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  1. 06.2018 The Miracle of the Premature Baby Sarang, Weighing 302g with a Survival Chance of 1%

    Sarang was born on January 25th, weighing 302 grams and measuring in at 21.5cm. Before Sarang’s air sacs had even been fully developed, the child’s heart barely started to beat after receiving CPR immediately after finishing her 6-month stint in her mother’s tummy. A week after being born, the amniotic fluid within her body dropped, bringing her weight down to 295 grams and leading her to teeter on the precipice of life and death. The medical team used the experience and knowledge they had accumulated on premature infants and took on the challenge of saving Sarang, who had not even a 1% chance of surviving. This medical team, along with the family of Sarang, made a miracle.

  2. 06.2018 Complete Removal of Facial Systs in Early Stages with Ethanol Excision

    The professorial team of Department of Radiology professor Dr. Jeong Hyun Lee has released research results stating that it is possible to perfectly remove cysts by running an ethanol excision, in which ethanol is injected for strengthening purposes, while viewing the ranula with an ultrasound. 8 out of 11 patients that received ethanol treatments within 1 year of ranula occurring saw a complete removal of the ranula—a 73% full recovery rate. Only 1 out of 9 patients that had received ethanol treatments over 1 year after the occurance of ranula saw a complete removal—an 11% recovery rate. In summary, it was confirmed that receiving treatment at the appropriate time is important even if the cyst is benign and not malignant, like with ranula.
     

  3. 06.2018 Infant Heart CT Imaging Method Developed that Doesn’t Shake from Breathing

    The professorial team of Department of Radiology professor Dr. Hyun Woo Goo have developed the world’s first imaging technique that allows heart computer topography (CT) to be done while breathing freely. This was developed for the purpose of children that have trouble holding their breath for long periods of time. The professorial team signed a joint research agreement with Siemens Healthineers in 2009 and worked together for 6 years, starting in 2010, to analyze heart CT scans of 870 infants under the age of 5. They learned of the moment at which the heart and lungs, which go at different speeds, temporarily stop in unison (for children: appr. 32 times every minute), and the team then developed an imaging technique in which imaging is done according to the infant patients’ respiration and heartbeat. Not only did this lead to being able to procure infant heart CT images in high-quality without any relation to respiration, the team was also able to reduce radiation exposure and raise the level of safety for child patients.

  4. 06.2018 Development Begun on Heart Intervention Assistance A.I. Robots

    Seoul Asan Medical Center has been selected to the ‘A.I. Bio Robot Medical Treatment Fusion Technology Development Ventures’, supported by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and has begun development of a ‘heart interventional procedure assistance A.I. robot system’. The goal with this is to improve the results of surgical procedures using A.I. technology along with surgical operation tool semi-autonomously-controlled robots based on big medical data by passing through the entire process of heart interventional procedures. The plan for the research team is to combine an A.I. solution based on data of over 10,000 angiograms with a surgical procedure assistance robot system, develop an A.I. solution that helps choose the diameter/length of the stent, guiding catheter, and surgical procedure location, develop a guiding catheter/wire control algorithm based on machine learning, improve the robot mechanism that portrays the movements and senses of the surgeon’s hands, and develop an automatic robot hand control system to optimize stent surgical procedures.
     

  5. 06.2018 Premature Grey Hair Risk Rises with Obesity/High Blood Pressure

    Research has shown that there is a large correlation between premature grey hair that appears at a young age and metabolic diseases. According to full-time clinical lecturer from the Department of Dermatology Paik, Seung-hwan, out of a total of 1,929 patients in their 20s that had received a medical checkup, 704 had premature grey hair and 1,225 did not. After analyzing the correlation between this and metabolic diseases, it was confirmed that those with premature grey hair had thicker waists, higher blood pressure and fasting blood sugar, and lower HDL cholesterol than those who did not have premature grey hair. The evaluation given by the team of clinical lecturer Seung-hwan Baek is that, if there are 2 or more metabolic syndrome risk factors, the risk of premature grey hair is 1.7 times higher. This means that, when compared with people in their 20s who did not have the ailment, 20-year-olds with abdominal obesity and high blood pressure saw quicker appearances of premature grey hair, and the risk of it becoming serious is just as high. Family history was stated to be the factor that elicited the strongest effect on premature grey hair.

