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Ex-Radiology Tech Filed False Mammogram Results

April 16, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

An ex-radiology technician accused of filing inaccurate mammogram results at a Georgia hospital has pleaded guilty to 10 counts of reckless conduct and a charge of computer forgery. Prosecutors have said 33-year-old Rachael Michelle Rapraeger, of Macon, entered nearly 1,300 negative mammogram results at Perry Hospital between Jan. 22, 2009 and April 1, 2010 that hadn't been reviewed by a radiologist...

Antibiotics Alone Are A Successful Treatment For Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis In Kids

April 15, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis is a reasonable...

Why So Many Americans Believe In Healthcare Conspiracy Theories

April 12, 2014 11:03 pm | by Deceased, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

That old phrase, “Just because you’re paranoid does not mean that you’re crazy,” came to mind. I...

Spike In Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Deaths May Be Linked To 30-Day Survival Measurement

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an...

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Adenoma Detection Rates Linked To Colorectal Cancer And Mortality

April 8, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

A study of over 224,000 patients and more than 314,000 colonoscopies found that adenoma detection rates closely tracked the future risk of colorectal cancer. Colonoscopies screen for colorectal cancer by detecting early, curable cancers. Precancerous adenomas — a type of colon polyp — can also be detected and removed, thereby preventing cancers from developing...

Mercury Rising: Temperature Management Roundtable

April 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

Experts from four companies that provide temperature management products discuss the technology that allows clinicians to keep themselves and their patients safe and comfortable...                      

Point Of Impact: Talking Sharps Safety And Needlestick Prevention

April 7, 2014 9:47 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Articles | Comments

The numbers don’t lie. The sharps injury rate in surgical settings has increased in the 14 years since the passage of the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000. While the rate of injury has dropped approximately 31.6 percent in non-surgical settings, it has increased about 6.5 percent in the operating room. Why?

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ER Doctors Commonly Miss More Strokes Among Women, Minorities, And Younger Patients

April 4, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

Analyzing federal healthcare data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches...

Study: More Than Half Of High-Risk Alcohol Users Report Improvement After Surgery

April 4, 2014 8:52 am | News | Comments

Much has been reported about the potential for increased risk of alcohol misuse after weight loss surgery (WLS), with most theories pointing to lower alcohol tolerance and a longer time to return to a sober state after surgery, but a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that upwards of half of high-risk drinkers are actually less likely to report high-risk drinking behavior after weight loss surgery...

Transplant Drugs May Help Wipe Out Persistent HIV Infections

April 3, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

New research suggests that drugs commonly used to prevent organ rejection after transplantation may also be helpful for combating HIV. The findings suggest a new strategy in the fight against HIV and AIDS...          

Test Accurately Rules Out Heart Attacks In The ER

April 3, 2014 9:58 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Articles | Comments

A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain, a big public health issue and a huge worry for patients. A large study in Sweden found that the blood test plus the usual electrocardiogram of the heartbeat were 99 percent accurate at showing which patients could safely be sent home rather than be admitted for observation and more diagnostics...

Survey Shows Spine Surgeons Need To Screen More Patients For Anxiety And Depression

April 2, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

In a recent report, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain. The oversight, researchers say, may pose a serious risk to patients' surgical recovery...

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Like Hand-Washing, Blood Transfusions Linked To Infections

April 2, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

"Many people are beginning to accept that we can make a difference – despite being taught in medical school that blood transfusions 'might help and can't hurt,' " Neil Blumberg, M.D., professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry said. "What we've found is actually the opposite, that it can hurt and it rarely helps..."

Mayo Clinic Study Examines Physician Burnout

April 2, 2014 9:56 am | by Mayo Clinic | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Mayo Clinic looked at 54 burnout studies worldwide to see if there is any validity to the longstanding belief that practicing in the hospital incites greater burnout. The studies included data from approximately 5,000 outpatient physicians and more than 1,300 inpatient physicians...

Low-Cost Dominican Surgeries Spark Warnings By U.S.

April 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Ben Fox and Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued an alert March 7 after health authorities in the United States reported that at least 19 women in five states had developed serious mycobacterial wound infections over the previous 12 months following cosmetic procedures in the Dominican Republic such as liposuction, tummy tucks, and breast implants...

