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Robotic Surgical Incident Reporting Leads To More Questions Than Answers

January 22, 2014 10:40 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

Some questions simply lead to more questions. No questions lead to definitive answers without data and evidence leading the way. That thought came into my mind when I read a recent San Francisco Chronicle article about adverse-event reporting in healthcare, specifically as it relates to Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robotic surgery system...

Study: 'Icy' Technique Improves Robotic Kidney Transplants

January 22, 2014 10:04 am | News | Comments

A collaboration of surgeons at Henry Ford Hospital and Medanta Hospital in India successfully transplanted kidneys into 50 recipients using an innovative robot-assisted procedure in which the organ is cooled with sterile ice during the operation. The research project advances minimally invasive robotic surgery as a safe alternative to traditional open surgery...

Many CV Devices Approved By Process That Often Does Not Require New Clinical Data

January 22, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Many cardiac implantable electronic device models currently in use were approved via a Food and Drug Administration review process in which the models were assumed safe and effective based on approval of prior versions of the device, according to a study...

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Few Complications With Bedside Tracheotomy

January 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Ed Susman | News | Comments

Bedside percutaneous tracheotomy can be done in critically ill patients with a low risk of morbidity in the community hospital setting, researchers said here. Among 41 intensive care unit (ICU) patients who underwent the procedure, there was a 2 percent complication rate and no procedure-related death...

Study: Tonsillectomy Procedures Vary Depending On Hospital

January 21, 2014 9:43 am | by Michelle Castillo | Articles | Comments

Getting a tonsillectomy can vary depending on where you get the procedure done, a new study reveals. The research looked at 36 children’s hospitals that performed the procedure on almost 140,000 kids. They found that the facilities provided different levels of antibiotics and the steroid dexamethasone...

Floor Signs

January 20, 2014 4:32 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark now offers floor signs made with durable strength and long lasting adhesive. These UV protected industrial laminate materials are high-impact floor signs will last up to seven years without losing their top-layer traction or their color. Floor signs have clear printing and high visibility. They are very easy to use, just peel and stick to the desired location.

Halted After Deaths, Kids' Heart Surgeries Resume At Kentucky Hospital

January 20, 2014 3:40 am | by Elizabeth Cohen | Articles | Comments

Shortly after the fifth death in 2012, Kentucky Children's decided to stop its heart surgeries and placed its only pediatric heart surgeon But now, pediatric heart surgeries are resuming there -- without any reported investigation by the state health department and without oversight by anyone...

The Friday Four: Surgeon Accused Of Leaving Heart Operation Early

January 17, 2014 10:41 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

The Friday Four seeks to highlight some of the people behind some of the interesting stories I stumble upon during my daily search for relevant content. I'm not going to lie to you. This is not the most uplifting edition in The Friday Four's brief (BUT ILLUSTRIOUS) history...

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Chronic Intestinal Damage Raises Hip-Fracture Rate In Celiac Disease Patients

January 17, 2014 9:23 am | News | Comments

Celiac disease patients who experience chronic damage in the small intestine may be more likely to break a hip than those whose intestinal tissues have begun healing, according to new research. Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects about 1 percent of the U.S. population...

U.S. Emergency Care System Gets 'D+' In New Report

January 17, 2014 9:16 am | Articles | Comments

People seeking urgent medical care could face longer wait times and other challenges as demand increases under Obamacare, U.S. emergency doctors said in a report that gives the nation's emergency infrastructure a near failing grade. In its latest "report card," the American College of Emergency Physicians said such reduced access earned the nation a "D+" - that's down from the overall "C-" grade from the group's last report in 2009...

Study: Most Practice Guideline Recommendations Based On Less-Than-Ideal Quality of Evidence

January 16, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A recent study shows that most clinical practice guidelines for interventional procedures (e.g., bronchoscopy, angioplasty) are based on lower-quality medical evidence and fail to disclose authors’ conflicts of interest...

Does Taking Multiple Medicines Increase Your Risk Of Being Admitted To Hospital?

January 16, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

Patients with a single illness who take many drugs have an increased risk of being admitted to hospital, but for patients with multiple conditions, taking many medicines is now associated with a near-normal risk of admission...     

