THE FUTURE IS NOW! At least, it seems that way when we consider the incredible advances made in cardiothoracic surgery since Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery on a stabbing victim in 1893. Keep in mind that the use of modern anesthesia and antiseptics were still in their early stages at that point in time, making Dr. Williams’ extraordinary surgical achievement all the more noteworthy. The patient not only survived the operation but went on to live for more than 20 years afterward.
By the 20th century, surgeons may have had access to anesthesia and antiseptics, but they were still a long way from where they are now. Medical technology continued to advance, though. X-rays were introduced as valuable diagnostic tools, the discovery of blood types made transfusions safer, and the development of antibiotics radically improved patient outcomes as infections could be controlled and treated much more easily.
Modern surgery is now monitored and facilitated by many different types of machines and equipment, which now includes cutting-edge robotic devices. In 1985, the first active robotic device was used in a live surgical procedure when an industrial robotic arm was modified in order to conduct a stereotactic brain biopsy on a patient. What was once only imagined in science fiction stories had become a mainstream reality.
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ON THE PULSE
Healthcare professionals across the area finish 2020 on a strong note with accomplishments and awards
RESOLUTIONS OF RESILIENCE
Seven Habits for Healthcare Workers On the Edge of Burnout
Glaucoma and Dry Eyes
Eye doctors are excited this year with 2021 rolling in. It’s an excellent opportunity for us to shine some light on eye care topics that we would like to highlight. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.
CARE AFTER CRISIS
Watson Clinic’s Dr. Kathleen Haggerty Opens Post-COVID Care Clinic
A NEW ANGLE FOR HEALTHCARE CAREERS
Florida Polytechnic University Offers New Health Systems Engineering Program
Basics for Patient Experience and Retention
It’s easy to understand how the focus on improving patient experiences and shoring up retention efforts may have fallen by the wayside this year. We all know that medical practices are stretched thin as staff members work to accommodate social distancing measures and other COVID concerns.
Protecting Our Elderly
Psychologist Explains Dynamic of Suicide Among Seniors and Lists Precautions Doctors and Family Can Take
The Cutting Edge
Dr. Haq Brings His Expertise in Robotic Cardiothoracic Surgery to Bostick Heart Center
On the pulse
Our Healthcare Specialists Are Working Harder Than Ever! Don’t Miss Out on All the Exciting Awards and Recognition
The $uccess Formula
For Medical Practices, Lease Negotiations Go Beyond Location
Act now to cut overdraft
MILLIONS of Britons are seeing red as incomes are squeezed and job losses mount in the pandemic, and those who regularly go overdrawn now face punitive interest rates of almost 40 per cent.
Miracle mum of quads dies after 24-day battle for life on ventilator
TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to a “miracle” British woman whose death robbed her 13-year-old quads of a mum.