When heart attack patients present in the emergency department with some degree of anemia, or anemic patients have a heart attack, physicians have a tendency, but not much guidance, about whether to provide a blood transfusion.
A survey shows more than half of Americans aren't totally truthful with their doctors, and physicians say even white lies may have consequences. Why does this continue to happen?
When researchers from UCLA Medical Center investigated the link between racial disparities and appendicitis outcomes in children, they found that the type of hospital in which black, Hispanic and other minority patients receive care—community, children’s or county—affects their odds of developing a perforated appendix.
I agree with those who say there are “never” events that are totally preventable and should never happen. But I want to set the record straight. Listen to me. Surgeons are not the cause of sponges being left in patients. I’ll explain.
Despite earlier signs that a less-invasive surgery is safer and better than "open" operations to repair potentially lethal abdominal aortic aneurysms, a study led by a Johns Hopkins professor shows survival rates after four years are similar for both procedures.
After a cautious and rigorous analysis of national malpractice claims, Johns Hopkins patient safety researchers estimate that a surgeon in the United States leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient's body after an operation 39 times a week, performs the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times a week and operates on the wrong body site 20 times a week.
State health officials fined 12 California hospitals $785,000 for mistakes that endangered patients on Thursday, including a doctor's improper use of a surgical device that investigators said resulted in a patient's death.
Ansell's GAMMEX N95 respirator and surgical mask utilizes a hybrid technology that incorporates the comfort of a standard surgical mask with the protection of a respirator. It filters out 95% of airborne particles down to 0.1 micron in size.
Within the past 20 years, there were close to 10,000 reported instances when a foreign object was left in a patient, the wrong surgery was performed, or the surgery was performed on the wrong patient or wrong part of the body.
Researchers determined that generating adenosine outside of cells can help protect organs from damage. And they saw that activating adenosine receptors on the lungs, the intestine, or the heart can help protect these organs. For patients who might face surgery with anesthesia, the findings are good news.
Telestroke networks that enable the remote and rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke can improve the bottom line of patients and hospitals, researchers report.
For more than 24 years, Paul Crochet, 73, of Houma, LA, has played the role of Santa at Southland Mall, entertaining kids with his natural Claus-like features and jolly Cajun accent. But when Crochet sought relief from aortic stenosis, he learned his only option would be an unconventional trial surgery.
Studies have found that approximately one-third of doctors don't even have a personal physician, who might be on the lookout for deteriorating hearing, vision or motor coordination, or the cognitive impairment that precedes dementia.
Launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today, a new education initiative and set of online tools provide healthcare providers and organizations practical tips on ways to protect their patients’ protected health information when using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.
Urologists at Henry Ford Hospital have developed a new technique that could make minimally invasive robotic partial nephrectomy procedures the norm, rather than the exception for kidney cancer patients. The technique spares the kidney, eliminates long hospital stays and provides better outcomes by giving the surgeon more time to perform the procedure.
A new heart valve procedure intended to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis and individuals who are at high risk for surgical complications or death is gaining traction in the U.S.
Healthmark Industries announces a new product to help remind healthcare care professionals to take a surgical pause before using surgical instruments in the OR. A “surgical pause” is the universal protocol for preventing wrong site, wrong procedure, and wrong person surgery.
Knowing that our system safely trains young surgeons is comforting. Someday in the not too distant future, the odds are that I will probably need surgery myself. It is great to know that the students and residents training today will be ready to safely help me when that day arrives.
Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62 percent between 2003 and 201. Workers are also paying more out-of-pocket, as their share of health insurance premiums rose by 74 percent on average and deductibles more than doubled, up 117 percent between 2003 and 2011.
The Ohio hospital where an operating nurse accidentally disposed of a viable kidney will resume live kidney transplants in the next few weeks, officials said. Live kidney transplants at the University of Toledo Medical Center had been voluntarily halted after the Aug. 10 incident.
Advanced Medical Innovations unveiled the Neutray™ Sharps Passing Tray for hands-free transfer of sharps during a surgical procedure. It has been specifically designed to handle many of the different styles of sharps used in today’s operating room.
Consumers assume their risk of getting a serious illness is higher when medications are cheaper because they believe that prices for life-saving products are based on need and not profit.
Scientists in Australia and Austria have described a "network map" of genes involved in pain perception, with remarkable similarity from fruit flies to people. The work should help identify new analgesic drugs.
Long-term results suggest that after resection of locally recurrent breast cancer, patients should also undergo adjuvant chemotherapy, researchers found. After 5 years, 69% of 85 women who had chemotherapy achieved disease-free survival compared with 57% of 77 women who did not have chemotherapy
A California hospital has been fined $50,000 – its fifth administrative penalty from the State since 2009 – for performing the wrong procedure on a 6-year-old boy. The boy was supposed to receive a tongue lesion resection, but instead a tongue tie release was performed.