Hospitals all over the world need to be aware of how to treat emergency blast injuries, and military surgeons can provide valuable knowledge and advice to their civilian counterparts based on their experience of battlefield injuries. That is the driving force behind two papers published online by BJS , the British Journal of Surgery .
Philips Electronics and Atom Medical Corporation have announced that they are expanding their relationship to provide a more complete portfolio of perinatal care solutions. This alliance now includes neonatal patient monitoring, apnea home monitoring, neonatal incubators and warmers, jaundice management, respiratory support, perinatal clinical informatics as well as therapeutic support products and clinical education offerings.
SOAPware, Inc., a leading developer of certified Electronic Medical Records and Practice Management software, has reached a new agreement with IBM, ActiveHealth Management and Medens Corporation to provide the cloud-based SOAPware EMR/PM to medical practices implementing the Medens Cloud, based on the solution for collaborative care from IBM and ActiveHealth Management.
Adept Technology, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent vision-guided robotics and global robotics services, today announced it is participating in the CLARA (Lyon Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cancer cluster) program with Lyon Civil Hospitals as the robotics component in a method for treating small cancer tumors.
Patients undergoing plastic or reconstructive surgery should receive a risk assessment before their procedure to predict whether they'll develop potentially fatal blood clots in the legs or lungs, according to research at the University of Michigan Medical School. Researchers also found that one in nine patients at highest risk based on that assessment will develop clots if not given clot-preventing medications after surgery.
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.