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Study: Prenatal Diagnosis And Birth Location May Significantly Improve Neonatal HLHS Survival

October 23, 2013 11:31 am | News | Comments

A first-of-its-kind study led by Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) found that infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) born far from a hospital providing neonatal cardiac surgery for HLHS have increased neonatal mortality, with most deaths occurring before surgery...

The Joint Commission Issues Sentinel Event Alert On Preventing Retained Foreign Objects

October 23, 2013 10:35 am | News | Comments

A newly issued Sentinel Event Alert from the Joint Commission calls attention to the frequency of and patient and economic consequences from unintended retained foreign objects after surgery. It discusses, among other items, the physical harm to patients from retained items, the most common objects left behind, the associated costs from this error and recommendations and potential strategies for prevention...

Healthgrades 2014 Hospital Quality Report Reveals Risk Of Death And Complications Vary Widely Among Nation’s Hospitals

October 22, 2013 10:59 am | News | Comments

The report demonstrates that individuals are far more likely to die or suffer complications at hospitals receiving the lowest Healthgrades rating. In fact, each year an estimated 234,252 lives could potentially be saved and 157,418 complications could be avoided if all hospitals performed similarly to the highest rated hospitals...


Allen Advance Table

October 22, 2013 9:35 am | by Allen Medical | Allen Medical Systems | Product Releases | Comments

The Allen Advance table (from Allen Medical) is used for dedicated spine positioning where 360-degree radiolucency is required. The Allen Advance table can be used in prone or supine positions with the ability to “flip” the patient intraoperatively. The Allen design addresses the safety concerns associated with pulling the wrong pins that can result in table collapse with patient.

GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive Surgical Glove

October 21, 2013 9:10 am | by Ansell | Ansell | Product Releases | Comments

Ansell, the global leader in hand protection, features the GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive surgical glove with SENSOPRENE formulation. GAMMEX Non-Latex Sensitive is a major innovation in non-latex, chemical accelerator-free glove technology. The SENSOPRENE formulation allows for superior sensitivity while maintaining glove strength, offering unprecedented comfort and tactility with advanced allergy protection against both latex and chemical allergies for healthcare workers and patients.

Why Electronic Medical Records Are Dangerous To Older Adults

October 21, 2013 8:53 am | by Michael Wasserman, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

A recent experience with my father-in-law reminded me of something that has concerned me for some time. While EMRs have some benefits for older adults, on balance I believe that they portend more dangers. There are multiple reasons, but the biggest is that healthcare providers tend to believe everything they read in an EMR. Even if what they read is wrong...

Traumatic Injuries In Elderly Patients Often Underestimated

October 18, 2013 10:50 am | News | Comments

Traumatic injuries can be more severe for older adults, yet they often do not get the right level of care, according to a study appearing in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  Instead of going to a trauma center, many elderly patients end up in facilities without specialized expertise in trauma care that can treat all of their injuries...

Report: Surgical Implements Too Often Left Behind In Patients

October 18, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

You go in for surgery, and only find out later that one of the surgeon's tools -- a sponge, a needle, a surgical implement -- has been left behind in your body. A rare occurrence? Not really, according to the watchdog group The Joint Commission, which is urging hospitals across America to find better ways to avoid the problem of "retained surgical items..."


Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap

October 18, 2013 9:30 am | by Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Kimberly-Clark Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

Kimberly-Clark announced the launch of Kimguard Smart-Fold Sterilization Wrap, an innovative sterilization packaging designed to provide the durability necessary for the most demanding applications. Smart-Fold features triple-layer reinforcement to protect the heaviest procedure trays and loaner sets from tears and cuts that can occur during handling. The extra reinforcement also translates to fewer trays being returned for reprocessing.

Not All Adverse Events Are Preventable

October 18, 2013 9:13 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

The “belief that ultimately all adverse events may be preventable” is not supported by any facts, which are not necessary I suppose if one simply has a “belief.” Personally, I do not share the belief that all adverse events are preventable. Let me give you a few examples of why...

Laser Surgery Lawsuit Study Highlights Patient Safety Concerns

October 17, 2013 11:25 am | News | Comments

A new study showing increasing numbers of lawsuits being filed against non-physicians performing laser surgery has important implications for patient safety, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA)...

Surgeon Charged With Fraud For Faking Operations

October 17, 2013 11:17 am | by Liz Neporent | News | Comments

An orthopedic surgeon accused of botching or faking hundreds of surgeries surrendered today and was charged with one count of healthcare fraud. Dr. Spyros Panos, who worked in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was arrested this morning at the federal court in White Plains, N.Y. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charge and was released on $100,000 bail. The charge carries a fine up to $5 million...

Patients With Poor Nutritional Status Before Bladder Cancer Operation Have Higher Risk Of Postoperative Complications

October 16, 2013 11:17 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, according to study findings presented last week at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons...


Safe Cord Floor Strip

October 16, 2013 10:34 am | by Flagship Surgical | Flagship Surgical, LLC | Product Releases | Comments

Flagship Surgical's Safe Cord Floor Strip is a durable, disposable safety strip designed to cover cables and cords on the OR floors, thereby reducing the risk of staff tripping hazards and injuries. It has adhesive strips on the underside which secure the product to the floor, but will not leave any residue.

Quality Of Life Better With Both CABG And PCI

October 16, 2013 9:31 am | by Todd Neale | Articles | Comments

Both coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents resulted in dramatic improvements in quality of life among diabetic patients with multivessel disease, a subanalysis of the FREEDOM trial showed...

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. 

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