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New technique finds software bugs in surgical robots

April 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa., USA: Surgical robots could make some types of surgery safer and more effective; however, proving that the software controlling these machines works as intended is problematic. Researchers have now demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied successfully to this breed of robot.

Radiation treatment for cancer increases mortality rate after heart surgery

April 18, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA: Cancer survivors who have had chest radiation are nearly twice as likely to die in the years after major heart surgery as similar patients who have not had radiation, researchers have found. The study, conducted in the U.S., is the largest one focusing on the effect of prior radiation on the long-term results of major heart surgery.

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Researchers review potential impact of instrument-caused injuries

April 16, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: Nearly 400,000 injuries caused by needles or sharp instruments occur each year in the U.S., according to a recent review in the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal. About 25 percent of injured workers are surgeons. The main health concern with such injuries is the risk of acquiring a communicable disease from a patient.

After quadruple limb amputation: Ex-soldier receives bilateral arm transplant

February 13, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: A U.S. surgical team has performed a bilateral arm transplant together with an innovative treatment to prevent rejection of the new limbs. The patient received a transplant of two arms from a deceased donor, becoming one of only seven people in the U.S. to have undergone successful double hand transplants.

Organizations develop new guidelines to prevent infections from surgery

February 11, 2013

BETHESDA, Md., USA: Four professional organizations representing physicians and pharmacists have published new clinical practice guidelines to help prevent infections through surgery. The guidelines are available online free of charge.

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US surgeons might make 4,000 mistakes every year

January 30, 2013

BALTIMORE, Md., USA: Surgeons in the U.S. committed approximately 80,000 preventable errors between 1990 and 2010, researchers have found. This is equivalent to 4,000 mistakes annually. The unreported number could be even higher.

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