At their core, trauma systems are developed to achieve care that is optimal for injured patients. The problem is that some areas are now seeing a perceived oversupply of trauma centers because the provision of trauma care can, in some instances, become highly profitable.
On average, the cost of managing one full-thickness pressure ulcer can cost nearly $70,000. In the U.S., the total cost for treating pressure ulcers is estimated at $11 billion annually.
To those unfamiliar with healthcare policy debates, the finding might seem predictable. But in recent years some frequently cited studies have suggested that higher spending levels do not necessarily produce better levels of care. This study supports the notion of higher costs equating to better care.
"For most patients with diabetes and a BMI greater than 35, bariatric surgery increases life expectancy. However, the benefit of surgery decreases as BMI increases. The patients with a BMI over 62 likely don't gain any life expectancy with surgery."
The effects of surgical smoke in the operating room can be hazardous to both medical personnel and patients. Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery, and for tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.
The authors suggest that a surgical outcomes reporting system does not provide a clear mechanism for quality improvement. The inability of these outcomes monitoring systems to produce measurable improvements may be related to difficulties in identifying mechanisms that translate changes in how surgical care is provided.
Recently, Surgical Products reached out to a number of experts in the field for their input on best practices for managing this element of electrosurgery and tips on how to avoid problems that are often overlooked.
With the internet and social media becoming woven into the modern medical practice, Penn State College of Medicine researchers contend that professional medical societies must update or amend their Internet guidelines to address when it is ethical to "Google" a patient.
When examining early (within seven days of discharge) and late (more than seven days after discharge) unplanned readmissions, the top three reasons for readmission were SSI, ileus or obstruction, and bleeding.
New research has found that simple distraction techniques, such as talking to a nurse, watching a DVD or using stress balls, can help patients to relax during varicose vein surgery and reduce their pain.
In response to the recent outbreak, the President says measles outbreaks are preventable. He says he understands that some families are concerned about vaccinations, but the science on them is "pretty indisputable."
More than 80 percent of surgeons said they had ordered imaging tests solely for defensive reasons, while more than three-fourths reported ordering laboratory tests and making extra referrals for defensive purposes. Up to half said they ordered more medications and procedures out of fear of being sued.
The tough-love approach — which comes amid the nation's second-biggest measles outbreak in at least 15 years, with at least 98 cases reported since last month — raises questions about doctors' ethical responsibilities.
In the facial area, excess skin causes cosmetic problems like a "droopy" face and "turkey" neck. The researchers note that patients are particularly displeased because they cannot camouflage this area with clothing.
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is aiming to reassure patients that they will not receive any additional bills for costs associated with surgery-related follow-up care that occurs within 30 days of the procedure.
Anaesthesia Associates of Massachusetts (AAM), a leading provider of anesthesia services, and Plexus Management Group, Inc., a market-leading anesthesia management company, announced the launch of their latest product, The Preoperative Stop/Go Sign.
Three hospitals in western Pennsylvania had a 43 percent reduction in excessive emergency department visits by using patient navigators - trained members of the community who connect patients with essential care services – as part of a pilot study.
In addition to other findings, the survey indicated that 32 percent were seizure-free and 75 percent had favorable results. Compared to before surgery, patients were more likely to be driving and more likely to be taking antidepressant medication, but less likely to be working full time.
Prosecutors say 35-year-old Candida Fluty, of Kermit, West Virginia, was indicted on charges of felonious assault and child endangering. The woman could face up to eight years in prison if convicted of all charges.
While most use it to read up on relevant procedures and experiences, one in every four patients actually chooses a surgeon based solely on what he or she has gleaned from, in particular, websites hosted by public hospitals and former patients.
Doctors who unintentionally communicate to patients that they do not believe or understand them could actually make symptoms worse, a new study suggests. Research indicates that a type of "nocebo" response - where patients perceive a lack of acceptance from their doctor - could create anger and distress.
The use of head CT as part of a screening examination, rather than as a diagnostic tool, likely stems from increased pressure on emergency physicians to evaluate and differentiate between benign and life-threatening causes of dizziness and syncope.
Treating post-operative pain with morphine can cause life-threatening respiratory problems in some children who have had their tonsils and/or adenoids removed, new research has found. This surgery is commonly and effectively used to treat childhood sleep apnea. The study also showed ibuprofen is a safe and effective alternative.
"More than 300 million people visit these high-risk regions every year. If approximately 20 percent of them are colonized with the bugs, these are really huge numbers. This is a serious thing. The only positive thing is that the colonization is usually transient, lasting for around half a year."
Since its founding in 1913, ACS has worked on behalf of its members and their patients in a number of ways. In a recently unveiled program, the College is working to educate younger members on many of the educational opportunities available to them.