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Wash. Victim Of Botched Laser Surgery To Get $30M

December 9, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

Becky S. Anderson was having polyps removed from her vocal cords with a laser last year when a breathing tube in her throat caught fire. Central Washington Hospital agreed to pay $12 million to settle claims against it and a King County Superior Court jury has ordered that two other entities — Wenatchee Valley Medical Center and Wenatchee Anesthesia Associates — pay a combined $18 million...

Study: Majority Of Epilepsy Surgery Patients Enjoy Improvement In Their Physical And Social Well-Being

December 9, 2013 11:39 am | News | Comments

The majority of epilepsy patients who have brain surgery to treat their disorder are satisfied with the results in reducing epilepsy-related seizures and improving their psychological and social well-being. Those were the conclusions of a new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers who examined the medical records of epilepsy surgery patients...

Liver Transplant Survival Rates Lower In Black Than White Pediatric Patients

December 6, 2013 9:57 am | News | Comments

Novel research reveals racial and socioeconomic disparities among pediatric liver transplant patients. Findings indicate that graft and patient survival was higher in white children than minorities...       


Researchers Validate Tool For Pain Assessment In Patients Following Cardiac Surgery

December 6, 2013 9:48 am | News | Comments

How do you measure the pain of a patient who can't communicate? A Rhode Island Hospital researcher studied an observational pain scale in cardiac surgery patients, and found that the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) provided an accurate measure of a patient's pain level...

Intuitive Robots May Stall In Surgery, Company Warns

December 5, 2013 10:52 am | News | Comments

On Nov. 19, Intuitive said it had sent a letter warning users that the "instrument arm" on the system might experience excessive friction. The company said surgeons using the system may feel resistance, and if they continue to push that resistance, the device could stall and then "suddenly catch-up" to the correct position. That might cause an imprecise surgical cut...

FDA Reaches $1.25M Settlement With J&J Unit Over Faulty Sterilization Equipment

December 5, 2013 10:42 am | News | Comments

The FDA said Wednesday that it reached a $1.25 million settlement with a division of Johnson & Johnson over allegations that it knowingly shipped faulty sterilization equipment used by hospitals. Under the civil penalty, Advanced Sterilization Products, a unit of J&J's Ethicon business, will pay $1.2 million to settle allegations that it made and sold "adulterated and misbranded" sterilization monitoring products...

Teen Rushed To Surgery For Swallowing Rare-Earth Magnets

December 5, 2013 10:35 am | by Susan Donaldson James | News | Comments

Just before Thanksgiving, 14-year-old Christin Rivas got six rare-earth magnets from a friend at church, thinking she could "freak out" her classmates by using them for tricks. But the joke went sour when the seventh grader inadvertently swallowed the dangerous magnets and was rushed to surgery before they perforated her stomach...

Obesity, Smoking Increase Risk Of Serious Complications After Immediate Breast Reconstruction With Implants

December 5, 2013 10:25 am | News | Comments

New research findings confirm that factors such as smoking and obesity increase the odds of early implant loss in women who undergo mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction with implants. Additionally, the study authors propose a unique risk-scoring tool that allows surgeons to better counsel patients preoperatively about their predicted risk for complications...


EssentiATM Towel

December 5, 2013 10:09 am | by Precision Fabrics Group | Product Releases | Comments

The EssentiATM towel, manufactured by Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) in Greensboro, NC, is made from an innovative nonwoven fabric that does not generate the amount of lint or the loose fibers associated with cotton fabric. EssentiA does, meanwhile, have absorbency and drapability characteristics that are equal or superior to those of cotton.

The Disarm-It-All

December 4, 2013 11:06 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

Ansell offers The Disarm-It-All, the only counting and disposal box capable of single-handed removal of syringe needles, traditional scalpel blades, and beaver blades. The Disarm-It-All offers new safety features designed to reduce the risk of sharps injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens in addition to safely counting and disposing blades and needles.

Safety-Sponge System

December 3, 2013 10:18 am | by Cardinal Health | Cardinal Health | Product Releases | Comments

Cardinal Health offers the SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System, which is clinically proven to help eliminate one of the most common, yet preventable surgical errors: retained surgical sponges. The system is comprised of three components...

Floor Signs

December 3, 2013 9:51 am | by Healthmark | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark now offers floor signs made with durable strength and long lasting adhesive. These UV protected industrial laminate materials are high-impact floor signs will last up to seven years without losing their top-layer traction or their color. Floor signs have clear printing and high visibility.

Hospital Lab Tech Gets 39 Years For Infecting Patients With Hepatitis

December 3, 2013 9:39 am | by Sydney Lupkin | News | Comments

A New Hampshire hospital lab technician who pleaded guilty in August to infecting at least 46 people with hepatitis C was sentenced today to 39 years in prison. David Kwiatkowski, 34, a former lab technician at Exeter Hospital, admitted to stealing syringes of the anesthetic fentanyl intended for patients, injecting his own arm and then refilling those empty syringes with saline, according to the United States Attorney's Office...


Hospital Studies Link Heart Device To Clots

December 2, 2013 10:07 am | by Barry Meier | Articles | Comments

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic began to suspect in 2012 that something might be wrong with a high-tech implant used to treat patients with advanced heart failure like former Vice President Dick Cheney. The HeartMate II is a left ventricular assist device, which contains a pump that continuously pushes blood through the heart...  

Despite Checklists, Wrong-Site Surgery Still Occurs. Why?

December 2, 2013 9:57 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

Not long ago, two California hospitals were cited by the state for wrong site surgery. Both hospitals made the usual system and protocol corrections that are precipitated by any state investigation. But these were human errors and will likely happen again. The existing policies were adequate. They simply were not followed...

Study Shows Automated Prediction Alert Helps Identify Patients At Risk For 30-Day Readmission

November 27, 2013 11:03 am | News | Comments

An automated prediction tool which identifies newly admitted patients who are at risk for readmission within 30 days of discharge has been successfully incorporated into the electronic health record of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The tool, developed by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, is the subject of a recent study...

Nurse Killed, Four People Injured In East Texas Hospital Stabbing

November 27, 2013 10:12 am | News | Comments

A nurse died and four people were injured Tuesday in a stabbing attack at an East Texas medical complex. A 22-year-old man has been charged with murder in the stabbings, which happened around 7 a.m. Tuesday at the Ambulatory Surgical Center of Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

Allen Advance Table

November 27, 2013 9:48 am | by Allen Medical | Allen Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The Allen Advance table (from Allen Medical) is used for dedicated spine positioning where 360-degree radiolucency is required. The Allen Advance table can be used in prone or supine positions with the ability to “flip” the patient intraoperatively. The Allen design addresses the safety concerns associated with pulling the wrong pins that can result in table collapse with patient.

VA Hospital In Georgia Apologizes For Deaths After Delayed Care

November 26, 2013 9:44 am | by Nelli Black and Scott Bronstein | Articles | Comments

The director of the VA hospital in Augusta, Georgia, has publicly apologized for the deaths of three veterans at the facility that were caused by delays in care. The rare public apology from an official at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was prompted by a CNN exclusive investigation on Tuesday that detailed the deaths at the Augusta facility, and also other deaths and delays at other VA hospitals...

Certain Symptom Clusters Experienced After Surgery For Esophageal Cancer Predict Poor Prognosis

November 25, 2013 11:38 am | News | Comments

A new study has found that several months after surgery for esophageal cancer, different symptoms cluster together in different types of patients. In addition, patients with certain symptom clusters have an increased risk of dying from their disease...

New Hips More Troublesome In RA Than OA

November 22, 2013 11:08 am | by Nancy Walsh | News | Comments

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis were at higher risk than those with osteoarthritis for adverse outcomes following joint replacement surgery, a Canadian study found. After adjustment for potential confounders, having a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis was a significant and independent predictor of dislocation following total hip arthroplasty, with a risk almost double that for osteoarthritis...

Optimal Site For Cell Transplantation To Treat Spinal Cord Injury Investigated

November 22, 2013 10:20 am | News | Comments

"It is critical to determine the optimal transplantation site for NS/PCs aimed at treating SCI," said Dr. Masaya Nakamura of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Keio University School of Medicine...                  

Patient Falls Off OR Table: System Error Or Human Error?

November 22, 2013 9:38 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

An anesthetized patient fell to the floor headfirst from an operating room table during a laparoscopic appendectomy in Scotland. The table had been tilted into an extreme head down position to facilitate the operation. Fortunately, no injury occurred. Instead of addressing the obvious human errors such as failure to place the safety strap, the hospital's plan of correction focused on the following typical system-type corrections...

Study: Mitral Valve Replacement May Be More Effective Than Mitral Valve Repair

November 21, 2013 9:23 am | News | Comments

The findings presented on November 18 at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013 and published simultaneously by the New England Journal of Medicine, report similar clinical outcomes one-year following mitral valve surgery for both surgical approaches. Although patient clinical outcomes were similar, mitral valve replacement was shown to be more durable than repair...

Surgeon Accused Of Killing 13 Patients Through Botched Operations Now Free

November 21, 2013 9:00 am | News | Comments

An American surgeon once accused of killing up to 13 patients through botched operations walked free from an Australian court on Thursday after being given a two-year suspended prison sentence for lying to get a job in a public hospital...

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