  6. 05.2018 Department of Radiation Oncology Expanded

    The Department of Radiation Oncology has successfully undergone construction to have its treatment area expanded and outpatient area remodeled, becoming reborn as a space in which patients can receive treatment far more comfortably and safely. The radiation treatment rooms have increased from 9 to 14, outpatient treatment areas and treatment areas have been separated, and the treatment rooms, which were broken up between the 1st floor and 1st basement floor of the eastern building, have been made far easier for patients to use thanks to a simulation room that uses the 1st-floor CT simulations being arranged focused on the 1st basement floor.

  7. 05.2018 Seoul Asan Medical Center has received sponsored development of ‘people-focused fusion technology’.

    Seoul Asan Medical Center has received sponsored national research funds totaling 22.5 billion KRW over 9 years after being selected as the research-focused hospital building enterprise assignment managing organization for research and development, leading to commencement on research and development of ‘people-focused fusion technology’. The final goal is to create and spread a ‘new 4th industrial revolution-based people-focused fusion technology industry’. To accomplish this, Seoul Asan Medical Center has revealed its intentions to construct a new industry ecosystem based on early-stage precision diagnosis technology, integrated personalized information, people-focused communication technology, and comprehensive treatment and care by constructing a SMART Cancer Care-Bot platform for precision medical treatment of cancer (colorectal cancer, lung cancer, etc.) as well as a SMART Neu-Bot for precision medical treatment of encephalopathy (Parkinson’s disease, dementia, cerebral apoplexy, depression, etc.).

  8. 05.2018 10 Year Anniversary of Child Asthma/Atopy Center Opening

    The Childhood Asthma Atopy Center has celebrated 10 years since its opening. To increase expertise on asthma and atopy dermatitis, sudden illnesses in infants, as well as allergy patient treatment, the Childhood Asthma Atopy Center has treated 156,824 patients and done 76,722 examinations over the last 10 years since opening its doors in 2008. The center provides preliminary diagnoses/consultations/treatment/examinations/education courses as a one-stop service while also running various different clinics, including an asthma clinic, atopic dermatitis clinic, infant asthma clinic, allergy rhinitis clinic, and food allergy clinic to provide treatment that is specialized for each individual patient’s symptoms. The center is receiving favorable responses for this as well having implemented close cooperation between treatment related to areas such as the Department of Dermatology, the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, or the Department of Ophthalmology, focusing on the Department of Pediatrics.
     

  9. 05.2018 Cochlear Implant Transplants Must Be Done Before 3 Years of Age on Both Sides to Maximize Effects

    The professorial team of Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery professors Chung, Jong woo and Park, Hong-ju has analyzed 73 child patients with hearing loss on whom over 4 years of hearing tests were administered after undergoing Cochlear implant transplant operations on both sides successively while having no ear abnormalities. The result of the analysis showed a high 96.9% capacity to recognize language when the second Cochlear implant transplant operation finished entirely before 3.5 years of age. Furthermore, a high language recognition ability of approximately 80% was shown even when receiving the first Cochlear implant transplant operation before 7 years of age and the Cochlear implant transplant operation on the other ear before 13 years of age, meaning that successful results can be obtained even if the time of the second surgery is late.

     

  10. 05.2018 Small Intestine Bladder Reconstruction Effect Confirmed

    Department of Urology professor Hong, Bumsik /associate professor In Gab Jeong have released research results stating that heart functioning as well as normal lives can be effectively maintained if the ureter is made again using the small intestine. The Hong/Jeong professorial team implemented a small intestine ureter reconstruction that restricts the ureter by separating part of the small intestine in patients that had a damaged ureter or required a replacement due to pelvic tumor surgery, uretic cancer surgery, etc. from 2013 to 2016. The results of this showed effective spontaneous discharge of urine. This surgery method allows simultaneous expansion of and surgery on the bladder in cases in which bladder capacity has decreased by applying a small intestine bladder surgery method that creates a bladder with part of the small intestine after extracting the bladder for urinary cancer treatment.
     

