According to Alan Mozes’ report, Monday October 10 in Health Day Reporter, a new study suggests more than 12 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. are undiagnosed initially. Apparently this leads to treatment delays and lost opportunities for better
In Conjunction With The Performance Of Non-Cardiac Surgery In January of 2009 the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston reporting
A patient was undergoing a procedure in a hospital when she had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic being administered, causing cardiac arrest. She was successfully resucitated and her surgery was rescheduled. Amazingly, the surgeon, who was the same surgeon present at the time of the original cardiac arrest, insisted that the patient get the prophylactic antibiotic and the anesthesiologist present and the nurse anesthetist present lacked the courage to refuse. The drug was administered. The patient died.
According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, mortality rates for conditions studied were from 0.11% to 1.2%. While these percentages may seem small when one considers the hundreds of thousands of surgical cases performed annually under anesthesia an ominous picture emerges. The average for all patients is 0.38%. This means that out of every 1000 cases, 38 patients die. The mortality rate adjusted by operation does reveal certain patterns. Mortality rates were lower, 10 times lower for mastectomies and hysterectomies than they were for cholecystectomies. In a more recent risk-adjusted study of 117,440 surgical cases in Pennsylvania, Silber, et al.2, observed an increase of 2.5 deaths per 1000 patients when an anesthesiologist was not involved in the case. This statistic is alarming in light of the Institute of Medicine’s Review which concluded: “Today anesthesia mortality rates are about one death per 200,000 to 300,000 anesthetics administered.”
Published by the American Society of Cytopathology in their Journal, Pathology Patterns Reviews. Cervical cancer continues to kill approximately 4900 women annually. This is a particularly alarming statistic to the 15,700 women who are annually diagnosed with new cases of