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ACS Commission Releases Rapid Quality Reporting System

September 20, 2011 4:34 am | Comments

A new tool to promote and facilitate evidence-based cancer care at the local level makes its debut today as the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons introduces its Rapid Quality Reporting System (RQRS) to the more than 1,500 hospital cancer programs that it accredits.

Imaging Technique Helps Visualize Cancer During Surgery

September 19, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

Ovarian cancer is one of the most frequent forms of cancer affecting women. As tumors can initially grow unchecked in the abdomen without causing any major symptoms, patients are usually diagnosed at an advanced stage and have to undergo surgery plus chemotherapy. During the operation, surgeons attempt to remove all tumor deposits but to do this, however, they primarily have to rely on visual inspection and palpation - an enormous challenge especially in the case of small tumor nests or remaining tumor borders after the primary tumor excision.


ACS Opposes MedPAC's Proposed Physican Payment System

September 19, 2011 6:47 am | Comments

After the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) reviewed draft recommendations related to the Medicare Physician Payment system, the American College of Surgeons was pleased that the MedPAC recognized the need to eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate and move towards a reimbursement system that is based on quality of care.


Plastic Surgeons Join To Explain Board Certification

September 19, 2011 6:38 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Six local members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) have formed an advertising cooperative to educate the public of the risks they are taking by choosing unqualified professionals to perform their cosmetic plastic surgery. Many patients unknowingly have cosmetic surgery performed by unqualified physicians in non-accredited office facilities.

UK Surgeons Separate Twins Joined At The Head

September 19, 2011 5:55 am | Comments

Raphael G. Sattier, AP Sudanese twins born with the tops of their heads joined together have been separated in a rare and risky series of operations at a London children's hospital, officials said Sunday. Facing the World, a charity which helps disfigured children, said it had helped fund the four-stage operation on 11-month-olds Rital and Ritag Gaboura.

Family Thanks Surgeons For In Utero Procedure

September 16, 2011 6:31 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physicians from North Shore University Hospital  and Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York today introduced a boy who underwent a life-saving in utero heart procedure 4-1/2 months into his mother's pregnancy. It was one of only 10 such procedures ever recorded in worldwide medical literature and the first performed in the New York area.


Metal Hip Replacements More Troublesome

September 16, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

LONDON (AP) — British officials say some people who receive metal hip replacements may need a replacement hip seven years later. According to a National Joint Registry of England and Wales report released this week, almost 14 percent of patients who got an all-metal replacement needed the joint removed or replaced after seven years.

Reducing Misplaced Pedicle Screws In Spine Surgery

September 16, 2011 6:17 am | Comments

SpineGuard announced today that the third published clinical study of its FDA-cleared and CE-marked PediGuard platform for enhanced pedicle screw placement has concluded that “the use of PediGuard significantly reduced the incidence of clinically relevant misplaced screws, thereby increasing the safety of pedicle screw implantation.


Serb Claims Son, Nephew Are Human Magnets

September 16, 2011 6:02 am | Comments

Jovana Gec, AP Two small boys from a central Serbian town are able to attract metal objects, acting much like human magnets, says the mother of one of them. Sanja Petrovic, the mother of four-year-old David, said it first came to her attention about a month ago. "I asked him to fetch me a spoon so I cold feed his little brother, and he yelled back: 'Mom, it sticks!,'" Petrovic recalled.

Inhaler Overuse May Have Killed Future Surgeon

September 14, 2011 6:18 am | Comments

(AP) — A 19-year-old Colorado State University student may have died because she inadvertently used her asthma inhaler too much the evening of her death, doctors said. A candlelight vigil was held at the school for Sascha Franzel, of Honolulu, on Monday following her burial in Commerce City.

Michigan To Require Pediatric BMI Reports

September 14, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Kathy Barks Hoffman, AP Governor Rick Snyder plans to direct doctors in Michigan to begin monitoring the body weight of their young patients and provide the data to a state registry in one of the most extensive government efforts to address the growing problem of pediatric obesity, the Associated Press has learned.

Deal Struck For Woman Who Lost Job After Donating Kidney To Son

September 14, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

(AP) — A Philadelphia woman who lost her job after taking time off to donate a kidney to her son has been offered a deal that could allow her to work for the business again. Officials at the aircraft repair training company tell WTXF-TV that Claudia Rendon will be paid her normal salary until another position opens up at the Aviation Institute of Maintenance.

UN Says Medical Waste Risks Ignored

September 14, 2011 5:39 am | Comments

John Heilprin, AP A U.N. human rights investigator says up to a quarter of the world's trash from hospitals, clinics, labs, blood banks and mortuaries is hazardous and much more needs to be done to regulate it. Calin Georgescu says few nations are developing the rules needed to cope with the growing mountains of medical waste that pose a hidden risk of infection and could expose people to low levels of radioactivity and needle-stick injuries.

RF Surgical Secures Additional Funding

September 13, 2011 6:20 am | Comments

BUSINESS WIRE - RF Surgical Systems, Inc., a leader in the prevention and detection of retained surgical items (RSI), today announced the closing of a $12 million round of fundraising led by new investor Split Rock Partners, a venture capital firm focused on emerging healthcare, software and internet services companies.

Costs, Mortality Increase Following Cardiac Device Infections

September 13, 2011 6:14 am | Comments

A new study finds that infections following cardiac device implantations or replacement result in extremely high costs, both financially and in terms of patient mortality, even months after affected patients return home. Infections associated with pacemakers and defibrillators led to 4.8 to 7.


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