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  THIS JUST IN May 2012  

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Wireless technology may help clinicians avoid errors

RFID chips are now eliminating the risk of sponges and gauze being left behind during surgery. The chips can be placed in the sponge/gauze being used, and a scanner can move over the body at the end of surgery to ensure that pieces were not left behind. Prior to the use of these chips, patients with material left in the body experienced post-surgery complications and were forced to undergo x-ray testing.


Teen receives lung transplant in time for prom

18-year-old Bartley Griffith is extremely thankful for the anonymous lung donor that helped her attend her senior prom. Battling pulmonary fibrosis for most of her adolescent life, Griffith struggled to breathe and had scarring on her lungs. However, the transplant improved her breathing capabilities and has helped her live a normal healthy life. The American Lung Association has noted that many individuals with this disease only live 3-5 years after being diagnosed, and that it usually impacts an older population.


Smoking shown to impact healing times for hip and knee replacements

Two recent studies have found that while smoking decreases the body’s ability to heal, it may also have a severe impact on the healing time and pain levels for total hip and knee replacements. Data suggest that smokers are 10 times more likely to have complications and experience significant pain post-surgery, than non smokers.


Rare transplant surgery performed to treat 15-year-old boy

Thomas Castillo, a 15-year-old from Illinois, recently received a double organ transplant at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Castillo had a history of strokes, complex congenital heart disease and liver failure throughout his lifetime. He received a heart-liver transplant and is currently in recovery stages. Doctors hope that this surgery will dramatically improve the teenager’s quality of life.


Miracle mom experiences severe blood loss during labor

Gina Walker of San Antonio Texas knew that her pregnancy had severe complications as early as 20 weeks, when she was diagnosed with a rare condition called placenta pancreta. The condition caused her to lose 35 gallons of blood during her scheduled C-section. Blood donations came in for Mrs. Walker from all over the country, after her husband hosted several blood drives prior to the C-section. He was warned by doctors that that the hemorrhaging that may occur during birth.



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