Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and 22 trauma centers throughout the state, in partnership with the American College of Surgeons, are launching an initiative aimed at improving quality and safety of care provided in Michigan’s trauma centers. This initiative, called the Michigan Trauma Quality Improvement Program, will create a statewide infrastructure for trauma hospitals to measure and improve patient outcomes, identify best practices for quality and safety of care, and share data to make trauma care more effective.
Action Products, Inc. made a recent donation to Globus Relief, a charity that distributes supplies to underprivileged medical facilities around the world. The total shipment valued at over $15,000. Globus Relief is currently working on major projects in Haiti, Nepal, Ghana and Nigeria. With huge warehouse facilities and 600 charity partners, they give impoverished acute care facilities vitally needed supplies.
(AP) — Kips Bay Medical, Inc. said Friday it raised $16.5 million in an initial public offering of 2.1 million shares. The Minneapolis company priced the offering at $8 per share, the low end of its expected range. Underwriters have a 45-day option to purchase an additional 309,375 shares to cover excess demand.
Marilynn Marchione, AP What do Sharon Stone, Dudley Moore, James Garner and Elizabeth Taylor have in common besides an Oscar nomination? All have suffered strokes, a reminder that money and fame can't insulate you from a health risk that much can be done to prevent, researchers said Thursday.
Amy Forliti, AP A Minnesota nurse who was supposed to sedate a patient before surgery instead took most of the painkillers for herself and told the patient to "man up" — giving him such a small dose of medication that he was writhing in pain on the operating table, according to criminal charges.
(AP) — Pregnant women were afraid to have it. Doctors were afraid to do it. Hospitals stopped performing the surgery because the government wanted evidence it was safe and worth doing. Now, a landmark study shows that an operation to fix a hole in the spine while the fetus is still in the womb leads to better outcomes for children with spina bifida.
RF Surgical Systems, Inc. announces the published data on the power of radio frequency technology to identify retained surgical items in all patient types. The prospective study, published in the February 1 edition of American Journal of Surgery , found that the sensitivity and specificity of radio-frequency (RF) technology is 100 percent in patients of varying body size, including morbidly obese patients.
Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that even small amounts of damage to heart muscle during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is associated with an increased risk of death, even among patients who initially do well following surgery. The study is published in the February 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are proposing a plan that would speed up the approval of innovative medical devices that have the potential to dramatically improve patients' lives. The so-called Innovation Pathway, announced Tuesday by the Food and Drug Administration, would aim to review first-of-a-kind devices in five months, which is half the time currently spent reviewing most new devices.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Medtronic Inc., the world's largest medical device company, said Tuesday it received U.S. approval for the first pacemaker designed to be safely used with MRI scanners. Patients with the heart-pacing implants are strongly discouraged from having MRI scans because the radio waves could interfere with the functioning of their device.
CHICAGO (AP) — Many breast cancer patients can skip aggressive lymph node surgery without increasing their chances of a recurrence or death if their disease shows limited spread, according to a study that has prompted changes in practice. Under current guidelines, the often-debilitating surgery is done if the cancer has spread outside the breast to any lymph nodes.
Hughston Clinic orthopaedic surgeon, Champ L. Baker Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S ., has performed a successful knee ligament reconstruction procedure using a breakthrough medical device, ExoShapeTM CL, created by MedShape Solutions, Inc. ExoShape is a two-part, biocompatible PEEK AlteraTM interference fixation device that simplifies and improves soft tissue graft fixation during anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructive surgery.
Much of the devastation of stroke and head trauma is due to damage caused the overproduction of a substance in the brain called glutamate. Preventing this damage has been impossible, until now, as many drugs don't cross the so-called blood-brain barrier, and those that do often don't work as intended.
Never before has a therapy proven more beneficial for women than men in preventing heart disease – until now. A new study, published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology , found that women receive a significantly greater benefit – a 70 percent reduction in heart failure and a 72 percent reduction in death – from cardiac resynchronization therapy with defibrillator (CRT-D) than men.
Exposure to low-dose radiation from cardiac imaging and other procedures after a heart attack is associated with an increased risk of cancer, found a new study published in CMAJ ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ). The use of procedures with low-dose ionizing radiation, such as computed tomography (CT) angiography and nuclear scans, is increasing which has led to mounting concern in the medical community that patients may be at increased risk of cancer.