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CT May Be Overused in the ER

January 27, 2015 10:32 am | by American Roentgen Ray Society | News | Comments

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.

Morphine Linked With Post-Op Respiratory Issues for Children

January 26, 2015 7:10 am | by PEDIATRICS | News | Comments

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.

Antibiotic Use By Travelers Can Aid the Spread of Superbugs

January 23, 2015 11:38 am | by Infectious Diseases Society of America | News | Comments

"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."

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ACS Offers New Look At Membership Benefits

January 23, 2015 11:30 am | by American College of Surgeon | News | Comments

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.

How Top Healthcare Priorities Will Impact The OR

January 23, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Blogs | Comments

A recent report from Accenture identified the top five priorities for states with federally-supported Health Innovation Plans. So let's take a look at how these priorities will not only impact the system as a whole, but more specifically, the surgical community.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Needs Continue To Grow

January 23, 2015 10:34 am | by GBI Research | News | Comments

While a number of new drug options will be launched in the CRC therapeutics market over the forecast period, none of these drugs will have a dramatic impact on the overall arena.                 

Device Company Manager Sentenced for Fraud

January 23, 2015 10:28 am | News | Comments

A manager at a northern New Jersey medical devices firm is going to prison for nine months for his role in a scheme to defraud hospitals out of more than $800,000. Prosecutors say he and another man used various fraudulent methods to overcharge hospitals and surgery centers.

New Brain Tumor Drug Testing Involves Surgery

January 23, 2015 10:22 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | News | Comments

With special permission from the FDA, an Arizona hospital is testing medicines very early in development and never tried on brain tumors before. Within a day of getting a single dose of one of these drugs, patients have their tumors removed and checked to see if the medicine had any effect.

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Study Examines Post-Op Use of NSAIDs

January 22, 2015 1:16 pm | News | Comments

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were associated with an increased risk of anastomotic leak at the surgical junction in patients undergoing non-elective colorectal procedures. NSAIDs are a broad class of drugs used to relieve pain and inflammation. Their postoperative use has expanded with the recent development of intravenous formulations and because they avoid the adverse effects of opioid pain relievers.

Oregon Patients Feeling The Burn of OR Lights

January 22, 2015 12:42 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, AP | News | Comments

The hospital initially looked at solutions used to prep skin before surgery, bandages or dressings used after surgery, and cautery devices used to stop bleeding during surgery. When none of those turned out to be the cause, a surgical team member recalled maintenance had been done on the lights.

Man Who Killed Boston Surgeon Blamed Him for Mother's Death

January 22, 2015 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The gunman's sister and brother were shocked by his actions and believe he held the surgeon responsible for the death of their mother, even though they had "a fine relationship." Gregory Pasceri thinks his brother might have learned something new about his mother's death that led to the shooting.

Breakthroughs Produce New Anesthetics

January 21, 2015 12:44 pm | News | Comments

For the first time since the 1970s, researchers are on the verge of developing a new class of anesthetics. An approach often used in drug development for therapeutics has identified two new drug options.                           

Even When Warmed During Surgery, Patients Can Still Experience Hypothermia

January 21, 2015 12:37 pm | News | Comments

According to a new study, body temperature decreases during the first hour of surgery, even when patients are actively warmed with forced air. Furthermore, patients who experience the most hypothermia are more likely to require blood transfusions.

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Report Validates Benefits of Bariatric Surgery for Some Children and Teens

January 21, 2015 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Bariatric surgery - as a last resort when conservative interventions have failed - can improve liver disease and other obesity-related health problems in severely obese children and adolescents. However, the appropriate use of bariatric surgery in pediatric patients remains unclear.

Cardiac Surgeon Succumbs To Gunshots

January 21, 2015 11:59 am | by Philip Marcelo, AP | News | Comments

Administrators and staff at a leading Boston hospital are mourning the death of a cardiac surgeon who was fatally shot at the hospital by a man who then killed himself. Hospital officials plan to lower a flag outside the hospital to half-staff in honor of Dr. Michael J. Davidson.

New Privacy Concerns Over Government's Health Care Website

January 20, 2015 2:57 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Jack Gillum, AP | Articles | Comments

Connections to third-party tech firms were documented by technology experts who analyzed HealthCare.gov. There is no evidence that personal information from HealthCare.gov has been misused, but the high number of outside connections is raising questions.

Non-invasive Monitoring Can Reduce Surgical Costs By One-Third

January 20, 2015 2:39 pm | News | Comments

According to Duke University assistant professor Thomas Hopkins, MD, Director of Quality Improvement at Duke University School of Medicine’s Anesthesiology Department, "Our model shows more than $3 of costs avoided for each $1 spent perioperatively on noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring.

Woman Doesn't Let Brain Surgeries Get Her Down

January 20, 2015 12:46 pm | by Giles Bruce, The Times | News | Comments

"Right off the bat, people were in shock: 'Sit down. Stay still,'" she recalled. "I think everyone in the back of their mind thought I would just be laying there in a bed. They expected it to be more ugly, like a bad Lifetime movie."

Combat Vets Brains Reveal Hidden Damage From IED Blasts

January 15, 2015 12:12 pm | News | Comments

The brains of some Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and died later of other causes show a distinctive honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibers throughout critical brain regions, including those that control executive function. ...  

Study: Opioids Given in ER Don't Influence Patient Satisfaction

January 15, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

A new study co-authored by investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that there is no correlation between opioids administered in the emergency room setting and Press Ganey ED patient satisfaction scores, one of the most commonly used metrics for measuring patient satisfaction....    

Can Waiting Rooms Make You Sicker?

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | News | Comments

As the flu continues to sweep the nation, hitting earlier and harder compared to last year, more doctors offices are advising their patients to describe their symptoms over the phone or Internet, instead of coming in for an exam. ...     

With Childhood Obesity Growing, Hospital Ramps Up Weight-Loss Surgeries

January 15, 2015 10:06 am | by Tim Darragh, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com | News | Comments

As the obesity crisis has deepened among children and adolescents across the United States, doctors have become increasingly concerned that the heavy youngsters they are seeing have very adult problems. ....         

Teen Plays First Varsity Game Before Major Heart Surgery

January 14, 2015 11:10 am | by CBS Minnesota | News | Comments

A dream came true Tuesday night for a Minnesota basketball player who inspired her classmates with her passion for the sport, as she prepares for very important heart surgery. ...            

Use of Surgical Procedure to Assist Child Birth Declines

January 13, 2015 11:20 am | News | Comments

Between 2006 and 2012 in the U.S., there was a decline in rates of episiotomy, a surgical procedure for widening the outlet of the birth canal to make it easier for the mother to give birth, according to a study in the January 13 issue of JAMA. ...      

VOX Telehealth Introduces Program to Cut Knee and Hip Replacement Costs

January 13, 2015 11:00 am | by Stephanie Baum, MedCity News | News | Comments

VOX Telehealth, a health IT company that uses alerts and notifications as part of a program to reduce orthopedic surgery costs, rolled out OrthoCare at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, which helped develop the program, according to a company statement. The company had raised $1.1 million in an angel round last year to support the program’s launch. ...     

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