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Multidimensional Frailty Score Helps Predict Postoperative Outcomes In Older Adults

May 8, 2014 9:10 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

A multidimensional frailty score may help predict postoperative outcomes in older adults. More than half of all operations are performed on patients 65 years and older in the United States. Frail elderly patients who undergo surgery are more likely to have postoperative complications...

Renal Denervation May Reduce Hypertension In Patients With Renal Artery Stents

May 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Journal of Endovascular Therapy | News | Comments

Patients with hypertension after renal artery stenting who do not respond to drug treatment may have another option. Renal sympathetic denervation can help lower blood pressure by desensitizing nerve endings in the vascular wall. However, recent studies of this treatment concept have excluded patients with stented renal arteries...

Gov't Report: Hospitals Improving Patient Safety

May 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Department of Health and Human Services | Articles | Comments

The Department of Health and Human Services announced that new preliminary data show an overall nine percent decrease in hospital-acquired conditions nationally during 2011 and 2012. National reductions in adverse drug events, falls, infections, and other forms of hospital-induced harm are estimated to have prevented nearly 15,000 deaths in hospitals...

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New Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Surgical Care Model Improves Care

May 7, 2014 9:39 am | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

New research from Mayo Clinic shows that implementing a uniform method to care for lower-risk cardiac surgical patients improves outcomes, reduces patients’ time in the hospital, and lowers overall per patient costs by 15 percent...   

Stroke Risk Reduced If Brain Blood Vessel Disorder Is Left Alone

May 6, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Edinburgh | News | Comments

Treating patients who suffer from a common condition that affects blood vessels in the brain increases their risk of stroke, a study has found. People with a condition known as arteriovenous malformation (AVM) – which causes blood vessels in the brain to tangle – have a better outcome if doctors treat their symptoms only and not the AVM...

Electronic Tool Helps Reduce Drug Errors Among Hospitalized Children

May 5, 2014 8:21 am | by American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

When children are admitted to the hospital, sometimes the medications they take at home are lost in the shuffle, or they may be given the wrong dose. Having a system in place at hospital admission to record and review a child's medication history results in fewer errors, potentially avoiding harm to the patient, according to a study...

Very Low 30-Day Mortality Can Give False Sense Of Complacency In Arterial Switch Ops

May 2, 2014 9:59 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

With better modern-day immediate post-surgical care, attention is drawn to the 30-to-90 day postoperative period as risky phase of operation has been extended...                    

Women More Likely To Opt For Precautionary Breast Surgery When Physicians Don't Counsel Against It

May 1, 2014 10:28 am | by Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital | News | Comments

Breast cancer is one of the few major illnesses for which physicians may not recommend a specific treatment option. North American women are more likely to opt for precautionary breast surgery when physicians don't specifically counsel against it, according to a new study...

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J&J Halts Sale Of Electric Fibroid Removal Devices Following FDA Warnings

May 1, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson is halting sales of devices used to remove growths in the uterus following a government warning that the electronic surgical tools can inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body. The announcement comes one week after the Food and Drug Administration discouraged doctors from using the devices, known as laparoscopic power morcellators...

Endo To Pay $830M To Settle Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits

May 1, 2014 9:44 am | News | Comments

Drug and medical device maker Endo International says it will pay $830 million to resolve roughly 20,000 personal lawsuits from patients who say they were injured by the company's vaginal mesh implants. The Irish company said in a statement Wednesday that the settlement is subject to a number of conditions and is not an admission of liability...

Major Lung Resection Safer Than Ever, Especially At Busiest Hospitals

April 30, 2014 10:52 am | by American Association for Thoracic Surgery | News | Comments

A major new study using data from the National Cancer Data Base details the impact of annual hospital volume on 30- and 90-day mortality rates. Investigators found that major lung surgery has become progressively safer over the last few decades, although higher death rates at low-volume hospitals and an unexpected increase in mortality at 90 days compared to 30 days were observed...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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