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Hospitals report fewer preventable mistakes

Hospitals report fewer preventable mistakes

[Star Tribune, January 23, 2014] While acknowledging that one error is too many, hospital officials said patients are safer than they were 10 years ago when Minnesota first started publicly listing hospitals that committed any of 28 adverse events, also known as “never events” because they are considered preventable. Surgeries to the wrong body part, […]

Medtronic, St. Jude Medical tout ‘revolutionary’ new pacemakers

[Minnesota Public Radio, January 12, 2014] New mini pacemakers from Medtronic and St. Jude Medical are expected to be more reliable and make the implant surgery less invasive. The smaller devices address the weak links of pacing technology, said Dr. William Katsiyiannis, a cardiologist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health. Read or listen to […]

New heart valve repair without open heart surgery

New heart valve repair without open heart surgery

[Star Tribune, December 27, 2013] Verna Hoy knew something wasn’t right; she was coughing a lot and running out of breath. What cardiologists found would not be so simple to fix, however. At least, it didn’t use to be. “We’re all very excited about it,” said Dr. Paul ­Sorajja, an interventional cardiologist at the Minneapolis […]

Influenza strains target younger Minnesotans

[KARE, Jan. 7, 2014] The flu season in Minnesota is expected to get worse as students return from winter break this week. Minnesota Department of Health officials said there were 111 new hospitalizations in the state last week. So far this week, there are 96 and counting. In the emergency department at Allina West Health […]

Frostbite danger as temps plummet

[WCCO TV, Dec. 28, 2013] Medical experts say you should stay inside instead of braving the bitterly cold weather on Sunday. Dr. Gary Mayeux, an emergency physician at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, says you need to dress appropriately if you’re going to be outside, even for just a few minutes. Watch more here.

Lung Cancer Killing Non-Smokers in Minnesota

KSTP-TV, December 9, 2013] Non-smokers in Minnesota, like Gary Brausen, a former Abbott Northwestern Hospital patient, are asking people to check their perceptions of lung cancer. Lung cancer, according to The American Cancer Society, is expected to kill 2,500 Minnesotans this year. That’s more than any other cancer. However, fundraising advocates at A Breath of […]

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Minneapolis woman who survived a rare illness gives back to doctors this Thanksgiving

[KARE-TV, November 28, 2013] The warmth of a holiday can be hard to find inside a hospital’s most critical care unit, but at Abbott Northwestern Hospital this Thanksgiving, you don’t have to look far to see the healing powers of gratitude. “It’s hard, but really joyful, because I made it.  And not everyone does,” said […]

Wearable defibrillator can bridge the gap to implanted device

Wearable defibrillator can bridge the gap to implanted device

[Star Tribune, November 17, 2013] “I didn’t even feel the shock,” Scott Olson said. “I just heard my granddaughter calling my name.” Olson, 55, had been prescribed the wearable defibrillator only three weeks earlier by Dr. Raed Abdelhadi, an electrophysiologist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. The LifeVest, manufactured in Pittsburgh by ZOLL Medical Corp., […]

Heart surgeons see innovations with tiny new pumps

Heart surgeons see innovations with tiny new pumps

[Star Tribune, November 10, 2013] A new generation of cardiac devices scheduled for human trials in Europe and the United States next year has heart surgeons talking about a possible sea change in the treatment of patients suffering from the most severe level of heart failure, which affects 150,000 to 200,000 Americans a year and […]

Abbott Northwestern Hospital researchers to conduct MRI study of aneurysm-linked strokes

[KMSP Fox 9 News, Nov. 12, 2013] Researchers at Abbott Northwestern Hospital are conducting a first-of-its-kind study in this country in the hopes that understanding a type of stroke caused by aneurysms could yield a life-saving prevention strategy. Every year, 30,000 Americans suffer a ruptured aneurysm, and though 60 percent survive, many are at risk […]