  11. 05.2018 Orthognathic Surgery Leads Facial Asymmetry Myanmarese Patient to Seek New Life

    A patient from Myanmar having difficulty in her life due to facial asymmetry caused by malocclusion has received the gift of a new life after being treated by the professorial team of Department of Plastic Surgery professor Choi, Jong-woo. Awongsunon (30, female) had had a chin that leaned to the left ever since she was young. Because of this, the occlusion of her upper and lower jaw was not correct, and she had a hard time chewing food as a result. Her serious facial asymmetry caused her to lose her confidence, and she even developed a nutritional imbalance. The professorial team of Dr. Choi learned of Awongsunon and her problem and proceeded to perform a ‘surgery-first approach’ orthognathic surgery and nose revision surgery in which the treatment is finished as soon as the occlusion is fixed and the dental revision has been done. This was done via surgery without a prior revision process. 

  12. 05.2018 Selected to the National Development of Technology to Overcome Dementia Research Project

    Research run by Ulsan University FOUNDATION FOR INDUSTRY COOPERATION pertaining to dementia has been selected to the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s National Development of Technology to Overcome Dementia research project. Starting this year, the government is supporting comprehensive research and development across the areas of searching for causes of dementia, prevention of dementia, diagnosis, treatment, care, and more through part of the dementia national responsibility system.

  13. 05.2018 AMC Cancer Institute Sarcoma/Rare Cancer Center Opened

    The AMC Cancer Institute has opened a sarcoma/rare cancer center in order to establish standard domestic treatment guidelines based on specialized rare cancer treatment and cancer genome analysis technology. Rare cancers have a low prevalence with regard to individual types of cancers, however if we look at rare cancers in their entirety, they account for approximately 1 in 5 cancer patients, leading to the rise of the necessity for a specialized treatment system. The AMC Cancer Institute plans to build a domestic rare cancer database based on the autonomously developed cancer genome analysis technology ‘Onco-Panel’ on top of a treatment system as well. In the sarcoma/rare cancer center, an osteosarcoma clinic, chest sarcoma clinic, abdomen/retroperitoneum sarcoma clinic, neuroendocrine neoplasm clinic, and other rare cancer clinics have been set up.

  14. 04.2018 The Country’s First Birth Given by a Heart Transplant Patient

    A recipient of heart transplant surgery at Seoul Asan Medical Center gave birth to a healthy baby boy weighing 2.98 kg. There have been births from patients that have received liver or kidney transplants in Korea before, but this is the first instance of a heart transplant patient successfully giving birth. Lee, Eun-jin (37) received a diagnosis stating that a problem had arisen in her myocardium, causing her heart to go into dilated cardiomyopathy, a state in which the heart becomes hypertrophic. Lee’s condition worsened while fighting her illness, and she eventually underwent a heart transplant surgery in Seoul Asan Medical Center in March of 2013. She kept up continuous exercise after her surgery and took care of her health, leading to a decision to become pregnant after her marriage in 2016. After becoming pregnant in March of 2017, Lee repeatedly visited Seoul Asain Medical Center to undergo observations regarding whether or not her body was showing signs of rejecting the transplanted heart as well as to check for occurrences of high blood pressure or diabetes. Thankfully, the results of the inspection showed that her weight and drugs were being properly controlled during her pregnancy, and she showed no health problems.

  15. 04.2018 A.I.-based Precision Medical Treatment Development Bureau Established

    The Korean A.I.-based precision medical treatment solution ‘Doctor Answer’-based bureau inauguration ceremony was held on April 30th in the auditorium on the 6th floor of the hospital’s eastern building. Doctor Answer is a service that supports disease predictions, diagnoses, and treatments that fit individual characteristics by connecting/analyzing various different medical data. Investments in the development of Doctor Answer total 35.7 billion KRW over 3 years until 2020. The consortium is composed of the government alongside 25 advanced/general hospitals and 19 electronics & information communications/software companies that participate in its development, and the role of the general organizing hospital was undertaken by Seoul Asan Medical Center. Target illnesses are of 8 fields: cancer (breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer), cardiovascular disorders/cerebrovascular diseases, cardiac disorders, dementia, epilepsy, rare hereditary intractable genetic disorders in children.

