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Access To Primary Care May Reduce Surgeries Among Children

May 4, 2010 8:01 am | Comments

The availability of surgeons may increase the likelihood that children will receive optional ear and throat surgeries, while the availability of primary care providers, such as pediatricians and family physicians, may decrease the likelihood of children undergoing these procedures, according to research to be presented Saturday, May 1 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Treating Battlefield Injuries With Light-Activated Technology

May 4, 2010 8:01 am | Comments

Traumatic battlefield injuries may be more effectively treated by using a new light-activated technology developed as a result of research managed by Air Force Office of Scientific Research and supported by funds from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. This new treatment for war injuries includes using a process or technology called Photochemical Tissue Bonding, which can replace conventional sutures, staples and glues in repairing skin wounds, reconnecting severed peripheral nerves, blood vessels, tendons and incisions in the cornea.

Surgeons' Pilot Prevention Program Reduces Postoperative Pneumonia

May 4, 2010 8:00 am | Comments

A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows the new low-cost program is successful in decreasing pneumonia in the hospital surgical ward. May 4, 2010 The results of new research results published in the April issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons show that a pilot pneumonia-prevention program significantly reduced postoperative pneumonia in a hospital surgical ward.

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Comparing Resistive-Polymer Versus Forced-Air Warming

May 4, 2010 7:50 am | Comments

In a recent study, researchers compare the efficacy of resistant-polymer and forced-air warming devices in maintaining normothermia in orthopedic patients. May 4, 2010 According to a study published in the March 2010 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, several adverse consequences can be caused by mild perioperative hypothermia.

Pay-For-Performance Could Hinder Obese Patient Surgeries

May 3, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

Pay-for-performance reimbursement of surgeons, intended to reward doctors and hospitals for good patient outcomes, may instead be creating financial incentives for discriminating against obese patients, who are much more likely to suffer expensive complications after even the most routine surgeries, according to new Johns Hopkins research.

Obese Women Diagnosed With Larger, Later-Stage Breast Cancers

May 3, 2010 7:00 am | Comments

A new study finds obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese. May 3, 2010 Obese women are more likely to have breast cancer detected at a later stage and to have lymph node metastases at the time of diagnosis than women who are not obese, according to a study presented this week at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Ansell's New Green Packaging

May 3, 2010 6:40 am | Comments

Ansell Healthcare Products has improved its glove packaging with a newer, greener design that reduces packaging waste. Ansell’s increased-count exam pack contains more exam gloves per box – and per case. The new dispensing box still fits into customers’ existing wall brackets, yet provides 50 to 100 percent more gloves, depending on the specific glove selected.

In Praise Of Mexican Surgery

May 3, 2010 6:33 am | Comments

Howard Huntington, AP “Life was not looking like it was worth living anymore. I couldn't see any way out. Then this came up. I jumped on it immediately. I didn't care if it was Kookamunga.” Jim Krois had been a photographer for the Daily Courier for five years when he was laid off in 2008.

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System Automatically Tracks Radiation From CT Scans

May 3, 2010 6:09 am | Comments

Researchers have developed a computer-based system that can automatically track patient-specific radiation dose exposure (based on a patient's size and weight) for every patient that receives a CT scan, providing patients with a way to start tracking their cumulative health care-related radiation exposure, according to a study presented at the ARRS 2010 Annual Meeting.

Specially Trained Surgeons Interpret Mammograms

May 3, 2010 6:00 am | Comments

Dedicated breast surgeons, who are responsible for the treatment of breast cancers, performed as well as specialized breast radiologists when screening mammograms, stated a six-year study presented this week at the American Society of Breast Surgeons.  The prospective research involved 10,020 mammograms performed at a surgeon-run South African breast health center between January 2003 and June 2009.

Lawmakers Want More Oversight Of Surgical Staff

April 30, 2010 7:42 am | Comments

Samantha Abernethy, Associated Press Writer DENVER (AP) — The case of a surgical technician exposing 6,000 patients in Colorado to Hepatitis C while feeding her drug addiction has prompted legislators to consider requiring surgical staff to register with the state. The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Thursday on two bills designed to increase oversight of the medical staffers.

Medtronic Agrees To Buy ATS Medical For $350M

April 30, 2010 7:42 am | Medtronic | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Medical device company Medtronic Inc. said Thursday it has agreed to buy heart device maker ATS Medical Inc. for $350 million in cash, expanding its products for cardiac surgery. Medtronic is offering ATS Medical $4 per share, which is a 54 percent premium to the stock's closing price on Wednesday.

Thai Hospital Evacuated After Protesters Storm It

April 30, 2010 7:41 am | Comments

Denis D. Gray, Associated Press Writer BANGKOK (AP) — A major Thai hospital evacuated patients and suspended all but emergency surgery Friday after anti-government protesters stormed in to hunt for security forces they suspected were taking positions there overlooking their barricaded enclave.

Remote Heart Operation Performed Using Robotic Arm

April 30, 2010 7:40 am | Comments

An expert at University of Leicester and Glenfield Hospital will use the Catheter Robotics Remote Catheter Manipulation System for the first time in a heart rhythm treatment procedure. April 30, 2010 A pioneering world first robotics system operation is to be conducted at Glenfield Hospital Leicester thanks to expertise at the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester.

Study Shows 84 Percent Reduction in Post C-Section Infections Through Prevention Strategy

April 30, 2010 7:18 am | Comments

A new study published in the May issue of American Journal of Infection Control concluded a statistically significant reduction in the rate of surgical site infections (SSI) in patients undergoing cesarean section (C-section) delivery(1) (7.5 percent versus 1.2 percent; relative reduction of 84 percent) through an infection prevention bundle including the use of 2 percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG)/70 percent isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution (ChloraPrep®), 2 percent CHG no-rinse cloth, instrument sterilization, staff education and training.

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