Reducing Surgical Site Infections after Heart Surgeries

One of the most common postoperative complications seen after open heart surgeries is an infection at the surgical site. The infection can develop in the surgical wound of either the patient's sternum or leg. It is believed that surgical site infections (SSIs) affect 2 to 20% of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) proc

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TAVR Surgery and Vascular Complications

A recent study by researchers at Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcathether aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery can cut down the length of hospital stay by 30%. It was also shown that there was no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which

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Google Glass Brings Privacy Issues To The Fore

A recent article in The Atlantic looks at privacy concerns surrounding Google Glass. The device, introduced to the UK and U.S. markets in May 2014, has stirred up enthusiasm in the healthcare field for its potential applications that can enhance clinical efficiency and doctor-patient interaction. The device is pac

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When Analytics Doesn't Show The Real Picture

Recent changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are intended to further strengthen efforts to improve patient care in the U.S. As a result, hospitals in the country are required to be paid based on how much they improved their patients' health and not on the number of tests and procedures performed.Som

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Philips Acquires Unisensor, Strengthens Diagnostic Analysis Capability

Philips has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Unisensor, an innovator in the field of optical analysis of fluids for diagnostic applications in healthcare and other industries. The Unisensor technology and team will strengthen Philips’ innovation capabilities in the field of patient sample analysis s

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McKesson Launches Pharmacy Adherence Performance Solution

McKesson Pharmacy Systems and Automation (MPS&A) has launched its Adherence Performance reporting solution for pharmacies at McKesson ideaShare, an annual tradeshow that brings community pharmacy owners and representatives together to network and share new ideas.. Using pharmacy data the new solution provides pharm

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VuCOMP's M-Vu Breast Density Cleared for Canada

VuCOMP, Inc. has announced that it has received clearance to sell and market its M-Vu Breast Density product in Canada.The clearance is timely as bill C-314, An Act Respecting the awareness of screening among women with dense breast tissue has been introduced in Canada. The act requires the Government of Canada to

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Illinois Hospital Offers Mobile Access to Images with Carestream Upgrade

Pekin Hospital in Illinois will soon offer mobile access to physicians after upgrading its CARESTREAM Vue PACS and adding Carestream’s Vue Motion image viewer to allow referring physicians and clinicians to access patients’ radiology images and data.“Our hospital is establishing a virtual environment to deliver easy el

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Significant Cost Savings with Early Palliative Care

A new study in Health Services Research reports that palliative care, if delivered early during hospitalisation, can play an important role in cutting down costs for critically ill patients. The ultimate objective of palliative care is to relieve the patient's suffering. Lead author Ian McCarthy, PhD, an assistant

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Study: Physical Therapy Can Promote Early Mobility In ICU

Growing evidence shows that early mobilisation of patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) is a safe and cost-effective strategy to improve patient outcomes. Several studies indicate that providing early physical therapy interventions in the intensive care setting can decrease hospital and/or ICU length of stay (LOS).

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