Healthmark announces the new custom two color vinyl labels that will make a lasting impression. The custom labels are made from durable, industrial grade vinyl and will endure even harsh environments. These labels can withstand temperatures ranging from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and are UV, water, chemical, and smear resistant.
There have been several lapses in reporting problems with robotic surgical equipment, a new study has found. The equipment, called the da Vinci system, is made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif. It has been on the market for more than a decade; more than a million procedures have been performed with it. Between January 2000 and August 2012, thousands of mishaps were reported to the FDA.
An internal investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs has found that one of its hospitals in Jackson, Miss., did not have enough doctors in its primary care unit, resulting in nurse practitioners’ handling far too many patients, numerous complaints about delayed care, and repeated violations of federal rules on prescribing narcotics.
In the years since that first difficult bedside admission, I have done my best to avoid making medical errors, but I still make them. I still find it very hard every time I meet with a patient and family members to acknowledge that I made a mistake.
Relatively small numbers of women in stenting trials have precluded definitive evidence of benefit, but a large pooled analysis strongly suggests stents are safe and effective in women. Slightly more than one-fourth of 44,000 patients in 26 trials were women and their rates of death or myocardial infarction at 3 years were similar to that of men, and improved as stenting technology advanced.
Cook Medical has a new device to simplify percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedures, during which physicians break up and remove large kidney stones, or can use it in the bladder to break up large bladder stones. LithAssist combines suction control and provides access for a laser fiber. It is the first device globally to provide suction control and laser fiber access.
Health officials in New Hampshire said eight neurosurgery patients at one hospital in the state may have been unwittingly exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Surgical instruments used on a patient later given a tentative diagnosis of sporadic CJD were subsequently used in at least eight other patients after ordinary sterilization, which is not adequate to reliably eliminate the prion proteins responsible for CJD.
If you are interested in patient safety and medical errors and haven't read the story in the Texas Observer about a spectacularly incompetent neurosurgeon, you should. It is long but worth it. As I tweeted last week, it will make you cringe. The story includes many details about operations done poorly and patients suffering paralysis and death at the hands of Dr. Christopher D. Duntsch.
While no clinical practice guidelines exist for the use of MRI around the time of surgery, some surgeons use the screening tool to obtain a clearer picture of the cancer before surgery is performed or immediately after surgery to check for any residual disease. Previous studies have shown that using MRI in this capacity for women with invasive breast cancer does not have a clinically significant impact on local recurrence.
Atlantic General Hospital recently strengthened patient safety measures by expanding its use of capnography to monitor patients using patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) to regulate their pain after surgery. PCA can provide an effective way to control pain by allowing patients to self-administer small doses of pain medication intravenously, but the technology poses unique risks.
During surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, an anesthesiologist decorated a patient's face with stickers while the patient was unconscious — giving her a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye — and then a nurse's aide snapped her photo. The 2011 incident has prompted a state investigation and a civil lawsuit by the patient against the hospital and the doctor over the alleged breach of medical privacy.
Researchers at Duke University conducted a randomized clinical trial in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). In this study, the researchers compared two approaches to intracranial pressure management—continuous and intermittent drainage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)—and outcomes associated with those methods, focusing specifically on the incidence of cerebral vasospasm.
Despite widespread adoption by hospitals of surgical robot technology over the past decade, a "slapdash" system of reporting complications paints an unclear picture of its safety, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. In a report, the Johns Hopkins team says that of the 1 million or so robotic surgeries performed since 2000, only 245 complications -- including 71 deaths -- were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
A family is speaking out about a botched kidney transplant in which a nurse threw out a man's viable kidney just before it was to be given to his sister, saying that at first they assumed the woman had died because her scheduled surgery ended so soon. She was to receive her brother's kidney at the University of Toledo Medical Center last August but awoke without having undergone surgery because a nurse had accidentally thrown it out.
What should doctors disclose to patients in the aftermath of adverse events? Does it matter if the adverse event was related to an error? Does it matter if it was preventable or not, anticipated or unexpected? Recently, I was at the Carolina Refresher Course facilitating a session on adverse events in anesthesiology. We touched on a variety of issues, but spent the most time discussing the importance of disclosure conversations.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hit Allendale, NJ-based Stryker’s Spine division with a Class I recall for the company’s OASYS Midline Occiput Plate. According to reports, Stryker learned that a post-operative fracture can occur in the pin that connects the tulip head to the plate body.
Encompass’ new Patient Safety Footwear line Shower-Steps by Albahealth provides added protection on wet surfaces to help prevent falls which could lead to injury. The slip-resistant flexible sole and mesh upper feature an open weave design, which allows water to flow through while bathing and provides maximum traction.
The University of Toledo Medical Center denies a family's allegations of medical negligence over a botched kidney transplant and wants the Ohio Court of Claims to dismiss the case, according to court filings. The hospital has said a nurse accidentally threw out a chilled, protective slush containing a viable kidney donated to a Toledo woman by her younger brother in August 2012.
An orthopedic surgeon from New York reportedly has 261 malpractice suits against him. He has been accused of performing "phantom" and unnecessary operations. If you've been following my blog, you know that I am not a big fan of lawyers. But I have to admit that one lawyer's questions about what the hospital knew about all this and why the surgeon wasn't scrutinized sooner are good ones.
Ansell introduces a new product of the Sandel brand of healthcare safety devices. The Disarm-It-All is the only counting and disposal box capable of single-handed removal of syringe needles, traditional scalpel blades, and beaver blades. The Disarm-It-All offers new safety features designed to reduce the risk of sharps injuries and exposure to bloodborne pathogens in addition to safely counting and disposing blades and needles.
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 helps to eliminate retained surgical sponges by providing more accurate, real-time counts in the operating room, as well as provide auditable, post-operative evidence based outcomes through a complete documentation solution.
The number of complications experienced by U.S. patients after major cancer surgery is rising, but fewer are dying from their operations, a new study reveals. Researchers analyzed data from 2.5 million patients older than 18 who had major cancer surgery between 1999 and 2009. Procedures included partial or complete removal of a cancerous colon, bladder, esophagus, stomach, uterus, lung, pancreas, or prostate.
The University of Kentucky has settled its case with the state over the release of safety data for its embattled pediatric heart surgery program, which was closed last year following patient deaths. The dispute stems from a request last year by a local radio reporter for information about the program.
Researchers discovered a 52.9 percent complication rate in the group of patients in whom CSF drainage was continuous, whereas they found only a 23.1 percent complication rate in the group of patients in whom CSF drainage was intermittent.
It is not the personal risks faced by doctors compared to pilots that kill and harm patients. It is the fact that the kinds of solutions needed in healthcare are just at the gestational stage. Facile comments that doctors don’t care as much as pilots are just plain wrong and divert attention from the steps that can and should be taken to learn from the airline industry.