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Quality Program Saves 533 Lives, $75 Million

July 29, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Compared with complication rates in 2009, mortality rates dropped by 31.5 percent. The collaborative saw improvements in 13 of the 17 types of complications, and nine improved significantly. The areas of most improvement included surgical site infections, pneumonia and urinary tract infections, which all dropped by approximately one-third.

Non-endoscopic Migraine Surgery Provides Relief

July 29, 2014 11:33 am | News | Comments

A revised version of a surgical procedure to treat severe chronic migraine headaches led to significant symptom relief more than 90 percent of the time in patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). "We confirmed that surgery through standard incisions used for cosmetic procedures can be very effective in treating some of the most severe cases of chronic migraine," says William G. (Jay) Austen, Jr., MD.

New Material For Surgical Products Could Aid In Healing Process

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers have created a biodegradable biomaterial that is inherently antioxidant and can be used to create elastomers, liquids that turn into gels, or solids for building devices or implants that are more compatible with cells and tissues, reducing inflammation or rejection.

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Safety Program Reduces Heart Surgery Infections

July 28, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

The project's goal was to reduce the cardiac NSQIP SSI rate to two percent. The team succeeded in lowering the infection rate to a NSQIP average of 1.6 percent in the nine months after fully instituting the surgical best practices bundle.

Reused Syringes Lead To Clinic Suspension

July 28, 2014 11:53 am | News | Comments

West Virginia's state epidemiologist said an investigation found that the clinic reused syringes on more than one patient, surgical masks were not worn during epidural injections, and that the facility had other sanitation and hygiene issues.

House & Senate Agree On A Deal For VA

July 28, 2014 11:45 am | by Matthew Daly, AP | News | Comments

Their plan is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics, hire more doctors and nurses, and make it easier for veterans who can't get prompt appointments with VA doctors to obtain outside care.        

New Radiological Indicators For Lap Band Slippage

July 25, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have identified two previously undescribed radiological signs of potentially life-threatening slippage of laparoscopically adjustable gastric bands. Adding widespread knowledge of the new signs—inferior displacement of the superolateral band margin by more than 2.4 cm from the diaphragm and the presence of an air-fluid level above the band will aid in diagnosing affected bariatric patients.

Tests Improve Approaches For Thyroid Cancer Surgery

July 25, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Previously, “if the portion removed during the first surgery came back positive for cancer, a second surgery was needed to remove the rest of the thyroid. The molecular testing panel now bypasses that initial surgery, allowing us to go right to fully removing the cancer with one initial surgery. This reduces risk and stress to the patient, as well as recovery time and costs.”

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Alabama Man Suing Over Mistaken Amputation

July 25, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

An Alabama man who went into surgery for what was supposed to be a routine circumcision filed a lawsuit contending doctors mistakenly amputated his penis. A hospital said Thursday the claims were without merit.                                                                         

Surgeons Remove 232 "Tooth-Like Structures" From Teen

July 25, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Surgeon Vandana Thoravade said Ashik Gavai suffered complex odontoma, a rare condition in which a tumor grows under a gum and creates smaller tooth-like growths called denticles. He said the team of dental surgeons took seven hours to remove all the denticles.

Varying Insurance Premium Subsidies Worry Patients, Employers

July 25, 2014 11:14 am | by Kelli Kennedy, AP | News | Comments

The Obama administration says policyholders will keep getting financial aid as it sorts out legal implications. The government said consumers who received multiple subsidy estimates, or disagree with their subsidy amount, can appeal. They hope to resolve most of the appeals this summer, but it's unclear how many people received or appealed varying subsidy amounts.

2014 ESP Award Submission: OPERON Surgical Table

July 24, 2014 1:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OPERON offers their D860 surgical table with exceptional lift capacity and height adjustment to accommodate almost any working level, allowing for gentle patient positioning and safety, regardless of the surgical discipline or body type.

Pleads For VA Reform As Bill Talks Stall

July 24, 2014 12:34 pm | Articles | Comments

Negotiations over a bill to bolster the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs in response to a furor over long patient wait times and falsified records to cover up the delays have bogged down over costs and how much the VA should turn to outside doctors to address the backlog.

