At least three people contracted infections after receiving blepharoplasty, Botox injections or other cosmetic procedures from a woman who is not a licensed doctor, according to health regulators in British Columbia. The woman allegedly performed the procedures in the basement of a home from which investigators seized injectable drugs and surgical tools, and the provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons is urging patients to get tested for HIV and hepatitis.
The mother of a 21-year-old organ donor agreed to donate her daughter's hands after the young woman died from a brain abscess resulting from an ear infection. The recipient's identity has not been publicized, but the transplant was reported to be successful.
Winter and spring are busy for plastic surgeon Adam Basner as patients seek body contouring in time for warm weather, while January is typically slow for plastic surgeon Manish Shah, who optimizes patient flow and promotes specials ahead of Valentine's Day. Plastic surgeon Jacob Freiman schedules vacations for slow periods, and plastic surgeon Farah Naz Khan markets noninvasive procedures for slow summer months.
Health care facilities will no longer be allowed to use secure text messaging to send patient care orders, according to the Joint Commission's updated guidelines, developed in collaboration with the CMS and published in the journal Perspectives. The Joint Commission and the CMS recommend the use of a computerized provider order entry system to submit orders and advise facilities to prohibit sharing protected health information through unsecured text messaging from personal mobile devices.
As a resident in plastic surgery at Toronto's SickKids Hospital, Dale Podolsky created 3D-printed models that resemble a child's mouth for use in teaching cleft lip and palate repair, which has for decades been taught using foam cups. Podolsky has since founded a company, Simulare Medical, to produce the model and kits that include training tools and materials and a video camera to enable remote assistance.
An efficient way to produce artificial spider silk that could be used to stitch wounds has been developed, according to findings published in Nature Chemical Biology. Researchers say the synthetic silk wouldn't be harmful for humans since it's produced without using harsh chemicals.