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Breast Cancer Surgery Linked To Swollen Arm Syndrome

August 7, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Breast cancer survivors who have extensive surgery are four times more likely to develop the debilitating disorder arm lymphoedema, a QUT study has found. The findings reveal the invasiveness of surgery to treat breast cancer increases the risk of developing arm lymphoedema.

Preventable Cardiac Surgical Errors Often A Result Of Teamwork Failures

August 7, 2013 9:06 am | by Michael Smith | Articles | Comments

Better communication is the key to improving patient outcomes after cardiac surgery, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association. "Preventable errors are often not related to failure of technical skill, training, or knowledge," investigators wrote, "but represent cognitive, system, or teamwork failures."

Nurse At Botched Ohio Transplant Sues Over Firing

August 5, 2013 11:22 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

A veteran nurse present during a botched kidney transplant at an Ohio hospital last summer has sued for wrongful termination. The lawsuit filed Friday in Columbus seeks $25,000 for Melanie LeMay, a nurse suspended then fired after a different nurse accidentally threw away a viable kidney as medical waste during the procedure last August.


Ventilation Method Cuts Postop Problems

August 1, 2013 12:55 pm | by Todd Neale | Articles | Comments

A lung-protective method of ventilation improved outcomes for patients who had an intermediate-to-high risk of pulmonary complications before undergoing major abdominal surgery, a randomized trial showed. Compared with standard ventilation, ventilation using positive end-expiratory pressure and a lower tidal volume significantly reduced the occurrence of major pulmonary or extra-pulmonary complications in the first postoperative week.


August 1, 2013 10:35 am | by Nascent Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) For use during open surgical procedures, MiniSquair by Nascent Surgical is proven to capture and remove 99.5 percent of the surgical plume created by the use on heat transfer surgical devices. MiniSquair is low profile and does not obscure vision.

Heart Disease Overlooked In Women

July 31, 2013 10:16 am | by Chris Kaiser | News | Comments

Coronary artery disease (CAD) continues to be neglected in women, despite killing at least as many women as men, a state-of-the-art review found. In addition, women are less likely to receive preventive therapies, such as lipid-lowering therapies and lifestyle advice compared with men at a similar risk level.

Teen Kidney Recipients Have Worse Outcomes

July 31, 2013 9:40 am | by Michael Smith | Articles | Comments

Kidney recipients in their mid-teens are at the greatest risk for losing the graft, researchers reported. Additionally, in a retrospective database analysis, black teens, ages 14 through 16, were at the highest risk of having the new kidney fail, according to Kenneth Andreoni, MD, of the University of Florida in Gainesville, and colleagues.

Coronary Artery Disease Continues To Be Neglected In Women

July 29, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

Despite coronary artery disease (CAD) killing at least as many women as men each year, women are still today less likely to receive preventive recommendations, such as lipid-lowering therapy, aspirin, and lifestyle advice, than are men at a similar risk level.


High Rate Of Early Delirium After Surgery In Older Adults

July 26, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

Close to half of older adults undergoing surgery with general anesthesia are found to have delirium in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU), according to a study. Delirium occurring early after surgery is linked to decreased cognitive (mental) function and an increased rate of nursing home admission, according to the study.

Wrong Site Sleeve

July 26, 2013 10:22 am | by Patient Safety Gear | Patient Safety Gear, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The Wrong Site Sleeve from Patient Safety Gear can be placed on the arm or leg. It is designed to protect against wrong site surgery. After marking the surgical site pre-operatively with a skin marker, the wrong site sleeve is placed on the patient’s “wrong limb” to avoid any mistakes once the patient is taken to the operating room.

Most Common Medical Malpractice Claims For Missed Cancer, Heart Attacks

July 24, 2013 10:26 am | by Ryan Jaslow | News | Comments

Medical malpractice can be a nightmare for both patients and doctors. A large new study takes a close look at claims to get an idea where most of these cases are coming from. The study looked specifically at claims for primary care doctors, since these physicians are often the first line of care for patients seeking treatment for health woes.

At Too Many Hospitals, A Revolving Door

July 24, 2013 9:44 am | by Judith Graham | Blogs | Comments

Given the inadequacies in care for discharged patients — a well-documented and common problem — is it any wonder that so many bounce back to hospitals after they’re sent home? Medicare, the government’s health care program for seniors, has trained its sights on the issue and is focused on trying to reduce the number of seniors readmitted to hospitals shortly after being sent home.

Hospital Performance Differs Between Cancer, Non-cancer Operations

July 23, 2013 9:20 am | News | Comments

New research released earlier this week show that hospital quality measurements specific to cancer versus non-cancer care provides a more accurate assessment of a hospital’s overall quality performance. Currently, programs used to measure surgical quality report outcomes based on operation type do not report outcomes based on different patient groups, such as cancer verses non-cancer patients.


