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Aortoenteric fistulas represent a life-threatening complication of abdominal aortic surgery that is becoming increasingly well-recognized. The presentation is often subtle, with a herald bleed followed by a period of grace, followed by an exsanguinating hemorrhage, and resulting in cardiovascular collapse. The diagnosis is often difficult, even with modern… (More)
Congress, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and state and local governments still are trying to determine requirements a hospital must meet to warrant tax exemption. Revisions to a bill introduced by Rep. Brian Donnelly (D-Mass.) likely will focus Congressional debate on whether charity care or the broader concept of community benefits is the most… (More)
A method is described for using the Favaloro retractor to provide retraction during dissection of the anterior wall of the heart during reoperative cardiac operations.