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Poor QOL Doesn't Predict Low Survival In High-Risk Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Surgery

April 30, 2014 10:49 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

Quality of life (QOL) is rarely reported in surgical publications, yet it can be an important metric that can be of use to physicians and patients when making treatment decisions. Prior studies of average-risk patients undergoing lobectomy suggested that low baseline QOL scores predict worse survival in patients undergoing non-small cell lung cancer surgery...

Greater Surgeon Experience Increases Likelihood Of Mitral Valve Repair Versus Replacement

April 30, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

A new study presenting data from 17 cardiac surgical centers in Virginia, representing 100 surgeons and 99 percent of cardiac operations performed in the state, demonstrates that, even today, significant variations – among surgeons and hospitals - still exist in the performance of mitral valve repair vs replacement for moderate to severe mitral regurgitation...

Congressmen Call For Phoenix VA Health Chief Removed Amid Allegations Of Mismanagement, Neglect

April 30, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

A trio of Arizona congressmen called for the head of the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care Center to step down amid allegations of gross mismanagement and neglect at the facility, the latest in a string of issues at VA hospitals across the nation. The call Tuesday from Republican Reps. David Schweikert, Matt Salmon, and Trent Franks comes after weeks of growing outrage about lapses in veteran patient care in Phoenix...

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FDA Wants Stricter Safety Rules For Pelvic Mesh

April 30, 2014 9:37 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Articles | Comments

Makers of trouble-prone implants used to surgically repair women's pelvic problems would be subject to stricter safety requirements under a federal proposal issued Tuesday. The Food and Drug Administration says plastic mesh used to repair pelvic collapse should be reclassified as a "high-risk" medical device, following years of reports of pain, bleeding, and infection among women who have received the implants...

Safety Scores Reveals Hospitals Becoming Safer, But Dangers To Patients Lurk

April 29, 2014 8:51 am | News | Comments

New research reveals that one in 25 patients acquire an infection in the hospital – it's one reason more than 1,000 people die each day from preventable medical errors. In fact, medical errors remain the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to newly released data, despite progress, even some premier medical institutions are falling behind when it comes to patient safety...

E-Z Clean PRECISION Blade

April 28, 2014 8:20 am | by Megadyne Medical Products | Megadyne Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products offers the new E-Z Clean PRECISION electrodes. The innovative design features a smaller blade width than standard electrosurgical tips allowing for reduced power settings and increased control to maneuver in small spaces, with minimal risk of collateral tissue damage.

NY Hospital Patient Burnt, Injured After Electronic Cigarette Fire

April 23, 2014 9:23 am | News | Comments

A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices. Syracuse Fire Department officials say the exact cause of last month's fire at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center has not yet been determined. However, hospital officials say the patient had a battery-powered e-cigarette...

Two Nurses Wounded In Separate Stabbings At Calif. Hospitals

April 23, 2014 9:10 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | News | Comments

Two nurses were wounded in a pair of unrelated attacks at two Los Angeles-area medical centers this past Sunday. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the incidents occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Both nurses are currently recovering from their injuries...

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Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Study IDs Surgical Patients At Risk

April 22, 2014 9:41 am | News | Comments

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a leading cause of respiratory failure after surgery. Patients who develop the lung disorder postoperatively are at higher risk of dying in the hospital, and those who survive the syndrome may still bear its physical effects years later. A study is helping physicians better identify patients most at risk, the first step toward preventing this dangerous and costly surgical complication...

Gene Variant Raises Risk For Aortic Tear And Rupture

April 21, 2014 10:49 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Yale School of Medicine and Celera Diagnostics have confirmed the significance of a genetic variant that substantially increases the risk of a frequently fatal thoracic aortic dissection or full rupture. Thoracic aortic aneurysms, or bulges in the artery wall, can develop without pain or other symptoms. If they lead to a tear — dissection — or full rupture, the patient will often die without immediate treatment...

