Hospital News

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10/18/2011
Fewer Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure, U.S. Study Finds

Number of cases is down, but there are still too many, expert says

10/18/2011
Report Tracks Patient Outcomes at 5,000 U.S. Hospitals

Researchers also outline who is using the Internet to compare doctors, hospitals

10/17/2011
Gun Injuries to U.S. Kids Likely Underestimated: Study

ERs treat 20,600 children on average for gunshot wounds a year

10/17/2011
Many Don't Believe Their Obesity is Unhealthy: Study

Research involving ER patients finds poor communication with doctors a big factor

10/14/2011
More Children Visiting ERs for Psychiatric Care

Lack of mental health resources might drive the increase, study says

10/10/2011
After Stroke, Crossed Legs a Welcome Sign

Patients who crossed their legs within 15 days functioned better a year later, study shows

10/7/2011
ER Crowding May Encourage Poor Hand Hygiene

Gloves are no substitute for infection-preventing hand-washing practices, researchers say

10/6/2011
Many Medicare Patients Get Surgeries in Last Year of Life: Study

Wide variations seen in number of procedures, depending on region where patient lives

10/6/2011
More Evidence Minorities in U.S. Get Poorer Hospital Care

Elderly black and Hispanic patients over-represented in nation's 'worst' hospitals, study finds

10/5/2011
More Americans Face Longer Trips to ER

Closures affect disproportionate numbers of minorities, the poor, uninsured, study says

10/4/2011
Hospital Readmission Rates on the Rise in Older Adults: Study

1 in 6 Medicare patients ends up back in hospital within a month after discharge, report shows

9/30/2011
Drug Shortages Even Worse This Year: FDA

Specialty meds for cancer patients among those in short supply

9/28/2011
End-Stage Alzheimer's Patients Often Hospitalized Unnecessarily

About 20 percent face potentially avoidable, 'burdensome transitions' at end of life, study finds

9/26/2011
Breast-Feeding Boost: Fewer Hospitals Handing Out Free Formula

Study finds decline from years past but 'we have a long way to go,' advocate says

9/23/2011
Most Patients Want Experienced Surgeons, Not Trainees

Most support teaching hospitals, but few want a junior resident performing their operation

9/22/2011
Lung Disease Puts Many Black Patients Back in Hospital: Report

In COPD patients over 40, readmission rates highest among blacks, research shows

9/22/2011
In Older Men, Prostate Biopsies Can Raise Risk of Hospitalization

Experts stress procedure is not benign, strong antibiotics should be given beforehand

9/19/2011
Hospitals Serving More Minorities Have Higher Trauma Death Rate

New study suggests insurance, funding issues may be the culprit

9/16/2011
Accidental Medication Poisonings in Kids on the Rise

Greater availability, easier access to drugs in home may be to blame, researchers suggest

9/14/2011
Rural Stroke Victims May Benefit From 'Virtual' Care

'Telestroke' is a cost-effective way to provide long-distance stroke treatment, researchers say

9/12/2011
Heart Devices Like Pacemakers Linked to Infections

Complications from these devices put patients at greater risk for death, study suggests

9/8/2011
Big Health Plans Can Negotiate Lower Hospital Costs: Study

Insurance plan consolidation could be an advantage for consumers, researchers say

9/6/2011
Hospitalized Kids May Receive Up to 35 Meds a Week

And info on many of those drugs' safety, effectiveness in children is lacking, researchers say

8/31/2011
Dangerous Bacteria Hide Out in Nurses', Doctors' Uniforms

Israeli study found worrisome pathogens on 60% of items sampled

8/31/2011
Kids Carrying MRSA Germ Prone to Serious Infection: Study

Separate hospital rooms, topical antibiotics and antiseptics can help with prevention, experts say

8/30/2011
Temporary ER Staff Linked to More Medication Errors

Problems may stem from unfamiliarity with procedures, quality issues at hospital in general

8/29/2011
Many Use ER for Routine Follow-Up Care After Hospital Discharge

Uninsured, publicly insured most likely to misuse emergency department for minor issues, study says

8/25/2011
Specialized Stroke Centers Deliver on the Weekends

At ordinary hospitals, survival odds dip on Saturdays, Sundays, but not at certified centers, study finds

8/23/2011
Mainstay Meds Often Cut Off Accidentally After Hospital Stay

ICU patients most likely to go off their regular regimen, study finds

8/22/2011
Most Heart Attack Patients Who Need Angioplasty Quickly Get It: Study

Coordinated efforts by hospital staff across the United States led to the improvement, report says

8/22/2011
Steps Outlined to Screen All Newborns for Heart Defects

N.J. will be first state to implement routine testing

8/17/2011
Sprained Ankles Straining ER Resources, Study Finds

Researchers argue for other approaches to treatment, such as emergency doctor visits

8/16/2011
Central Catheters May Raise Risk of Blood Clots After Surgery

Researchers urge improved efforts to prevent deep vein thrombosis

8/16/2011
More Kids Hospitalized for Flu, Skin Infections

Children accounted for 17 percent of all U.S. hospital stays in 2009

8/15/2011
Many More Kids Hospitalized for Mental Illness: Study

Adult psychiatric admissions also increased, except among the elderly

8/15/2011
Survival After Cardiac Arrest in ICU May Depend on Cause

Researchers hope findings will help families with end-of-life decision-making

8/8/2011
Hospitals Vary Widely in Rate of Heart Procedures: Study

Rate of finding blockage that requires action stretches from 23% to 100%

8/8/2011
Many Heart Patients Anemic After Too Many Blood Tests in Hospital

Researchers warn this could translate into worse outcomes

8/4/2011
More Neurology Residents Using Clot-Busting Drug for Stroke

Up to 94% say they are comfortable using the drug tPA, compared to 73% in 2000, study finds

8/2/2011
Support for Breast-Feeding Found Lacking in Many U.S. Hospitals

Study found only 4% offered full range of services for new moms

7/29/2011
Study Finds Kids Want More Info About Their Hospital Care

Excluding them from treatment discussions left them distressed, researchers report

7/25/2011
Spiritual Talks May Boost Patients' View of Hospital Care

Hospitalized patients more satisfied when given chance to discuss faith, religion, study shows

7/25/2011
Transitional Care May Cut Hospital Readmission Rates

Intervention programs for discharged seniors might even save health-care dollars, one doctor suggests

7/22/2011
U.S. Minorities No Strangers to Health Ills

They're more likely than whites to develop a number of chronic and deadly diseases

7/22/2011
One Hospital's Efforts to Hurdle the Language Barrier

Non-English speakers can struggle with prescriptions and communicating with doctors

7/19/2011
Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Tougher When It's Not Patient's Call

Study found surrogate decision-making causes delay, boosts costs

7/19/2011
Married Men Seem to Seek Help for Heart Attacks Sooner

Within 6 hours of first signs of chest pain, 75 percent got medical help, study says

7/11/2011
Deaths Up, Care Levels Down at Teaching Hospitals in July

Problem linked to the annual mass exodus of experienced medical residents as newbies pour in, researchers say

7/11/2011
Adherence to Angioplasty/Stent Guidelines Lacking: Study

Many heart attack patients may undergo unnecessary, costly procedure, experts warn

7/11/2011
Coordinated Cooling Effort After Cardiac Arrest Can Improve Outcomes

Study found new system reduced neurological damage among patients