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Rise In Thyroid Cancers Not 'Incidental'

October 14, 2013 11:05 am | by Kristina Fiore | News | Comments

Patients whose thyroid cancer was detected as an incidental finding tend to be older and have later-stage disease -- although tumor size and metastases aren't much different from thyroid cancer diagnosed clinically, researchers found. That suggests the rise in thyroid cancer seen over the last few decades isn't solely attributable to an increase in incidental findings...

Kidney Failure Can Complicate Long-Term Outcomes In Children Receiving Solid-Organ Transplants

October 14, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

Children who undergo transplants of solid organs have a high risk of developing advanced kidney disease, according to a new national study. Among these children, the highest risk is in those receiving lung or intestinal transplants, followed by heart and then liver transplants. The researchers say their findings reinforce the importance of continued screening of kidney function in pediatric transplant recipients...

Study: Readmission Rates Impacted By A Patients' Knowledge And Skills

October 10, 2013 11:02 am | News | Comments

A study by physicians at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has found that patients with a high degree of activation (possessing the knowledge, skills, confidence, and inclination to assume responsibility for managing one's health and health-care needs) were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge than those with a low level of activation...


Adult Monitoring Patient Return Electrode

October 10, 2013 10:14 am | by Megadyne Medical Products | Megadyne Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products released a new adult monitoring patient return electrode featuring a five-meter-long cable designed for easier use in operating room settings featuring surgical booms. These single-use pads provide an easy, cost-effective option for patient safety during electrosurgery.

Invasive Procedure Can Detect Lymph Nodes After Chemo

October 9, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Patients whose breast cancer has spread to their lymph nodes have most of the nodes in their armpit area removed after chemotherapy to determine if any cancer remains.A new study shows that sentinel lymph node surgery successfully identified whether cancer remained in lymph nodes in 91 percent of patients with node-positive breast cancer who received chemotherapy before their surgery.

Minimally Invasive Approach Aids Colon Cancer Care

October 9, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

The chance of ending up in a nursing facility appears to be significantly lower for older patients who undergo a laparoscopic procedure than for those who have open surgical resection for colon cancer. Investigators from Dalhousie University found that selected patients over the age of 70 were more likely to be discharged to their own homes—instead of a nursing facility—following laparoscopic operations.

CPM Procedure May Not Increase Life Expectancy

October 9, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

Women with early-stage breast cancer in one breast are increasingly opting to undergo a more aggressive operation to remove both breasts, called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Rates of double mastectomies have more than doubled over the last decade for women with early-stage cancer.

More Expensive, Same Complications For Weekend Appendectomy

October 9, 2013 9:34 am | News | Comments

Prior studies have shown higher rates of illness after other types of urgent abdominal operations performed on Saturdays and Sundays, the so-called "weekend effect." Authors of the new study, however, found no such difference for appendectomy, which is one of the most common urgent operations performed.


Post-Op Blood Clot Data May Be Flawed

October 8, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

A new study published by JAMA questions using the rate of post-operative blood clots as a hospital quality measure. The study examined whether surveillance bias influences the reported rate of venous thromboembolism, which includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Surgeons Report New Approaches To Reducing Post-Op Pain

October 8, 2013 12:23 pm | News | Comments

One pain treatment utilized the simple but non-standard application of ice packs after major abdominal operations in patients, and the other treatment was a prolonged drug delivery method using nanotechnology in animals. Past research has shown that post-operative pain is often undertreated. 

Insurers Feel "Obamacare" Is Fixable

October 8, 2013 12:09 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

The federal government's biggest foray into online commerce has left millions of tech-savvy Americans thoroughly bewildered, but the insurance industry and others experienced with rolling out new programs say there's still enough time to fix the glitches with President Barack Obama's healthcare law before uninsured people start getting coverage on January 1.

Poor Nutrition Increases Bladder Operation Complications

October 8, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

Patients with bladder cancer are two times more likely to have complications after a radical cystectomy procedure if they have a biomarker for poor nutritional status before the operation. Surgeons from the University of North Carolina identified a potentially modifiable risk factor for such post-surgical problems: a low pre-operative level of albumin. 

UT Arlington Researchers Successfully Test Model For Implant Device Reactions

October 4, 2013 1:26 pm | News | Comments

A team from the University of Texas at Arlington has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters, and artificial joints...