  16. 04.2018 International Conference on Coronary Artery Interventional Procedures Opened

    Sponsored by the Heart Institute of Seoul Asan Medical Center and organized by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation, the 23rd TCTAP was held in the Seoul COEX convention center over 4 days, from the 28th of April of the 1st of May. After opening for the first time in Seoul Asan Medical Center in 1995, this academic conference features participation from approximately 4,000 cardiology professionals from roughly 50 countries every year, cementing itself as the main conference in the Asian Pacific region. The live surgical procedure viewing sessions earned a big response by allowing hospitals renowned in fields the cardiology field, such as the United States’ Colombia University Hospital, Canada’s St. Paul’s Hospital, France’s Group Intervention Hospital, to view live surgical procedures in real time through satellite relays.

  17. 04.2018 Early-Stage Skin Cancer Diagnoses through A.I. Technology

    Department of Dermatology professor Chang, Sung-eun has publicized research results that show a high early-stage diagnostic accuracy using A.I. technology based on deep-learning to diagnose skin cancer. The research team collected almost 20,000 pictures of skin tumors in 12 different types from dermatology patients over a period spanning from 2000 to 2016. Successive education has been focused on the A.I. model ‘ResNet-152’, which has a convolutional nerve network modeled after human optic nerves, enabling analysis of things such as tumor asymmetry or edge irregularity, which shows whether a given skin tumor is malignant or not. The results of using the A.I. model studied by the research team to diagnose roughly 2,500 pieces of benign and malignant skin tumor picture data showed an approximate 90% diagnosis accuracy for malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma.
     

  18. 04.2018 Acquired National Public Certificate for Clinical Trial Video Management System

    The clinical trial video management system ‘Acro Solution’, developed autonomously at the clinical trial center, has been certified as 1st grade by Good Software. As the importance of using video data in clinical trials is increasing around the world, this video data management system developed for the first time domestically has received national public certification. ‘Acro Solution’ is a one-stop system that helps enable use of the video protocol designs, data gathering, saving, sending, management, etc. used in clinical trials.
     

  19. 04.2018 More Effectiveness on Inoperable Liver Cancer with Embolization + Radiation Treatment

    Division of Gastroenterology professor Lim, Young-suk, Division of Oncology professor Baek-yeol Ryoo, and Department of Radiation Oncology associate professor Yoon, Sang Min released results of research done that states it is possible to increase patient life spans by running arterial chemoembolization alongside radiation treatment on patients who cannot receive surgery due to cancer cells having invaded their livers and gone into their blood vessels (hepatic portal veins) more than so doing targeted anticancer treatment. Seoul Asan Medical Center has devised a method in which, after administering anti-cancer drugs to the hepatic artery that supply nutrients to liver cancer cells, radiation and arterial chemoembolization that blocks blood vessels and necrotizes cancer cells are used in a treatment method run alongside radiation treatment that reduces hepatic portal vein cancer cells. This method has been applied to roughly 1,000 patients of invasive hepatic portal vein liver cancer from 2004 until the present day, and a medical basis has been added with this research.

  20. 04.2018 Chosen as the Most Respected Hospital in Korea 12 Years in a Row

    Seoul Asan Medical Center has been chosen as the most respected hospital in South Korea for 12 consecutive years. Run by KMAC, ‘The Most Respected Hospital in South Korea’ is an award given to hospital that receive the top assessments from patients, guardians, and medical staff for outstanding medical results and social contribution. This research was done over 4 months from October of 2017 and involved participation from 12,230 people, including 7,440 industry exeuctives, 230 stock analysts, and 4,560 regular consumers. Competing hospitals and staff members also participated in the evaluation, making Seoul Asan Medical Hospital’s rating as the top hospital even more meaningful. Seoul Asan Medical Center especially exceeded other hospitals on the question that asked which hospital was deserving of being the most respected, scoring 7.36/10 compared to an average of 6.82/10.

  21. 04.2018 Integrated Nursing/Care Service Implemented

    Beginning on the 16th of April, an integrated nursing/care service has been implemented in Ward 101 (Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Division of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery). The integrated nursing/care service provides professional nurse staff whom take responsibility for everything up to patient care and nursing for inpatients without a personal caregiver or guardian. The integrated nursing/care service ward is expected to provide more systematic infection control due to allowing visits from guardians or others only at predetermined times. There are no issues such as noise from guardians or caregivers staying in the area, and as a result, patients receive the benefit of being able to receive stable treatment in a pleasant environment.

