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New C-Section Guidelines Urge Longer Wait Before Opting For Surgery

February 21, 2014 9:38 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Show more patience in the delivery room: That's the prescription being given to the nation's obstetricians. New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver their babies vaginally before assuming that labor has stalled. The recommendations are the latest in years of efforts to prevent unnecessary C-sections...

Study: More Women Receiving Breast Reconstruction After Mastectomy

February 20, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

A new study finds that the majority of women who undergo mastectomy for breast cancer go on to get breast reconstruction, a practice that has increased dramatically over time. Researchers found that 46 percent of patients received reconstruction in 1998 but that figure rose to 63 percent by 2007...

Stents, Surgery Equal For Blocked Carotids

February 20, 2014 11:04 am | by Todd Neale | Articles | Comments

For patients with symptomatic or asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis, stenting and endarterectomy appear to be equally effective for preventing ipsilateral stroke over the long term, a small, single-center trial suggested...    

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One-Quarter Of High Risk Patients Denied Anticoagulation After AF Ablation

February 19, 2014 7:04 am | News | Comments

The EORP Atrial Fibrillation Ablation Pilot Study, conducted by the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA) of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), reveals that 65 percent of patients were taking anticoagulants one year after ablation of AF.1 But up to 25 percent of patients at high risk of stroke (defined as a CHA2DS2-VASc score >1) were not taking any anticoagulant drug...

Study: Blood Test Serves As 'Crystal Ball' For Heart Transplant Patients

February 19, 2014 6:55 am | News | Comments

A new UCLA-led study shows that a blood test commonly used to determine whether heart transplant recipients are rejecting their new organ can also predict potential rejection-related problems in the future...         

FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays

February 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Dan Allen Surgical | Product Releases | Comments

Dan Allen Surgical introduces FaceGuard Head Shield/Instrument Trays. The table-mounted device offers a number of innovative patient safety and user-friendly features.

Researchers Developing Technology To Link Patient Records Between Hospitals, Medical Flight Crews

February 18, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

Although trauma, heart, and stroke patients benefit from being transferred from a local hospital to a higher-level care facility, it’s unclear why patients transferred with non-urgent medical conditions show at least a 30 percent higher death rate than had they stayed put, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s nursing school...

Antibiotics Instead Of Surgery For Appendicitis? No Way

February 18, 2014 9:16 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

A retrospective study from California claims that the nonoperative management of simple appendicitis may be safe and is worth studying further. Why am I not convinced? Because every time this subject comes up, the paper purporting to show that antibiotics are superior or even equal to surgical treatment is flawed...

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ECO-BEDSIDE KIT

February 14, 2014 2:21 pm | by Ruhof | Ruhof Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Ruhof's ECO-BEDSIDE KIT is the only eco-friendly kit on the market that removes synthetic lipids from scope surfaces and internal channels. The product is safe on all scopes and easy to use with a wide mouthed tray design and securely fitting lid, which prevents spillage of enzymatic solution during preparation and suctioning.

Kidney Transplant: Donors May Risk ESRD

February 14, 2014 2:15 pm | by Kristina Fiore | News | Comments

People who donate one of their kidneys have an increased risk of developing end-stage renal disease (ESRD), although the overall magnitude of that risk is small, researchers found...          

FDA Rejects Wider Use Of J&J Xarelto For Third Time

February 14, 2014 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said Friday that the Food and Drug Administration has rejected — for a third time — its application to expand use of the blood thinner Xarelto to reduce dangerous blood clots and related problems in patients with coronary artery disease...

WRONG SITE Sleeve

February 14, 2014 7:08 am | by Patient Safety Gear, Inc. | Patient Safety Gear, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The WRONG SITE sleeve from Patient Safety Gear, Inc. provides extra protection for patients undergoing 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 OR.

Most People Have Access To Stroke Care, But Few Get Recommended Treatment

February 13, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

Four out of five people in the United States live within an hour's drive of a hospital equipped to treat acute stroke — yet very few get recommended treatment, according to recent research...              

