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Cancer Patient Sues For $1M After Surgeons Remove Wrong Kidney

June 16, 2014 11:13 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

According to a June 12 article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, Glenn Hermes learned those tasked with overseeing his treatment for kidney cancer misread a CT scan prior to the surgery. Doctors were supposed to remove his right kidney before the cancer spread to other parts of his body. Instead, doctors took out his left one...

Helping Patients Train For Surgery Earns MSHOP $6.4M Health Care Innovation Award

June 16, 2014 9:45 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

The Michigan Surgical and Health Optimization Program (MSHOP) has earned a $6.4 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for its work to lower surgery costs and help Michigan patients train for surgery...

Crazy For Clean Releases Newest Free CEU Game: “The PPE Police”

June 13, 2014 12:25 pm | by Healthmark Industries | News | Comments

Crazy4clean.com Releases Newest Free CEU Game: “The PPE Police”. This new game takes you on a learning adventure about the role of Personal Protective Equipment and Attire in safety...                 

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California-Based Sutter Health Invests $11.5 Million In Overhead Patient Lifts

June 13, 2014 10:38 am | by Sutter Health | News | Comments

Today, not-for-profit Sutter Health announces an $11.5 million commitment to install overhead patient lifts at 19 intensive care units and acute rehabilitation centers across its Northern California network. Three years ago, the network invested an initial $11.5 million to install overhead lifts at 21 affiliate sites...

BRCA Test Results Affect Patients' Breast Cancer Surgery Plans

June 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

A new study reports that among women with breast cancer who undergo recommended testing before surgery, more than 7 in 10 who test positive will change their surgical plan, typically opting for a more extensive procedure such as a double mastectomy and sometimes ovary removal...

Jury Rules In Favor Of Hospital, Surgeon After Patient Falls Off OR Table

June 12, 2014 11:06 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Cheyenne, WY jury ruled in favor of a local medical center and a trauma surgeon in a malpractice case brought about by woman who fell off an operating table during a 2010 gall bladder surgical procedure. Jurors cleared Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Dr. Richard Fermelia of any negligence, and they dismissed Samantha Garcia of Nebraska’s claim that the hospital did not protect her from falling during the surgery...

Frailty Can Help Predict Complications, Death In Older Trauma Patients

June 12, 2014 10:29 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

Measuring frailty using the Frailty Index (FI) can be a predictor of in-hospital complications, need for discharge to a skilled nursing facility or in-hospital death in older patients following physical trauma...           

Childhood Cancer Survivors Hospitalized Frequently Years After Cancer Treatment

June 12, 2014 10:18 am | by American Association for Cancer Research | News | Comments

Survivors of childhood cancers were hospitalized more often and for longer durations because of blood disorders and other problems, many years after cancer treatment was completed, compared with the general population, according to a published study...

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2014 ESP Award Submission: VisiClear Surgical Smoke Plume Evacuator

June 11, 2014 11:04 am | by Buffalo Filter | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

VisiClear Surgical Smoke Plume Evacuator, Buffalo Filter’s most advanced acute care offering, features the latest in technology, resulting in a quiet, safe, and intuitive surgical smoke plume evacuator. 

VA Confesses To "Integrity Issue"

June 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by Alan Fram, AP | News | Comments

A House bill, sponsored by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would let veterans facing delayed appointments or living more than 40 miles from a VA facility get care from non-agency providers for the next two years. It would also ban bonuses for all VA employees through 2016.

Anesthesiologist Suspended For Allegedly Sexting During Surgery

June 10, 2014 11:50 am | News | Comments

A Seattle physician accused of sexting during surgeries and improperly accessing medical images for personal gratification has been suspended. He is suspected of frequently sharing personal, and often sexually explicit, text messages while surgeries were taking place.

New Post-Operative Brain State Identified

June 10, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

New research suggests that the recovery from deep anesthesia after surgery is not the smooth, linear process accepted by many. Instead, there are dynamic way stations, or states of activity, the brain must temporarily occupy on the way to full recovery.

Medicare, We Have A (Big?) Problem

June 6, 2014 10:43 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

It’s not a question of if Medicare patients are receiving unnecessary treatments and procedures. It’s a question of how many. Or so says a recent study conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers and published last month in JAMA Internal Medicine...

