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Ohio To Use Surgical Drug In Lethal Injections

January 26, 2011 5:39 am | Comments

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, AP Ohio is set to become the first state to use a surgical sedative as its sole means of executing condemned inmates, a switch made as the shortage of the drug normally used for executions has worsened. Beginning in March, the state execution team will use a single, powerful dose of pentobarbital, a drug sometimes used to induce surgical comas, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced.

Analysis Shows Elderly Patients Don't Receive Same Quality Of Care

January 26, 2011 5:31 am | Comments

As elderly citizens represent an ever growing proportion of the population, trauma centers are being challenged to provide them with same quality of care that younger patients receive during a medical emergency. A recent study by researchers using the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Trauma Databank (NTDB) published in the January 2011 issue of Annals of Surgery reveals that trauma centers that excel in the care of severely injured young patients do not necessarily provide the same quality of care to elderly ones.

FDA Approves New Robotic-Guided Surgical Implants

January 26, 2011 5:10 am | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of surgical robotic systems and complementary products, announced today that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the marketing of Emerald, their guided-surgical implant system for spinal fixation procedures. Mazor's flagship product, SpineAssist, is a surgical robotic system that enables surgeons to conduct spine surgeries in a safer and more accurate manner.


Independent Radiation Center Looks To Redefine Patient Care

January 25, 2011 5:52 am | Comments

According to officials at Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, patients tired of endless waits, cold exam rooms and impatient staff can turn to their independent treatment center. Here, they state, more is done to cater to the individual and minimize the impact on patients’ personal lives.

Operation Makes Dementia Patients Faster, Smarter

January 25, 2011 5:23 am | Comments

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Sahlgrenska University Hospital are the first in the world to show that an operation can help patients with dementia caused by white matter changes and hydrocephalus. Presented in the Journal of Neurosurgery , the results are based on the world's first study to demonstrate the effects of a shunt operation using a placebo control.

World First In Cardiac Surgery

January 25, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Doctors at London Health Sciences Center (LHSC) are the first in the world to use a new implantable surgical device that could revolutionize aortic valve bypass surgery. On November 3, 2010, LHSC's cardiac surgery team led by Drs. Bob Kiaii and Linrui Guo successfully performed an aortic valve bypass using a specialized Aortic Valve Bypass (AVB) device.

Red Cross Issues National Appeal For Blood

January 25, 2011 5:08 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Severe winter weather throughout much of the eastern half of the United States in recent weeks has caused the cancellation of more than 14,000 blood and platelet donations through the American Red Cross. With more winter weather and a possible coastal storm predicted, the Red Cross is urging all eligible blood donors to help boost its blood supply back up to sufficient levels.

HHS: Affordable Care Act Helps Recover $4 Billion In Healthcare Fraud

January 25, 2011 4:35 am | Comments

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli detailed a new report showing that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year 2010.


Cost To Treat Heart Disease To Triple By 2030

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

"Despite the successes in reducing and treating heart disease over the last half century, even if we just maintain our current rates, we will have an enormous financial burden on top of the disease itself," said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., chair of the American Heart Association expert panel issuing the statement.

Showing Empathy To Patients Can Improve Care

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

Showing clinical empathy to patients can improve their satisfaction of care, motivate them to stick to their treatment plans and lower malpractice complaints, found a study published in CMAJ. "Empathy is the ability to understand another's experience, to communicate and confirm that understanding with the other person and to then act in a helpful manner," writes Dr.

Training Instrument Allows Surgeon To Feel Grasp Force In Keyhole Surgery

January 24, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

The number of complications following keyhole surgery can be reduced by giving the surgeons a better feeling of how hard they are grasping the tissue with their operating instruments. This is made possible by designing the instrument in such a way that it sends tangible feedback signals to the handle held by the surgeon.

Feds Recover $2.5 Billion In Health Care Fraud

January 24, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Since publication of this article, the total in recovered health care fraud has been corrected to $4 billion. Click here to read more MIAMI (AP) — Federal officials say they recovered a record $2.5 billion in health care fraud judgments last year, and they're planning new security measures to crack down further on Medicare scams.

Survey Identifies Top Risk Management Concerns For 2011

January 24, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improve patient care, reveals the top 10 concerns facing healthcare risk managers for 2011. Again this year, the Healthcare Risk Control System’s membership survey of challenges confronting healthcare risk managers reflects the diversity of tasks on risk managers’ plates.

Intuitive Surgical Profits Up 56 Percent

January 21, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

(AP) — Intuitive Surgical, Inc. announced ts fourth-quarter net income rose 56 percent on better sales of its minimally invasive surgical platform, da Vinci. Net income increased to $121.2 million, or $3.02 per share, from $77.5 million, or $1.95 per share, in the same period a year earlier.

FDA Seeks Stricter Defibrillator Testing

January 21, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

Matthew Perrone, AP The Food and Drug Administration is recommending stricter testing requirements for heart-zapping defibrillators after years of increasing problems with the emergency medical devices. Under the agency's proposal posted online, makers of external defibrillators would need to submit more data and undergo manufacturing inspections before launching a new product.


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