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Not All Adverse Events Are Preventable

October 18, 2013 9:13 am | by Skeptical Scalpel | Blogs | Comments

The “belief that ultimately all adverse events may be preventable” is not supported by any facts, which are not necessary I suppose if one simply has a “belief.” Personally, I do not share the belief that all adverse events are preventable. Let me give you a few examples of why...

Laser Surgery Lawsuit Study Highlights Patient Safety Concerns

October 17, 2013 11:25 am | News | Comments

A new study showing increasing numbers of lawsuits being filed against non-physicians performing laser surgery has important implications for patient safety, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA)...

Surgeon Charged With Fraud For Faking Operations

October 17, 2013 11:17 am | by Liz Neporent | News | Comments

An orthopedic surgeon accused of botching or faking hundreds of surgeries surrendered today and was charged with one count of healthcare fraud. Dr. Spyros Panos, who worked in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was arrested this morning at the federal court in White Plains, N.Y. He pleaded not guilty to the felony charge and was released on $100,000 bail. The charge carries a fine up to $5 million...

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Patients With Poor Nutritional Status Before Bladder Cancer Operation Have Higher Risk Of Postoperative Complications

October 16, 2013 11:17 am | News | Comments

Patients with bladder cancer are two times more likely to have complications after a radical cystectomy procedure if they have a biomarker for poor nutritional status before the operation, according to study findings presented last week at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons...

Safe Cord Floor Strip

October 16, 2013 10:34 am | by Flagship Surgical | Flagship Surgical, Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Flagship Surgical's Safe Cord Floor Strip is a durable, disposable safety strip designed to cover cables and cords on the OR floors, thereby reducing the risk of staff tripping hazards and injuries. It has adhesive strips on the underside which secure the product to the floor, but will not leave any residue.

Quality Of Life Better With Both CABG And PCI

October 16, 2013 9:31 am | by Todd Neale | Articles | Comments

Both coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents resulted in dramatic improvements in quality of life among diabetic patients with multivessel disease, a subanalysis of the FREEDOM trial showed...

Rise In Thyroid Cancers Not 'Incidental'

October 14, 2013 11:05 am | by Kristina Fiore | News | Comments

Patients whose thyroid cancer was detected as an incidental finding tend to be older and have later-stage disease -- although tumor size and metastases aren't much different from thyroid cancer diagnosed clinically, researchers found. That suggests the rise in thyroid cancer seen over the last few decades isn't solely attributable to an increase in incidental findings...

Kidney Failure Can Complicate Long-Term Outcomes In Children Receiving Solid-Organ Transplants

October 14, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

Children who undergo transplants of solid organs have a high risk of developing advanced kidney disease, according to a new national study. Among these children, the highest risk is in those receiving lung or intestinal transplants, followed by heart and then liver transplants. The researchers say their findings reinforce the importance of continued screening of kidney function in pediatric transplant recipients...

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Study: Readmission Rates Impacted By A Patients' Knowledge And Skills

October 10, 2013 11:02 am | News | Comments

A study by physicians at Boston Medical Center (BMC), has found that patients with a high degree of activation (possessing the knowledge, skills, confidence, and inclination to assume responsibility for managing one's health and health-care needs) were less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge than those with a low level of activation...

Adult Monitoring Patient Return Electrode

October 10, 2013 10:14 am | by Megadyne Medical Products | Megadyne Medical Products | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products released a new adult monitoring patient return electrode featuring a five-meter-long cable designed for easier use in operating room settings featuring surgical booms. These single-use pads provide an easy, cost-effective option for patient safety during electrosurgery.

Invasive Procedure Can Detect Lymph Nodes After Chemo

October 9, 2013 10:11 am | News | Comments

Patients whose breast cancer has spread to their lymph nodes have most of the nodes in their armpit area removed after chemotherapy to determine if any cancer remains.A new study shows that sentinel lymph node surgery successfully identified whether cancer remained in lymph nodes in 91 percent of patients with node-positive breast cancer who received chemotherapy before their surgery.

Minimally Invasive Approach Aids Colon Cancer Care

October 9, 2013 10:00 am | News | Comments

The chance of ending up in a nursing facility appears to be significantly lower for older patients who undergo a laparoscopic procedure than for those who have open surgical resection for colon cancer. Investigators from Dalhousie University found that selected patients over the age of 70 were more likely to be discharged to their own homes—instead of a nursing facility—following laparoscopic operations.

