Navigation Links
Transplant Surgery No Riskier at Night: Study
Date:5/31/2011

TUESDAY, May 31 (HealthDay News) -- Surgeon fatigue has been blamed for adverse outcomes among patients operated on at night, but new research finds that time of day has no effect on the survival rates of patients undergoing heart and lung transplants.

"We aren't suggesting that fatigue is good," said the study's lead author, Dr. Ashish S. Shah, an assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in a university news release. "But what is important is that, at least in this specialty, it seems we're able to deal with it without subjecting the patient to risk."

The study, published June 1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, compiled data on a decade of transplants across the United States involving a total of 27,118 patients. Researchers found survival rates up to one year after surgery were similar regardless of when the organ transplants were performed -- day or night.

Although researchers noted there was a slightly higher rate of airway dehiscence (a surgical complication) associated with nighttime lung transplants, total hospital length of stay was similar no matter what time of day surgeons operated.

The study's authors concluded that experienced transplant teams have probably found effective ways to cope with and overcome fatigue and emotional stress in order to do their jobs well. "It is likely that because urgent nighttime operations are common in all types of transplant surgery, health care personnel involved in the transplant have developed various systems to prevent errors and directly cope with the limitations associated with nighttime medical care," they wrote in the news release.

The researchers also argued that surgeons from other specialties could reduce adverse patient outcomes by copying the strategies and coping techniques used by heart and lung transplant teams.

"The authors provide us with firm evidence that even highly complex procedures can be performed safely and with good results at any time during the day," said Dr. Ernesto P. Molmenti, vice chairman of surgery and director of the transplant program at the North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y., who was not involved in the study.

"We should consider the performance quality guidelines of cardiothoracic transplant centers as a way to improve other medical and surgical outcomes," Molmenti concluded.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on heart transplant survival rates.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Ernesto P. Molmenti, M.D., vice chairman of surgery and director, transplant program, North Shore-LIJ Health System in Manhasset, N.Y.; Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, May 31, 2011.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. New drug for kidney transplant recipients effective in humans
2. WellPoint/Blue Cross Liver Transplant Denial Trial Starts Monday
3. Spanish Only, Please: Special Latino Clinic Launched For Potential Abdominal Transplant Patients
4. WellPoint/Blue Cross Liver Transplant Denial Trial Begins Today, Illustrates Need for Toughening of White House Reform Plan
5. Newer cornea transplant surgery shows short- and long-term promise
6. Cristophe Salon in Beverly Hills Teams Up with Mad Men Actor to Help Raise Money for His 17-Year-Old Cousins Heart Transplant
7. Two Babies Born a Year Apart After Ovary Transplant
8. Wounded Soldier Who Received Historic Cell Transplant Gets Standing Ovation at Diabetes Research Institute Benefit
9. Internal Anthem Blue Cross/WellPoint Document: Only Patients Who Push Back Get Covered Out of State Liver Transplants
10. Drug dramatically reduces nausea and vomiting in bone marrow transplant patients
11. Kidney Patients From Across South Carolina Visit State Capitol to Encourage Policies that Improve Patient Access to Life-Saving Dialysis and Transplant Care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Transplant Surgery No Riskier at Night: Study 
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the ... business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New ... the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a missionary couple ... From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published author, Carole ... and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she has taught ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... WAUSAU, Wis. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... formulated standard products to meet the demand of today’s consumer and regulatory authorities ... team of probiotic experts and tested to meet the highest standard. , ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Dr. ... recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped Cosmetic Town journal ... spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), creator ... tool, and the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), an independent professional organization that ... new strategic alliance. , As CPEN’s strategic partner, HLI will help support ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across Massachusetts ... , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the end of the month. ... health insurance regulations. ... to get a flu shot is by the end of October, according ...
(Date:10/2/2017)...  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ... quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Lilly ... with the investment community and media to further detail ... will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, media ... of the conference call through a link that will ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Denmark , Oct. 2, 2017 The Rebound ... in the struggle to reverse the tide of prescription drug ... for regulating their medicine intake and stepping down their dosage ... set to launch in December 2017; the first 100,000 people ... Learn more at http://www.rebound-solution.com/ ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: