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Surgical patient safety program significantly reduces cardiac surgical site infections

Surgical patient safety program significantly reduces cardiac surgical site infections

A common postoperative complication after open heart operations-infection at the surgical site-has been reduced by 77 percent at a Canadian hospital through its participation in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP-), according to a new case study presented at the 2014 ACS NSQIP National Conference. [More]
First publication describing use of CytoSorb during cardiac surgery

First publication describing use of CytoSorb during cardiac surgery

CytoSorbents Corporation, a critical care immunotherapy company commercializing its CytoSorb® cytokine adsorber in multiple countries worldwide, announced the PDF availability of the first publication describing the use of CytoSorb® intra-operatively during cardiac surgery at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Hospital - Grosshadern Campus, in Germany. [More]
AHA honors two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers"

AHA honors two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers"

The American Heart Association has honored two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers" for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of the AHA's mission to build lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. [More]

Thoratec commences CE Mark Clinical Trial for HeartMate III chronic left ventricular assist system

Thoratec Corporation, a world leader in device-based mechanical circulatory support therapies to save, support and restore failing hearts, said today that its CE Mark Clinical Trial for HeartMate III™ commenced with the first patient implanted with this new device. [More]
CHOP launches Fetal Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Program

CHOP launches Fetal Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Program

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia today launched the Fetal Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity Program. Building on growing evidence of the interaction of heart disease and brain development in the fetus, this Program will systematically investigate innovative therapies to protect brain development and to prevent brain injury as early as possible before birth. [More]
Five specific tests commonly performed in anesthesiology may not be necessary

Five specific tests commonly performed in anesthesiology may not be necessary

Proving that less really is more, five specific tests or procedures commonly performed in anesthesiology that may not be necessary and, in some cases should be avoided, will be published online June 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine. [More]
Prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension characterised in CHD patients

Prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension characterised in CHD patients

Pulmonary arterial hypertension affects just over 3% of individuals with congenital heart disease, reveal nationwide data from the Netherlands. [More]
Thrasos presents positive results of THR-184 compound for treatment of acute kidney injury

Thrasos presents positive results of THR-184 compound for treatment of acute kidney injury

Thrasos Therapeutics, a biotherapeutics company focused on delivering new solutions for kidney disease, today presented preclinical results showing that its lead development compound THR-184 can effectively protect against loss of kidney function following acute ischemic injury in rat. [More]
Monongalia General Hospital selects Agfa HealthCare’s DR Retrofit technology

Monongalia General Hospital selects Agfa HealthCare’s DR Retrofit technology

Agfa HealthCare announced today that Monongalia General Hospital has selected the company's DX-D Retrofit with dual cesium wireless detectors to convert an existing analog X-ray room into a fully digital system. [More]
New optical approach to brain scanning for patients with electronic implants

New optical approach to brain scanning for patients with electronic implants

Scientists have advanced a brain-scanning technology that tracks what the brain is doing by shining dozens of tiny LED lights on the head. This new generation of neuroimaging compares favorably to other approaches but avoids the radiation exposure and bulky magnets the others require, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
Anticoagulation therapy with low-dose aspirin can be used with new generation mechanical heart valve

Anticoagulation therapy with low-dose aspirin can be used with new generation mechanical heart valve

Less aggressive anticoagulation therapy, combined with low-dose aspirin, can be used safely in conjunction with a newer generation mechanical heart valve. [More]

Results from Sorin Group's study on Freedom Solo presented at AATS 2014

Sorin Group, a global medical company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, is proud to announce the results of its trial on the Freedom Solo for approval on the US market presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of American Association for Thoracic Surgery in Toronto, Canada. [More]
Recycling patients' red blood cells during heart surgery better than banked blood transfusion

Recycling patients' red blood cells during heart surgery better than banked blood transfusion

Patients whose own red blood cells are recycled and given back to them during heart surgery have healthier blood cells better able to carry oxygen where it is most needed compared to those who get transfusions of blood stored in a blood bank, according to results of a small study at Johns Hopkins. [More]
Mortality after cardiac surgery: an interview with Dr. Bryan G. Maxwell, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Mortality after cardiac surgery: an interview with Dr. Bryan G. Maxwell, Johns Hopkins Medicine

The last decade has seen a strong movement towards the use of various quality measurements to grade medical care. In surgery, 30-day mortality is one of the most common benchmarks. We wanted to determine if patterns of postoperative mortality showed any signs that the process of measuring medical care might actually alter how (and when) care is provided or withdrawn. [More]
Home visits by nurse practitioner following cardiac surgery can reduce patient's risk of hospital readmission, death

Home visits by nurse practitioner following cardiac surgery can reduce patient's risk of hospital readmission, death

Home visits by a cardiac surgery nurse practitioner (NP) following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery can dramatically reduce a patient's risk of hospital readmission and death 30 days after surgery, according to a study in the May 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Sorin Group's Mitroflow Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve with PRT gets approval from FDA

Sorin Group's Mitroflow Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve with PRT gets approval from FDA

Sorin Group, a global medical company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, announced today that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the Mitroflow Aortic Pericardial Heart Valve with PRT. [More]
VHVI implants miniaturized HeartWare HVAD Pump through minimally invasive approach

VHVI implants miniaturized HeartWare HVAD Pump through minimally invasive approach

Sometimes smaller is better. This is especially true of left ventricular assist devices, the mechanically operated heart pumps that are implanted in heart failure patients to bridge them to transplantation. [More]
Study helps physicians better identify patients at risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome

Study helps physicians better identify patients at risk of acute respiratory distress syndrome

Acute respiratory distress syndrome is a leading cause of respiratory failure after surgery. Patients who develop the lung disorder postoperatively are at higher risk of dying in the hospital, and those who survive the syndrome may still bear its physical effects years later. [More]
Jersey Shore opens new CVICU to provide post-operative care for cardiac surgery patients

Jersey Shore opens new CVICU to provide post-operative care for cardiac surgery patients

Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently unveiled the new CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) - a twelve bed critical care unit providing post-operative care for cardiac surgery patients, including those who receive traditional open heart surgery and newer, complex interventional cardiovascular procedures. [More]

Le Bonheur Children's takes aggressive steps to minimize blood loss during heart surgery

More than 20 percent of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital's open heart surgeries are now bloodless, meaning no blood or blood products given during surgery. The Memphis, Tenn., hospital's Heart Institute has been taking aggressive steps to minimize blood loss during surgery and reduce perioperative blood transfusions over the last 18 months. [More]