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Aussie State: Doctor’s Punishment Not Tough Enough

July 20, 2010 7:15 am | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — The Queensland state Attorney General has appealed the seven-year prison sentence of an American surgeon convicted of killing three patients, arguing the punishment isn't tough enough. Indian-born U.S. citizen Jayant Patel, 60, was convicted last month of three counts of manslaughter and one of causing grievous bodily harm while he was a surgeon at a state-run hospital in Bundaberg, a sugar industry town 230 miles north of Brisbane in Queensland.

Italian Doctors' Strike Blocks 40,000 Surgeries

July 20, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

Medical workers are protesting outside of parliament in Rome to protest expected shortages of medical workers in the system due government plans to not renew many temporary contracts. The government says the €25 billion ($32.5 billion) austerity plan does not foresee cuts in Italy's state-run health care system but is seeking to stem waste.

Greater Need For Sepsis Screening In Surgical ICUs

July 20, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

New research shows surgical infection kills 10 times more than heart attack and blood clots during surgery July 20, 2010 Newswise — New research from The Methodist Hospital in Houston shows that sepsis is 10 times more common and more lethal than other more well-known surgical complications including heart attacks and blood clots.

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94 Charged In Medicare Fraud Totaling $251M

July 19, 2010 7:54 am | Comments

Kelli Kennedy and Tom Hays, Associated Press Writers MIAMI (AP) — Elderly Russian immigrants lined up to take kickbacks from the backroom of a Brooklyn clinic. Claims flooded in from Miami for HIV treatments that never occurred. One professional patient was named in nearly 4,000 false Medicare claims.

Vegas Man Charged In Stem Cell Surgery Case

July 19, 2010 7:53 am | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Nevada allege an 84-year-old Las Vegas man reaped about $1 million from patients and investors with claims that he was a retired physician with a stem cell medical procedure. An indictment alleges Alfred Sapse had unidentified doctors in Las Vegas and Mexico perform experimental surgical implants of placential tissue in about 134 patients over the last four years.

Robot Gives Surgeons Another Weapon Against Throat Cancer

July 19, 2010 7:53 am | by Jan Jarvis, Star-Telegram | Comments

It started with hoarseness that refused to go away. Then swallowing became difficult. Within a month, Madonna Griffin could no longer eat. By the time she finally learned what was causing the hoarseness, she could barely breathe. It took Dr. Yadro Ducic just one look down her throat to identify the cause.

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2010-11 Best Hospitals Announced

July 16, 2010 7:23 am | Comments

As it has for the last 20 years, U.S. News & World Report recently unveiled the 2010-11 Best Hospitals rankings. The rankings recognize 152 hospitals out of nearly 5,000 that were considered that show exemplary care. Fourteen of the hospitals make the “Honor Roll,” recognizing a hospital’s extraordinary care in more than one specialty.

Surgeon Jailed For Killing 3 Appeals In Australia

July 16, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — An American surgeon sentenced earlier this month to seven years in prison for killing three patients and permanently harming another is appealing his conviction, a report said Thursday. Indian-born U.S. citizen Jayant Patel, 60, was convicted of three counts of manslaughter and one of causing grievous bodily harm while he was a surgeon at a hospital in Queensland state from 2003 and 2005.

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National Trauma Institute Seeks To ‘Stop The Bleeding’

July 16, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

The National Trauma Institute (NTI), a non-profit organization dedicated to funding trauma research in the United States, launched a powerful awareness and giving campaign in the heart of New York City today. While the images in the 15-second message may disturb some, trauma surgeon and NTI chairperson Dr.

Study: Obese Men Face Higher Death Risk

July 16, 2010 7:21 am | Comments

The research, presented at the International Congress on Obesity in Stockholm, also indicated that obesity usually develops before the age of 20 and that most people are unlikely to develop obesity later in life. More than 5,000 military conscripts took part in the study, starting from age 20 through to age 80.

Medical Gift Law Faces Possible Repeal

July 16, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

Lyle Moran, Associated Press Writer Two years after passing a law that required medical companies to disclose some of their gifts to doctors and banned others, there is a push in the Legislature to strike down the law. The 2008 law banned giving away sporting event tickets, tickets to the theater and vacation trips.

Patient Handoff Video Every Medical Intern Should See

July 15, 2010 5:45 am | Comments

July 15, 2010 Patient handoffs increase the risk of medical errors. As residency hours are restricted, more of these handoffs will take place. It’s imperative that this source of error be minimized. Vineet Arora, associate director at the University of Chicago’s Internal Medicine residency, is one of the nation’s authorities on patient handoffs.

Final Rules Announced In Support Of EHRs

July 14, 2010 5:52 am | Comments

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the final rules regarding the expanded use of electronic health records (EHR). “For years, health policy leaders on both sides of the aisle have urged adoption of electronic health records throughout our health care system to improve quality of care and ultimately lower costs,” Secretary Sebelius said.

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YouTube Contest Recognizes Infection Prevention Practices

July 14, 2010 4:45 am | Comments

To highlight innovative infection prevention practices nationwide and to showcase original ways of improving patient care, 3M Infection Prevention Division today introduced the 3M™ Innovation Award  YouTube™ Video Contest.  This multi-phase contest will recognize the efforts of individuals and teams in healthcare facilities across the country who work to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

Arrogance The Biggest Cause Of HAIs?

July 14, 2010 4:13 am | Comments

In health care reform discussions, talk inevitably turns to making hospitals and physicians accountable for patient outcomes. But in a commentary being published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , Johns Hopkins patient safety expert Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., argues that the health care industry doesn't yet have measurable, achievable and routine ways to prevent patient harm, and that there are too many barriers in the way to attain them.

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