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In Global News: Antipsychotics in Elderly Heart Patients, Transplant in 5-Month-Old, and Teamwork in the Operating Room

Friday, August 24, 2018

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Emily Robinson

Patient Care and General Interest

A new study finds that elderly heart surgery patients who exhibit postoperative delirium are sometimes given antipsychotic medications, which are ineffective and may even be dangerous.

A 5-month-old child in St. Louis, Missouri, becomes the youngest documented heart-lung transplant patient in more than a decade.

A 3-year-old boy from Germany with a rare congenital heart disease travelled all the way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to undergo a complex procedure.


Drugs and Devices

The first clinical use of FRAME external support technology for aneurysm repair in high flow arteriovenous (AV) fistulas took place in Germany.


Research, Trials, and Funding

A Harvard study regarding cardiothoracic surgery operating teams suggests that variations in interpersonal and leadership communication patterns may have a strong effect on teamwork.

A novel technique tested at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center allows damaged lungs to be placed on a machine that keeps them alive at normal body temperature, allowing doctors to better assess whether they are viable.

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