Colorectal Surgeons Develop A Novel Tool For Measuring Quality And Outcomes

October 4, 2013 1:19 pm | News | Comments

There is a new tool called the HARM score that reliably measures quality and clinical outcomes for colon and rectal surgery patients. The name of the tool reflects the data sources used to calculate the score: Hospital stay, Readmission rate, and Mortality. The paper demonstrates a strong correlation between the HARM score, and the quality of clinical outcomes achieved by surgeons and hospitals for patients having major abdominal surgery...

Johns Hopkins Experts Devise A Way To Cut Radiation Exposure In Children Needing Repeat Brain Scans

October 4, 2013 9:21 am | News | Comments

A team of pediatric neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center has developed a way to minimize dangerous radiation exposure in children with a condition that requires repeat CT scans of the brain. The experts say they reduced exposure without sacrificing the diagnostic accuracy of the images or compromising treatment decisions...

SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System

October 3, 2013 4:19 pm | 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.

Study: Surgery May Be Effective Treatment Option For Older Epilepsy Patients

October 3, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

"Traditionally, there has been a tendency to exclude older patients from surgery for fear of increased risk of medical or surgical complications," said Spectrum Health Medical Group neurosurgeon Sanjay Patra, MD, lead author of the study.  "This study provides evidence that surgery may instead be a viable and effective treatment option..."

Recent Health Scare Proves A Patient's Best Interest Doesn't Always Matter

October 3, 2013 11:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Days, weeks, and months can go by before a patient is notified about an unsafe healthcare practice. How the situation between the state Health Department and this particular Spokane surgery center has played out is an unsettling reminder that the patient’s best interest can go overlooked in the face of negative publicity...

'ICU Delirium' Affects Brain After Discharge

October 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Crystal Phend | Articles | Comments

"Profound" cognitive problems often persist after a stay in the ICU, leaving patients with the equivalent of a blow to the head or early Alzheimer's disease, a study determined. One year after discharge, 34 percent of patients had cognitive scores similar to those with moderate traumatic brain injury and 24 percent had the equivalent of mild Alzheimer's disease...

State Claims Wash. Surgery Center Reused Syringes

October 2, 2013 10:42 am | by Jim Camden | News | Comments

More than 400 patients of a Spokane surgery center are being advised by the state Health Department to get blood tests because of unsafe practices involving medicine and syringes at the center between 2006 and last April. The department said Tuesday it is trying to contact 415 patients of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgical Center after an inspection in April revealed the center’s surgical technologist was reusing syringes...

AllSkin Plus+

October 2, 2013 10:36 am | by Viscot Medical | Viscot Medical, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Viscot Medical’s new AllSkin Plus+ is the first prep-resistant ink marker that offers maximum visibility and prep resistance on all skin tones. Its specially-formulated VIXL brilliant blue ink provides enhanced visibility even after prepping with common alcohol-based antiseptics. AllSkin Plus+ remains visible up to 10X longer than traditional ink on all skin tones.

Bedsite Kit

October 2, 2013 9:59 am | by Ruhof | Product Releases | Comments

Ruhof's ECO-BEDSIDE KIT is the only eco-friendly kit on the market that removes synthetic lipids from scope surfaces and internal channels. The product is safe on all scopes and easy to use with a wide mouthed tray design and securely fitting lid, which prevents spillage of enzymatic solution during preparation and suctioning.

Variations In Death Rates After Surgery For Oesophageal And Gastric Cancers

October 1, 2013 10:32 am | News | Comments

A pilot study has shown large variations between European countries in patient survival after surgery for oesophageal and gastric cancers. The 2013 European Cancer Congress (ECC2013) will hear today (Tuesday) that the reasons for these differences are not clear and cannot be explained simply in terms of the volume of patients treated at each hospital...

EASY-TAG Tracking System

October 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Scanlan International | Scanlan International, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Scanlan International offers the EASY-TAG Tracking System to meet the unique needs within hospitals. Users simply define the message, and Scanlan International does the rest. A custom print EASY-TAG will be developed and printed to the user's specific needs.

Research: Aspirin May Act On Blood Platelets To Improve Survival In Colon Cancer Patients

September 30, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Researchers believe they have discovered how aspirin improves survival in patients diagnosed with colon cancer, the 2013 European Cancer Congress heard. Although previous research has shown that taking low dose aspirin after being diagnosed with colon cancer improves patient outcome, the reasons why this happens remain unknown...

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