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Trauma Center Closures Linked To Higher Odds Of Death For Injured Patients

March 13, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers. "This study confirms that when trauma centers close, people who live in the surrounding areas are more likely to die following an injury," said lead author Renee Y. Hsia, MD, an associate professor of emergency medicine at UCSF...

NY Hospital Alerts Patients Of Possible Blood Contamination From Insulin Pen

March 13, 2014 9:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York hospital is going to great lengths to contact its patients and recommend they seek immediate testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. South Nassau Communities Hospital is sending out 4,247 letters to patients to notify them of potential risk of a serious infection from an insulin pen...

Liver Transplant May Arrest Neurological Damage In A Rare And Progressive Form Of Autism

March 12, 2014 10:19 am | News | Comments

A patient with a rare metabolic disease that causes liver failure and autistic behavior experienced significant improvements in both her physical and mental health after receiving a liver transplant, according to a new case report published this week...

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Postoperative 'Doctor Shopping' Linked To Higher Narcotic Use Among Orthopedic Patients

March 11, 2014 10:30 am | News | Comments

"Doctor shopping," the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative orthopedic trauma patients, according to a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)...

Clinical Trial Identifies Women Most Likely To Benefit From Vaginal Mesh Surgery

March 11, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

Certain women with vaginal prolapse are most likely to benefit from undergoing vaginal mesh surgery, a technique that has become controversial and is the focus of numerous lawsuits. The findings provide valuable information regarding who should and should not be considered candidates for the surgery...

Anesthetic Technique Improves Quality Of Recovery For Women Having Breast Cancer Surgery

March 11, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

"Real time, image-guided ultrasound nerve blocks have revolutionized the practice of regional anesthesia," said Dr. Faraj Abdallah, an anesthesiologist at St. Michael's Hospital and lead author of the study. "This is the first study to show how effective these ultrasound-guided blocks can now be for breast cancer surgery."

Televised Live Surgery: Would You Want To Be The Patient?

March 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

If most surgeons would not allow live broadcast surgery on themselves, then why should any patient be subjected to it? A major complication will inevitably occur during a live broadcast. No matter the reason, it will be blamed on the live video surgery...

Surgeon Who Botched, Faked Thousands Of Procedures Sentenced To Jail

March 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

A New York orthopedic surgeon was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail Friday for one count of healthcare fraud after admitting to both botching and faking thousands of surgical procedures over the course of five years...    

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Research On 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar In Lung Regeneration

March 10, 2014 9:13 am | by Jennifer Nachbur | News | Comments

In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration hold promise for this population...

The Societal Problem Of Opioid Addiction

March 7, 2014 10:24 am | by Albert Fuchs, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

The risks and side-effects are substantial. Tolerance (diminished effectiveness with repeated use) is a common problem requiring dose escalation to maintain the same pain relief. Withdrawal symptoms are miserable (but not dangerous) and addiction is very common...

Complications Following Surgery Predict Costly Readmissions

March 7, 2014 9:14 am | News | Comments

The presence – or absence – of complications following surgery is a strong indicator of which patients are likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following their procedure, according to a study. Predicting which patients are most likely to experience complications using a simple online tool may allow healthcare professionals to flag patients at high risk of readmission in real time...

Younger Men Benefit Most From Surgery For Localized Prostate Cancer

March 6, 2014 7:16 am | News | Comments

A new study finds a substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy. While the benefit on mortality appears to be limited to men less than age 65, surgery did reduce the risk of metastases and need for additional treatment in older men...

Error In Judgment: Why Wrong-Site Surgery Is Still A Problem

March 5, 2014 7:03 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Wrong-site surgery is a devastating problem that affects all parties present in the operating room. To make matters worse, it’s an all-too-common occurrence today. Although efforts have been made to address this issue, it still remains a significant one. Why?...

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Surgeons Develop Standards For Optimal Resources For Children’s Surgical Care

March 5, 2014 6:56 am | News | Comments

“The intent of these recommendations is to ensure that all infants and children in the United States receive care in a surgical environment matched to their individual medical, emotional, and social needs,” said Keith T. Oldham, MD, FACS, task force chair and the surgeon in chief at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee...

Carotid Artery MRI Helps Predict Likelihood Of Strokes, Heart Attacks

March 4, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Noninvasive imaging of carotid artery plaque with MRI can accurately predict future cardiovascular events like strokes and heart attacks in people without a history of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology...

Pain Killers

March 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Improving patient outcomes, decreasing hospital length-of-stay, and reducing costs are tasks best classified as perennially unfinished by hospitals. Any chance to make improvements must be considered, including evaluating the use of opioid use for perioperative pain management. Furthermore, recent research and anecdotal evidence point to several potential benefits of reducing the use of opioids in healthcare settings...

Study: Robotic-Assisted Prostate Surgery Offers Better Cancer Control

March 3, 2014 9:15 am | News | Comments

An observational study from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has found that prostate cancer patients who undergo robotic-assisted prostate surgery have fewer instances of cancer cells at the edge of their surgical specimen and less need for additional cancer treatments like hormone or radiation therapy than patients who have traditional "open" surgery...

Antidote Can Deactivate New Form Of Heparin

February 27, 2014 10:38 am | News | Comments

Low-molecular-weight heparin is commonly used in surgeries to prevent dangerous blood clots. But when patients experience the other extreme – uncontrolled bleeding – in response to low-molecular-weight heparin, there is no antidote. Now researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a synthetic form of low-molecular-weight heparin that can be reversed if things go wrong...

Pulling Problem Teeth Before Heart Surgery To Prevent Infection May Be Catch-22

February 27, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

To pull or not to pull? A Mayo Clinic study found that roughly 1 in 10 heart surgery patients who had troublesome teeth extracted before surgery died or had adverse outcomes such as a stroke or kidney failure...       

Exercise, Surgically Removing Belly Fat Improves Cognition In Obese, Diabetic Mice

February 26, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

Cognitive decline that often accompanies obesity and diabetes can be reversed with regular exercise or surgical removal of belly fat, scientists report. A drug already used to treat rheumatoid arthritis also helps obese/diabetic adult mice regain their ability to learn and comprehend, while transplanting belly fat to a normal mouse reduces those abilities...

Ovary Removal Cuts Cancer Risk In Women As Young As 35

February 25, 2014 5:23 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

For women who carry a notorious cancer gene, surgery to remove healthy ovaries is one of the most protective steps they can take. New research suggests some may benefit most from having the operation as young as 35...        

Children's Mercy Physician Leads Effort To Update AAP Policy

February 24, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

With less than half of medications including specific labeling for children, Kathleen Neville, MD, MS, a physician at Children's Mercy Hospital, recently led an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) committee in updating the policy with new recommendations guiding the off-label use of drugs in pediatric patients. The policy statement, "Off-Label Use of Drugs in Children," was published recently. 

New C-Section Guidelines Urge Longer Wait Before Opting For Surgery

February 21, 2014 9:38 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Show more patience in the delivery room: That's the prescription being given to the nation's obstetricians. New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver their babies vaginally before assuming that labor has stalled. The recommendations are the latest in years of efforts to prevent unnecessary C-sections...

Study: More Women Receiving Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

February 20, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

A new study finds that the majority of women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancer go on to get breast reconstruction, a practice that has increased dramatically over time. Researchers found that 46 percent of patients received reconstruction in 1998 but that figure rose to 63 percent by 2007...

Stents, Surgery Equal For Blocked Carotids

February 20, 2014 11:04 am | by Todd Neale | Articles | Comments

For patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, stenting and endarterectomy appear to be equally effective for preventing ipsilateral stroke over the long term, a small, single-center trial suggested...    

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