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VTE incidence low, largely unchanged despite increase in surgical prophylaxis

The incidence of venous thromboembolism (blood clot) complications after colorectal surgery was low and remained largely unchanged despite increased use of pre- and post-surgical prevention (prophylaxis) therapies, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. Preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE) in hospitalized patients has been promoted as a patient safety priority by a multitude of [...]

EuroPCR 2015 news tips: Treatment delays, radial ‘paradox,’ transcatheter valves, and more

1. The “Radial Paradox”: Higher Femoral Access Site Complications Offsets Radial Benefits Growing acceptance of radial access during cardiac catheterisation to reduce access site complications may contribute to a loss of experience with femoral access, potentially increasing vascular complications when the femoral technique is used. Montreal Heart Institute researchers compared contemporary and historical patient cohorts [...]

Incisions managed with PICO demonstrate significantly fewer healing complications and improved scar quality in bilateral breast reduction patients

Smith & Nephew, the global medical technology business, has announced that data from an international, multicentre-study1 presented at the Sixth European Symposium of Aesthetic Surgery of the Breast, has shown significantly fewer wound healing complications associated with breast reduction surgery, through the post-operative application of PICO Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) system as compared to standard [...]

Post-abortion care: study finds major complications extremely rare

In the most comprehensive look yet at the safety of abortion, researchers at UC San Francisco have concluded that major complications are rare, occurring less than a quarter of a percent of the time, about the same frequency as colonoscopies. The study, published online in Obstetrics & Gynecology, analyzed data from more than 50,000 women [...]

Complications of tube insertion in ears not worse for kids with cleft lip/palate

Children with cleft lip and/or palate (CLP) have no worse complications from ventilation tube (VT) insertion in their ears to treat otitis media with effusion (OME, a buildup of fluid in the ear) or acute otitis media (AOM, a common ear infection), two conditions which can result in hearing loss. CLP is a common birth [...]