Bonuses Driving Canadian Surgeries With Minimal Benefit

July 23, 2013 9:13 am | News | Comments

Financial incentives are likely a key factor driving greater use of laparoscopic colon cancer surgery, says a study led by a McMaster University surgeon. The research found that between 2002 and 2009 there was an increase in laparoscopic versus traditional open techniques - with only minimal decreases in how long patients stayed in the hospital after surgery and saw no changes in the survival of patients.

More Children Being Injured By Falling TVs

July 22, 2013 11:50 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP | News | Comments

Falling televisions sent nearly 200,000 U.S. children to the emergency room over the last 20 years, and the injury rate has climbed substantially for these sometimes deadly accidents, a study has found. Doctors and safety experts say better awareness is needed about the dangers — especially the risks of putting heavier, older model TV sets on top of dressers and other furniture.

146 Medical Practices That Offer No Benefit

July 22, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

While there is an expectation that newer medical practices improve the standard of care, the history of medicine reveals many instances in which this has not been the case. A recent analysis documents 146 contemporary medical practices that have subsequently been reversed.

Program Offers Potential For Reducing Readmissions

July 22, 2013 10:51 am | News | Comments

Federal legislation imposes financial penalties on hospitals that experience excessive patient readmissions within 30 days. A new study looks at the potential of a program designed to improve the discharge process and prevent avoidable rehospitalizations.

Postop Follow-Up By Phone Safe, Efficient

July 18, 2013 5:34 pm | by Charles Bankhead | Articles | Comments

Telephone follow-up after ambulatory surgery proved acceptable to most patients, saved time and money, and was associated with few complications, investigators in a pilot program reported. Three-fourths of patients contacted by telephone after hernia repair or laparoscopic cholecystectomy accepted the contact as the sole means of follow-up.

Mortality Rates For Emergency Surgical Admissions Vary Widely Among Hospitals In England

July 18, 2013 1:24 pm | News | Comments

Patients presenting as emergencies account for the majority of deaths associated with general surgery. There is increasing evidence that the quality of care for these high-risk patients is variable across hospitals within England's National Health Service, which is the country's publicly funded healthcare system. Such variability in care is likely to be reflected in differences in mortality rates among hospitals.

Count In Progress Beacon

July 18, 2013 12:03 pm | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) The SANDEL Count In Progress Beacon is nurse-developed and designed to reduce the risk of retained surgical items in the operating room. It helps notify the surgical team that a count is about to begin, and helps minimize distractions and unnecessary activity while the count is in progress.

Hands-Free Transfer Tray

July 18, 2013 11:30 am | by Aspen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

(2013 ESP Award Nominee) Aspen Surgical is excited to announce the launch of its Bard-Parker Hands-Free Transfer Tray.  The Transfer Tray provides surgeons and operating room staff with a method for organizing and passing surgical instruments in a more safe and effective way.  It is optimized for easy hands-free transfer of sharp instruments.

Early Surgery No Help In Valve Infection

July 17, 2013 10:56 am | by Charles Bankhead | News | Comments

Patients with prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) continue to have a high mortality risk that early surgical intervention does not reduce, results of a large multinational trial showed. An unadjusted analysis controlling only for treatment selection suggested a large benefit from early surgery. A fully adjusted analysis, however, showed no benefit of surgery versus medical therapy for in-hospital (HR 0.90) or 1-year mortality (HR 1.04).

Merck: FDA Cancels Meeting On Wake-Up-After-Surgery Drug

July 17, 2013 10:34 am | News | Comments

The company said in a statement that the FDA wants more time to assess the drug, called sugammadex, following an agency inspection of one of the company's clinical trial sites. The site was one of four where Merck was studying allergic reactions to the drug.

Study: Lunar Cycle Affects Cardiac Patients Undergoing Acute Aortic Dissection

July 17, 2013 10:30 am | News | Comments

If you need cardiac surgery in the future, aortic dissection in particular, reach for the moon. Or at least try to schedule your surgery around its cycle. According to a study at Rhode Island Hospital, acute aortic dissection (AAD) repair performed in the waning full moon appears to reduce the odds of death, and a full moon was associated with shorter length of stay (LOS).

Are Physicians Still Responsible For Mistakes In Healthcare?

July 17, 2013 9:30 am | by James C. Salwitz, MD | Blogs | Comments

Who is responsible for mistakes in healthcare?  Who should take credit for success or blame for failure?  Most families, patients and obviously the courts, hold the doctor responsible.  It seems to me this is reasonable; it is the obligation physicians assume and which society returns with empowerment and respect.  However, is this changing because of the Internet and big data?

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