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Vasectomy May Increase Risk Of Aggressive Prostate Cancer

July 11, 2014 10:59 am | News | Comments

Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The researchers found that the association remained even among men who received regular PSA screening, suggesting the increased risk of lethal cancer cannot be explained by diagnostic bias.

ACL Reconstructions May Last Longer With Autografts

July 11, 2014 10:35 am | News | Comments

"... those patients who had an allograft, failed at a rate more than three times higher than those reconstructed with an autograft. This study was also of only one type of allograft (Tibialis Posterior). Therefore, we can make a strong statement about that type and not necessarily extrapolate to other types of allografts, most notably those with bone, i.e. BTB or Achilles."

Heart Surgeon Arrested On Bribery Charges

July 11, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

According to the complaint, the Greek surgeon demanded $2,000 to perform bypass surgery, allegedly threatening to release the patient if the money was not paid. Police said a relative met with the doctor and handed him marked bills, after which plain-clothes police officers arrested the doctor.

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VA Names Interim Medical Inspector

July 11, 2014 10:19 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | News | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs has appointed a top health administrator to serve as interim director of its Office of Medical Inspector. The inspector's office came under scrutiny last month after an independent investigator issued a scathing report, saying the office downplayed whistleblower complaints outlining serious problems.

New York Allocates $462 Million To Support Key Hospital Services

July 10, 2014 7:34 am | by Michael Virtanen, AP | News | Comments

The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years. The goal is to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent while helping financially struggling institutions shift to more primary and outpatient care.

Sunshine Act Unveils Physician Gifts, Etc.

July 10, 2014 7:12 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Articles | Comments

Nearly 95 percent of U.S. physicians accept gifts, meals, payments, travel and other services from companies that make drugs and medical products. Starting in September the federal government will make available an exhaustive online database of payments to U.S. physicians and hospitals, under a section of the health care overhaul known as the Sunshine Act.

Minimally Invasive Heart Stents Prove Safer

July 10, 2014 6:51 am | News | Comments

The study documents the benefits within the context of more than a dozen formally tracked patient safety indicators that help monitor and prevent avoidable complications. These PSIs include wound infection, sepsis, hip fracture, accidental puncture or laceration, transfusion reaction and mortality among patients diagnosed as low-risk.

Delaying ACL Surgery Could Be Detrimental For Younger Athletes

July 10, 2014 6:41 am | News | Comments

"Patients who had surgery 6-12 weeks after ACL injury had 1.45 greater odds of lateral meniscus injury, and those waiting 3+ months increased their risk 2.82 times. The risk for medial meniscal tears was 4.3 times greater when delaying surgery at least 6 weeks."

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VA Apologizes To Whistleblowers Facing Retaliation

July 9, 2014 8:03 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | Blogs | Comments

James Tuchschmidt, the No. 2 official at the Veterans Health Administration, apologized on behalf of the department. "I apologize to everyone whose voice has been stifled. That's not what I stand for. I'm very disillusioned and sickened by all of this."

Hand Hygiene Improves 3X When Auditors Are Present

July 9, 2014 7:50 am | Articles | Comments

The study examined the Hawthorne effect, also known as observation bias (the tendency of people to change their behavior when they are aware of an observer) using an electronic monitoring hand hygiene system in real-time. Ultrasound "tags" on soap dispensers transmitted a signal to a nearby receiver each time the levers were pushed, and a time-stamped hand hygiene wash was recorded.

AIDS Research Team Loses $1.38 Million After Faking Results

July 9, 2014 7:37 am | by David Pitt, AP | News | Comments

The team, which consists of 10 researchers, has sufficient funding to continue its work, but experts at federal agencies have stated that it can take two to five years to recover from the negative perceptions created by a misconduct incident. The team's lead researcher was not aware of faked lab work.

Benefit To Removing Gall Bladder For Suspected Common Duct Stone

July 8, 2014 7:38 pm | News | Comments

Among patients with possible common duct stones, removal of the gall bladder, compared with endoscopic assessment of the common duct followed by gall bladder removal, resulted in a shorter length of hospital stay without increased illness and fewer common duct examinations.

