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Sensing Savvy

French President’s Assassination Leads to Development of Suturing Techniques Used to Reconnect Blood Vessels

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 22, 2017 7:00:00 AM

When a major blood vessel is severed, death will occur if the bleeding isn't stopped and circulation restored. This was the case in 1894, when the fifth president of the Third Republic of France, Sadi Carnot, was attacked with a knife in the abdomen that left his portal vein severed. The surgeons who treated the president felt that the vein was too large to be successfully reconnected. Consequently, the vein bled out and the president died as a result of his wounds. This left a deep impression on a young French medical student at the University of Lyon, Alexis Carrel (1873-1944).

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Topics: Clinical Trends

Life Expectancy in the US

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Mar 20, 2017 6:30:00 AM

The statistics alarm. Despite being one of the world's wealthiest nations and one which spends more than any other country on healthcare, the United States trails most other industrialized countries and even Cuba in life expectancy. According to the UN's World Population Prospects of 2015, the US, with an average life expectancy of 78.88 years, ranks 43rd in life expectancy at birth. American males are expected to live to 76.47 and females to 81.25 years.

"Some people need health care some of the time, but all people need health and wellness all the time."

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Topics: Clinical Trends

How Charles Lindberg Developed First Perfusion Pump

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Mar 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Charles Lindberg's place in the annals of aviation history was solidified when he completed the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris in 1927. Instantly, he became an American hero, and the object of incessant media attention. The press dubbed him "Lucky Lindy" or the "Lone Eagle." Although the main focus of his life continued to be dedicated to aeronautics, including the mapping of major air routes around the world, few know that Lindberg was also a biomedical innovator.

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Topics: CABG Case Reports

Is Physician Leadership Right for Me?

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Mar 13, 2017 6:30:00 AM

When you started your career in medicine, were you thinking about eventually making the transition to a leadership role? Many physicians begin their careers knowing they want to take this step, and as a result pursue degrees like a Master of Public Health or Master of Business Administration, in addition to a Doctor of Medicine.

However, only about 5 percent of the 6,500 hospitals in the country are led by physicians. Issues like patient outcomes and safety, reducing readmissions and quality of care all require the expertise and leadership of physicians, according to Medscape.

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Topics: Outcomes

Hospital Administrators and the Changing ACA

Posted by Thomas Gole, DO, FAAFP on Mar 8, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The possibility of repealing the ACA has hospital administrators and other healthcare professionals closely following the news—and with good reason.

Hospital lobbying groups have warned that the promise to repeal the ACA without an adequate replacement could lead to service cuts, layoffs and hospital closures.

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Topics: Hospital Administration

What to Know About the Dialysis PATIENTS Act

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Mar 6, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) require costly and complex care. The Dialysis PATIENTS Act was introduced by Congress to give these patients an additional choice for receiving care. It also aims to address the integrated care limitations of programs like Medicare Advantage ESRD Chronic Special Needs Plans and ESRD Seamless Care Organizations.

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Topics: Hemodialysis, dialysis patients

4 Noteworthy Advances in Medical Technology in 2017

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Mar 1, 2017 7:00:00 AM

The beginning of a new year is often a time of reflection and looking to the future, and the world of medicine is no different. In the past year, we have seen how new technologies have impacted cardiothoracic surgery as well as how technology influences interactions between patients and physicians.

Here, we look at more technology advances that can impact medicine in 2017.

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Topics: technology trends

Kidney Care News to Know from February

Posted by Deborah Brouwer-Maier RN, CNN on Feb 27, 2017 6:30:00 AM

New CEO Takes Reins at Fresenius Medical Care

William Valle has been appointed as the new CEO of Fresenius Medical Care after former CEO Ronald Kuerbitz left the company to head up healthcare technology company Algion Health. Before becoming Fresenius’ CEO, Valle served as executive vice president responsible for the Dialysis Service Business of Fresenius Medical Care North America. He has held executive positions at several dialysis companies and has over 22 years of experience in the industry.

Source: Nephrology News & Issues

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Topics: kidney care

Do Adult ECMO Outcomes Depend on Institutional Volume?

Posted by Roger DeLong, CP, PE, MBA on Feb 20, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was instituted in 1972 as a last ditch effort to save children experiencing cardiac and or respiratory failure. During the first decades of ECMO therapy, it was not widely used in adults because studies had not shown benefits for the adult population. However, within the last decade with better ECMO technology, patient management and the H1N1 swine flu epidemic of 2007-2008 that left patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), there has been a significant increase in adult ECMO.

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Topics: Cardiovascular, cardiac care

Pioneers in Cardiothoracic Surgery: Dr. René Favaloro

Posted by Susan Eymann, MS on Feb 16, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Dr. René Gerónimo Favaloro was an Argentine cardiac surgeon who pioneered coronary artery bypass surgery while at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born and raised in La Plata, capital of the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina to carpenter Juan B. Favaloro and Ida Y. Raffaelli, a dressmaker, both immigrants from Sicily, Italy.

Soon after completing his undergraduate degree in 1941, Favaloro was inducted into the Argentine army where he served for five years. In 1946, he left the service and continued his medical studies at La Universidad Nacional de La Plata, graduating in 1949. He would spend the next 12 years in a small farming community, La Pampa, as a rural physician. There, he educated patients about preventive medicine, established the first “mobile” blood bank in this area, and built his own operating room, where he trained general and surgical nurses. He later wrote about this period of his life in his book Memoirs of a Country Doctor.

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Topics: Cardiothoracic, cardiothoracic surgery