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Study: Quality Improvement Programs Cut Costs, Improve Patient Care

April 11, 2011 5:44 am | Comments

In a paper published in the professional health care journal, Health Affairs , Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System report that their model for collaborative health care quality improvement has measurably improved safety and quality in several clinical areas, and has saved millions in health care costs.

No More Drugs Following Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

April 8, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

Deep brain stimulation, a surgical procedure to suppress faulty nerve signals, allowed 77 percent of patients to stop their use of medications for essential tremors within one year following the surgery, University of South Florida researchers report. "It's a significant finding demonstrating that patients see a lot of symptom improvement with this treatment option," said Andrew Resnick, a research assistant in the USF Health Department of Neurology.

Spartan Spirit: Cancer Survior Cleared For Football Practice

April 8, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

(AP) — Michigan State offensive lineman Arthur Ray, Jr. practiced with the Spartans on Thursday, four years after being diagnosed with leg cancer. The school said Ray was granted a waiver by the NCAA that enabled him to participate. He had been medically disqualified so as not to count against the team's scholarship limit.

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Robotics Continues To Grow In Orthopaedic Surgery

April 8, 2011 6:04 am | Comments

PRNewswire -- Orthopaedic surgeon Kevin R. Stone, M.D., has performed San Francisco's first outpatient, robot-assisted knee replacement surgery. The procedure replaced the patient's patellofemoral joint. While robotic joint surgery has been growing nationally, the development of techniques to enable joint replacement to be performed as an outpatient procedure has the potential to revolutionize orthopaedics and the economics of healthcare.

Hospital Infections Linked To Filters

April 8, 2011 5:55 am | Comments

Anna McFall, AP A filtering problem in a medical laboratory was at the heart of an infection outbreak in six Alabama hospitals where nine patients died and 10 others were sickened after receiving intravenous feeding bags contaminated with bacteria. Investigators found bacteria on a faucet and some equipment at the Meds IV lab, said Alabama Department of Public Health director Dr.

Government Announces Plan To Reduce Health Disparities

April 8, 2011 5:44 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP From cradle to grave, minority populations tend to suffer poorer health and get poorer health care than white Americans. In a first-of-its-kind report, the government is recommending steps to reduce those disparities. The plan being released Friday runs the gamut from improving dental care for poor children to tapping "promotoras," savvy community health workers who can help guide their Spanish-speaking neighbors in seeking treatment.

Nurses Schedule Strike Authorization Vote

April 6, 2011 7:11 am | Comments

PRNewswire -- After more than 16 months of negotiations, including yet another session held yesterday with a Federal mediator, the registered nurses of St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, MA have called for a vote by the membership on Friday, April 8 to authorize a one-day strike. According to the union, talks continue to stall over hospital management's refusal to improve unsafe patient care conditions at the hospital.

USC Re-Opens Transplant Program

April 6, 2011 7:01 am | Comments

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer, AP A University of Southern California-affiliated hospital reactivated its kidney transplant program — two months after it was shut down because a doctor put the wrong kidney into a patient who survived the error. USC University Hospital's transplant director Dr.

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Leaders Form Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council

April 6, 2011 6:51 am | Comments

Eight brand-leading companies across healthcare, recycling and waste management have come together to form a technical coalition seeking to inspire and enable sustainable, cost effective recycling solutions for plastic products and materials used in the delivery of healthcare. The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is made up of members from Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cardinal Health, Engineered Plastics, DuPont, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark and Waste Management.

Next Big Decision: When Can Giffords Go Home?

April 6, 2011 6:35 am | Comments

Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP As Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spends her days re-learning how to speak, walk and care for herself, her therapists are carefully tracking every moment and often posing one critical question: When can she go home? Experts say they expect her medical team to make that call in the coming weeks because Giffords is at the point in her therapy where doctors typically make such decisions about transitioning brain injury patients into outpatient care.

End of Life Management for Medical Devices

April 6, 2011 5:50 am | by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine | Comments

Each year, more than 100,000 patients in the U.S. undergo implantation of a new implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) for heart rhythm abnormalities. This number constitutes a 20-fold increase over the last 15 years. Current medical guidelines advocate discussion of end of life care of these medical devices, including deactivation, but many patients may not understand their options.

More Female Medical Students Selecting General Surgery

April 5, 2011 7:05 am | Comments

The gender gap among United States Medical Graduates in the traditionally male-dominated specialty of general surgery is shrinking, according to study results published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . These findings align with the overall trend of increasingly equal gender enrollment of medical students.

New Tool Aimed At Helping Predict Bariatric Complications

April 5, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

A new calculator can predict the risk of post-operative complications occurring for individual bariatric surgery patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons . The risk calculator will help in surgical decision-making and allow patients to better understand what they can expect during recovery in order to prepare for a bariatric operation.

Surgery For Scoliosis Offers Positive Long-Term Outcomes

April 5, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

Teenagers who undergo spine fusion for scoliosis using the newest surgical techniques can expect to be doing well 10 years after surgery, according to a Hospital for Special Surgery study published online for the journal Spine . Researchers had thought that the surgery would cause damage to the spine just below the fused discs, but the study showed that this was not the case.

Tool Predicts Risk of Post-Op Bariatric Complications

April 5, 2011 6:00 am | Comments

A new risk calculator can predict the risk of postoperative complications occurring for individual bariatric surgery patients, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. The risk calculator will help in surgical decision-making and will help patients better understand what they can expect during recovery in order to prepare for a bariatric operation.

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