CPM Procedure May Not Increase Life Expectancy

October 9, 2013 9:42 am | News | Comments

Women with early-stage breast cancer in one breast are increasingly opting to undergo a more aggressive operation to remove both breasts, called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM). Rates of double mastectomies have more than doubled over the last decade for women with early-stage cancer.

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More Expensive, Same Complications For Weekend Appendectomy

October 9, 2013 9:34 am | News | Comments

Prior studies have shown higher rates of illness after other types of urgent abdominal operations performed on Saturdays and Sundays, the so-called "weekend effect." Authors of the new study, however, found no such difference for appendectomy, which is one of the most common urgent operations performed.

Post-Op Blood Clot Data May Be Flawed

October 8, 2013 12:34 pm | News | Comments

A new study published by JAMA questions using the rate of post-operative blood clots as a hospital quality measure. The study examined whether surveillance bias influences the reported rate of venous thromboembolism, which includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

Surgeons Report New Approaches To Reducing Post-Op Pain

October 8, 2013 12:23 pm | News | Comments

One pain treatment utilized the simple but non-standard application of ice packs after major abdominal operations in patients, and the other treatment was a prolonged drug delivery method using nanotechnology in animals. Past research has shown that post-operative pain is often undertreated. 

Insurers Feel "Obamacare" Is Fixable

October 8, 2013 12:09 pm | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | News | Comments

The federal government's biggest foray into online commerce has left millions of tech-savvy Americans thoroughly bewildered, but the insurance industry and others experienced with rolling out new programs say there's still enough time to fix the glitches with President Barack Obama's healthcare law before uninsured people start getting coverage on January 1.

Poor Nutrition Increases Bladder Operation Complications

October 8, 2013 11:59 am | News | Comments

Patients with bladder cancer are two times more likely to have complications after a radical cystectomy procedure if they have a biomarker for poor nutritional status before the operation. Surgeons from the University of North Carolina identified a potentially modifiable risk factor for such post-surgical problems: a low pre-operative level of albumin. 

UT Arlington Researchers Successfully Test Model For Implant Device Reactions

October 4, 2013 1:26 pm | News | Comments

A team from the University of Texas at Arlington has used mathematical modeling to develop a computer simulation they hope will one day improve the treatment of dangerous reactions to medical implants such as stents, catheters, and artificial joints...

Colorectal Surgeons Develop A Novel Tool For Measuring Quality And Outcomes

October 4, 2013 1:19 pm | News | Comments

There is a new tool called the HARM score that reliably measures quality and clinical outcomes for colon and rectal surgery patients. The name of the tool reflects the data sources used to calculate the score: Hospital stay, Readmission rate, and Mortality. The paper demonstrates a strong correlation between the HARM score, and the quality of clinical outcomes achieved by surgeons and hospitals for patients having major abdominal surgery...

Johns Hopkins Experts Devise A Way To Cut Radiation Exposure In Children Needing Repeat Brain Scans

October 4, 2013 9:21 am | News | Comments

A team of pediatric neurosurgeons and neuroradiologists at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center has developed a way to minimize dangerous radiation exposure in children with a condition that requires repeat CT scans of the brain. The experts say they reduced exposure without sacrificing the diagnostic accuracy of the images or compromising treatment decisions...

SurgiCount Safety-Sponge System

October 3, 2013 4:19 pm | by Cardinal Health | Cardinal Health | Product Releases | Comments

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.

Study: Surgery May Be Effective Treatment Option For Older Epilepsy Patients

October 3, 2013 11:50 am | News | Comments

"Traditionally, there has been a tendency to exclude older patients from surgery for fear of increased risk of medical or surgical complications," said Spectrum Health Medical Group neurosurgeon Sanjay Patra, MD, lead author of the study.  "This study provides evidence that surgery may instead be a viable and effective treatment option..."

Recent Health Scare Proves A Patient's Best Interest Doesn't Always Matter

October 3, 2013 11:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Days, weeks, and months can go by before a patient is notified about an unsafe healthcare practice. How the situation between the state Health Department and this particular Spokane surgery center has played out is an unsettling reminder that the patient’s best interest can go overlooked in the face of negative publicity...

'ICU Delirium' Affects Brain After Discharge

October 3, 2013 9:48 am | by Crystal Phend | Articles | Comments

"Profound" cognitive problems often persist after a stay in the ICU, leaving patients with the equivalent of a blow to the head or early Alzheimer's disease, a study determined. One year after discharge, 34 percent of patients had cognitive scores similar to those with moderate traumatic brain injury and 24 percent had the equivalent of mild Alzheimer's disease...

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