Kids Get Codeine In ER Despite Risks

April 21, 2014 9:58 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

Use of the drug in that setting is hardly rampant — just 3 percent of kids' ER visits resulted in a codeine prescription in 2010, the 10-year study found. But with more than 25 million ER visits by children each year, the authors say far too many kids are getting the drug when better options are available...

Study Identifies New Cause Of Brain Bleeding Immediately After Stroke

April 18, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

By discovering a new mechanism that allows blood to enter the brain immediately after a stroke, researchers at UC Irvine and the Salk Institute have opened the door to new therapies that may limit or prevent stroke-induced brain damage...

FDA Warns Of Cancer Risk With Fibroid Procedure

April 18, 2014 7:02 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Articles | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a surgical procedure used to eliminate growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The agency is discouraging doctors from performing the procedure, which uses an electronic device to grind and shred uterine tissue so it can be removed through a small incision in the abdomen...

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Ex-Radiology Tech Filed False Mammogram Results

April 16, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

An ex-radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery. Prosecutors have said 33-year-old Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, of Macon, entered nearly 1,300 negative mammogram results at Perry Hospital between Jan. 22, 2009 and April 1, 2010 that hadn't been reviewed by a radiologist...

Antibiotics Alone Are A Successful Treatment For Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis In Kids

April 15, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis is a reasonable alternative to surgery that leads to less pain and fewer missed school days, according to a pilot study. The research is the first prospective study on nonoperative management of acute appendicitis in pediatric patients in the United States...

Why So Many Americans Believe In Healthcare Conspiracy Theories

April 12, 2014 11:03 pm | by Deceased, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

That old phrase, “Just because you’re paranoid does not mean that you’re crazy,” came to mind. I don’t think any amount of medical education would convince these people otherwise. Simply because the fundamental flaw in their thinking is based on trust not on logic. And it does not take a genius to realize that there are all kinds of reasons not to trust medical care these days...

Spike In Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Deaths May Be Linked To 30-Day Survival Measurement

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark...

Adenoma Detection Rates Linked To Colorectal Cancer And Mortality

April 8, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

A study of over 224,000 patients and more than 314,000 colonoscopies found that adenoma detection rates closely tracked the future risk of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopies screen for colorectal cancer by detecting early, curable cancers. Precancerous adenomas — a type of colon polyp — can also be detected and removed, thereby preventing cancers from developing...

Mercury Rising: Temperature Management Roundtable

April 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Experts from four companies that provide temperature management products discuss the technology that allows clinicians to keep themselves and their patients safe and comfortable...                      

Point Of Impact: Talking Sharps Safety And Needlestick Prevention

April 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

The numbers don’t lie. The sharps injury rate in surgical settings has increased in the 14 years since the passage of the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000. While the rate of injury has dropped approximately 31.6 percent in non-surgical settings, it has increased about 6.5 percent in the operating room. Why?

ER Doctors Commonly Miss More Strokes Among Women, Minorities, And Younger Patients

April 4, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

Analyzing federal healthcare data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches...

Study: More Than Half Of High-Risk Alcohol Users Report Improvement After Surgery

April 4, 2014 8:52 am | News | Comments

Much has been reported about the potential for increased risk of alcohol misuse after weight loss surgery (WLS), with most theories pointing to lower alcohol tolerance and a longer time to return to a sober state after surgery, but a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that upwards of half of high-risk drinkers are actually less likely to report high-risk drinking behavior after weight loss surgery...

Transplant Drugs May Help Wipe Out Persistent HIV Infections

April 3, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

New research suggests that drugs commonly used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation may also be helpful for combating HIV. The findings suggest a new strategy in the fight against HIV and AIDS...          

Test Accurately Rules Out Heart Attacks In The ER

April 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients. A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than be admitted for observation and more diagnostics...

Survey Shows Spine Surgeons Need To Screen More Patients For Anxiety And Depression

April 2, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

In a recent report, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain. The oversight, researchers say, may pose a serious risk to patients' surgical recovery...

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