Clemson Researcher Touts Surgical Safety Checklist To Save Lives

March 28, 2014 1:00 pm | by Clemson University | News | Comments

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes, and cut costs...

VisiClear Surgical Smoke Plume Evacuator

March 28, 2014 12:46 pm | by Buffalo Filter | Buffalo Filter | Product Releases | Comments

Buffalo Filter is pleased to announce the VisiClear Surgical Smoke Plume Evacuator. VisiClear offers the latest in technology, resulting in a quiet, safe, and intuitive surgical smoke plume evacuator.

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Hospital Ratings Show Likelihood Of Quality Care All Over The Map

March 28, 2014 10:34 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The latest research from Consumer Reports finds that some hospitals in the United States are much better than others at avoiding mistakes that put patients at risk...                           

Anti-Clotting Agent Helps Reduce The Incidence And Impact Of Stent Thrombosis During PCI

March 28, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

CHAMPION PHOENIX was a prospective, double-blind, active-controlled trial which randomized 11,145 patients to receive intravenous cangrelor or oral clopidogrel administered at the time of PCI. In a previous analysis presented at TCT 2013 and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, cangrelor significantly reduced periprocedural and 30-day ischemic events in patients undergoing PCI...

Humbles TrenWrap For Trendelenburg Positioning

March 27, 2014 10:27 am | by Innovative Medical Products | Innovative Medical Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Innovative Medical Products has announced the Humbles TrenWrap -- a new positioning pad system with two unique features that will securely anchor a patient prior to positioning in Trendelenburg and reverse Trendelenburg for robotic and laparoscopic surgeries. First, the system’s Pre-Load Rail Clamps secure the straps of the positioning base pad, locking the pad tightly in position to the OR table’s side rails.

J&J Accused Of Deliberately Destroying Records In Injury Lawsuits

March 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers and advocates for women alleging Johnson & Johnson products injured them urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate their claims the healthcare giant deliberately destroyed many documents critical to their lawsuits...

This App Could Prevent 1,600 Deaths Every Day

March 26, 2014 10:18 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

A new app, called The Phone Oximeter and created by LionsGate Technologies, is designed to track blood oxygen levels via a light sensor that can be attached to the patient’s finger. Once the rapid diagnosis is complete, the app can guide diagnosis and management of the problem...

Two Spine Surgeons Are Three Times Safer Than One

March 26, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

A new team approach has improved safety—reducing rates of major complications by two thirds—for complex spinal reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity in adult Group Health patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center...

Strictly Limiting Hours Surgical Residents Can Work Has Not Improved Patient Safety

March 26, 2014 10:04 am | Articles | Comments

Strictly limiting the number of hours surgical residents can work has not improved patient outcomes but may have increased complications for some patients and led to higher failure rates on certification exams, a research paper concludes... 

Single-Use Active Self-Warming Blanket

March 25, 2014 10:03 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.

Microfluidic Device With Artificial Arteries Measures Drugs' Influence On Blood Clotting

March 25, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with narrowed arteries. The study, which involved 14 human subjects, used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anti-clotting drugs...

In Rats, Diffuse Brain Damage Can Occur With No Signs Of 'Concussion'

March 24, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

A standard experimental model of concussion in rats causes substantial brain damage—but no behavioral changes comparable to those seen in patients with concussion, reports a study. The results highlight the "disconnect" between preclinical and clinical studies of concussion...

Effective Post-Surgical Pain Management

March 20, 2014 9:25 am | by Dr. Theresa Bowling, Chairman Of The Department Of Anesthesiology, Stamford Hospital | Blogs | Comments

Most patients coming to Stamford Hospital for surgery are focused on what will take place in the OR and give less thought to what happens immediately afterward. However, the healing that begins in the hours and days following surgery is a key step on the road to recovery...

Study: Patients Enjoy Good Quality Of Life 10 Years After Esophagectomy And Gastric Pull-Up

March 20, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

A recent study concluded that pessimism about the long-term quality of life after an esophagectomy on the part of treating physicians and patients is unwarranted. Esophagectomy with gastric pull-up is a surgical procedure in which the stomach is used to replace the esophagus...

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