On June 10, 2013 a 32-year-old pregnant woman was reported to have died after having an ovary removed instead of her inflamed appendix. As the infected appendix festered, she became septic and succumbed to multiple organ failure. This tragedy occurred in the UK in late 2011, but has just come to light. How could this have happened?
Restricting work shifts for postgraduate year one residents to 16 hours appears to have reduced the operative experience of general surgery interns, researchers found. Compared with the four academic years before the change, the year immediately following the restriction saw significant declines in total operative cases, major cases, and first-assistant cases performed by the intern.
The lawsuits accuse the companies of inadequate testing, failing to disclose potential risks, and fraudulently promoting the mesh as a safe medical device. The manufacturers deny those allegations in court documents. Some companies have said in statements their testing was rigorous, that their products are safe and effective and that they're working with the Food and Drug Administration.
In his 20 years of practicing emergency medicine, Dr. David Newman says, he remembers every patient who has walked out of his hospital alive after receiving CPR. It's not because Newman has an extraordinary memory or because reviving a patient whose heart has stopped sticks in his mind more than other types of trauma. It's because the number of individuals who survive CPR is so small.
It was exactly midnight when Caroline Burns eerily opened her eyes and looked at the operating lights above her, shocking doctors who believed she was dead and were about to remove her organs and donate them to patients on the transplant waiting list.
Nothing more accurately and succinctly defines the prevalent issue of sharps safety than the fact which states that there has been no decrease in the injury rate in surgical settings since the passage of the Needlestick Prevention Act of 2000.
There are several products currently on the market that assist the physician and surgical staff with identification of failed instrumentation and prevention of stray current burns. Because this decision is of such great importance, the section below is meant to help you understand what is available to you as well as the pros and cons of each option.
What constitutes proper surgical prepping these days? What are some of the notable misconceptions out there regarding prepping that put hospitals at risk for welcoming surgical-site infections? Surgical Products recently spoke with two industry experts to discuss good prepping practices, key misconceptions, and the products that can help hospitals and other medical facilities in this area.
Colter Meinert and Jessica Danielson both spent months on the transplant waiting list at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., one of the leading transplant centers in the world, and are on their way to recovery. For some, getting a new, healthy organ can happen overnight. For most, the wait is much longer. Sometimes it can take years.
For patients with advanced gastric cancer, treatment with chemotherapy after surgery can reduce the risk of cancer related death by 34 percent over five years compared to surgery alone, researchers said at the 15th ESMO World Congress in Gastrointestinal Cancer.
In a retrospective review of men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 2004 and 2009, the use of advanced technologies, such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), increased from 32 percent to 44 percent among those with low-risk disease (P<0.001) and from 36 percent to 57 percent among those with high risk of noncancer mortality.
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.
Each year in the United States, 200,000 individuals tear their ACL, including 80,000 athletes. These injuries cost the U.S. health care system $1 billion. An ACL tear puts individuals at a greater risk for developing osteoarthritis, joint degeneration, and loss of the meniscus. These problems may be prevented by an ACL reconstruction, but not all patients need this surgery.
Preoperative evaluations before facial cosmetic surgery find that about half of patients are taking herbal and other supplements, reports a study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) hurts the chances of long-term survival after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) in black patients more than in white patients, an observational study showed. Although white PAD patients were a significant 50 percent more likely to die than those without PAD over a median of eight years of post-CABG follow-up, the risk was 2.1 times higher for black PAD patients.
A study analyzed data from 31 hospitals that participated in patient satisfaction surveys, the CMS Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), and employee safety attitudes questionnaires. They found that patient satisfaction did not correlate at all with the rates of hospital compliance with SCIP process measures nor the opinions of employees about the culture of the institution for half the categories questioned.
A show of hands by some 500 attendees at the International Headache Congress, after an hour-long debate between surgeon Bahman Guyuron, MD, of University Hospitals and Case Medical Center in Cleveland, and a German neurologist who has been a vocal skeptic of Guyuron's procedure, suggested that fewer than 10 believed the evidence supports the intervention's clinical value.
A single systemic dose of special immune cells prevented rejection for almost four months in a preclinical animal model of kidney transplantation, according to experts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Their findings could lay the foundation for eventual human trials of the technique.
Recurrence of melanoma skin cancer 10 or more years after initial treatment is more common than previously thought, occurring in more than one in 20 patients. However, according to a new study, these patients tend to live longer after their cancer returns than patients whose melanoma recurs in the first three years.
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 is comprised of three components.
Patients and caregivers at Family Health Centers in Louisville, Ky., wonder how the Affordable Care Act will affect them. Some 90,000 people could get medical coverage in this city alone. It could create thousands of jobs in Kentucky and, if its aspirations are realized, provide better care at lower cost. Yet the law still provokes suspicion and confusion, among both healthcare providers and the uninsured population it is meant to help.
Use Of Advanced Treatment Technologies For Prostate Cancer Increases Among Men With Low-Risk DiseaseJune 26, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments
Use of advanced treatment technologies for prostate cancer, such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy and robotic prostatectomy, has increased among men with low-risk disease, high risk of noncancer mortality, or both, a population of patients who are unlikely to benefit from these treatments, according to a study in the June 26 issue of JAMA.
Evidence comes from a study that looked at 58 children who had cardiac surgery at CHEO. Blood was collected at the time of admission to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit immediately following surgery, and revealed that almost all of the children had low Vitamin D levels.
Smoking increases the risk for serious complications after major surgery, but former smokers who stop at least a year before going under the knife had risks close to those of never-smokers, according to a new study. Current smokers in the study had higher risk for heart attack, blood clots, pneumonia, and even death post-surgery compared to people who had never smoked and those who had stopped smoking.
Hospitals that performed well on publicly reported outcomes had a significantly lower overall mortality rate as compared with poorer performers, an analysis of data from 2,300 hospitals showed. Top performers had a 3.6 percent lower absolute risk-adjusted mortality as compared with hospitals that ranked near the bottom.