Proposed Settlement Announced for Victims of Stryker ABG II and Rejuvenate Hip Replacement Implants

Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) November 11, 2014

Victims who have suffered from defective Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII hip implants can rest easier, now that the courts have approved a proposed global settlement. The settlement proposal includes a base award amount of $ 300,000 to each claimant who has undergone revision surgery on or before to Nov. 2, 2014, and who meet several other criteria. (2)

The Master Settlement Agreement was recently executed by members of both the New Jersey and federal multi-district litigation teams. On Nov. 3, Stryker executed the agreement before Judge Brian Martinotti in Bergen County, N.J. court, at the same time as the settlement was announced before Judge Donovan Frank in Minneapolis, who oversees the nationwide litigation. (1)

Those who received these defective hip implants have suffered enough, with symptoms ranging from unbearable pain to tissue death to bone deterioration, said Mike McGartland of The McGartland Law Firm, member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the national litigation effort in Minnesota. With this settlement, many victims may at last find some relief.

What Was The Trouble with ABG II and Rejuvenate Hip Implants?

The friction of its metal parts can lead to, according to Stryker (3), a potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction which may lead to adverse local tissue reactions. These reactions may include:


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Healthcare Value Network Members Share Quarterly Results

Appleton, Wis. (PRWEB) November 12, 2014

Members of the Healthcare Value Network (HVN) released results of their latest healthcare improvement efforts in May and again in July, and now are continuing that commitment to transparency with their latest quarterly results on the power of lean principles to drive significant improvements in care quality and value.

The HVN is part of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value and consists of a peer-to-peer learning community of approximately 60 healthcare organizations across the United States and Canada. These results show how improvement work impacts health systems and helps patients see the change and waste reduction being done to provide better care on their behalf, said Director Mike Stoecklein.

Highlighted member results for this quarter include:


Decreased percentage of patients leaving without being seen in the Emergency Department from 7% (2012) to 2% (2014). This effort improved patient safety by averting undiagnosed problems and improved patient experience by decreasing wait times.
Improved medication reconciliation on admission from 62% accuracy (2012) to 78% accuracy (2014).
Increased patient satisfaction ratings by giving patients more autonomy over when and what they eat. Percentage of very satisfied patients increased from 20% to 40% in just one year.
Bettered patient safety and experience through 30-45 minute improvement in discharging patients to home.
Cut cycle time of post-anesthesia care from 160 minutes to 65-80 minutes through a streamlined discharge process. Getting patients home sooner increased patient and employee satisfaction and the hospitals net revenue.


Reported a 35% decrease in length of stay, 13% decrease in direct cost and 20% increase in surgical volume for lower extremity joint replacement patients.
Ensured that 90% of Neuro critical care and Cardiology unit patients received pain reassessment within one hour of medication delivery.
Increased the percentage of spine patients scheduled for surgery within seven days of decision by 80%.
Improved the percentage of Neurovascular unit patients whose PRN bowel medication started within the first 12 hours from 29% to 100%.
Enhanced readiness of patients arriving from Emergency Department to Cardiovascular unit from 17% to 80%.
Bettered laboratory turnaround time to less than 60 minutes for Troponin tests for Emergency Department patients, 100% of the time (up from 68%).
Improved PAP test turnaround time to less than 24 hours from 78% to 92% of the time.
Improved mammogram rates for Internal Medicine patients from 73% to 85%.

We get motivated and think of new ideas when we see the real work in the ICU or the Clinic or the ER, said John Toussaint, MD, CEO of the Center. We can all learn from each others stories and clinical results. As peer-to-peer learners, HVN members are students as well as teachers. Thats the magic of the HVN.

Established in 2009, the HVN was founded by the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value and the Lean Enterprise Institute. It is now an integral part of the Center and its healthcare mission.


The ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value is an education institute that believes we must have three essential elements for sustainable change in healthcare: Delivery of care designed around the patient; payment and incentives based upon value and outcomes; and transparency of performance (quality and cost) throughout the healthcare system. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, we are a small not for profit with a big mission to help change the healthcare industry. Learn more at:

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New Christian Novel The Dance Delves into World of Supernatural

KINGWOOD, Texas (PRWEB) June 05, 2013

A brave young woman endures a heart-wrenching journey through supernatural realms in Debra McIntyres new Christian adventure novel, The Dance: Living Stone: The Beginning (published by WestBow Press).

Set throughout Italy, Central America and the Texas Hill Country, The Dance follows Francesca, a young woman who endures the horrors of abduction and enslavement in a Central American rebel camp before being thrust into a fortress of evil, where she becomes trapped in a supernatural battle. She clings to her newfound faith as her family and a new love come to rescue her.

