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ER Nurses Might Do Better 'Eyeballing' Patients

Posted 7 days ago by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16, 2018 – "Eyeballing" emergency room patients may be better than a formal medical assessment in identifying those most in need of urgent care, a new study suggests. Nearly 6,400 patients seeking ER care were assessed over three months. Nurses used an established triage protocol to determine which patients were the sickest, while medical students and phlebotomists (blood ...

Does Less-Invasive Surgery Make Sense for You?

Posted 3 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – Among the most significant advances in surgery has been the development of laparoscopic – or minimally invasive – procedures. These are new ways to perform many standard operations, with a few, very small incisions, often barely a half-inch long, compared to traditional so-called open surgery with one incision several inches long. To perform an operation this way, the ...

Health Tip: Getting a Second Opinion Before Surgery

Posted 9 Aug 2018 by

-- Before having major surgery, it may be helpful to get a second opinion on whether the procedure is medically necessary. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services suggests getting a second opinion if your doctor says you need non-emergency surgery. The agency suggests: Ask the first doctor to send your medical records to the doctor giving the second opinion – to avoid having to ...

Health Tip: Care For an Incision After Surgery

Posted 17 Jul 2018 by

-- The last thing you want to do after surgery is develop an infection. So caring for a surgical wound is of prime importance. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions: Follow your doctor's instructions about when and how often you should change the surgical bandage, if there is one. Keep your incision dry and avoid showering for at least 24 hours. Consult your doctor, ...

When Reconstructing a Breast, Patient's Own Tissue Is Best

Posted 20 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – For women who have their breast removed while fighting cancer, using their own tissue for breast reconstruction is better than implants, a new study suggests. More than 60 percent of women who undergo breast removal to treat breast cancer decide to have breast reconstruction, and that rate is rising. But the researchers said that there has been little information about ...

Looking Good! Plastic Surgery for Men Surges

Posted 13 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 – A growing number of American men are having cosmetic surgery to improve their looks and increase their confidence, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports. More than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on U.S. men in 2017, according to the group. "For a lot of men, just having a procedure on an area of their body that they're self-conscious about ...

Surgical Blood Transfusions Tied to Clot Risk

Posted 13 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 – Blood transfusions around the time of surgery may raise your risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers say. A new study of U.S. patients found that nearly 1 percent who received red blood cells before, during or after surgery developed clots in the following month. Clot risk doubled after one transfusion and increased with additional transfusions – tripling with two ...

Health Tip: Why Get a Biopsy

Posted 22 May 2018 by

-- A biopsy involves removing bodily tissue to examine it for disease, typically cancer. The procedure also may be used to diagnose other conditions, such as an infection, the Radiological Society of North America says. Some biopsies involve removing a small amount of tissue with a needle, while others entail surgically removing an entire suspicious lump or nodule. Preparation varies based on the ...

FDA Approves Doptelet (avatrombopag) for Chronic Liver Disease Patients with Thrombocytopenia who are Undergoing a Medical Procedure

Posted 22 May 2018 by

May 21, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Doptelet (avatrombopag) tablets to treat low blood platelet count (thrombocytopenia) in adults with chronic liver disease who are scheduled to undergo a medical or dental procedure. This is the first drug approved by the FDA for this use. “Patients with chronic liver disease who have low platelet counts and require a p ...

Health Tip: Is Hand Therapy Right For You?

Posted 16 May 2018 by

-- Hand therapy can be performed by an occupational or physical therapist on people who have had an accident or trauma involving one or both hands. The American Society for Surgery of the Hand says people with arthritis or a neurologic condition also may find relief from hand therapy. The society says hand therapy may offer these and other benefits: Provides treatment without surgery. Eases ...

Hospitals Should, and Could, Avoid IV Opioids: Study

Posted 14 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 14, 2018 – When it comes to pain management for hospital patients, opioid pills or injections are less dangerous and just as effective as giving the drug intravenously, a new study shows. The results "have the potential to be practice-changing," study author Dr. Adam Ackerman, clinical instructor in internal medicine at Yale School of Medicine, said in a university news release. The ...

FDA Approves Vonvendi [von Willebrand factor (recombinant)] for Perioperative Management of Bleeding in Adult Patients with von Willebrand Disease

Posted 7 May 2018 by

Cambridge, Ma. – April 17, 2018 – Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPG), the global biotechnology leader in rare disease, today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Vonvendi [von Willebrand factor (recombinant)], a recombinant von Willebrand factor (rVWF) treatment for perioperative management of bleeding in adults (age 18 and older) with von Willebrand disease (VWD).1 ...

A Doctor's Age May Matter With Emergency Surgery

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 – If you need an emergency operation, you're in safer hands with an older surgeon, new research suggests. "These findings provide evidence of a learning curve in surgical practice that has a meaningful impact on patients' outcomes," said lead researcher Dr. Yusuke Tsugawa. He's with the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine's division of general internal medicine and ...

Pacira Announces FDA Approval of Exparel as a Nerve Block to Produce Regional Analgesia

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by

PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to broaden the use of Exparel (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) to include administration via interscalene brachial plexus block to produce postsurgical regional ...

Seeking Cheaper Plastic Surgery Abroad? Buyer Beware

Posted 5 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – In search of a cosmetic surgery procedure that might be less costly than the going rate in the United States, a 43-year-old woman traveled to the Dominican Republic for a "tummy tuck." What she got, instead, were massive open sores and an antibiotic-resistant infection that ultimately left her with a deformed abdomen. And hers is a story far from unique. Medical experts ...

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