Numerous experts and policy makers have called for hospitals to screen patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and isolate anyone testing positive to prevent the spread of these so-called "Superbugs" in healthcare settings. Several states have enacted laws requiring patients be screened for MRSA upon admission ...
For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). The results were published online today in Obstetrics & Gynecology ...
Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer type in the United States, and it's also the deadliest form of skin cancer, causing more than 75 percent of skin-cancer deaths. If caught early enough though, it is almost always curable. Now a camera, capable of taking snapshots of the entire human body and rendering high-resolution images of a patient’s skin may help doctors spot cancer early and save lives ...
BD and CareFusion announced Sunday a definitive agreement under which BD will acquire CareFusion for $58 per share in cash and stock, or a total of $12.2 billion, to create a global leader in medication management and patient safety solutions. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of both companies.
In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Evan Krachman, Sony Electronics, Medical Systems Division. Here are Krachman's responses:
Back pain is a significant problem in America. In 2010, more than 10 million people experienced back pain. More than 200,000 of these patients are diagnosed with a herniated disc. Employees who experience back pain miss an average of 26 days of work and spend nearly 34 days in bed each year. While at work, back pain can affect productivity ...
Operating rooms continue to look for new ways to improve efficiency and trim costs. Innovations in software have allowed ORs to accomplish this goal and the Virtual Backtable 3.0, (VBT) from S2 Interactive, Inc., could be the next information technology innovation that meets both objectives. VBT provides instant analytics with dashboard metrics and analysis of surgical instrument usage specific to doctors and procedures.
The author of new research into organ trafficking has called for a concerted international effort to confront the problem. Dr. Ana Manzano, of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds, says a combination of factors means nobody knows definitively how many organs are being traded across the world ...
In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Susan Anderson, Sr. Field Marketing Manager, Philips iXR - Hybrid OR.
In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. This week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature David Sloop, director, XRVL Business Unit, Toshiba America Medical Systems. Here are Sloop's responses:
According to the Associated Press, UnitedHealth Group Inc. has sued two brothers who ran a company that promoted Lap-Band weight-loss surgery, accusing the pair of defrauding the insurer of more than $40 million through a complex billing scheme.
In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. This week, SP will run standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Jonah Post, Senior Product Manager, NDS Surgical Imaging. Here are Post's responses:
A report released Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services projects that hospitals will save $5.7 billion this year in uncompensated care costs because of the Affordable Care Act, with states that have expanded Medicaid seeing about 74 percent of the total savings nationally compared to states that have not expanded Medicaid ...
I have represented hundreds of clients who underwent surgery as a result of injuries. Most of these clients had no idea how expensive their surgery would be, and were often shocked when all of the bills arrived. I use the word “bills” because numerous providers in the operating suite (not just the surgeon) separately bill for their services, including the anesthesiologist, hospital, assistant surgeon, and sometimes the surgical nurses ...
The Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" — was signed into law in 2010 and promised the largest overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the 1960s. Designed to provide medical care to uninsured Americans, it has been widely decried as an unwarranted intrusion into the affairs of private businesses and individuals.
The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 to promote patient safety in the outpatient setting. Patient safety is the sole mission of the organization. "AAAASF is sympathetic to the recent unfortunate and highly publicized case involving an outpatient surgical facility," said Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, AAAASF board president.
Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving. He was blindsided, though, by a bill of about $117,000 from an "assistant surgeon," a neurosurgeon based in Queens, New York whom Drier had never met.
Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday invoked comedian Joan Rivers' death at a surgical clinic while defending a law he signed that would close the majority of abortion facilities in the nation's second-most populous state. The potential 2016 presidential candidate said the law made Texas safer, even though a federal judge in August blocked a key provision that requires abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards.
Insurer Anthem Blue Cross is joining with several prominent Southern California hospitals to offer a new type of health coverage plan it promises will provide high-quality medical care at affordable prices. The venture, to be called Vivity, brings together one of the nation's largest health insurers with such providers as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA Health System.
New research led by Queen’s University professor Robert Campbell (Ophthalmology) has revealed using anti-inflammatory medications after glaucoma laser surgery is not helpful or necessary. Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the world and about 400,000 Canadians are afflicted with the disease, which is mainly caused by pressure within the eye being high enough to damage the optic nerve.
Rhinoplasty surgery, also known as "nose reshaping" or "nose job" was the second most requested cosmetic surgical procedure for 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Yet, nose reshaping is considered one of the most complex of facial plastic surgery procedures for a surgeon to perform.
This is the digital version of the July/August 2014 issue of Surgical Products magazine.
When Carolyn Rondou needed knee replacement surgery in 2012, she decided to have the procedure done at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, even though there were several hospitals closer to her home in Fullerton. Rondou, a 66-year-old oncology nurse, says Hoag's reputation for quality factored heavily into her decision to have her procedure done there. But something else sweetened the pot: Her surgery came with a warranty.
Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away, Nov. 15- Feb. 15. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.
Consumer price comparison is almost nonexistent in the U.S. health care system, but a new study shows that when given the choice between a less costly "open" operation or a pricier laparoscopy for their children's appendicitis, parents were almost twice as likely to choose the less expensive procedure – when they were aware of the cost difference.