MIS Underused Despite Lower Complication Rates

July 8, 2014 7:32 pm | News | Comments

Minimally invasive surgery has been associated with better outcomes than open surgery, including fewer surgical site infections, less pain and shorter hospital stays. However, analysis shows that some hospitals capable of performing minimally invasive surgery aren't providing it as often as they could.

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Study Targets Impact Of Health Insurance Expansion on Surgery

July 8, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

Insurance expansion was associated with a 9.3 percent increase in discretionary surgery in Massachusetts and a 4.5 percent decrease in non-discretionary surgery. Authors estimate the ACA could yield an additional 465,934 discretionary surgical procedures by 2017.

Pace Of Surgical Innovation Concerns Some Surgeons

July 8, 2014 12:44 pm | Articles | Comments

In 2005, patients were twice as likely to experience an adverse event if they were undergoing minimally invasive robotic prostatectomies compared to a traditional open surgical procedure. The following year was considered the tipping point for the adoption of MIRP when it equaled or exceeded 10 percent of all cases.

Partial Knee Replacements Safer, But Require More Follow-Up

July 8, 2014 11:14 am | News | Comments

Because of the higher revision rate of partial knee replacement surgery, which is traditionally regarded as the most important factor to determine the choice of implant, its use in the treatment of end-stage osteoarthritis is controversial, with only about 7,000 being performed annually.

No Practicing On Patients: New Docs Get Boot Camp

July 7, 2014 9:51 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

First-day jitters come with any new job but when the work involves pushing needles into strangers' bellies, stitching up gaping wounds or even delivering babies, that debut can be especially nerve-wracking — for everyone involved...      

OB VTE Safety Checklist Recommendations Well-Received At NPSF Congress

July 1, 2014 10:56 am | by Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety | News | Comments

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety (PPAHS) joined hundreds of other impassioned attendees in Orlando, Florida to attend the 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Class from May 14 through May 16, 2014...            

Study: Low Hand Hygiene Compliance During Anesthesia Administration

July 1, 2014 9:01 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Anesthesia providers are missing opportunities to clean their hands during surgical procedures, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology...

Edwards Receives FDA Clearance For Advanced Noninvasive Monitoring System

June 30, 2014 10:37 am | by Edwards Lifesciences Corporation | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, today announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the ClearSight system...         

Another Dancing Breast Cancer Surgery Patient

June 27, 2014 12:16 pm | Videos | Comments

Doreta Norris, 52, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2013. While at the airport to visit her mother-in-law, Norris saw video of a woman dancing in the operating room before a double mastectomy. That video inspired Norris to dance her cancer away as well. Norris danced with doctors and nurses to "Gangham Style" as she made her way to the operating room

ER Patient Attempts To Smuggle Medical Supplies

June 27, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

A 60-year-old man treated in the emergency room is suspected of trying to walk out with bed sheets, latex gloves, a bloody syringe, oxygen tubing, towels, washcloths, medical wrap, pulse oximeters, alcohol wipes and 15 packages of lubricant. He was confronted by hospital security before the police were called.

New Pain Relief Drug Could Reduce Consumption, Costs & Recovery Times

June 27, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

Pacira Pharmaceuticals recently announced results designed to compare post-surgical narcotic use and outcomes associated with EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) as the foundation of a multi-modal analgesic regimen, versus a standard opioid-based pain management regimen.

Early Surgical Follow-Up Can Cut Hospital Readmissions

June 26, 2014 8:59 am | by University of Utah Health Sciences | News | Comments

Patients who have post-operative complications following high-risk surgery have a significantly lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if they go see their primary care physician soon following discharge, a new study in JAMA Surgery shows...

Safe And Sound

June 24, 2014 11:23 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

It's impossible to provide quality care to patients if hospitals fail to provide a safe environment for their caregivers. That’s what Kent Wilson tells hospital administrators who voice a desire to improve patient and staff safety, increase efficiency, and prevent unnecessary injuries through more effective patient handling practices...

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