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Identification, Monitoring Of Chronic Medical Conditions Are Opportunities To Reduce Readmission Rates

December 24, 2013 9:04 am | News | Comments

"The reason for readmission is often different from the reason that the patient was initially hospitalized. Our research shows that the five most frequent reasons for readmission were often related to patients' existing chronic medical conditions, underscoring the need for post-discharge care to focus attention not just on the primary diagnosis of the previous hospitalization but also on these comorbidities," said Jacques Donzé, MD.

Physical Inactivity After Cardiac Surgery Linked With Substantially Higher Risk Of Depression

December 23, 2013 9:09 am | News | Comments

New research indicates that inactive patients following cardiac surgery have a substantially higher risk of depression and that the number of patients suffering from depression after cardiac surgery is as high as 40 percent. Investigators recommend that cardiac patients should be assessed for depression and level of physical activity and remain as active as they safely can after surgery to minimize post-operative depression...

Mom Fights For Daughter Left Brain Dead After Tonsillectomy Complications

December 23, 2013 9:08 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California woman says she believes her 13-year-old daughter is alive despite a declaration that complications from a tonsillectomy left her brain dead. The mother of Jahi McMath pleaded for prayers and time to keep her daughter on a ventilator past Monday, when a temporary restraining order barring a hospital from disconnecting life support expires...

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Suicide Note Found At Home Of Suspect In Reno Hospital Shooting

December 20, 2013 9:09 am | by Michelle Rindels and Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A suspect in a deadly hospital shooting in Reno left a suicide note at his home and claimed he had botched surgery three years ago before killing a doctor and himself this week, police said Thursday. Police didn't outline a motive, but the new details could give a fuller picture of why the urology clinic was targeted and two other people were wounded...

Neutray Sharps Passing Tray

December 20, 2013 9:02 am | by Advanced Medical Innovations | Advanced Medical Innovations (AMI) | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Single-Use Active Self-Warming Blanket

December 18, 2013 10:31 am | by Mölnlycke Health Care | Mölnlycke Health Care | Product Releases | Comments

The BARRIER EasyWarm from Mölnlycke Health Care active self-warming blanket has 12 air-activated warming pads consisting of 100 percent natural material such as active coal, clay, salt, water, and iron powder. The blanket maintains an average temperature of 44 degrees Celsius for up to 10 hours, raising skin temperature to a maximum of 42 degrees Celsius.

Researchers Identify Technique To Reduce Childrens' Post-Op Pain After High-Risk Surgery

December 18, 2013 9:51 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's), one of the nation's 50 best children's hospitals, have identified a new technique that will significantly decrease pain for children following high-risk urology surgeries...  

Brazil Doctors Do Cesarean On Woman Not Pregnant

December 18, 2013 9:32 am | News | Comments

Officials in southeastern Brazil say doctors performed a cesarean section on a 37-year-old woman only to discover that she wasn't pregnant. Simone Carvalho is a spokeswoman for the Health Department of the coastal city of Cabo Frio. She said Tuesday the woman told doctors at the city's Woman's Hospital she was 41 weeks pregnant and in pain...

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Gunman Kills Himself, 1 Other At Reno Hospital

December 18, 2013 9:26 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Some fled in panic as gunshots echoed through a sprawling Reno hospital complex while others locked themselves in medical offices as police cars and SWAT teams sealed off a three-block area and heavily armed officers began a nervous room-to-room search. A suicidal gunman killed one person and wounded two others — including a doctor — who were rushed across the campus to emergency surgery after the intruder turned the gun on himself...

How Should A Physician Apologize After A Medical Error?

December 18, 2013 9:07 am | by Michael Kirsch, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

I had thought that apologizing was a straightforward act, but I now realize that it is a nuanced art form. We’ve all heard the “mistakes were made” version, usually issued by politicians who attempt to insert a layer of passive voice insulation between themselves and their screw-ups...

Research Backs Risk-Reduction Surgery For Ovarian Cancer

December 17, 2013 10:08 am | News | Comments

A study by Manchester scientists backs preventative surgery to improve survival for women who are at greater risk of getting ovarian cancer and suggests it appears helpful for women at risk of getting breast cancer because of genetic faults...   

California Teen Winds Up On Life Support After Routine Tonsil Surgery

December 17, 2013 9:59 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The family of a 13-year-old Oakland, California girl is trying to figure out how she ended up on life support after a routine tonsil surgery...                     

New Concerns Over Safety Of Common Anesthetic

December 16, 2013 10:38 am | News | Comments

Patients receiving the widely used anesthesia drug etomidate for surgery may be at increased risk or mortality and cardiovascular events, according to a study. The study adds to safety concerns over etomidate's use as an anesthetic and sedative drug...