     

  22. 04.2018 Muscle Reduction in 65-Year-Old Males Leads to a 5x Increase in Likelihood of Worsening Health

    The doctoral team of Division of Geriatric associate professor Lee, Eun-ju, clinical instructor Jang, Il-young, and Jeong, Hee-won from KAIST have researched the health statuses of elderly people, revealing the fact that males with sarcopenia had over 5 times higher likelihoods of death or being hospitalized in a nursing hospital compared to normal groups, with women also showing a 2-times greater likehood in the same areas. The research team tracked and observed the health statuses of 602 men and 741 women over the age of 65 in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do from October of 2014 to August of 2017. The results of this research proved that the probability of rosining health in elderly people with sarcopenia was 5.2 times as high in men and 2.2 times as high in women. This research is meaningful in that it presented a new standard for elders over 65 years of age for South Korea instead of the ‘Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia (AWGS)’. 

  23. 03.2018 Successful 9-Year Children’s Hospital Opening Anniversary Ceremony

    To celebrate 9 years since its opening, the Seoul Asan Medical Center children’s hospital held a ceremony in a small assembly hall on the 6th floor of its east building on March 20th. Last year, child patients of the hospital totaled 201,046 outpatients, 9,348 inpatients, and 34,875 emergency patients. The daily averages were 821 outpatients, 243 inpatients (on a per-year basis), and 96 emergency patients. 3,943 surgeries were performed, totaling an average of 329 per month. In 2017, the hospital accomplished feats such as being designated as an infant-specialized emergency center and expanding said emergency center, rising to #1 in the nursing grade for neonatal intensive care units, improving its neurofibroma clinic, and introducing the first pediatric cardiosurgery 3D printing technology in the country, all while creating a more specialized treatment environment for children.

  24. 03.2018 Opening of an Electronic Consent Form System

    Seoul Asan Medical Center opened an electronic consent form system targeting hospitalized patients on March 30th. The electronic consent form system uses a tablet PC to generate various types of consent forms that occur in the treatment process in real time. The patients then sign the digitalized consent forms directly with electronic pens, and the medical staff can conveniently view the various types of consent forms.

  25. 03.2018 Endoscopic Ultrasonography (EOS) International Education Program

    An education program on endoscopic ultrasound scopy (EUS) done by the World Endoscopy Organization (WEO) was run in Seoul Asan Medical center for one week, starting on the 17th of March. Under the lead of gastroenterology professor Dong-wan Seo, this program began for the first time this year and was prepared for the purpose of strengthening the professionalism of next-generation medical staff in the ultrasonic endoscopy field. This year, 6 university hospital medical workers from England, Italty, Egypt, India, Taiwan, and Brazil participated.
     

  26. 02.2018 5-Minute Diagnosis Method for Early-Stage Colorectal Cancer Developed

    Director for the Biomedical Research Center and Division of Gastroenterology professor Myung, Seung-jae, Department of Health Medicine assistant professor Kim, Jae-il, Department of Convergence Medicine Kim assistant professor Sang-yeop, and professor Ryu, Yeon-mi of the Convergence Research Center have discovered a method of diagnosing colorectal cancer in 5 minutes by working alongside the researchers at POSTECH. The research team has produced a fluorescent probe that focuses on the enzymatic material gamma-glutamyl peptidase, which manifests in excessive quantities in colorectal cancer, and this probe changes color according to the aforementioned peptidase enzyme. When undergoing a colonoscopy, the fluorescent probe is sprayed onto the walls within the intestine. After about 5 minutes have passed, cancer can be discovered due to color changes. The quantum dot/antibody complex probe was created by attaching an antibody to the ultra-fine semiconductor crystal quantum dot, and as such, it functions to combine with over-expressed proteins (MMP14) in the large intestine. Not only does this allow diagnosis of cancer due to color changes, it also responds to early-stage colorectal cancer, which is difficult to determine visually, allowing diagnosis of early-stage cancer.