Francesca immediately draws readers into her inner struggles, awakenings and her fight for survival. The love story in the book provides a fine example of God working to bring two people together, and the plot offers depth and complexity as it explores an unexpected supernatural realm.

The novel explores the human resistance to Gods love, McIntyre writes. Man is always calculating the cost of placing his future into the hands of a God he doesnt know and understand. Frequently, he gives into an unnatural fear of the price and what he must sacrifice.

The Dance

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Debra McIntyre has worked with at-risk teens for more than 20 years. She is concerned with the dangerous path that young women navigate but is encouraged by the powerful impact that mothers and other women of faith can have. McIntyre resides in Kingwood, Texas. The Dance is her first novel.

WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, Inc., the worlds largest Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) the world leader in the popular self-publishing industry segment. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press are evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. Thomas Nelson, Inc. continues to inspire the world with distribution of products in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, or to start publishing today, visit or call (866)-928-1240. Follow us @westbowpress on Twitter for the latest news.

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Illinois Writers The Magician’s Doll Earns Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval

(PRWEB) June 30, 2014

LaFox, Illinois-based author M.L. Roble is pleased to announce that her book, The Magician’s Doll, was recently selected to receive the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

The Childrens Literary Classics Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for books that uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, which is comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design. Childrens Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in childrens literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature that appeals to youth while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.

The Childrens Literary Classics Seal of Approval celebrates the qualities I love in great childrens stories, and I am thrilled The Magicians Doll has received this honor from an organization I admire so much, Roble said.

The Magicians Doll is a suspenseful mystery with a unique storyline and well-developed characters that completely captivate readers. Unique plot twists, interspersed with a bit of humor, help make the book an exciting and engaging read. Subtle references to life messages that teach positive values to young readers are an added bonus.

The story centers on 12-year-old Natalie, who becomes embroiled in a battle between good and evil. Having a psychic for a mother is not really something she wishes to advertise. As uncomfortable as Natalie is with her mothers unconventional behavior, its only natural that she would find it vexing when she begins seeing things herself.

Natalies life takes an interesting turn when Phillip, the shy neighbor boy, starts hanging around. When they find themselves at a magicians performance at the circus, Natalie meets the magicians doll and is drawn into a powerful world of magic and mystery. As the story unfolds, readers will encounter a gripping fantasy that appeals to girls, boysand even adults.

In addition to garnering the Childrens Literary Classics Seal of Approval, The Magicians Doll has also received national recognition from the prestigious 8th Annual 2014 National Indie Excellence

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Expats Report Improved Health and Weight Loss When They Move Overseas –

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) September 09, 2014

With good, fresh food, more exercise, and clean air, expats say they live a healthier lifestyle overseas and its easy to do so.

Americans Denver Gray and his wife Ann moved to the beach town of Salinas, Ecuador in March of 2013.

After we bought our condo, we came to Salinas for five weeks to set things up, says Gray. Some interesting things happened during those five weeks. Without any deliberate attempts to change our diet or lifestyle, my wife and I each lost 10 pounds.

Denver, who has Type II diabetes, noticed that his morning blood sugar was getting lower within two weeks of being in Salinas.

“During the third week, I had to cut my medication in half because my sugar was getting too low. Once we went back to the States, both the weight and sugar levels crept back up, he says.

Other expats report that this is not unusual. Many overweight expats who move to Ecuador find that in the first year they lose anywhere from 30 to 50 poundswithout making any conscious effort to change their diet or exercise habits.

The type of food consumed plays a big role in this change. In Ecuador, for the most part, fresh foods are grown without pesticides and chemical additives. The milk, cheese, and eggs come from animals that have not been fed steroids.

The good weather is also a factor. The beautiful weather encourages walking or just being outside. Most days we take a morning walk down the boardwalk or an evening walk after dinneror both, reports Gray.

Even walking the dog becomes a nice stroll outdoors. If we were back in the States, with sub-freezing weather and six inches or more of snow on the ground, we would not be lingering over the dog-walk, he says.

Even though Denver and Ann have a much healthier lifestyle in Ecuador, they both had to go to the doctor once since arriving there. But what impressed them most was that the doctor made a house call.

He showed up and did the examination. He asked some questions and made his diagnosis. In my case, he administered two injections. His fee for the visit, the injections, and the drugs he provided was $ 60, reports Gray.

You can go to clinics that charge even less, and some of them provide free services. But, as in the U.S., you may spend a good part of the day waiting in a room with other sick people. For us, knowing we can have an English-speaking doctor come to our home gives us great peace of mind, says Gray

The full report on how expats are living a healthier lifestyle overseas, as well as information on health insurance in Ecuador, can be read here: Ecuador’s Natural Weight Loss Plan.

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