Pacemaker reuse may be a safe, effective and ethical alternative to address the medical needs for people in Third World countries who couldn't otherwise afford therapy, according to a new study unveiled by the American Heart Association. Researchers examined pacemaker reuse compared with a control population of new device implantation in studies from 1975 to 2009.
A poster presented at the 12th World Congress Of Endoscopic Surgery in April of this year concluded that single port surgery laparoscopic surgery requires unique skills that can—and need to—be learned by surgeons in order to perform the technique effectively. In the research, titled “Performance Ramifications of Single Port Laparoscopic Surgery: Measuring Differences in Task Performance Using Simulation,” Nathan E Conway, MD and colleagues suggest that single port laparoscopic surgery is a promising technique, but one that may be associated with specific psychomotor challenges such as use of articulated and/or deliberately crossed instruments.
Two Indiana hospitals have repaid millions of dollars to the federal government to settle claims that they overcharged for a type of spinal surgery. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie paid just under $2 million. President and chief executive Mike Haley said the hospital had fully cooperated with the investigation and voluntarily agreed to repay the money.
Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to medical device maker St. Jude Medical, Inc. due to the company promoting its device for an unapproved use. In a letter dated April 23, the FDA takes issue with claims on a St. Jude website promoting its Epicor ablation system.
Carolyn Thompson, AP A Canadian sports medicine doctor whose superstar clients include Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez, faces federal criminal charges in the United States for allegedly bringing unapproved drugs into the country and unlawfully treating professional athletes. Dr. Anthony Galea was charged in a criminal complaint in U.
Sinus surgery performed using an endoscope appears to be increasingly common for the management of chronic sinus disease among Medicare beneficiaries, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery . Chronic rhinosinusitis is characterized by infection and inflammation of the sinus cavities and nose that lasts longer than three months, according to background information in the article.
Surgical residents who are single or do not have children are more likely to plan for specialty fellowships, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Surgery . Graduate surgical education has changed significantly in recent decades, according to background information in the article.
Simbionix USA Corporation, a leading provider of medical education and simulation training products, reports that their ANGIO Mentor virtual reality simulator was used during the 4th International Congress of the Polish Vascular Societies in April 2010 for the training and certification of vascular physicians from medical centers across Poland.
Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Trauma Team™ for the Wii™ gaming platform is now available. The game offers players six different fields of medicine to master, including surgery, diagnosis, orthopedics, endoscopy, forensics and first response. “Trauma Team combines the best aspects of medical dramas and crime investigation TV shows with satisfying game play that anyone can pick up,” stated Aram Jabbari, Manager of Public Relations and Sales at Atlus.
Florida hospitals and surgeons today launched a significant new initiative to improve patient safety and the quality of surgical care while reducing costs throughout the state. The Florida Surgical Care Initiative (FSCI), a joint project of the Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a statewide collaboration that will focus on reducing surgical complications and improving the quality of care in participating hospitals.
ICU-acquired infection rates are not an indication of patients' mortality risk, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, undermining a central tenet of many pay-for-performance initiatives. Public reporting of quality data is increasingly common in health care. These report cards are designed to improve the quality of care by helping patients choose the best hospitals.
John Theurer Cancer Center has begun implanting a wireless radiation sensor, so that radiation oncologist can receive immediate data on the amount of radiation being delivered to rumors and surrounding tissue. May 18, 2010 John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center announces that it is one of two cancer centers in the tri-state area currently implanting a wireless radiation sensor, known as DVS® (Dose Verification System).
Adult patients without health insurance admitted to intensive care units in Pennsylvania hospitals are at a 21 percent increased risk of death compared to similar patients with private insurance, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. The difference in mortality risk was not explained by patient characteristics or differences in care at the hospital level, suggesting that uninsured patients might receive poorer quality care.
The parents of an Edmonton, Alberta toddler are now confident their son will be able to undergo surgery for a rare birth defect, thanks to the generosity of people across Canada. The two-year-old, Maddox, was born with lymphatic cystic hydroma, a severe and rare malformation on the left side of his face that has so far been untreatable by doctors.
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found that colonoscopy preparation drugs administered the same day as the procedure are equally effective to those given the night before and the morning of the procedure, but result in less complaints of side effects such as abdominal pain, sleep loss and workday interference.