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Healthcare Worker Fatigue Cited As Contributing Factor In Over 1,600 Events Reported to Penn. Patient Safety Authority

June 6, 2014 9:12 am | by Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority | News | Comments

Healthcare worker fatigue is cited as a contributing factor in over 1,600 events reported through the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting System to the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority with 37 reported as harmful events including four patient deaths...

Must A Surgeon Mention Death As A Complication?

June 4, 2014 10:54 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Earlier, I wrote about the tragic case of a young girl in California who was declared brain dead after what most media sources called a tonsillectomy. In fact, the patient had a much more extensive procedure for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. In addition to having her tonsils removed, she underwent an uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) and resection (removal) of her inferior nasal turbinate bones...

Connecticut Hospital Ordered to Pay $12M After Surgeon Punctured Woman's Colon

June 3, 2014 11:20 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A Connecticut woman was awarded $12 million by a Danbury Superior Court jury in a medical malpractice case late last week. The woman said a surgeon punctured her colon, resulting in permanent injuries, during a routine hernia operation...    

Reduced Neurosurgical Resident Hours: No Significant Positive Effect On Patient Outcomes

June 3, 2014 10:19 am | by Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group | News | Comments

Focusing on the specialty of neurosurgery, researchers found no significant positive changes in patient outcomes after neurosurgical resident duty hours were reduced...                    

Study: Screening Has Prevented Half A Million Colorectal Cancers

June 3, 2014 10:14 am | by Cancer | News | Comments

An estimated half a million cancers were prevented by colorectal cancer screening in the United States from 1976 to 2009, report researchers from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale Cancer Center...

Study: Side Effects Experienced By BRCA Mutation Carriers Following Cancer Risk-Reducing Surgery

June 2, 2014 11:32 am | by Penn Medicine | News | Comments

The majority of women with cancer causing BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations experience sexual dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, cognitive and stress issues, and poor sleep following prophylactic removal of their Fallopian tubes and ovaries - a procedure known as risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO) - according to results of a new study from the Abramson Cancer Center and the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania...

IG: Phoenix VA Hospital Missed Care For 1,700 Vets

May 29, 2014 10:00 am | by Brian Skoloff and Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

A probe of operations at the Phoenix VA Health Care System found that about 1,700 veterans in need of care were "at risk of being lost or forgotten" after being kept off an official waiting list. The investigation, initially focused on the Phoenix hospital, found systemic problems in the VA's sprawling nationwide system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans annually...

Steroids Prescribed In The ICU Linked To Delirium

May 27, 2014 10:25 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

New Johns Hopkins research suggests that critically ill patients receiving steroids in a hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) are significantly more likely to develop delirium. Results of their research, they say, suggest minimizing the use of steroids could reduce delirium in the ICU...

Florida Health Workers Cleared After MERS Exposure

May 27, 2014 10:04 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

All the healthcare workers who came into contact with a Saudi resident infected with the second confirmed MERS case in the U.S. have been cleared to return to work. The Florida Department of Health previously said all had tested negative for the rare virus...

Hospitals Struggling To Implement Recommended Movement Protocols For ICU Patients

May 22, 2014 10:47 am | by Hill-Rom | Articles | Comments

Recent data sheds light on a major gap in patient care in intensive care units (ICU) around the country. Research has demonstrated that patients in the ICU achieve significantly better outcomes when the process of "early mobility" – having patients sit, stand, and move their bodies early in critical illness – is a systematic part of their care...

Study Examines Effect Of Increased Blood Flow During, After Major Surgery

May 20, 2014 10:27 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

In a study that included high-risk patients undergoing major gastrointestinal surgery, the use of a cardiac-output guided intervention to improve hemodynamics (blood flow and blood pressure) during and after surgery did not reduce complications and the risk of death after 30 days, compared with usual care...

Sepsis Involved In High Percentage Of Hospital Deaths

May 19, 2014 10:22 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

An analysis that included approximately 7 million hospitalizations finds that sepsis contributed to 1 in every 2 to 3 deaths, and most of these patients had sepsis at admission, according to a study published by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the American Thoracic Society International Conference...

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