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Cardiology's Final Frontier: Confronting CTO
Joe Cantlupe, Senior Editor

Retrograde and antegrade angioplasty for the treatment of complex chronic total occlusion and has been dubbed by some academics the "last frontier" of cardiac intervention. A leading practioner of the procedure is Dimitri Karmpaliotis, MD of Atlanta's Piedmont Heart Institute.[Read More]
  August 19, 2010

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Physicians, Hospitals Benefit from Reentry Programs
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1 or 2 Catheter Linked UTIs Avoidable, Study Says
A review of multiple international studies suggests that hospitals can cut their catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 52% by implementing simple systems that trigger staff to regularly check the patient still needs one. affiliated with the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. The report is published in the September issue of the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.[Read More]
Medical Error Disclosure Program Found to Reduce Lawsuits
When the University of Michigan Health System launched a program to inform patients of harmful medical errors and offer compensation, legal claims dropped more than 25%.The numbers of lawsuits decreased along with liability costs, also the remaining legal issues were resolved much faster. in the Annals of Internal Medicine.[Read More]
MRSA-Resistant 'Paint' Kills Bacteria
Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, this week announced that they have created a "nanoscale coating" for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces that they say can kill MRSA. In tests, 100% of MRSA in a solution were killed within 20 minutes of contact with a surface painted with latex paint that was laced with the coating, the researchers reported.[Read More]
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Healthcare Reform Gains Some Public Support
Although public opinion about the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remains split, support for the overhaul has increased steadily since the legislation was passed in March.[Read More]
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