The Guardian: More than 1,100 surgeries cancelled in P.E.I. because of coronavirus

The Guardian (SaltWire): More than 1,100 surgeries cancelled in P.E.I. because of coronavirus. “More than 1,100 surgeries have been cancelled in P.E.I. as the province continues to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus (COVID-19). On Friday, Health Minister James Aylward presented the numbers in the legislature after several days of questioning from O’Leary-Inverness MLA Robert Henderson. Aylward said Health P.E.I.’s service reinstatement team is assessing the situation daily as it makes plans to address the backlog.”

Poynter: Following respirators and personal protective equipment, dialysis supplies are running short due to the coronavirus

Poynter: Following respirators and personal protective equipment, dialysis supplies are running short due to the coronavirus. “Kidney specialists now estimate that 20% to 40% of patients in intensive care suffered kidney failure and needed emergency dialysis. Outside of New York, the growing demand for kidney treatments is becoming a major burden on hospitals in emerging hot spots like Boston, Chicago, New Orleans and Detroit. Baxter, a medical products company and one of the biggest suppliers of dialysis materials, said it is running plants at full capacity and has seen demand increase fivefold because of COVID-19 care.”

EurkeAlert: Measuring the risk among clinicians who intubate patients with COVID-19

EurekAlert: Measuring the risk among clinicians who intubate patients with COVID-19. “A team at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania launched the United States component of a global registry that aims to help protect health care providers who intubate patients with COVID-19 and better quantify their risk of developing the disease. The intubateCOVID registry–established by a team in the United Kingdom–tracks exposures and outcomes among providers who perform intubations, with the ultimate goal of reducing the transmission of COVID-19 to these providers.”

EurekAlert: New study examines the accuracy of plastic surgery videos on social media

EurekAlert: New study examines the accuracy of plastic surgery videos on social media. “…YouTube has emerged as an essential platform for reaching people interested in plastic surgery. However, due to a variety of factors, such as confusing terminology, inaccurate information and unreliable sources, YouTube and social media videos in general aren’t necessarily the most reliable source of information, concludes a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).”

Hartford Courant: New tool aims to remove the mystery of health care costs at Connecticut hospitals

Hartford Courant: New tool aims to remove the mystery of health care costs at Connecticut hospitals. “A new cost estimator tool launched by the Office of Health Strategy reveals how much medical treatment costs vary across Connecticut’s health care facilities. Standard procedures, like knee replacements, can cost nearly three times as much at certain hospitals than they do at others.”

PRNewswire: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons announces the launch of its Shoulder and Elbow Registry (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons announces the launch of its Shoulder and Elbow Registry (PRESS RELEASE). “The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) announced the launch of its Shoulder and Elbow Registry (SER) to begin collecting data on total shoulder and elbow procedures in the United States. At launch, the SER will collect total shoulder arthroplasty procedures data. In 2019, the registry also will have the capability to capture rotator cuff repair and total elbow arthroplasty procedures data.”

UPI: NIH, Department of Defense to develop limb loss database

UPI: NIH, Department of Defense to develop limb loss database. “The U.S. government is working to develop a database that will include the number of people in the United States living with limb losses for insight on their challenges and needs. The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense expect to have the Limb Loss and Preservation Registry operational in 2020, the NIH announced on Monday.”

Crains New York: This new tool could help you save on health care

Crains New York: This new tool could help you save on health care. “The colorful site, which Crain’s previewed ahead of its Sept. 12 launch, offers options for calculating costs based on a single procedure or a full episode of care. It pairs its features with instructional videos so users know what they are looking at. Perhaps the most useful feature is the ability to compare costs by provider for some common procedures, including those associated with obstetrical care and orthopedics. However, users will have to go elsewhere for quality ratings.”

TIME: This Doctor Used Snapchat’s Spectacles To Record a Surgery

Ya know, I thought with its 10-second clip limit and the way it was being positioned by Snap that the Snapchat Spectacles wouldn’t get much interest for medical and industrial applications (which are still exploring uses for Google Glass.) Boy, was I wrong. “For Dr. Shafi Ahmed, hernia repair surgery is a routine operation. But on Dec. 9 at the London Independent Hospital, something was different. This time, as the British surgeon made an incision in his patient’s abdomen, he was wearing Snapchat’s Spectacles – a pair of sunglasses fitted with a camera that records 10-second clips for later uploading to Snapchat.”

Medical Groups Want to Create Database of 3D Printed Hearts

An alliance of medical groups is hoping to create a database of 3D printed hearts. “With use of 3-D printed heart models expected to grow, Illinois hospital system OSF HealthCare and the federal National Institutes of Health hope to partner with the American Heart Association to improve the quality of printed hearts, with the goal of helping more patients. OSF has 10 hospitals in Illinois, all outside the Chicago area, including OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. The groups want to create an online database of 3-D printed hearts from patients with congenital heart defects, reviewed by experts in the field. The idea is to help standardize the process of printing hearts.”

Livestreaming Medical Procedures on Facebook

Apparently Facebook is turning into a good place to watch live medical procedures. Um. No thanks. “[Dr. Rich] Castellano has been broadcasting surgeries live for just over a year now, and has posted more than 400 videos. He started with wearable tech, like Google Glass, but found it too limiting, so he moved on to streaming straight from his smartphone.”