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Drill Bit Left In Patient

October 15, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

(AP) A surgeon and other staff have been suspended and public health officials have launched an investigation after a piece of a surgical drill bit was left inside a patient's head following a procedure at Rhode Island Hospital. The hospital says a roughly quarter-inch long piece broke off and was left in a patient's scalp during neurosurgery on August 4.

Miracle Cure Companies Warned

October 15, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration has warned eight companies to stop marketing miracle cures that claim to treat everything from autism to Parkinson's disease by flushing toxic metals from the body. Regulators said the products, sold over the Internet, can cause dehydration, kidney failure and death.

FDA Admits Mistake In Approving Knee Device

October 15, 2010 5:28 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP Almost two years ago, the Food and Drug Administration ignored the advice of its scientists and approved a knee implant after being lobbied by members of Congress. On Thursday, the agency issued an unprecedented "mea culpa," saying the device should not have been approved.

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Surgeons Expand The Use Of Scar-Free Technique

October 13, 2010 7:19 am | Comments

A team of surgeons from Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York who have pioneered scar-free gallbladder removal are offering the procedure to all suitable patients, and extending this new type of surgical procedure to other operations in the abdomen. They reported on their updated findings at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

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Surgical Voluteers Recognized For Work In U.S., Abroad

October 13, 2010 6:35 am | Comments

Four members of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) were recognized for their selfless efforts as volunteer surgeons who provide care to medically underserved individuals in the United States and international locations. The following were named recipients of the 2010 Surgical Volunteerism Award of the College and Pfizer, Inc.

Surgeon's New Protocol Could Eliminate Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

October 13, 2010 6:22 am | Comments

Critically ill patients on a breathing tube are at risk not only from their injuries or diseases, but also from infections they can contract in the hospital. One of the most common infections is pneumonia from breathing tubes. A study of a new multidisciplinary protocol that has all but eliminated such infections at one hospital was reported on at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Nurses' Strike Not Impacting Oakland Hospital

October 13, 2010 6:11 am | Comments

(AP) Officials at Children's Hospital Oakland say the facility is running smoothly even as its nurses begin a three-day strike. The California Nurses Association called the walkout of nearly 800 nurses after negotiations broke down over proposed hikes to the health care benefits in their contract, which expired in July.

Patient Safety At The Heart Of New National Collaborative Effort

October 13, 2010 6:06 am | Comments

The Sullivan Group, a leading provider of clinician solutions to reduce medical errors and malpractice claims, launched its National Risk & Safety Collaborative today at the ASHRM Annual Conference. The Collaborative was created to extend The Sullivan Group's framework for evidence-based e-learning, software and services.

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New Method For Preserving Post-Op Bladder, Sexual And Anorectal Function

October 12, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

Surgeons in Germany have found that using microtechnology to electronically stimulate and monitor pelvic autonomic nerves may help prevent problems after a surgical procedure for rectal cancer, such as bladder, urinary and fecal incontinence, as well as sexual function disorders, according to a study reported at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Surgeon Availability Tied To Crash Victim Survival Rate

October 12, 2010 6:10 am | Comments

Having more surgeons working in a geographic area has a direct impact on the likelihood that victims will survive motor vehicle crashes, according to a new research study presented at the 2010 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. The study, led by David C. Chang, PhD, MPH, MBA, at the Center for Surgical Systems and Public Health, in the department of surgery at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, analyzed public health data of 3,225 U.

Surgeons Create Functional Artificial Pancreatic Tissue

October 12, 2010 5:59 am | Comments

Surgeons from Massachusetts General Hospital are reporting on a whole new strategy for controlling insulin-dependent diabetes without daily injections of insulin. The surgeons have bio-engineered a novel matrix that serves as a scaffold for seeding supportive stem cells as well as pancreatic islets (the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas).

Carotid Stents Associated With Greater Risks Than Surgery

October 12, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

For patients with blockages in the carotid artery that supplies blood to the brain, stenting (a non-surgical treatment) appears to be associated with an increased risk of both short- and long-term adverse outcomes when compared with surgical treatment (carotid endarterectomy), according to a meta-analysis of previously published studies that was posted online and will appear in the February 2011 print issue of Archives of Neurology , one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Personalized Orthopedic Surgeries

October 11, 2010 9:01 am | Comments

A number of new technologies and surgical techniques focused on personalized orthopedic operations will be presented at an educational program at Hospital for Special Surgery on October 15 and 16. During Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery: Review of Emerging Technologies , prominent orthopedic researchers will discuss how innovative technologies can improve surgical outcomes.

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Woman Mistakenly Uses Glue After Cataract Surgery

October 11, 2010 8:54 am | Comments

An Arizona woman accidentally glued an eye shut when she mistook super glue for her eye drops. KSAZ-TV said Irmgard Holm of Glendale, Arizona had cataract surgery a year ago. She was reaching for what she thought was one of her half-dozen eye drop medications. The burning sensation told her immediately something was seriously wrong.

Obese Workers Impact Employer Costs

October 11, 2010 8:48 am | Comments

The cost of obesity among U.S. full-time employees is estimated to be $73.1 billion, according to a new study by a Duke University obesity researcher published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine . This is the first study to quantify the total value of lost job productivity as a result of health problems, which it finds is more costly than medical expenditures.

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