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Study: Lower Survival Rates After Second Hip Fractures

December 16, 2013 10:29 am | News | Comments

Research presented today at the 4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting showed that second hip fractures are more deadly than first hip fractures. Based in Hong Kong, the study evaluated the overall incidence of a second hip fracture and subsequent mortality in 43,832 patients, aged 65 or above, with operatively treated first hip fracture during the years 2000-2011...

Kidney Transplant Gives Ex-NFLer A Second Chance

December 16, 2013 10:08 am | by John Wawrow, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

Sore as the incision from his kidney transplant surgery might still be, Donald Jones' outlook on life is suddenly fresh. Though Jones' NFL career is over, what matters more to the former Buffalo Bills receiver is knowing he has a father willing to sacrifice anything — even a kidney. And that leaves Jones, who turns 26 on Tuesday, thankful for a second chance...

Wrist Fracture Significantly Raises Risk Of Hip Fracture

December 13, 2013 10:31 am | News | Comments

A new study presented today at the IOF Regionals 4th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Hong Kong supports widespread evidence that individuals who have suffered a fracture are at significantly increased risk of subsequent hip fractures. In fact, previous studies have shown that half of patients presenting with hip fractures have suffered a prior fracture...

New Partnership Aims to Improve Surgical Care Quality At Illinois Hospitals

December 12, 2013 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The Illinois chapters of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), and Northwestern Medicine have come together to offer selected hospitals across Illinois the opportunity to join the Illinois Surgical Quality Improvement Collaborative (ISQIC), a three-year effort to improve the safety and quality of surgical care in Illinois...

Skip The Balloon After Placing Carotid Stent, Surgeons Suggest

December 12, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Johns Hopkins surgeons say skipping one commonly taken step during a routine procedure to insert a wire mesh stent into a partially blocked carotid artery appears to prevent patients from developing dangerously low blood pressure, an extremely slow heart rate or even a stroke or heart attack...

Report: Most States Do A Poor Job Informing Consumers About Physician Quality

December 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Julie Appleby | Articles | Comments

When it comes to providing consumers with easily accessible information about physician quality, a report out today gave most states grades of ‘D’ or ‘F,’ often because they compile data only about primary care doctors, not specialists...

Diabetes: TAVI Trumps Heart Surgery

December 11, 2013 10:55 am | by Elizabeth DeVita Raeburn | News | Comments

Patients with diabetes who had aortic stenosis fared better in terms of mortality and kidney function during the first year if they underwent transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) rather than surgery, a post-hoc analysis found...

Multimaterial 3D Printers Create Realistic Hands-On Models For Neurosurgical Training

December 10, 2013 11:27 am | News | Comments

Researchers announce the creation of a cost-effective two-part model of the skull for use in practicing neurosurgical techniques. The model, produced using the latest generation of multimaterial 3D printers, is composed of a variety of materials that simulate the various consistencies and densities of human tissues encountered during neurosurgery...

Court: Exec Guilty Over Selling Faulty French Implants

December 10, 2013 11:04 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French businessman who sold tens of thousands of breast implants filled with industrial-grade silicone and prone to leaks was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to the maximum four years in prison. His lawyer promised to appeal immediately, disappointing the dozens of women who traveled to the courthouse in Marseille hoping to see Jean-Claude Mas taken away...

Embolic Material At Site Of Fatal Hemorrhage Occurring Days After Flow-Diversion Aneurysm Treatment

December 10, 2013 10:54 am | News | Comments

It started as a medical mystery and became a cautionary tale. Fatal hemorrhages occurred in the brains of two patients several days after cerebral aneurysm treatment. These hemorrhages were located in the same vascular territory as the treated aneurysms but were not close enough to the lesions to be directly linked to the aneurysms or their treatment. Over time, physicians began to suspect that these were not isolated hemorrhages...

Researchers Report On Safety Of Rapid AED Withdrawal In Pre-Surgical Video/EEG Monitoring

December 9, 2013 3:43 pm | News | Comments

Investigators conducted a prospective study of 150 patients admitted to their vEEG telemetry unit over a period of five years. The patients’ medication therapy was discontinued by a standardized rapid AED withdrawal protocol. Rapid discontinuation was not done in patients with a previous history of status epilepticus or taking phenobarbital. The researchers then assessed the number of patients having subsequent seizures...

Study: Post-Operative Change In AED Therapy May Not Necessarily Affect Long-Term Seizure Outcome After Temporal Lobe Surgery

December 9, 2013 3:34 pm | News | Comments

Surgery for drug–resistant epilepsy is performed with the dual aim of obtaining seizure freedom and potential for reducing or discontinuing anticonvulsant drugs (AEDs).  Most epilepsy patients become seizure free with surgery.  But there are no criteria for the timing of AED withdrawal following the procedure, and the long-term effect of post-operative AED withdrawal is unclear...

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