A basic tenet in medicine is that no harm should be done to the patient seeking treatment. The patient should leave the clinic or the hospital feeling much better than when he/she came in for the medical care. The World Patient Safety Day is celebrated on the 9th December every year to highlight the importance of the safety of patients who seek medical care.
A new tool that tracks cognitive performance in adults may help physicians identify people who may be on the path to Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia. The tool, called the QuoCo (cognitive quotient), is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Similar to ''growth charts'' used in pediatrics, the QuoCo cognitive charts allow physicians to plot cognitive performance of any patient based on age, education and score on the Mini-Mental State Examination, and track cognitive change over time.
Damage to the heart can be caused by surgeries that do not involve the heart in patients with known risk or those at high risk of developing heart disease and was also associated with an increased risk of death, reveals a new study. Heart cell damage that occurs during or after non-heart surgery is known as perioperative myocardial injury (PMI). Complications that follow non-heart surgery are usually undetected and was found to be linked to death within 30 days after surgery. PMI causes are still under investigation.