Modern Healthcare Staff
Dozens of patients at the Seattle hospital were infected with a deadly bacteria spread by a type of endoscope essential for treating certain conditions but hard to disinfect because of its design. That has raised questions about who is responsible for preventing and correcting the problems.
Stryker Corp.'s net earnings tumbled 48.8% to $515 million in 2014 even though sales were up 7.3% for the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based maker of orthopedic devices and medical surgical supplies. The company blamed the earnings drop in part on charges related to three product recalls.
With a massive snowstorm set to hit the East Coast, New York and Boston healthcare providers were asking staff to stay at facilities overnight, stockpiling supplies, postponing elective surgeries and asking pregnant patients to come in early to be at hospitals when the worst of the storm hits.
Hospitals are facing higher prices for spinal cord stimulators, used to treat patients with chronic pain, since two manufacturers launched more complex versions of the devices in 2013, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.