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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. ...                

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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. ...  

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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.

FDA Strengthens Warning on Device Linked to Cancer

November 25, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

U.S. regulators on Monday strengthened their warning against use of a once-popular device for gynecologic surgery that can spread unsuspected cancer, saying its risk is only justified in a fraction of patients ...       

Man's Death During Shoulder Surgery Gets New Trial

November 24, 2014 11:32 am | by Paul Srubas, Press-Gazette Media | News | Comments

The widow of a Green Bay, Wis., man who died while undergoing rotator cuff surgery will get a new trial, an appellate court has ruled, reported the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Sunday ...              

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Doctors Provide Range of Treatment Options for GERD

November 24, 2014 10:44 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the most frequent outpatient diagnosis in the U.S., with almost 9 million visits in 2009. The typical symptoms of GERD, heartburn and regurgitation, impair quality of life, activity, and overall work productivity. Nov. 23-29 is GERD Awareness Week and Surgical Products will be getting insight today from doctors about this disease on surgicalproductsmag.com and our daily e-newsletter.

Gastric Sleeve Patient Sues After Botched Surgery Costs Both Legs

November 20, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Christie for the MailOnline | News | Comments

A Texas man is suing four doctors and a hospital for $10 million over a botched bariatric sleeve procedure after he woke up in the hospital two weeks later missing both of his legs. ...              

Federal Government Health Websites Fall Short

November 18, 2014 10:30 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

With many seniors facing high medical bills, a congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools instead fail to provide adequate information on out-of-pocket costs, and even quality of care.       

Mali Could Be Next Ebola Target

November 17, 2014 11:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

It all started with a sick nurse, whose positive test for Ebola came only after her death. In a busy clinic that treats Mali's elite as well as wounded U.N. peacekeepers, what patient transmitted the virus?         

Drugs That Prevent Clots May Protect Organs During Transplantation

November 17, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Organs can become significantly damaged during transplantation, but a new article published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) offers a protective strategy that could keep them safe and allow them to function optimally after the procedure. ...      

Surgeon With Ebola Dies in Nebraska Hospital

November 17, 2014 10:46 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said. Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said. ...   

Bad Drugs Likely Killed Indian Women

November 17, 2014 10:17 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Tainted drugs apparently killed 13 women who underwent sterilization procedures in central India after autopsies ruled out any surgery faults, according to officials. ...                             

It's a Matter of Life and Breath

November 17, 2014 9:56 am | by Vangie Dennis, Administrative Director, Spivey Station Surgery Center | Blogs | Comments

There is a quote that immediately comes to mind when the topic of surgical smoke comes up in discussion that I heard years ago in a physician based training session, “There is no such thing as safe smoke.”  Smoke is smoke.  So why does the medical industry seem to differentiate smoke produced from a laser from smoke created from electrosurgery?

Study Offers New Clue Into How Anesthesia Works

November 14, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Anesthesia, long considered a blessing to patients and surgeons, has been a mystery for much of its 160-plus-year history in the operating room ...                    

Organ Sales Prove Costly to People of Nepal

November 14, 2014 11:50 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker in Hokshe, a village of tiny farms and mud huts that has been the center of the illegal organ trade in Nepal for more than a decade ...

Study Breaks Down How Kids Suffer Head Injuries

November 13, 2014 10:13 am | by Elizabethe Holland Durando, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

A study in which more than 43,000 children were evaluated for head trauma offers an unprecedented picture of how children most frequently suffer head injuries, report physicians at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.   

Indian Doctor Arrested, Denies Role in Sterilization Deaths

November 13, 2014 9:49 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested, but insisted he didn't do anything wrong — even though he said he used to perform up to 10 times more surgeries a day than allowed ...  

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