Admission to a hospital when most of the beds are already full can be deadly for patients, according to a new University of Michigan Health System study showing high occupancy increases the risk of dying in the hospital by 5.6 percent. For the study, published in the March issue of Medical Care , researchers evaluated a set of critical factors that can affect hospital deaths: hospital occupancy, nurse staffing levels, weekend admission and seasonal influenza.
Physicians would be better prepared for the accelerating rate of scientific discovery and more in step with the latest in patient-care if they added an important tool to their medical arsenal – a plan for how to keep pace with emerging health-care advances. That is the finding of a national study published online in the journal Academic Pediatrics .
Stryker Corporation's Orthopaedics division unveiled two of its latest hip systems at this year's annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference. The Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the ADM Mobile Bearing Acetabular System with X3 aim to increase implant durability and stability, enhance patient mobility and give surgeons greater choice and efficiency in the operating room.
(PRNewswire) Two core premises underlie Mobile Surgery International's (MSI) mission to broaden access to surgical choice and quality. The first is that patients (and payers) should be able to make decisions about surgical options based upon access to complete information up front about all of the necessary services associated with their surgical procedure, the skill and expertise of the surgeon carrying out the procedure, and the total costs involved.
Six women in New Jersey are recovering after they received buttocks-enhancement injections containing the same type of silicone used to caulk bathtubs. State health officials say the women, from Essex County, apparently underwent cosmetic procedures from unlicensed providers in an area hotel. New Jersey health officials said the dangerous mixture had seriously damaging effects, including deep tissue and skin infections, as well as abscesses.
Non-traditional therapies are used to relieve pain in as many as 50 percent of hospitalized patients, offers a study in the Journal of Patient Safety . The study shows that an integrative program can have a significant impact on pain in an environment where pain management continues to be a major challenge, and traditional medications can have negative consequences.
Barbara Ortutay, AP The much-anticipated iPad tablet computer from Apple, Inc., which was targeted for potential hospital use, will start hitting U.S. store shelves on April 3, slightly later than originally planned. When Apple unveiled the touch-screen device Jan. 27, the company said the first iPads would reach the market in late March worldwide, not just in the U.
Medical device maker Stentys announced today that it has received CE Marking for its self-expanding and disconnectable stent to treat acute coronary syndrome (ACS). According to the company, the self-expanding feature of the Stentys platform is designed to ensure optimal apposition of a stent in the initial hours and days after an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) procedure, by being continuously applied to the vessel’s internal surface even during thrombus and vessel spasm relief, thereby avoiding malapposition.
Breast cancer patients with early stage disease that has spread to only one lymph node may not benefit from radiation after mastectomy, because of the low risk of recurrence following modern surgery and systemic therapy, according to researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Mike Melia, AP Puerto Rico's government has sent inspectors across the island to stop stores from selling locally produced hand sanitizers tainted with dangerous bacteria. The products were made by Puerto Rico Beverage, Inc. of Maunabo. A recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection of the plant found serious problems with manufacturing practices.
Shoulder motion after rotator cuff surgery remains significantly different when compared to the patient's opposite shoulder, according to Henry Ford Hospital researchers. In the study, researchers used X-rays providing a 3D view of motion of the arm bone in relation to the shoulder blade, compared to motion in the shoulders of 14 patients who had arthroscopic surgical repair of tendon tears and no symptoms in their other shoulders.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's Karolinska institute says it will give an honorary degree of medicine to Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox for his work to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson's disease. The institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize in medicine, says the Michael J.
Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The time has come to change a policy that imposes a lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had gay sex since 1977, 18 senators said Thursday. "Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban," said Sen.
A mother of three wanted a change and went in for a common procedure -- a face-lift. She never came out of surgery. Her family now says that a well-known, nationwide chain is responsible for her death and has filed a lawsuit against Lifestyle Lift in Middlesex Superior Court. The company insists the procedure is safe and the patient is to blame.
Some of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons have reduced or stopped use of a popular category of artificial hips amid concerns that the devices are causing severe tissue and bone damage in some patients, often requiring replacement surgery within a year or two. In recent years, such devices, known as “metal on metal” implants, have been used in about one-third of the approximately 250,000 hip replacements performed annually in this country.