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NYC Hospitals’ Dialysis Plan Is Under New Scrutiny

February 13, 2014 8:56 am | by Nina Bernstein | Articles | Comments

The New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council is set to vote Thursday on a deal to turn over dialysis at four of New York City’s public hospitals to a for-profit franchise called Big Apple Dialysis despite government data showing the company’s centers did not perform as well as the hospitals themselves...

Hospital To 18 Patients: You May Have Been Exposed To Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

February 11, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

Doctors and hospital officials from Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are notifying 18 neurosurgery patients that they might have been exposed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a serious and incurable neurological disorder...

Same Cancer Risk With Two Breast Atypias

February 10, 2014 11:36 am | by Charles Bankhead | News | Comments

Both atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) and atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH) conferred an identical risk of breast cancer in the same (ipsilateral) breast, and both types of atypia had a 2:1 ratio for the risk of ipsilateral versus contralateral (opposite) breast cancer...

Smoke Alarm

February 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

The healthcare industry’s stance on surgical smoke in the operating room has evolved considerably over the course of the past several years. As more information came out about the potential dangers of surgical smoke in the operating room, the healthcare industry responded by actively seeking out and implementing products and solutions to address those possible threats... 

EHR-Based Screening Program For AAA Cuts The Number Of At-Risk Men By More Than Half

February 10, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

A screening program for abdominal aortic aneurysms, integrated into an electronic health record, dramatically reduced the number of unscreened at-risk men by more than 50 percent within 15 months, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published today...

Diaphragm Pacing In Spinal Cord Injury Successful In Weaning Patients From Ventilators

February 10, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

A new study finds that diaphragm pacing (DP) stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful not only in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators but also in bridging patients to independent respiration, where they could breathe on their own without the aid of a ventilator or stimulation...

Inside The First Scandal In Patient Safety

February 10, 2014 9:50 am | by Bob Wachter, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

In a remarkable number of cases of medical errors, it’s clear — again, in retrospect — that there were signs that something was amiss, but they were ignored. The reasons are manifold: I was just too busy, things are always glitchy around here, I didn’t want to be branded a troublemaker by speaking up…. Part of the work of patient safety has been to alert us to this risk, to get us to trust our internal “spidey-sense..."

Uterine Surgical Technique Is Linked To Abnormal Growths And Cancer Spread

February 7, 2014 10:46 am | by Denise Grady | Articles | Comments

Concerns are increasing among doctors about the safety of a procedure performed on tens of thousands of women a year in the United States who undergo surgery to remove fibroid tumors from the uterus, or to remove the entire uterus...   

MatriStem Pelvic Floor Matrix

February 7, 2014 10:34 am | by ACell, Inc. | ACell, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

ACell, Inc., announced that it has expanded the MatriStem Pelvic Floor Matrix product portfolio with the addition of four device sizes. The addition of four new sizes to the portfolio offers a broad range of viable solutions for physicians treating patients in need of pelvic floor repair.

Surgical Quality Alliance Releases Resource Document For Publicly Reporting Surgeons’ Performance On Surgical Quality Measures

February 6, 2014 11:16 am | News | Comments

The Surgical Quality Alliance (SQA), in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has released Surgery & Public Reporting: Recommendations for Issuing Public Reports on Surgical Care. This resource document is intended to provide organizations that publicly report on surgical quality measures with a better understanding of the considerations that must be made when reporting on these important aspects of surgical care...

New Tool Shows Promise In Helping Surgical Teams Predict Home Discharge For Their Patients

February 6, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Research published in the February issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows that a new type of surgical risk calculator can accurately predict postoperative home discharge...         

New Assessment Tool Designed To Improve Care Provided At Hospitals

February 4, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

Published as "The Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective HMG," the self-assessment tool is comprised of 47 different characteristics of effective hospital medicine groups (HMGs) sorted into ten different principles. It outlines characteristics like the development of an annual budget, care coordination across care settings, and "care that respects and responds to patient and family preferences, needs, and values..."

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