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2014-04-30 11:11:48

Specificity double that of PET scans, according to presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine are using breath analysis to detect the presence of lung cancer. Preliminary data indicate that this promising noninvasive tool offers the sensitivity of PET scanning, and has almost twice the specificity of PET for distinguishing patients with benign lung disease from those with early stage cancer. Michael Bousamra II, MD, Associate...

2014-04-30 11:09:57

With better modern-day immediate post-surgical care, attention is drawn to the 30-to-90 day postoperative period as risky phase of operation has been extended, according to presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting Children with a heart defect called transposition of great arteries (TGA) are born with the two major blood vessels (aorta and the main lung artery) arising from the wrong sides of the heart. Consequently, blood is pumping inappropriately between the lungs and the rest of the...

Lessons From NASA Helps Manage Threats And Errors In Pediatric Cardiac Surgery
2014-04-29 17:11:20

American Association for Thoracic Surgery Presentation at 94th AATS Annual Meeting describes steps to break error cycles and improve patient safety All high-stakes industries that function at very high "6-sigma" safety levels have a pre-occupation with human error. The aviation industry epitomizes this concept; during the 1970s NASA and aviation researchers realized that humans are the least reliable resource in the cockpit. Subsequent research into >30,000 flights has confirmed that...

2013-05-08 11:41:07

Arrhythmias gone in majority of children, says study to be reported at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting Inherited ventricular arrhythmias are an important cause of morbidity and sudden cardiac death in children who have structurally normal hearts. Despite conventional medical therapy, some of these children remain symptomatic with recurrent life-threatening arrhythmias, syncope, or frequent discharges from implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs). Video-assisted thoracoscopic left cardiac...

2013-05-07 10:55:12

First use of pumpless paracorporeal assist device in the very young, presentation at 93rd AATS Annual Meeting Adults with end-stage respiratory failure and pulmonary hypertension requiring ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) have been "bridged" toward lung transplantation with novel lung assist devices such as the Novalung. This and related devices work based on pumpless application of oxygenators. A presentation by David M. Hoganson, MD, and colleagues from Washington University...

2012-03-02 11:21:59

SCAI, AATS, ACCF, and STS offer facility and operator criteria to ensure optimal care of TAVR patients Four leading heart organizations representing cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons released initial recommendations today for creating and maintaining transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) programs. The recommendations are aimed at ensuring optimal care for patients with aortic stenosis, a form of valvular heart disease, as use of the new TAVR procedure grows. Since the...


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