Tag: "catheter" at medical news

Breast cancer treatment procedure gives women more options

..., which uses ultrasound to precisely guide balloon catheter placement to the lumpectomy site for partial breas...f ultrasound to guide the placement of the balloon catheter before partial breast irradiation therapy with brachytherapy. In treatment with breast brachythera...

Optical technique provides improved 'virtual biopsies' of internal surfaces

...r developed at MGH-Wellman. Inside the fiberoptic catheter probe, a constantly rotating laser tip emits a light beam with an ever-changing wavelength. Measuring how each wavelength is reflected back, as the probe moves through the structure to be imaged, allows rapid acquisition of the data required to crea...

Heart catheters do not benefit patients

...stralia in this week's BMJ. The pulmonary artery catheter was invented in 1968. It enabled bedside monitorin...s is now on the proponents of the pulmonary artery catheter and related devices to limit their use to clinical trials and to show that protocols based on such d...

Coronary surgery -- keeping the way clear

...narrow part of the artery, and inflating a balloon catheter inside, the artery is successfully held open. This procedure often causes damage to the artery wall; scar tissue forms around the stent and blocks the artery. The current technology consists in coating the stent with a biodegradable polymer bound wit...

Diabetics see dramatic increase in lower limb amputations

... amputation. The CLiRpath "cool" excimer laser and catheter procedure vaporizes total arterial blockages that cannot be crossed by standard guidewires (small, flexible wires used to position catheters) in leg and foot arteries, restoring straightline blood flow, which promotes healing. Developed by Spectranet...

Imaging technique may prevent injury during ablation for atrial fibrillation

...e risk of esophageal injury in patients undergoing catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF), according t...tes "There is no question that those involved with catheter ablation of AF urgently need a method to protect the esophagus and prevent further atrio-esophageal ...

Penn researchers use the abdomen to deliver oxygen to assist ailing lungs

...idney failure -- peritoneal dialysis -- in which a catheter is placed into the abdominal cavity and the blood is cleansed by using the lining of the abdominal cavity to exchange toxins and electrolytes. Friedberg wondered if it would be possible to use the lining of the abdominal cavity for gas exchange, like...

Stroke risk should determine anti-clotting treatment

...g moderate exercise. Also new in the guidelines, catheter ablation -- a procedure that corrects irregular he...rred approach, starting with drugs and by means of catheter ablation if medication fails to stop the attacks. Both Fuster and Rydn emphasized that "Regardless ...

Promising therapy for ALS delivers antisense drug directly to nervous system

...eady been approved for management of pain. A small catheter is then implanted into the area surrounding the spinal cord, in order to pump antisense oligonucleotide drugs directly into the nervous system. The investigators noted that if the antisense approach works for ALS by delivering therapeutic agent...

For men, catheter type makes a huge difference in urinary infection risk, study finds

...e urine was collected with an external or "condom" catheter during their hospital stay had an 80 percent reduc...didn't have dementia and didn't need an indwelling catheter for medical reasons. Other men, and all women, should continue to use indwelling catheters, the rese...

Education, retraining reduce catheter-associated infections in ICUs

...tervention begins with updating of ICU policies on catheter insertion and maintenance to align them with recen... rates and other factors such as the percentage of catheter dressings that were dated, an indication of attention to proper dressing maintenance. "The 21 perce...

Is expensive new heart rhythm treatment 'worth it'?

... The study looks at a treatment called left atrial catheter ablation or LACA, which in the last few years has ...vides the groundwork for the cost-effectiveness of catheter ablation in treatment of atrial fibrillation." He continues, "It appears that the longevity of the p...

Risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia cut significantly

...nd throat. Mechanically ventilated patients have a catheter called an endotracheal tube inserted through either their nose or mouth into the windpipe (trachea) to maintain an open airway, to deliver oxygen, and to suction mucus. The endotracheal tube raises the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia up to 20...

Epidemic of unneeded amputations

...iRpath procedure, using a "cool" excimer laser and catheter system developed by Spectranetics Corp. (NASDAQ: SPNC), vaporizes arterial blockages, restores blood flow, and this surgery promotes wound healing, often enabling patients to leave the hospital the next day. CLiRpath has been the subject of rigorous ...

Results of clipping and coiling of aneurysms are similar over time

... or coiling, which is a procedure in which a small catheter is placed into the groin and threaded up to the brain where a small platinum wire is released into the aneurysm to clot it off from the inside. "While it is true that some aneurysms can only be treated with clipping and some only with coiling, most p...

Penn researchers start new clinical trial to examine ways to improve treatment of uterine fibroids

...od supply to the fibroids. They do this by using a catheter to inject embolic agents (tiny plastic or sponge-like particles) into the artery, to "dam up" the blood flow to the fibroids. During this trial at Penn, several researchers will utilize two different embolic agents, comparing the outcomes in patients...

One fourth of older patients receive catheters for no reason

...ost doctors don't know whether their patient has a catheter in place or not," Landefeld notes. "It's something... would be think about ways to decrease unnecessary catheter use. "It's like hand washing in hospitals, which has become much more common recently thanks to inte...

For patients with severe lung injury, less is more

... is better than more, and a shorter, less invasive catheter is as helpful as and safer than a longer catheter for monitoring patients. The trial was conducted by scientists from the Acute Respiratory Distress ...

Varying effects of fish consumption on atrial fibrillation

...ces in statins, cardiac resynchronization therapy, catheter ablation, cardiac pacing and heart failure and the latest technology, including state-of-the-art pacemakers and defibrillators....

Studies determine patient risk from ICD replacement

...ces in statins, cardiac resynchronization therapy, catheter ablation, cardiac pacing and heart failure and the latest technology, including state-of-the-art pacemakers and defibrillators. For more information, please visit the Heart Rhythm Society website at www.HRSonline.org ....

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