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Children Without Public Insurance Waited Longer For Tests

December 12, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

Children with public insurance waited longer after initial evaluation for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) to undergo polysomnography (PSG, the gold standard diagnostic test) and also waited longer after PSG to have surgery to treat the condition with adenotonsillectomy (AT) compared with children who were privately insured, according to a report published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. ...

AORN Cleaning Steps Practical For Efficient OR Turnover

December 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by Michael Gil and Linda Homan, Ecolab Healthcare | News | Comments

The AORN Recommended Practices state that “Every patient deserves a clean OR,” but historically there has been no easy way to objectively quantify that the OR is clean. In addition, surgical site infections (SSIs) continue to be a significant source of clinical complication and economic consequence for hospitals. ...

Study: Patients Given Less Blood During Transfusions Do Well

December 11, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

Patients with heart disease who receive transfusions during surgeries do just as well with smaller amounts of blood and face no greater risk of dying from other diseases than patients who received more blood, according to a new Rutgers study. ...     

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Drug Proves Effective Against 'Superbugs'

December 10, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A treatment pioneered at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Vaccine Research (CVR) is far more effective than traditional antibiotics at inhibiting the growth of drug-resistant bacteria, including so-called "superbugs" resistant to almost all existing antibiotics, which plague hospitals and nursing homes. ...    

New Approaches Key to Reducing Surgical Site Infections

December 10, 2014 11:13 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Charles E. Edmiston Jr., PhD., CIC, Professor of Surgery & Hospital Epidemiologist - Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee about the importance of reducing surgical site infections and how the use of a surgical care bundle is aiming to improve patient care across the country. ...  

Restricting Surgical Residents' Hours Doesn't Improve Outcomes

December 10, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Controversial restrictions on hospital residents' duty hours imposed in 2011 did not improve surgery patients' outcomes, reports a large new Northwestern Medicine study of U.S. hospitals, one of the first national evaluations of the results of the restrictions. ...    

Patients With Problems After Surgery Should Go Back to Same Hospital

December 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

When patients have complications after surgery, it’s best to go back to the hospital where the operation was done, a new study suggests. Patients who go instead to a hospital that didn’t do the original operation have a higher risk of death, the researchers found. ...     

Surgery in Space? Surgeon Sees Many Problems

December 9, 2014 10:42 am | by the Skeptical Scalpel, Physician's Weekly | Blogs | Comments

The astronauts are halfway to Mars when suddenly one of them develops abdominal pain and requires surgery. What will they do?                            

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Boy With Massive Tumor Moved Out of ICU

December 9, 2014 10:06 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

An 11-year-old Mexican boy who had portions of a massive tumor removed in New Mexico is out of intensive care, a spokesman for a church helping the boy said Sunday. Kristean Alcocer of the First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho told The Associated Press that Jose Antonio Ramirez Serrano is recovering after his 11-hour surgery on Nov. 17. ...  

New Siemens Angiography Applications Enable Greater Diagnostic Confidence

December 8, 2014 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

At the 100th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 30-Dec. 5 in Chicago, Siemens Healthcare presented two new clinical applications for angiography. ...  

Hack-A-Thon Attacks Ebola With Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 8, 2014 11:33 am | by GE Reports.com | News | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola’s fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a doctor into a patient. That’s why engineers and technologists started looking for ways that would allow hospital staff to limit their exposure to the virus when treating the sick. ...

Malnutrition Predictor of Long-Term Survival for Whipple Patients

December 8, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

Malnutrition is an important factor predicting long-term survival in older patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) (commonly called the Whipple procedure) to treat benign tumors and cysts of the pancreas as well as pancreatitis, according to  new study results published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. ...     

Boy Gets Visit From Officer Who Helped Bring Him to U.S. for Surgery

December 8, 2014 10:20 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A 9-year-old Afghan boy born with his bladder outside his body got a special visitor at his Pennsylvania school — the Army officer who helped bring him to the United States for corrective surgery. ...         

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Twenty-Four Indian Patients Blinded After Cataract Surgery

December 5, 2014 10:31 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities ordered an investigation Friday after at least 24 poor and elderly people went blind following cataract surgeries performed at a free medical camp run by a charity in northern India. ...           

Medication Error Killed Woman Following Surgery

December 5, 2014 10:08 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon hospital is acknowledging that it administered the wrong medication to a patient, causing her death. ...                                 

Thirty-Five Hospitals Designated Ebola Treatment Centers

December 4, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

An increasing number of U.S. hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with Ebola, giving nationwide health system Ebola readiness efforts a boost.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have identified and designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment centers, with more expected in the coming weeks. ...

Higher Blood Clot Risk in Longer Surgeries

December 4, 2014 10:22 am | News | Comments

The longer the duration of surgery, the higher the risk of a life-threatening blood clot, according to the first large-scale, quantitative national study of the risk across all surgical procedures. ...                

Report: Efforts to Improve Patient Safety Saves 50,000 Lives, $12 Billion

December 3, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday shows an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. ... 

IDT and Ubiquitome Partner to Develop Mobile Ebola Test

December 3, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT), and Ubiquitome recently announced a partnership to develop the Ubiquitome Freedom4 Real-Time RT-PCR Ebola Virus Assay for easy use in the field. This rapid test is designed to be run on Ubiquitome’s hand-held, battery powered real-time PCR device, the Freedom4. ... 

Hospital Saves $7M in Healthcare Costs With Patient Safety Grant

December 3, 2014 11:04 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

In 2009, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., began a case study with help from the E3 Patient Safety Grant, developed by the Cardinal Health Foundation, with the goal of improving patient safety and reducing costs. Within five years, the medical facility saved more than 150 lives and more than $7 million in healthcare costs. ...

Common Knee Surgery May Lead to Arthritis and Cartilage Loss

December 3, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

A popular surgery to repair meniscal tears may increase the risk of osteoarthritis and cartilage loss in some patients, according to research presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). The findings show that the decision for surgery requires careful consideration in order to avoid accelerated disease onset, researchers said. ...

Bariatric Patients Should Take Supplements For Eye Protection

December 2, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Obese patients who have undergone bariatric surgery to shed weight should take the supplements prescribed to them to protect their eyes. Taking in too little Vitamin A, in particular, could in some cases actually cause night blindness, dry eyes, corneal ulcers, and in extreme cases total blindness. ...  

Supreme Court Rejects Blood Transfusion Case

December 1, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from the estate of a Michigan woman who died following a kidney transplant after turning down a blood transfusion because of her religious beliefs.           

New App Gives Family Peace of Mind During Surgery

November 26, 2014 10:14 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

There's no doubt surgery can be a stressful experience for not only the patient but family members as well. However, thanks to a new app, loved ones can get messages or reassurance directly from the operating room ...      

Superbug In SE Michigan Shows Recent Decline

November 25, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

A new study finds a decrease in an emergent strain of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) that is resistant to last line defense antibiotics. Researchers examined the prevalence of vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) infections in southeastern Michigan, where the majority of these infections have occurred in the U.S.

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