  27. 02.2018 Recurring Cerebral Infarctions Prevented through Congenital Heart Hole Blocking

    Department of Neurology professor Kim, Jong-sung and the professorial team of Song, Jae-kwan and Division of Cardiology professor Park, Seung-jung have proven the fact that performing surgeries that actively block holes in the heart is more effective than drug treatments in preventing recurrences of cerebral infarctions in patients at a high risk of cerebral infarctions due to patent foramen ovale. Out of 1,715 cerebral infarction patients, the research team analyzed 450 patients in which patent foramen ovale had been discovered using transesophageal echocardiography from September of 2011 to October of 2017. The team compared surgical procedures that blocked holes with medical treatments by selecting 120 patients that were at high risk of real cerebral infarctions such as having had an aneurysm in their interauricular septum or their interauricular septum being highly motile. The result of this comparison showed that patients who had received only medical drug treatment had a 13% chance of recurring cerebral infarctions, whereas the chance of recurring infarctions in patients on which patent foramen ovale had been accurately blocked using instruments was 0%.

  28. 02.2018 Laparoscopic Stomach Cancer Surgeries Break 10,000

    Seoul Asan Medical Center has reached 10,000 stomach cancer surgeries, the highest recorded figure in the world for single hospitals. Seoul Asan Medical Center ran its first stomach cancer surgery in 2004, and since that time the hospital has gradually been performing both early stomach cancer and advanced stomach cancer surgeries, widening the range of application and recording 1,222 surgeries in 2015, 1,310 in 2016, and 1,485 in 2017. The hospital mainly performed laparoscopic assisted in-body surgical anastomosis at the beginning of laparoscopic gastric surgeries, but part of the stomach had to be taken out of the body in the process of excising or connecting a region where stomach cancer had appeared, leaving a small scar of about 5~6cm. However, by doing extracorporeal anastomosis in which the entire surgical process of cutting and connecting the stomach is done within the body, recovery speeds increased and the occurrence of complications decreased.

  29. 02.2018 Acquired the Top Health Screening and Promotion Center Brand Power Evaluation Overseen by KMAC

    Seoul Asan Medical Center Health Screening and Promotion Center was selected #1 in the Health Screening and Promotion Center sector in the ‘Korean Industrial Brand Power (K-BPI)’ examination overseen by KMAC. The Korean Industrial Brand Power examination is a diagnostic assessment that measures brand value, encompassing such things as brand recognition and loyalty. In a 3-month Korean Industrial Brand Power examination done this year beginning in October of 2017 and targeting citizens residing in Seoul and 6 other metropolitan cities, Seoul Asan Medical Center Health Screening and Promotion Center received a total score of 541.6 points, coming in largely ahead of the 413.7 average for other hospitals. Of the detailed categories, Seoul Asan Medical Center Health Screening and Promotion Center received an especially high score in brand loyalty power, which is composed of image-related areas such as preference, reliability, and uniqueness as well as availability areas such as later purchase/use intentions and intent to recommend to others. 

  30. 02.2018 The World’s Top Liver Transplant Team Reaches a Milestone 0% Mortality Rate over 361 Living Donor Liver Transplants

    Last year, Seoul Asan Medical Center ran a total of 468 liver transplant surgeries. A total of 361 of those transplants were living donor liver transplants (adult: 349, child: 12), making that over 77% of all liver transplants. With its abundant clinical experience and accumulated knowledge, Seoul Asan Medical Center set a milestone by recording a 0% in-hospital mortality rate after carrying out 361 living donor liver transplants, the highest number of such transplants in the world, last year. This 0% in-hospital mortality rate is highly significant when taking into account aspects such as the fact that, with regard to short-term results of living donor liver transplants, in-hospital patient mortality rates are being reported at 5~15%, the fact that high-risk patients (pre-transplant respirators, dialysis, hepatomic coma, intensive care unit stays) account for 20~25% of living donor kidney transplant patients, the fact that Seoul Asan Medical Center is running the most technically complex and difficult 2:1 living donor liver transplants in the world, and the fact that Seoul Asan Medical Center possesses the largest amount of experience in the world, taking up 23% of immunologic high-risk ABO incompatible living donor liver transplants. 

  31. 02.2018 Brain Damage from Carbon Monoxide Able to Be Predicted through MRIs

    Department of Neurology associate professor Jeon, Sang-beom along with associate professor Kim, Won-young / Department of Emergency Medicine assistant professor Sohn, Chang-hwan have proven the fact that predicting delayed brain damage as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning is possible through brain MRI examinations. With regard to carbon monoxide poisoning, symptoms such as clouded consciousness, cognitive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, or dysbasia may reappear within a few weeks after the patient makes a full recovery. Delayed brain damage such as this occurs in approximately 20~40% of patients that have recovered from acute poisoning, however there has previously been no confirmed method of predicting this properly. The research team confirmed views of acute brain damage in 104 acute carbon monoxide poisoning patients out of a total of 378 (27%) after running meticulous brain MRI scans. The relation between brain MRI scans and delayed brain damage was analyzed, and it was confirmed that delayed brain damage was able to be predicted at an outstanding rate of success—75% sensitivity and 90% specificity—using views on abnormal findings from acute phase brain MRI scans.