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After 13-Hour Surgery, Optimism For Rock Attack Victim

July 24, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

Doctors had a simple goal when they first saw how a football-size rock thrown from an interstate overpass had shattered Sharon Budd's skull — keep her alive. Screws, bolts and plates now hold together the face of the seventh-grade teacher from Uniontown, Ohio.

ERAS Program Validated For Colorectal Surgery Patients

July 24, 2014 12:08 pm | by Cristina B. Geltzeiler, M.D., of Oregon Health and Science University, and Colleagues | News | Comments

The fundamental aspects of enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs are guidelines that focus on education, fluid management, minimal incision length, decreased use of tubes and drains, opioid-sparing analgesia, early mobilization and eating after surgery.

Prevention Programs Lead To Drop in Post-Op Pneumonia

July 24, 2014 11:54 am | by Hadiza S. Kazaure, M.D., of the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Colleagues | News | Comments

A postoperative pneumonia prevention program for patients in the surgical ward at a California Veterans Affairs hospital lowered the case rate for the condition. Pneumonia is a common infection that accounts for about 15 percent of all hospital-acquired infections and as much as 3.4 percent of complications among surgical patients.

Common Hysterectomy Procedure May Spread Uterine Cancer

July 23, 2014 10:44 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A new study is raising questions about a common hysterectomy procedure, power morcellation, that may spread cancer that has not yet been detected...                             

Deer Jet Medical Launches China's First Global Air Ambulance

July 23, 2014 10:28 am | by Deer Jet Medical Co., Ltd. | News | Comments

Whenever a medical emergency occurs, a Chinese traveling abroad only has to make one call to receive a medical evacuation and repatriation from a safe, fast and dedicated air ambulance jet ...                  

Ketamine Can Be A Wonder Drug For ER Patients And Their Physicians

July 23, 2014 10:11 am | by American College of Emergency Physicians | News | Comments

For critically ill patients arriving at the emergency department, the drug ketamine can safely provide analgesia, sedation and amnesia for rapid, life-saving intubation...                       

Miracle Flights For Kids Partners With KARL STORZ

July 22, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

Through the agreement, KARL STORZ will make donations to Miracle Flights based on utilization of a feature in their latest operating room workflow solution called Essential NEO OR1. For each clinical use, the company will donate $1 to Miracle Flights. ORs generally can handle 4-6 procedures per day.

Study Confirms Value In RF GERD Treatment

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

A newly published peer-reviewed paper states that Stretta therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The paper states that Stretta addresses a significant unmet need where patients receive inadequate control from PPI therapy, or find surgery an undesirable option.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment Eases Spinal Pain

July 22, 2014 11:03 am | News | Comments

"... extreme back pain due to spinal tumors degrades quality of life, and until now, limited minimally invasive procedural options ... have been available,” said Nam D. Tran, M.D., and Ph.D., neuro-oncology surgeon. “This multi-center study validates t-RFA as a treatment option that provides rapid, lasting pain relief without the need to interrupt the patient’s primary cancer therapy.”

Free Support Kit To Help Prevent Healthcare Injuries

July 21, 2014 10:17 am | by Handicare | News | Comments

The non-profit NoInjuries.com initiative is offering a free support kit to help prevent healthcare injuries to both caregivers and patients. The kit contains useful tools and tips for implementing and sustaining a facility-wide healthcare injuries prevention program...

Doctors Must Discuss The Cost Of Care With Their Patients

July 16, 2014 11:36 am | by Peter Ubel, MD | Blogs | Comments

Dr. Peter Ubel has been writing a bit lately on the need for healthcare providers to talk with their patients about healthcare costs, if for no other reason than to enable patients to determine whether they can afford to pay for the healthcare that their doctors are recommending them to receive...

New Statement On PEG Feeding Tubes In Children

July 16, 2014 9:17 am | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube has become an essential technique for children and young people with a wide range of problems with feeding and nutrition...                    

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