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Use of surgical robots booming despite hefty cost
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The da Vinci, a surgical robot costing up to $2.6 million, gives surgeons powerful new abilities in the operating room. But while some doctors tout shorter recovery times for patients and decreased risk of complications, others warn of high costs and the lack of a national training standard. More



Study: No health risk when Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jehovah's Witnesses routinely refuse blood transfusions, and new research suggests the religious custom has some benefits, at least when it comes to heart surgery. More

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Fundamental Critical Care Support course
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According to the Society of Critical Care, this Fundamental Critical Care Support Course is a two-day comprehensive course addressing fundamental management principles for the first 24 hours of critical care. It will prepare you for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged. It is also designed to assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient and to prepare nurses and other critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.

Course Purpose
• To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged
• To assist the non-intensivist in dealing with sudden deterioration of the critically ill patient
• To prepare house staff for ICU coverage
•To prepare critical care practitioners to deal with acute deterioration in the critically ill patient.

Course Objectives
• Prioritize assessment needs for the critically ill patient
• Select appropriate diagnostic tests
• Identify and respond to significant changes in the unstable patient
• Recognize and initiate management of acute life-threatening conditions
• Determine the need for expert consultation and/or patient transfer and prepare the practitioner for optimally accomplishing transfer

For more information and to register, go to our website.
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US student attacked by chimpanzees survived because of doctors, parents say
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The parents of the American student mauled by two chimps in South Africa called their son's survival a "miracle" and thanked doctors for their work. The statement said Andrew Oberle was stable but remains in critical condition. More

Research: Simulation training helps surgical residents perform better
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New research has shown that surgical residents who received structured training in a simulated environment perform significantly better when they start operating on patients. More

Social media capture heart surgery in real time
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A 3-year-old girl had life-extending heart surgery at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children as the world watched. Social media followers from 20 countries checked their Twitter, Facebook and the hospital's blog as a surgical team opened Emily Stone's small chest and sewed a Gore-Tex graft onto her beating heart. More



Heart biopsy may mean trouble for tricuspid valve
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It may be worthwhile to find a noninvasive way to test for heart transplant rejection because the conventional biopsy method is associated with a higher risk of severe tricuspid regurgitation, a researcher said. In a group of 107 heart transplant patients, each endomyocardial biopsy increased the risk of having severe tricuspid regurgitation by 17.1 percent, reported Dr. Sami Hayek from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and colleagues. More

Loyola surgeons remove extremely rare tumor from 9-year-old girl
Loyola University Health System via Medical Xpress    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Loyola University Medical Center surgeons have successfully removed an extremely rare pancreatic tumor from a patient who was only 9 years old. Such pancreatic tumors occur in about 1 in every 10 million children, said pediatric surgeon Dr. Heather Paddock. "It's the first case I have seen in my career, and almost certainly will be my last," Paddock said. More

Surgeons with their own views perform quick and accurate laparoscopic procedure
Brown University via News-Medical    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What makes laparoscopic surgery "minimally invasive" — instruments enter the patient through narrow tubes — also makes it visually constraining. As they work on different tasks, surgeons all see the same view. What if each surgeon could control a separate view best suited to the specific task? In a new paper, pediatric surgeon Francois Luks and his team of co-authors report that in a small in vitro trial, surgeons with their own views performed faster and more accurately. More
 

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