  32. 02.2018 Cell Autophagocytosis Function Disability Found to Be a Cause of Relapse in Chronic Sinusitis

    Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery professor Jang, Yong-ju and the team of associate biomedical sciences lecturer Kim, Heon-sik have revealed for the first time the fact that cell autophagocytosis functioning has a direct effect on recurrences or degeneration of chronic sinusitis. With this research, development of a new treatment method that can control the autophagocytosis of myeloid immunocytes in chronic sinusitis has become possible alongside a new understanding of the pathogenesis of frequently recurring inveterate chronic sinusitis.
     

  33. 01.2018 Redesignation as an Advanced General Hospital by the Ministry of Health and Welfare

    Seoul Asan Medical Center has been reassigned as an advanced general hospital by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. An advanced general hospital is a hospital that specializes in medical practices with high levels of difficulty that pertain to serious ailments. The Ministry of Health and Welfare has been designating advanced general hospitals in 3-year cycles since 2011 to contribute to efficient use of resources through establishment of a health care delivery system. This is establishment is in the 3rd cycle (2018~2020). Becoming designated as an advanced general hospital brings health insurance up to 30% (general hospitals: 25%, regular hospitals: 20%). After evaluations on whether required standards such as a high level of medical treatment results in patients with serious ailments, hospital facilities, and hospital equipment were being fulfilled, as well as evaluations on the hospital’s patient-to-staff ratio, procuration standards for specialized medical professionals, medical service quality, and more, Seoul Asan Medical Center received the highest score possible (100 points) with an extra 5 added on, leading to a top score of 105 total points along with high praise for its outstanding patient safety and medical services.
     

  34. 01.2018 Korea Research – Patient Satisfaction Research Results Show 93.5 points in 2nd Half of 2017

    Results from research into overall satisfaction from patients in the 2nd half of 2017 have shown that patients of Seoul Asan Medical Center are the happiest with the medical team’s treatment services, with the overall satisfaction levels coming in at 93.5 points. Satisfaction levels have been steadily increasing since 2016, with figures coming in at 90.1 points for the first of half of 2016, 90.4 points for the second half of 2016, and 92.6 points for the first half of 2017. For Seoul Asan Medical Center, aspects such as doctor explanations, attentive listening, and kindness stood out among the rest as areas that the hospital was especially strong in compared to other hospitals, receiving especially high scores among health care services when evaluated based on importance felt by patients as well as satisfaction. 

  35. 01.2018 Children’s Emergency Center Extension Opened, Professional Staff and System Strengthened

    Seoul Asan Medical Center’s children’s emergency center has opened after being remodeled over a period of 5 months. The emergency center has been reborn as a treatment area in which children can receive fast and safe emergency treatment through the expansion of facilities and staff, allowing parents to rest easy knowing their children are safe when they undergo medical treatment. Examining the size of the facility shows that it has increased threefold, from the original 231 square metres (70 pyeongs) to 211 to approximately 698 (211 pyeongs), and the center has also seen the addition of 4 consultation rooms and 2 negative pressure isolation rooms. Treatment areas have been designed with warm colors to help children who fear hospitals stay comfortable when receiving their treatment. The professional staff has also been strengthened, with the number of pediatric emergency specialists remaining at 6 but pediatric emergency nurse practitioners increasing from 15 to 22. The center is able to provide the best possible medical services by keeping a medical team with experience and expertise on-hand 24-hours at the center to quickly treat and pass decisions on hospitalization/releases.
     

