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Man Delays Heart Surgery To Watch Football Game

October 8, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

A devout Michigan State football fan called timeout before doctors could install a pacemaker in his chest Thursday, deferring the procedure until after the school's football game this weekend against rival Michigan. Major Hester said he's willing to risk death so that he can watch Saturday's game in Ann Arbor on television.

Radio Frequency Tags May Help Prevent Surgical Sponges From Being Left In Patients

October 8, 2010 6:44 am | Comments

Using the same technology found in clothing tags used in retail store tracking systems, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that surgical sponges with implanted radio frequency (RF) tags may be an effective adjunct to manual counting and X-ray detection in preventing sponges from being left behind in patients following a surgical procedure.

Fewer Blood Transfusions Improve Safety, Cut Costs

October 8, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

A Loyola University Hospital study has demonstrated how the hospital has improved patient safety and cut costs by reducing the number of blood transfusions. In 2009, the average amount of blood products transfused per patient at Loyola was 10 percent lower than it was in 2008, saving $453,355.

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Surgeon Shortage Impacting Access To High-Quality, Affordable Care

October 8, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

A new interactive, web-based map from the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Research Institute shows, county-by-county throughout the U.S., where shortages of surgeons and other physicians threaten patient access to timely, safe, high-quality and affordable care.  The Surgery Workforce Atlas was released during ACS’s 96th Annual Clinical Congress in Washington, DC.

The Saving Brother

October 6, 2010 8:41 am | Comments

I heard the patient's agonizing scream emanate from Room 31 just seconds before Nurse Carla ran up to me. "Dr. Jim," she said, grabbing me by my arm, "I need you in 31 right away." Her face was flushed, her voice edged with concern. Carla, usually calm and collected, had me worried with her nervousness.

Titan Medical Adds Urology Expert To Board

October 6, 2010 6:32 am | Comments

Ocotber 6, 2010 Titan Medical, Inc. recently announced the appointment of Hiep Thieu Nguyen, M.D. to the company's Medical Advisory Board. Currently, Dr. Nguyen is an Associate Professor in Surgery (Urology) at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Robotic Surgery, Research and Training Center at Children's Hospital, Boston (CHB).

Brain Surgery Through The Eye

October 6, 2010 6:21 am | Comments

Surgeons at UW Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine have determined that transorbital neuroendoscopic surgery (TONES) is a safe, effective option for treating a variety of advanced brain diseases and traumatic injuries.

Nutrient Loss After Gastric Bypass Spawns Concerns For Teen Girls, Unintended Pregnancies

October 6, 2010 6:16 am | Comments

An increasing number of obese adolescents, particularly females, are undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Yet a case study presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition highlights the possible link between the surgery in adolescent girls and an increased risk for neural tube defects, which can lead to paralysis and mental retardation in their future children.

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Interactive Media Aiding Patient Understanding Of Surgery

October 6, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Patients facing planned surgery answered 36 percent more questions about the procedure correctly if they watched an interactive multimedia presentation (IMP), as opposed to just talking to medical staff, according to research in the October issue of the urology journal BJUI . Researchers from the University of Melbourne, Australia, randomised 40 patients due to undergo radical prostatectomy into two groups.

South Africa To Research Mood-Lifting Plant

October 4, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

Jenny Gross, Associated Press Writer JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For hundreds of years, indigenous South Africans have chewed a plant they say reduces stress, relieves hunger, sedates and elevates moods. Now they have a license to study and market it, and plan to sell it over-the-counter worldwide.

Artistic Discipline Meets Modern Technology To Enhance Surgical Proficiency

October 4, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

This is the conclusion of new research from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center presented Oct. 2 at this year's annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics in San Francisco. The research studied the effectiveness of the Alexander Technique at improving the surgical posture and technical performance of urological surgeons during laparoscopic skills assessment exercises.

Fighting Fire In The Operating Room

October 4, 2010 7:53 am | Comments

New resources from AORN help perioperative professionals protect surgical patients. October 5, 2010 October is National Fire Prevention Month – a time when perioperative professionals review policies on fire safety, educate staff, conduct mock fire drill and overall, ramp up awareness of prevention and management methods fo surgical fires in the operating room.

Medical Center Decreases Manual Charting Events During Surgery By 90 Percent

October 4, 2010 7:53 am | Comments

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has bridged the gap anesthesiologists have been battling between time spent manually charting data points throughout surgical procedures versus the amount of time devoted to making crucial patient care decisions. Penn State Hershey implemented Cerner CareAware® technology, which enables connectivity between devices and the electronic health record (EHR), and Draeger anesthesia machines and monitors to dramatically decrease data charting events during surgery.

Test-Tube Baby Pioneer Wins Medicine Nobel

October 4, 2010 6:53 am | Comments

Karl Ritter, Associated Press Writers Malin Rising, Associated Press Writers October 4, 2010 STOCKHOLM (AP) — Robert Edwards of Britain won the 2010 Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for developing in-vitro fertilization, a breakthrough that ignited heated controversy in the 1970s but has helped millions of infertile couples since then have children.

US Apologizes For '40s Syphilis Study In Guatemala

October 4, 2010 6:53 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — American scientists deliberately infected prisoners and patients in a mental hospital in Guatemala with syphilis 60 years ago, a recently unearthed experiment that prompted U.S. officials to apologize Friday and declare outrage over "such reprehensible research.

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