Hospital News

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5/1/2012
Less-Invasive Surgery for Esophageal Cancer Might Be Safer

Study comparing it to standard open surgeries found fewer infections, shorter hospital stays

4/30/2012
Heart Attack Survival Varies Widely Among Hospitals, Study Finds

Simple changes in administrative procedures can save lives, researchers say

4/30/2012
Pacifiers Don't Discourage Breast-Feeding, Study Says

Formula feedings actually rose after 'binkies' were banned on a hospital maternity unit

4/30/2012
Black Kids Less Apt to Get Meds for Stomach Pain in ER: Study

However, no differences seen in tests ordered or hospitalization rates

4/27/2012
Blood Clot Risk for Outpatients Needs More Attention: Study

Researchers created tool to measure patient risk following surgery

4/24/2012
Quality Nursing May Protect Very Low Birth Weight Babies

Improved results seen in hospitals nationally recognized for nursing excellence, study finds

4/24/2012
Hospital Charges Show Huge Variance in Study

For appendicitis, charges ranged from $1,500 to $180,000

4/24/2012
Pacemakers, Defibrillators Sources of Deadly Infections: Study

As implanted heart devices increase, so do serious complications, research says

4/23/2012
Cost of Snakebite Therapy May Squeeze Victims' Wallets

Hospital care, treatment can top $50,000 for venomous snake encounter

4/19/2012
After Hospitalization, Men More Likely to Show Up in ER

They also had more readmissions within a month than women, study found

4/17/2012
Helicopter Beats Ground Transport for Trauma Victims: Study

For seriously injured, survival odds improve with helicopter ride to hospital, research shows

4/17/2012
Study Casts Doubt on Value of Pricey Prostate Cancer Therapy

Proton radiation treatments may offer little added benefit, more side effects, analysis suggests

4/11/2012
Drug May Prevent Pancreatitis After Digestive Procedure

Single $2 treatment thwarts serious infection, study says

4/11/2012
Mobile Stroke Units Might Trim Time to Treatment

But, overall outcomes were similar to patients treated in the hospital, German study shows

4/6/2012
Rapid Asthma Treatment in ER May Prevent Admission

Giving corticosteroids as soon as possible hastens recovery, study suggests

4/6/2012
Pharmacy 'Robots' Linked to Bacterial Contamination of Drugs

Researchers call for better cleaning guidelines for the machines, increasingly found in hospitals

4/3/2012
Reported Decline in U.S. Pneumonia Deaths May Be False: Study

Dips in hospitalizations, deaths may reflect diagnosis coding changes

4/1/2012
Changes in Insurance Make ER Visits More Likely: Study

Researchers note that coming health-care reforms may lead to surge in emergency department use

3/28/2012
Pay-for-Performance Hospitals Don't Offer Better Care: Study

Mortality rates the same in hospitals that don't offer bonuses for improved care

3/27/2012
Community Hospitals Safe for Angioplasty: Study

Patients did just as well in qualified local facilities as those with heart surgery units

3/27/2012
Cardiac Cocktail Delivered by Paramedics May Save Lives

Study found giving it early to heart attack patients halved cardiac arrest rates, death risk

3/26/2012
CT Scans Can Spot Heart Trouble Fast

Study shows chest-pain patients who are not having an attack could be discharged safely sooner

3/21/2012
Hospitalization May Hasten Seniors' Memory Decline

Thinking skills and attention also suffer, study finds

3/19/2012
ICU May Not Be Needed After Sleep Apnea Surgery

But patients do need to be closely monitored in the hospital, researchers say

3/19/2012
Medicaid Patients Go to ERs More Often: Study

They tend to have less access to primary care doctors than the privately insured, researchers say

3/19/2012
Excessive Drinking Costs U.S. Colleges Millions Annually

Price tag for ER visits can top $500,000 for larger universities, study finds

3/16/2012
Half of Stroke Victims Don't Call 911, Research Shows

Public needs more education about telling symptoms, experts say

3/15/2012
Hospital Saved Millions by Keeping Close Eye on Antibiotic Use

Seven-year program eliminated overuse without compromising care

3/13/2012
Survival of Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients May Vary by Ethnicity

Hispanics with normal heart function had better outcomes than whites, research shows

3/13/2012
Higher Spending Tied to Better Outcomes in Ontario Hospitals

But researchers note that Canada spends much less per person on health care costs than United States

3/9/2012
Aggressive Care Best for Brain Trauma, Study Shows

Despite benefits, this type of treatment is used inconsistently, researchers say

3/7/2012
Hope and Optimism May Cloud Judgment in ICUs

Family members tend to put good spin on bad news, which may lead to poor decisions, researchers say

3/6/2012
Dangerous Bacteria Also Spreads Outside Hospitals: CDC

C. difficile infections and death rates at 'historic highs,' experts say

2/28/2012
Parents Often Right to Bring Kids With Fever to the ER: Study

But many fevers subside without treatment, aren't serious, U.S. expert says

2/24/2012
Why Cancer Symptoms May Elude M.D.

Young age, vague complaints, language barriers may delay diagnosis, study says

2/23/2012
Home-Visit Program May Improve Child's Asthma

In-home instruction reduces hospitalizations, saves money, study finds

2/22/2012
Hospitals Ranked for Emergency Medicine Quality

Report found patients admitted through the best ERs had significantly lower death rates

2/21/2012
Many Women Having a Heart Attack Don't Have Chest Pain

Misinterpreting symptoms may be a reason why women face higher in-hospital death rates, researchers say

2/15/2012
'Needlestick' Law Linked to Drop in Health Worker Injuries

Researchers found a 38% decline in these skin-puncture wounds after 2001 law took effect

2/15/2012
Weekend Delivery Doesn't Hurt Babies With Birth Defects: Study

Moms should give birth when their body is ready, researchers say

2/10/2012
Most Teens Who Self-Harm Are Not Evaluated for Mental Health in ER

Researchers say suicide risk is highest soon after such an incident

2/10/2012
Study Weighs Pros, Cons of Home or Hospital Birth

More seizures, lower Apgar scores found in home

2/3/2012
Norovirus Top Cause of Hospital Infection Outbreaks, Says Study

Gastrointestinal bug causes vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea

2/3/2012
Many Stroke Victims Still Don't Get Treated Fast Enough: Study

Researchers found response times haven't improved since 2005

2/1/2012
Many Hispanics Don't Call an Ambulance For Stroke: Study

That may be one reason why they tend to do worse afterward than whites, researchers say

2/1/2012
Clot-Busting Drug May Work for Those Who Have Strokes While Asleep

Study found if symptoms, scans showed early signs of attack, tPA produced good results

1/31/2012
Pediatricians' Group Urges More Input From Parents

New policy statement calls for strong family presence, greater decision-making role

1/27/2012
IV Acetaminophen Linked to More Child Overdoses

Confusion can arise over measurement guidelines, experts warn

1/25/2012
Long Shifts May Raise Some Nurses' Odds for Obesity

Arduous schedules take toll on their health, patient care, study finds

1/24/2012
Baltimore Deemed U.S. City With Most Top-Ranked Hospitals

Other cities with top-performing hospitals include Phoenix, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Richmond