  36. 01.2018 5,000 Kidney Transplant Surgeries Reached

    The organic transplantation center’s kidney transplantation team (Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation - professor Han, Duck-jong, associate professors Kim, Young-hoon/Shin-seong, assistant professor Choi, Ji-yoon, and full-time clinical instructor Kwon, hyun-wook) reached 3,000 kidney transplants in the shortest period in South Korea in January of 2012. The team has since been running over 300 transplants every year for 6 years, recording a milestone of 5,000 kidney transplants. The results of analysis on survival rates targeting 2,898 receivers of kidney transplants from body donors over a period of 10 years, from 2005 to September of 2016 showed that shorter dialysis periods before surgery coincide with higher survival rates and lower rejection rates.

  37. 01.2018 Nano Drug Delivery System Developed that Reduces Antibiotic Usage Rates by 90%

    A nano drug delivery system has been developed by the team of Department of Convergence Medicine adjunct professor Joo Jin-myung that is able to eradicate bacteria even when using the given antibiotic to only 1/10 of the standard quantity. Antibiotic usage quantities have been reduced to groundbreaking levels, leading to the views that excessive, use as well as side effects triggered by tolerance issues, can be reduced through efficient treatment of infection-causing bacteria. When administering the antibiotic ‘vancomycin’ to a rat that had developed acute pneumonia after being infected with staphylococcus, use of the nano drug transporter allowed full recovery even when 1/10th of the standard intravenous injection was used. Effects were also seen in ‘methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus’, which has a tolerance to the 1st round of antibiotics.

     

  38. 01.2018 Accuracy of Myocardial Ischemia Evaluations Increased through a Heart CT Analysis Program

    Division of Cardiology professor Kim, Young-hak, associate professor Kang, Soo-jin, and Department of Radiology associate professor Dong Hyun Yang issued research results stating that more accurate myocardial ischemia evaluations were possible through a non-invasive method when using heart CT scans. The research team has been receiving Ministry of Health and Welfare tasks since 2012, developing a heart CT analysis program for myocardial ischemia evaluations. The research team has also released a dissertation in which verification was done using animal experiments. These results have been applied to clinical trials, and the indicator proposed by the research team showed better diagnosis accuracy than both CT-FFR, which requires a conventional CT readout method or complex calculations, and quantitative coronary artery angiography, which involves invasive measurements.

  39. 01.2018 ‘Renal autotransplation’ success in renal pelvic cancer Arab patient

    Department of Urology professor Hong, Bumsik and Division of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation associate professor Kim, Young-hoon found success in their ‘renal autotransplantation’ by taking out the entire left kidney of a renal pelvic cancer patient from the United Arab Emirates named Josip Abdul Rahman (37-year-old male) and removing the cancer that had appeared in the renal pelvis within the kidney. When cancer appears in the renal pelvis, generally the entire kidney and ureter are taken out. However, Mr. Abdullaman’s right kidney was also functioning very poorly, and as a result, excising the entire left kidney would leave no properly functioning kidney behind, causing Mr. Abdullaman to have to undergo dialysis. A kidney transplant was also impossible. Professor Hong removed the kidney and ureter of Josip Abdul Rahman with a laparoscopy and excised the renal pelvis, at the innermost location within the kidney. Following that, Professor Hong fully excised the center and then sutured the area once more. Professor Kim then successfully transplanted the kidney with the removed tumor into the patient. The results of the surgery showed a full removal of all cancer cells in the body of the patient, and kidney functioning was restored as well, enabling it to create urine normally.
     

  40. 01.2018 Department of Neurosurgery Cerebrovascular Team – Brain Aneurysm Treatments Reach 10,000

    The neurosurgery cerebrovascular team has reached 10,000 brain aneurysm treatments. Beginning with 47 in 1989, the team recorded 5,000 in 2010 and added 5,000 more in 9 years. The average yearly number of brain aneurysm treatments done by Seoul Asain Medical Center amounts to 790. A brain aneurysm is a disorder in which part of the arteries in the head inflate, somewhat like a balloon. If the walls of the arteries cannot contain the blood pressure due to having walls that are too thin, the arteries burst, requiring emergency medical treatment. While medical treatments are rising, the percentage of cases in which cerebral cerebral aneurysms were discovered before the arteries burst is increasing. The neurosurgery cerebrovascular team has analyzed the surgery records of 5,278 patients that have received unruptured brain aneurysm treatments from 2008 to 2017, and the results of this analysis have confirmed the mortality rate to be 0.09% and the likelihood of post-surgery difficulties to be 0.38%.