Hospital News

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3/25/2013
Simple Breath Test Might Diagnose Heart Failure

Noninvasive method found accurate in small, early study

3/22/2013
Pneumonia May Lead to Serious Aftereffects for Seniors

Study of patients hospitalized for condition found higher risk of mental decline, disability

3/22/2013
Steady Rise in Heart Valve Infections Noted in U.S.

Many develop in health care facilities, researcher says

3/20/2013
How Healthy Is Your County?

People living in the least healthy areas of U.S. twice as likely to die early, report says

3/19/2013
Plans to Penalize Non-Emergency Use of ERs Flawed: Study

Common symptoms are difficult to diagnose as mild or serious at first, researchers explain

3/18/2013
Study Probes Use of Filter Device to Stop Deadly Blood Clots

Hospitals' use of vena cava filters varies widely, probably because evidence is lacking of benefit

3/18/2013
Nursing Shortage May Harm Infants in Intensive Care, Study Says

As understaffing increased, so did risk for infection, study found

3/14/2013
Efforts to Prevent Hospital-Based Infection Falling Short, Survey Finds

Gastric illness from C. difficile continues to rise despite improved cleaning, decontamination

3/14/2013
Clot Buster Safe for Stroke Patients on Blood Thinners: Study

Fears that giving tPA to those taking aspirin or Plavix might raise risk of brain bleeds largely unfounded, researchers say

3/13/2013
ERs Not Doing Enough to Educate Parents on Car-Seat Safety: Study

Treatment after a crash can be a teachable moment on proper use of passenger restraints

3/12/2013
Major Bleeds After Heart Procedures May Raise Death Risk: Study

But strategies exist to modify this risk, researchers say

3/12/2013
In Seriously Ill Kids, Obesity May Be Tied to Higher Death Risk: Study

But more research is needed to confirm the association, experts say

3/12/2013
Many Ovarian Cancer Patients Denied By-the-Book Care, Study Says

Result: They're 30 percent more likely to die over five-year span, researchers find

3/11/2013
A Cheap, Old Heart Drug May Help Elderly Heart Failure Patients

Digoxin cuts hospital readmission by more than a third, study finds

3/11/2013
3/11/2013
Angioplasty Safe in Hospitals Without On-Site Heart Surgery Services

Outcomes for non-emergency coronary procedure were similar among hospitals in Massachusetts study

3/7/2013
Skipping Aspirin Before Artery Procedure May Boost Death Rates

Recommended pre-op therapy neglected in 7 percent of angioplasty patients, study finds

3/5/2013
Stored Donor Blood May Have Shorter Shelf Life Than Thought

After 3 weeks cells' ability to deliver oxygen fades, research suggests

3/5/2013
Eye-Tracking Tool Might Quickly Spot Stroke

Small, preliminary study found it could tell difference between vertigo, stroke with complete accuracy

3/5/2013
'Nightmare' Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Hospitals, Nursing Homes: CDC

Half of those infected die from this antibiotic-resistant bacteria

3/5/2013
Report Details Steps to Boost Patient Safety

Leadership is needed for change to occur, experts say

3/4/2013
C-Section Rates Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

Ranged from 7 percent of all births to nearly 70 percent, study finds

3/1/2013
Stress Disorder May Be Common Among ICU Patients on Ventilators

Study found some patients had symptoms of PTSD up to 2 years later

2/28/2013
Fiscal Standoff Could Cause Financial Pain for Health Care

Hospitals, physicians and researchers brace for fallout from mandated spending cuts

2/28/2013
Higher Indoor Humidity Levels Might Slow Flu's Spread

Study found 86 percent of airborne virus particles were stopped in 43 percent humidity

2/27/2013
Costs of ER Visits Vary in U.S., Study Finds

Urinary tract infections, kidney stones most expensive among top 10 outpatient conditions

2/22/2013
Common Sense Approaches May Stem ICU Delirium

Helping patients sleep lessens odds of confusion, study finds

2/22/2013
Plastics Chemical BPA Common in 'Preemie' ICU: Study

Banned in sippy cups and baby bottles, it's present in hospital equipment; health risk unclear

2/21/2013
Flu Vaccine Fell Short for Seniors This Season: CDC

Report shows it only provided 9 percent protection against the nastiest strain of the virus

2/20/2013
U.S. Doctors Slow To Adopt Electronic Health Records

Despite incentives, just 1 in 6 uses the new technology, study finds

2/19/2013
Tips to Avoid Return Trip to the Hospital

Understand instructions, ask questions, follow through with treatment, expert says

2/19/2013
Fraudulent Data May Have Led to Use of Risky Treatment in ICUs

Second look at data on a starch-filled solution finds it may do more harm than good

2/15/2013
MRSA 'Super Bug' Prevalent in Nursing Homes, Study Finds

Positive samples suggest need for greater infection control, researcher says

2/15/2013
Rich/Poor Divide Linked to Hospital Readmissions in Study

With greater gaps in income within an area, rehospitalization rates go up, findings show

2/12/2013
For Hospitals, Lowered Death Rates May Not Mean More Readmissions

Study finds patients who survive heart attacks, pneumonia aren't just returning as inpatients soon after

2/11/2013
Startling Differences in New-Hip Estimates: Study

Researchers find $100,000 spread for standard procedure

2/11/2013
Long Waits in the ER May Raise PTSD Risk for Heart Patients

Those who spent over 11 hours in emergency department more likely to be traumatized months later: study

2/6/2013
In Hospitals, Daily Antiseptic Bath May Prevent Dangerous Infections

Simple swab-based cleansing cut rates of some drug-resistant bacteria by 23 percent, study found

2/5/2013
Shift to Hospice Care Often Comes Too Late, Study Finds

Almost a third of patients didn't get palliative care until final three days of life, often after ICU stay

2/1/2013
Program to Spot Painkiller ODs Saves Lives: Study

Goal is to teach family, friends what to do when someone has taken too many pills

1/31/2013
New Stroke Guidelines Stress Treatment Within One Hour of Arrival in ER

Calling 911, going to a stroke center, getting care quickly combine to improve outcomes, experts say

1/31/2013
People Can Emit Flu Germs in Air Up to 6 Feet Away, Study Finds

Researchers urge more study, new infection-control procedures to protect health care workers

1/29/2013
When It Comes to Spine Surgery, There Is No 'July Effect': Study

Arrival of new residents and fellows at hospitals was found to have minimal impact

1/28/2013
1 in 5 Hospital Docs Reports 'Unsafe' Workloads: Study

Juggling too many patients increases risk of potentially dangerous medical errors, experts warn

1/25/2013
ER Visits Linked to ADHD Meds Up Sharply

Government report shows more cases among adults, more misuse of these drugs

1/24/2013
ER Admissions Over Holidays Linked to Higher Death Rates

Hospital in Scotland found public holiday emergency cases more likely to die within a week or month

1/22/2013
Hospital Readmissions All Too Common, U.S. Studies Find

It's a complex, system-wide problem, expert says

1/21/2013
Prolonged CPR May Boost Chances for Cardiac Arrest Victims

Performing resuscitation efforts in hospital for more than standard 20 minutes increased survival, studies find

1/16/2013
Surgery Checklists Help OR Teams in a Crisis, Study Finds

Important steps were missed when surgical teams relied on memory alone

1/16/2013
ER Visits Linked to Energy Drinks Double: Report

Most cases involved young adults, 42 percent involved drugs or alcohol, government survey found