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Doctors Separate Conjoined Irish Twins

April 9, 2010 7:17 am | Comments

(AP)  British doctors say they successfully separated conjoined Irish twins in a London hospital. The twin boys, Hassan and Hussein Benhaffaf, were born in Cork, Ireland, joined at the chest. They did not share any major organs. About 20 doctors and nurses at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital were involved in a 14-hour surgery to separate the twins.

Blumenthal: Preparing For A Nationwide Transformation

April 9, 2010 7:10 am | Comments

A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology: “I know that health care providers are concerned about implementing new health information technology and finding professionals who can operate and maintain such systems. I know many clinicians are unsure how they will develop or strengthen their skill set to incorporate using health IT efficiently and effectively without jeopardizing their communication with patients during a clinical visit.

Tissue-Engineered Grafts Could Replace Synthetic

April 9, 2010 6:54 am | Comments

Using adult stem cells, researchers have created functional blood vessels that could one day replace synthetic grafts often required in various vascular bypass surgeries, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Annual Conference 2010.

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Post-Op Nicotine Withdrawal Can Be Harmful

April 9, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

Nicotine withdrawal can cause dangerous agitation in intensive care patients. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care found that, compared to non-smokers, agitated smokers were more likely to accidentally remove tubes and catheters, require supplemental sedative, analgesic or anti-psychotic medications, or need physical restraints.

Altered Report Leads To $800K Judgment Against Surgeon

April 9, 2010 6:16 am | Comments

A Los Angeles surgeon has been ordered to pay a Maryland patient and his wife $800,600 in a malpractice judgement. The ruling stems from Dr. Hrayr Shahinian performing an inappropriate surgery and then altering a pathology report to cover up his failure to remove a tumor. The award included $300,000 in punitive damages for “intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Non-OR Factors Key In Predicting Hip Surgery Success

April 7, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Hip fractures are the second leading cause of hospitalization of elderly patients. According to a new study published in the April 2010 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS ), a person's pre-surgical health classification, as determined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), is a leading indicator as to how well the person will fare after surgery to repair the hip fracture.

Hospital That Was Vital During 9-11 Succumbs To Debt

April 7, 2010 5:52 am | Comments

Saint Vincent's Hospital, a 160-year-old institution in Manhattan that treated hundreds of victims of the September 11 attacks and was at the forefront of the AIDS epidemic, will cease operating most of its patient services after a prolonged but failed effort to rescue it from massive debt, officials said Tuesday.

Incisionless Option For Stomach Ulcer Bleeding

April 7, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

According to early clinical evidence from a safety study, a new endoscopic spray from Cook Medical may offer a new surgery-free procedure for treating acute bleeding of peptic ulcers. The early results, collected at the Chinese University of Hong Kong by lead investigators Dr. Joseph Sung of the Chinese University and Dr.

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$35 Million From Pfizer To Doctors

April 7, 2010 5:11 am | Comments

Linda A. Johnson, AP Pfizer, Inc. paid doctors and teaching hospitals a total of $35 million in the last half of 2009 for services ranging from speaking to other doctors about the company's products to running studies of its experimental drugs. The world's biggest drugmaker by revenue disclosed details of its payments to about 4,500 doctors and other health professionals.

More Risk Means Higher Costs For Back Surgeries

April 7, 2010 4:57 am | Comments

Carla K. Johnson, AP A study of Medicare patients shows that costlier, more complex spinal fusion surgeries are on the rise. Findings also suggest these more challenging operations are riskier, leading to more complications and even deaths. “This is exactly what the health care debate has been dancing around,” said Dr.

FDA Approves Biodegradable Surgery Patch

April 6, 2010 6:49 am | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved TachoSil, a patch that's used to stop bleeding during heart surgery, and can be absorbed by the body. The protein-coated patch is made from horse tendons and can be used when traditional surgical procedures can’t stop mild-to-moderate bleeding.

Conjoined Twins Exit Gaza For Surgery

April 6, 2010 6:41 am | Comments

(AP) A spokesman for Gaza's border authority says a pair of conjoined twins born in Gaza last month have crossed into Egypt on their way to Saudi Arabia for separation surgery. Adel Zourab says Gaza's Rafah crossing was opened briefly Tuesday to allow the twins, their parents and a medical team to cross.

Compression Device Changes Post-Op Blood Clot Care

April 6, 2010 6:34 am | Comments

A mobile compression device is as effective as medication at preventing the formation of blood clots after hip replacement surgery but provides greater patient safety, according to a study in the March issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery . “This device is as useful as blood thinners for the reduction of blood clots after hip replacement and it’s superior in safety,” said Douglas E.

Reprocessing Key For Greening The OR

April 6, 2010 6:17 am | Comments

Ascent recently announced its sponsorship of a new initiative from Practice Greenhealth – The Symposium For Greening The OR, which will take place on April 27 in Scottsdale, AZ. It’s the first phase of an initiative that hopes to gather a select group of thought leaders from throughout the healthcare industry to discuss strategies for waste reduction and cost savings in operating rooms.

Justice Department: Incompetence Killed One Patient, Injured Others

April 6, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

The United States Justice Department has intervened in a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging that Satilla Health Services, Inc., dba Satilla Regional Medical Center, and Dr. Najam Azmat submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid for medically substandard and unnecessary services. Among other things, the complaint alleges that the defendants submitted claims for medical procedures performed by Dr.

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