Surgical Surprise

Surgical Surprise

It began in the middle of America when two years ago God told her, let’s pretend her name is Mary, that she must “seek medical care.”  Mary had just finishing packing her groceries into the car when out of nowhere she heard a voice that she recognized as God. The voice told her that she needed medical attention. God didn’t tell her why, but only that she needed it. Mary had faith in her creator, so she moved across the country with her daughter to her sister’s apartment to find the best medicine that she could afford.

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Longer Surgery, Greater Risks

Longer Surgery, Greater Risks

Under the American College of Surgeons’ National Surgical Quality Improvement Program from 2005 to 2011, more than 1.4 million patients undergoing surgery at US hospitals were observed to see if lengthier surgery durations would affect the risk of developing a blood clot, or venous thromboembolism (VTE). We’ve known that being bound to a hospital bed (common after surgery) is a risk factor for VTEs, but this is the first evidence that surgery duration is a risk factor as well.

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Kidney Shortage for Transplantation

Kidney Shortage for Transplantation

As of this morning almost 102,000 Americans were waiting for a kidney. If that number doesn’t strike you, then consider that this number is 1/3 of the total number of kidneys ever transplanted in the United States.

Only 15,000 of these 100,000 potential recipients are expected to receive a kidney before the end of the year, which means that 85,000 will still be waiting for surgery come the new year.

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