Study: CT Scans Could Bolster Forensic Database To ID Unidentified Remains

January 15, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

A study from North Carolina State University finds that data from CT scans can be incorporated into a growing forensic database to help determine the ancestry and sex of unidentified remains. The finding may also have clinical applications for craniofacial surgeons...

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Follow-Up Tests Improve Colorectal Cancer Recurrence Detection

January 15, 2014 9:31 am | News | Comments

Among patients who had undergone curative surgery for primary colorectal cancer, the screening methods of computed tomography and carcinoembryonic antigen each provided an improved rate of surgical treatment of cancer recurrence compared with minimal follow-up, although there was no advantage in combining these tests...

Washer Rack Label

January 14, 2014 10:16 am | by Healthmark Industries | Healthmark Industries Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Healthmark has announced a new label to their product line that are used to identify and track washer racks through the washing cycles when being tested with the TOSI and other ProFormance cleaning verification products that they offer. This Washer Rack Label operates like a license plate for your washer rack, each label has a unique human and machine readable alphanumeric number.

Intellectual Doping: Stimulant Abuse In Medical Students

January 14, 2014 9:55 am | by Aimee Merino | Blogs | Comments

No one can deny that medical students today face an increasingly competitive environment with a strong focus on board scores and class grades as strong requirements for entrance into competitive specialties. Mirroring the trends in both primary and secondary school, a standardized test has become the yardstick by which all physicians-in-training are compared...

CDC: Lung Cancer Rates Drop, Especially Among Men

January 13, 2014 9:32 am | News | Comments

Health officials are reporting a drop in the rate of new lung cancer cases. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says lung cancer incidence rates declined nearly 3 percent per year among men and about 1 percent per year among women from 2005 to 2009...

Surgeon Left Open-Heart Operation Early, Lawsuit Claims

January 10, 2014 11:57 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A California man has been in a vegetative state since his 2012 heart procedure, and his family blames it on surgeon for walking out in the middle of the surgery...               

Healthcare Costs Higher For Smokers After Surgery

January 9, 2014 10:35 am | by Shereen Jegtvig | News | Comments

Current and former smokers incur higher healthcare costs after having surgery than non-smokers, according to a new study. "Smoking causes an estimated $17 billion in excess healthcare costs each year just because it is more expensive to take care of these folks in the first year after surgeries," Dr. David Warner told Reuters Health by email. He led the new study at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota...

How EHR Design Can Affect Patient Safety

January 8, 2014 9:42 am | by Michael Chen, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

Besides the importance of physician happiness when using an EHR, using design principles that maximize user intuition and presentation of relevant information, there is one aspect of healthcare information systems that should never be overlooked: patient safety...

Original Replacement Table Pads

January 7, 2014 10:04 am | by Action Products | Action Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Action Original® Replacement Table Pads from Action Products are the best value in pressure reducing replacement table pads. The recently upgraded composite pad now has an infection control design with an attached Shear Smart ® surface of 3/8” Akton ® polymer.

Surgery Tied To Better OS In Huge Liver Tumors

January 6, 2014 9:19 am | by Cole Petrochko | Articles | Comments

Surgical resection of huge hepatocellular carcinomas was linked with better survival outcomes versus transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), researchers found. Surgical resection as the first treatment for huge hepatocellular carcinomas was associated with higher 1-, 2-, and 3-year overall survival rates compared with TACE...

Hospital’s Patient-Actor Suffers Real-Life Emergency

January 6, 2014 9:10 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

When a University of Virginia medical student was learning to diagnose symptoms of people pretending to be patients, he actually found something in one of the actors, possibly saving the man’s life...         

Survival Rates Similar For Gunshot/Stabbing Victims Whether Brought To The Hospital By Police Or EMS

January 3, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

A new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found no significant difference in adjusted overall survival rates between gunshot and stabbing (so-called penetrating trauma injuries) victims in Philadelphia whether they were transported to the emergency department by the police department or the emergency medical services (EMS) division of the fire department...

Robotic Surgery Injury Reports Lacking, Critics Say

January 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Robert Langreth | News | Comments

While a U.S. database lists reports of deaths and injuries sent to the Food and Drug Administration, the agency has no authority to force doctors to contribute. And while hospitals are supposed to report, they often don't, critics say...  

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