A new research study investigates the challenges that pen and paper workarounds or computerized communication breakdowns pose to the use of electronic health records. Understanding these challenges may lead to improved coordination of care supported by health IT. Focusing on referrals by primary care physicians to specialists and communications from the specialists back to the referring physician, Paper Persistence, Workarounds, and Communication Breakdowns in Computerized Consultation Management appears in the July 2011 issue of the International Journal of Medical Informatics .
Surgery death rates have dropped nationwide over the past decade, according to a University of Michigan Health System study that reveals cancer surgeries have seen the most dramatic improvement in safety. The U-M study in this week's New England Journal of Medicine shows surgery mortality dropped substantially for eight different high-risk surgeries performed on 3.
Joedy McCreary, AP The next tool in the campaign against concussions might be your smartphone. A doctor at the University of North Carolina teamed with other head-trauma researchers to develop an application for mobile devices that helps determine whether someone may have suffered a concussion.
The surgical removal of the appendix and tonsils before the age of 20 was associated with an increased risk of premature heart attack in a large population study performed in Sweden. Tonsillectomy increased the risk by 44 percent and appendectomy by 33 percent. The risk increases were even higher when the tonsils and appendix were both removed.
Patients who undergo surgery are more likely to suffer surgical site infections if the operating room is noisy, according to research published in the July issue of BJS, the British Journal of Surgery . Swiss researchers studied 35 patients who underwent planned, major abdominal surgery, exploring demographic parameters, the duration of the operation and sound levels.
New research raises the possibility that the critically short supply of livers for organ donation could be expanded by treating so-called "marginal" livers with a substance that protects them from damage after being connected to recipients' blood supplies. The report appears in ACS' journal Molecular Pharmaceutics .
Jennifer C. Kerr, AP The government is cutting premiums by up to 40 percent in 17 states and implementing other changes to make it easier for people with pre-existing medical conditions to get health insurance. The move comes as enrollment in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan continues to lag far behind expectations, often because people can't afford the premiums or find it too hard to meet enrollment requirements.
Cambridge Consultants, a technology design and development firm, recently unveiled the findings of a study which examined how device usability impacts patient acceptance, dosage compliance and, ultimately, health outcomes. Looking at the role lifestyle factors and device features play in patient compliance for drug and device combination products, the research supports the idea that pharmaceutical companies could improve the market share of their drugs if the emphasis was shifted to the broader patient user experience.
(AP) — An elderly Brazilian man shot in the face escaped death when his dentures deflected a bullet headed for his brain. A hospital official says that 81-year-old Zacarias Pacheco de Moraes was shot Thursday while working in a bar he owns in the small western city of Alta Floresta. Jose Marcos da Silva was quoted by Globo TV's G1 website Saturday as saying that the bullet probably would have pierced Moraes' brain if it hadn't first hit his dentures before lodging in his throat.
Dan Sewell, AP Herman Williams came home safely after fighting in the jungles of Vietnam as a Marine. He was shocked to learn four decades later that his military service had again placed him in jeopardy — this time, because he got a tooth pulled. Williams is among 13,000 U.S. veterans who have been warned in the last two years that their blood should be tested for potentially fatal infections after possible exposures by improper hygiene practices at five VA hospitals in Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new antibiotic to treat an intestinal infection that afflicts more than 700,000 U.S. patients each year and can sometimes prove fatal. Optimer Pharmaceuticals, Inc.'s Dificid tablets were approved Friday to treat Clostridium difficile, an infection that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to potentially life-threatening inflammation of the colon.
Lauran Neergaard, AP A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses has hospitals scrambling for substitutes, and sometimes delaying treatment. "It's just a matter of time now before we call for a drug that we need to save a patient's life and we find out there isn't any," says Dr.
Brain interventions must be planned so that the neurosurgeon can access and remove the tumor without causing unnecessary damage. Before the brain tumor can be removed, crucial questions must be answered, like; Where do the functional areas of the cortex (gray matter) of the patient lie? What are the paths of the nerve fiber tracts that connect them? Answering these questions is important because the functional areas of the brain are interconnected via nerve pathways, also known as nerve fiber tracts.
MedicAlert@ Implant Connect, a new service which aims to improve the safety of patients with implanted medical devices by creating a safe and secure system to store and link each patient to vital information about their implanted device, has been launched. It's a combined effort of MedicAlert Foundation and Champion Medical Technologies.
In Varanasi, India one of Smile Train's oldest and highest performing partners, GS Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital, will reach a new milestone - 20,000 Smile Train-sponsored free cleft surgeries.GS Memorial, under the leadership of Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh runs one of the largest cleft centers in the world and has been a Smile Train partner since April 2004.