The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses, (AORN), with a membership base of 40,000 RNs and representing the interests of 140,000 perioperative Registered Nurses in the U.S., has announced it will target seven states in 2011 to enact RN as Circulator. The perioperative RN, through professional and patient-centered expertise, is the primary patient advocate in the operating room and is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the patient's condition.
Researchers from Israel have determined that more than half of liver transplant recipients develop post-transplantation metabolic syndrome (PTMS), placing them at greater risk for cardiovascular disease. Prior to transplantation only 5% of the patients were diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, but rates of obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertension, and diabetes were significantly higher post transplantation.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police are searching for a man who fired a shot Tuesday inside University of New Mexico Hospital. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Trish Hoffman says officers are looking for 21-year-old Daniel Cesar Dominguez-Garcia in connection with the incident. Hoffman says Dominguez was at the hospital with his girlfriend Tuesday afternoon when he became upset.
The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) is concerned that the FDA advisory panel recommended lowering the BMI requirement for lap-band surgery, while the FDA recently denied two new obesity medications. Bariatric surgery is drastic and expensive and carries higher morbidity and mortality risks than lifestyle interventions or medication.
Temperatures taken orally or by temporal artery thermometry "are an accurate means of temperature assessment for adult patients undergoing colorectal or gynecology surgery,"(1) according to analysis published by the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing . Accurate temperature readings are necessary to determine when to intervene for patients at all stages of their hospitalizations but especially during and immediately after surgical procedures to avoid post-operative complications.
(AP) — A northern Illinois couple welcomed their new daughter to the world in the last minute of 2010 — and a twin son in the first minute of 2011. Ashley Fansler gave birth to Madisen Carin Lewis at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve in Machesney Park, 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Aiden Everette Lewis was born a minute later, at 12 a.
A study appearing in JAMA detailed how more than 100,000 patients who received implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) found that about 20 percent did not meet evidence-based guidelines for receipt, and that these patients had a significantly higher risk of in-hospital death than individuals who met criteria for receiving an ICD.
Physicians now have help in their battle against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a potentially deadly infection that initially was limited to hospitals and health care facilities but has become a growing problem in healthy children and adults. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released its first guidelines for the treatment of increasingly common MRSA infections.
Severely injured patients transported by helicopter from the scene of an accident are more likely to survive than patients brought to trauma centers by ground ambulance, according to a new study published in The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care . The study is the first to examine the role of helicopter transport on a national level and includes the largest number of helicopter-transport patients in a single analysis.
According to a report produced by Reportlinker, demand for products used in cosmetic surgery is forecast to increase 6.5 percent per year to $2.8 billion in 2014, when 16.1 million cosmetic procedures are expected to be performed. The economic recession that began in December 2007 impacted the cosmetic surgery industry most profoundly in surgical procedures, which suffered large drops in 2008 and 2009.
Carla K. Johnson, AP The first large study to examine the use of X-rays, CT scans and other medical radiation in children estimates the average child will get more than seven radiation scans by age 18. Most of the scans involve X-rays, which use relatively little radiation, but there is growing concern about CT scans, which entail far more radiation and can raise the risk for cancer, particularly in children.
(AP) — A Las Vegas doctor has agreed to pay the federal government $1.25 million after prosecutors say he inflated health care claims for surgeries and supplies. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden announced that anesthesiologist Brian Lemper made the payment to resolve allegations that he defrauded a federal health care insurance program that benefits military members and their families.
Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or non-invasive breast cancer, is typically treated with either breast-conserving surgery—with or without follow-up radiation—or mastectomy. The treatment choice depends on clinical factors, the treating surgeon, and patient preferences, with long-term health outcomes (disease-free survival) depending on the treatments received.
Hospitalized children in the United States are more frequently becoming infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile, according to a report posted online and appearing in the May print issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. C. difficile can colonize the gastrointestinal tract and lead to infection.
Radiologists and referring clinicians frequently use portable media (CDs, DVDs) to review patient medical images acquired at outside imaging centers, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans, but issues regarding access, importability, and viewing of these portable media still exist, according to a study in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology (www.