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Study Identifies Post-Op Spine Surgery Risks

September 23, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

In the last 20 years, due to diagnostic and surgical advances, more and more patients have become appropriate candidates for spine surgery, and the number of these procedures performed has risen significantly. While medical experts acknowledge the potential benefits of spine surgery, they also understand that complications can reduce the success in the short and long term.


Free Pouch Packing CEU Game

September 23, 2011 6:39 am | Comments

Healthmark has launched WIKI’s Pouching Paradise! - a new flash-based CEU game that takes you on an adventure of proper pouch packaging. Work with WIKI to learn about the best practices of sterile packaging techniques when using peel pouches. WIKI will show you how to choose the correct type of packaging for different instruments, how to load a sterilizer cart, and more.

Nurses At Dozens Of California Hospitals Strike

September 23, 2011 6:33 am | Comments

Sudhin Thanawala, AP Nurses in red union shirts carried signs and chanted slogans outside dozens of Northern and Central California hospitals into the night Thursday as part of a one-day strike over benefit cuts and other concessions sought by hospital management. The California Nurses Association, the union organizing the strike, expected nearly 23,000 nurses to participate although hospital officials reported that many nurses had crossed the picket line.


Hospital Shortages Proving Costly

September 23, 2011 6:22 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP A severe shortage of drugs for chemotherapy, infections and other serious ailments is endangering patients and forcing hospitals to buy life-saving medications from secondary suppliers at huge markups. An Associated Press review of industry reports and interviews with nearly two dozen experts found at least 15 deaths in the past 15 months blamed on the shortages, either because the right drug wasn't available or because of dosing errors or other problems in administering or preparing alternative medications.

Landmark Single Incision Robotic Surgery Performed

September 23, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Vincent Obias, MD, Director of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, performed the nation's first single-incision robotic laparoscopic surgery on the left colon at The George Washington University Hospital. Through a small incision in the belly button, Dr. Obias was able to perform a robotic left colectomy — a procedure that had never been performed before in the United States.

Swedish's Ivy Brain Tumor Center Launches Two New Clinical Trials to Treat Brain Cancer

September 21, 2011 8:40 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Swedish Neuroscience Institute today announced that the Ivy Brain Tumor Center has launched two separate clinical trials for treating brain cancer. The first trial (IND No. 10206, Protocol No. 020221, Study Agent: DCVax Brain - Autologous Dendritic cells and GBM tumor lysate) sponsored by Northwest Biotherapeutics, Bothell, Wash.

Anesthesia Business Consultants Reminds Anesthesiologists to Request eRx Exemption

September 21, 2011 7:37 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CMS has just announced a new provider web portal through which anesthesiologists, pain physicians and others can to enter requests for hardship exemptions from the electronic prescribing (eRx) requirement. ABC reminds physicians who provide at least 100 outpatient visits and ten percent of whose Medicare income is based on such visits that they must be granted an exemption to avoid the eRx penalty if they have not used eRx technology in 10 or more visits during the first six months of 2011.

1/3 of Healthcare Providers Believe Medical Practices are Not in Accordance With Basic Monitoring Standards

September 21, 2011 7:28 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- In a survey conducted among healthcare providers, more than a third believe medical practices are not completely in accord with the Standards for Basic Anesthetic Monitoring set by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Most of the respondents (about 60) indicated anesthesiology as their medical practice.


Bruce I. Jacobs And Kenneth N. Levy To Fund New Genomic Medicine Program

September 21, 2011 7:13 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ -- Bruce I. Jacobs and Kenneth N. Levy, co-founders of Florham Park-based Jacobs Levy Equity Management, have donated $1 million to fund the Jacobs Levy Equity Management Personalized Genomic Medicine Program at Morristown Medical Center in honor of the firm's 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated on Thursday.

Informed Consent Important To Surgical Patients In Teaching Hospitals

September 20, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

A survey of patients receiving treatment in a teaching facility found that patients prefer to be informed of trainee participation in their care, and consent rates appear to vary based on scenarios describing increased levels of resident participation, according to a report published online by Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.


MRIS, MDA Advancing Image Guided Surgical Robotics Program

September 20, 2011 5:11 am | Comments

PRNewswire/ - IMRIS Inc. and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. today announced an agreement for the final phases of development on IMRIS's MR guided surgical robot. IMRIS and MDA began work on a robotic surgery system in 2010, targeting microsurgery and biopsy-stereotaxy applications on the brain with sub-millimeter precision.


Obesity Epidemic A Myth, States Author

September 20, 2011 5:03 am | Comments

"The Obesity Epidemic" is a myth perpetrated by the weight-loss industry, says Mike Schatzki, author of the newly published book, The Great Fat Fraud: Why the "Obesity Epidemic" Isn't, How to Be Totally Healthy without Losing Weight and If You Should Lose Some Pounds, How to Keep Them from Finding You Again (Lamington Press, 2011).


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.


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