Different techniques should be used to remove single stones that have become lodged in the distal ureter after being expelled by the kidney, depending on whether they are under or above one centimeter, according to the December issue of BJUI . Surgeons from the Department of Urology at University Federico II in Naples, Italy believe that extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL), which uses a non-invasive acoustic pulse to break down ureteric stones, should be the treatment of first choice in patients with a stone of up to one centimeter.
Medicare's new chief called for more steps to improve patient safety in the wake of a government report that said one in seven hospitalized Medicare patients is harmed during their stay. About 1.5 percent of those patients, or 15,000 people a month, suffered a complication that contributed to their death, the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services said.
Cambridge Consultants, a technology product design and development firm, today announced a new product concept. The Minder enables continuous, real-time medical data collection and transmission via cellular networks. Increasing the accuracy and frequency of patient data reporting, the Minder demonstrates a new technology solution that the company feels can lower the cost of healthcare by improving the quality of patient care.
A small study of Japanese surgeons suggests that duration of surgery and the amount of blood loss are associated with increased stress scores, and that night duty is associated with reduced stress arousal scores, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
The amount of intra-abdominal fat appears to be associated with the risk of complications following major liver surgery, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, appearing overweight or having a high body mass index (BMI) were not associated with increased post-surgical risks.
Few children leave surgery with a foreign body left inside them, but such events appear most likely to occur during gynecologic operations, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Surgery . This surgical error was associated with longer hospital stays and increased costs, but not with an increased risk of death.
A study suggests that robotic-assisted surgery involving complex pancreatic procedures can be performed safely in a high-volume facility, according to a report posted online that will be published in the March print issue of Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Complex pancreatic surgery remains the final frontier for use of minimally invasive procedures, the authors write as background information in the article.
Computer imaging to predict how patients will look following plastic surgery involving the nose appears to be moderately accurate, and patients value its inclusion in the preoperative consultation, according to a report in the November/December issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
A less invasive procedure for treating a congenital heart defect in children is a safe alternative to traditional surgery with no five-year difference in risk of death, and is associated with a 62 percent reduced risk for neurological events (such as strokes or seizures), states a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 .
Ninety-six percent of patients with back problems were satisfied with the assessment carried out by a specially trained nurse practitioner, according to a study in the December issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing . Additionally, 74 percent were happy to see her rather than wait up to a year to see a surgeon, with less than a quarter of those who preferred to see a surgeon saying that the extra wait was acceptable.
Mazor Robotics, a developer of surgical robots and complementing products, announced today that Spine , a leading journal in its field, has published the results from a multi-center, retrospective study that found the company's SpineAssist® to be clinically accurate in 98 percent of implant placements in spinal surgery.
Treatment that included early surgical procedures to open blocked arteries resulted in better blood flow to the heart than aggressive medical treatment alone in patients with both diabetes and heart disease, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2010 .
Professional boxer Antonio Margarito is still in the hospital as doctors wait for the swelling on his face to subside enough in order to surgically repair his broken eye socket - a souvenir from his fight Saturday night with the sport's best, Manny Pacquaio. Although the outcome was undisputable from the early going, neither Margarito, his corner or the referee would stop the fight, even as both of his eyes were swollen to the point of near closure due to Pacquaio's constant barrage.
Traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery results in similar clinical outcomes, compared with robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, but at a significantly lower cost, concludes a new retrospective analysis of a large, national data-base. While the promotion of robot-assisted surgery has increased over the years, the study, a retrospective review of 36,188 patient records from 358 hospitals, found the robot-assisted hysterectomy procedure costs $2,667 more, on average for inpatient procedures and $1,971 more for outpatient procedures, than traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery with no significant improvement in clinical outcomes.
Cardinal Health today announced that it has joined the group of founding corporate sponsors supporting the Practice Greenhealth Greening the Operating Room (GOR) Initiative, which aims to reduce the environmental footprint of operating suites in hospitals across the country. "With its GOR Initiative, Practice Greenhealth is bringing together the forward-thinking stakeholders in the health care supply chain to provide guidance that can help hospitals utilize operating room resources more effectively and reduce the volume of waste generated there," said Marc Mullen, senior vice president and general manager of Presource® at Cardinal Health.