In this week's PLoS Medicine , Robert Chad Swanson from Brigham Young University, and colleagues, present a set of 10 guiding principles for strengthening health systems. It was developed from a comprehensive review of the literature and consultation with industry experts. 1. Holism. Consider all systems components, processes, and relationships simultaneously.
Busy doctors can miss important details about a patient's care during an office examination. To prevent that, Northwestern Medicine researchers have created a smart assistant for physicians which entails using electronic health records to alert doctors when a patient's care is amiss during an exam.
Denise Lavoie, AP Justin Judkins was approached at a shopping mall by a pretty young model, "all dolled up," wearing high heels, a white lab coat and electric blue wig. The woman asked him if he wanted to be a hero and save a child's life. How could he say no? Like thousands of other people, Judkins agreed to allow bone marrow registry workers to swab the inside of his cheek for a DNA test — lured by a recruiting pitch that an official with a national donor registry calls "a little unusual.
A new type of weight loss surgery involving folding a patient’s stomach inside itself and then stitching it could be a viable option for bariatric surgery patients, according to a pilot study conducted at Cleveland Clinic. The 15-person prospective study was published in the online edition of the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.
Lauran Neergaard, AP Elise Lutz never let her friends see what was left of her ear. She'd carefully style her long hair into a one-sided ponytail, or swelter under a swim cap for hours at meets, to cover the molten lump from a severe burn as a toddler in her native China.But as a teenager, the North Carolina girl expressed her desire to be whole again with a simple request: She really wanted pierced earrings.
Surgeons at the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago are the first to offer robotic kidney transplantation to morbidly obese patients, and are reporting fewer complications among this high risk population. "We have been able to eliminate wound infections, pulmonary complications, and reduce the length of hospitalization for obese kidney transplant recipients using robotic-assisted surgery," said Dr.
Most patients with locally advanced head and neck cancers who successfully complete treatment with chemotherapy and radiation manage to do so without losing the ability to speak clearly and swallow comfortably, according to researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute. "This is good news," said Joseph K.
In response to demand for sterile processing process improvement support, SterilTek, Inc. has launched a web-based resource for healthcare administrators; the SterilTek SPD Triage Center. The site provides administrators with access to information and tools that help them identify improvement opportunities for their sterile processing functions.
Stephanie Reitz, AP Jim Henson's Muppets made pigs and frogs endearing, and Walt Disney turned a common rodent into a cultural icon. Now, Drew Oliver thinks it's time for bacteria, viruses and other maligned microorganisms to share the love. Instead of standard Christmas gifts, a growing number of people are looking under the tree for giant stuffed cold germs, cuddly E.
Carla K. Johnson, AP There are enough children's doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places, a new study finds. Some wealthy areas are oversaturated with pediatricians and family doctors. Other parts of the nation have few or none. Nearly one million kids live in areas with no local children's doctor.
Almost three quarters of hospital emergency department administrators nationwide report that lack of medical specialists at their facilities poses a risk to ER patients – in some cases a very significant risk. They also express concern that health reform will cause additional ER crowding and that mental health services are becoming increasingly inadequate.
A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco found that Cystatin C, a blood marker of kidney function, proved significantly more accurate than the standard blood marker, creatinine, in predicting serious complications of kidney disease.
A looming strike by doctors at the city-run Harlem Hospital Center was averted, union officials said, after the physicians agreed in principle to a contract that would strip them of certain benefits but restore elements of patient care. Before the agreement, 75 percent of the hospital’s 200 doctors had voted to go on strike.
Malcolm Ritter, AP Meet SM, a 44-year-old woman who literally knows no fear. She's not afraid to handle snakes. She's not afraid of the "The Blair Witch Project," ''The Shining," or "Arachnophobia." When she visited a haunted house, it was a monster who was afraid of her. SM isn't some cold-blooded psychopath or a hero with a tight rein on her emotions.
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP Opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are cheering a federal court ruling that one of its core provisions is unconstitutional. They may not realize that Obama has a fallback option that also could do the job. Even if the Supreme Court ultimately agrees that government cannot require individuals to carry health coverage, the Obama administration could borrow a strategy that Medicare has used for decades to compel consumers to join new insurance groups.