Print Issue: November 01, 2006

No More Surgical Sponges Left Behind?

A new study points to a promising technology for detecting gauze sponges left inside a surgical patient. Nearly two thirds of the approximately 3,000 annual cases of surgical items left behind involve sponges, which do not show up on post-op x-rays.

CMV Prophylaxis May Benefit Tx Patients

BOSTON—Cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) remains an important problem for solid-organ transplant recipients. Available data support either universal prophylaxis against the virus or pre-emptive therapy, according to a transplant infectious disease specialist.

CKD Screening Lags in Many Nations

CKD is arguably emerging as a major threat to the developing world. The word ‘arguably” is used deliberately because while we know that CKD in the United States affects approximately 5%-10% of the population (Am J Kidney Dis. 2003;41:1-12) and is a major risk factor for CVD and all-cause mortality, similar data from the developing world is unavailable.

Going Beyond Machines

Most patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are consigned to life on dialysis. Most undergo in-center hemodialysis three times a week, greatly diminishing their quality of life.

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