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Wrist Fracture Significantly Raises Risk Of Hip Fracture

December 13, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

A new study presented today at the IOF Regionals 4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Hong Kong supports widespread evidence that individuals who have suffered a fracture are at significantly increased risk of subsequent hip fractures. In fact, previous studies have shown that half of patients presenting with hip fractures have suffered a prior fracture...

New Partnership Aims to Improve Surgical Care Quality At Illinois Hospitals

December 12, 2013 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The Illinois chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), and Northwestern Medicine have come together to offer selected hospitals across Illinois the opportunity to join the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC), a three-year effort to improve the safety and quality of surgical care in Illinois...

Skip The Balloon After Placing Carotid Stent, Surgeons Suggest

December 12, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins surgeons say skipping one commonly taken step during a routine procedure to insert a wire mesh stent into a partially blocked carotid artery appears to prevent patients from developing dangerously low blood pressure, an extremely slow heart rate or even a stroke or heart attack...

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Report: Most States Do A Poor Job Informing Consumers About Physician Quality

December 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Julie Appleby | Articles | Comments

When it comes to providing consumers with easily accessible information about physician quality, a report out today gave most states grades of ‘D’ or ‘F,’ often because they compile data only about primary care doctors, not specialists...

Diabetes: TAVI Trumps Heart Surgery

December 11, 2013 10:55 am | by Elizabeth DeVita Raeburn | News | Comments

Patients with diabetes who had aortic stenosis fared better in terms of mortality and kidney function during the first year if they underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) rather than surgery, a post-hoc analysis found...

Multimaterial 3D Printers Create Realistic Hands-On Models For Neurosurgical Training

December 10, 2013 11:27 am | News | Comments

Researchers announce the creation of a cost-effective two-part model of the skull for use in practicing neurosurgical techniques. The model, produced using the latest generation of multimaterial 3D printers, is composed of a variety of materials that simulate the various consistencies and densities of human tissues encountered during neurosurgery...

Court: Exec Guilty Over Selling Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 11:04 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison. His lawyer promised to appeal immediately, disappointing the dozens of women who traveled to the courthouse in Marseille hoping to see Jean-Claude Mas taken away...

Embolic Material At Site Of Fatal Hemorrhage Occurring Days After Flow-Diversion Aneurysm Treatment

December 10, 2013 10:54 am | News | Comments

It started as a medical mystery and became a cautionary tale. Fatal hemorrhages occurred in the brains of two patients several days after cerebral aneurysm treatment. These hemorrhages were located in the same vascular territory as the treated aneurysms but were not close enough to the lesions to be directly linked to the aneurysms or their treatment. Over time, physicians began to suspect that these were not isolated hemorrhages...

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Researchers Report On Safety Of Rapid AED Withdrawal In Pre-Surgical Video/EEG Monitoring

December 9, 2013 3:43 pm | News | Comments

Investigators conducted a prospective study of 150 patients admitted to their vEEG telemetry unit over a period of five years. The patients’ medication therapy was discontinued by a standardized rapid AED withdrawal protocol. Rapid discontinuation was not done in patients with a previous history of status epilepticus or taking phenobarbital. The researchers then assessed the number of patients having subsequent seizures...

Study: Post-Operative Change In AED Therapy May Not Necessarily Affect Long-Term Seizure Outcome After Temporal Lobe Surgery

December 9, 2013 3:34 pm | News | Comments

Surgery for drug–resistant epilepsy is performed with the dual aim of obtaining seizure freedom and potential for reducing or discontinuing anticonvulsant drugs (AEDs).  Most epilepsy patients become seizure free with surgery.  But there are no criteria for the timing of AED withdrawal following the procedure, and the long-term effect of post-operative AED withdrawal is unclear...

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...       

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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...

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