, especially congestive heart failure or pulmonary hypertension, are at increased risk for major complications.

Transplant More Than Doubles Survival For Some Leukemia Patients

July 15, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators reported markedly improved survival of pediatric patients transplanted for high-risk leukemia regardless of donor; cite treatment advances and better donor selection. July 15, 2011 Bone marrow transplant survival more than doubled in recent years for young, high-risk leukemia patients treated at St.

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