Hospital News

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1/6/2011
Earlier Diagnosis Might Cut Cost of Teen Pelvic Disease

Advanced cases require $8,000 hospitalization on average, study finds

1/4/2011
Many May Get Unneeded Implantable Defibrillators

More attention to guidelines could reduce unnecessary procedures, experts say

12/30/2010
ER Visits by Underage Drinkers Spike on New Year's

Adults urged to talk to kids about dangers of alcohol use at this time of year

12/29/2010
Doctors Urged to Admit Fatigue Before Performing Surgery

Proposed new rules suggest informing patients, requesting consent before procedure

12/29/2010
Anesthesiologists Spreading Germs During Surgery: Study

Expert calls for more compliance with hand-washing guidelines before operations

12/28/2010
Roundup: 2010 Advances in Heart Disease and Stroke Care

Improved therapies, research on lifestyle prevention expanded in past year

12/27/2010
Carbon Monoxide May Be Greater Threat in Winter

This odorless gas causes 4,000 hospitalizations in U.S. each year, doctors say

12/23/2010
Better Methods Needed to Measure Hospital Quality: Experts

Using patient death rates to assess care found to be unreliable in Massachusetts study

12/23/2010
Electronic Health Records May Not Always Improve Care

Experts say better tools needed to assess effectiveness of new record-keeping

12/22/2010
Timely Surgery Appears to Cut Infection Risk, Costs

Elective procedures should be performed on the day of admittance, researchers suggest

12/20/2010
Most Trauma Patients Not Transferred Within Mandated Time Frame in Illinois

But study finds docs still making right calls on which patients need to be moved quickly

12/20/2010
Heartburn Drugs May Raise Pneumonia Risk

One of every 200 hospital patients taking acid-suppressing meds will develop pneumonia, study finds

12/16/2010
Health Risks Rise for Medicare Patients in Year After Stroke

Two-thirds return to hospital or die, emphasizing need for better after-care, experts say

12/16/2010
ER Patients Put Faith in CT Scans

But most underestimate the degree of radiation exposure, study finds

12/15/2010
Elderly Patients Who Get on Feet Leave Hospital Sooner

Even small amounts of increased mobility may speed discharge, researchers say

12/15/2010
Severe Pain Can Trigger Suicide in Hospital ERs

Caregivers urged to watch for signs in people without psychiatric illness

12/14/2010
New Method Might Raise Number of Donor Lungs

Experts predict that adopting procedure in U.S. could alleviate the shortage

12/14/2010
Elderly Often Disabled After Mechanical Ventilation

Only 30 percent live a year and they are severely handicapped, study finds

12/1/2010
Hospital-Acquired Infections a Serious Threat to ICU Patients: Study

But antibiotic resistance only increases death risk slightly

11/29/2010
Trust in Doctor May Affect Reaction to Medical Error

They're more likely to forgive, but still might sue, study finds

11/29/2010
Shortage of On-Call Trauma Surgeons in U.S. Hospitals: Poll

Survey of emergency department directors finds coverage in many facilities is inadequate

11/29/2010
CT Scan Use Surging in Hospital ERs

Study authors extol benefits, but note concerns about increasing exposure to high-dose ionizing radiation

11/24/2010
Despite Efforts, Study Finds No Decline in Medical Errors

But experts say some safety initiatives may take time to bring results

11/22/2010
Kids' ER Visits Down After Cold Medicine Withdrawal

Cough, cold medications not meant for children under 4, experts say

11/19/2010
Weekend Admissions May Raise Death Risk in Kidney Patients

Risk of death for end-stage patients 17 percent higher than on weekdays, study finds

11/18/2010
Smarten Up About Antibiotics, CDC Urges

Knowing when to use, refuse can help prevent deadly 'superbugs'

11/16/2010
Rare, Severe Form of Morning Sickness Appears to Be Genetic

Pregnant women have 17 times the risk if sister had hyperemesis gravidarum, study finds

11/16/2010
Hospital Care Deadly for Some, U.S. Study Finds

About 15,000 Medicare patients die a month because of adverse events, researchers say

11/15/2010
External Defibrillators Not Much Help in Hospitals

While effective in public places, study found differently in hospital setting

11/15/2010
For Some, Care May Be Withdrawn Too Soon After Cardiac Arrest

Studies suggest that patients receiving therapeutic hypothermia need more time to recover

11/15/2010
CPR Guidelines May Lower Out-of-Hospital Death Rate

One U.S. city gained a fourfold jump in patient survival since 2006, EMS director says

11/12/2010
Setting National Hospital Standards Could Boost Cardiac Care

American Heart Association experts are proposing such a system

11/10/2010
Hospital Checklists Reduce Surgical Complications, Deaths: Study

Every hospital should start using checklists to safeguard against errors, experts say

11/9/2010
Uniform Methods Urged for Grading Hospital Report Cards

Inconsistent surveillance practices threaten validity of rankings, researchers say

11/8/2010
Many Patients With Heart Attack Delay Hospital Care

Takes an average of 2.6 hours to get to medical center after first symptoms, study finds

11/5/2010
Anti-Delirium Drug May Harm Critically Ill Patients

Exelon ineffective, raised risk of death in study

11/2/2010
Program May Help Prevent Falls in Hospitalized Patients

Individualized plans reduced injuries during short-term stays, study finds

11/2/2010
Long Hours Put Surgeons, Patients at Risk, Study Suggests

Many surgeons working more than 80 hours a week burned out, depressed, making errors

11/1/2010
Weekend Admissions Worse for Stroke Victims: Study

Survival more likely for weekday hospital arrivals, but reasons unknown

11/1/2010
Pandemic H1N1 Flu Hit Kids Hard in 2009

Experts doubt current flu season will pose similar threat, but urge vaccinations

10/29/2010
Many Parents in the Dark About Drug-Resistant Infections: Study

Efforts to educate, reassure caregivers will benefit kids with MRSA, researchers say

10/29/2010
Most Health Proxies Would Make End-of-Life Decisions Themselves: Study

Only 5% surveyed would cede full power to a doctor, poll finds

10/28/2010
H1N1 Flu Linked to Surge in Pneumonia Complication

Rise in children's empyema infections corresponded with outbreak, researchers find

10/26/2010
Brain Deficits Higher in Seniors Who Survive Blood Poisoning

Severe sepsis raises odds of some brain impairment, researchers say

10/25/2010
GI Endoscopy Complication Rates Higher Than Suspected: Study

Although there were more problems than previously estimated, most were minor, researchers found

10/24/2010
MRSA Strain With Outbreak Potential Among Reports at Disease Conference

Presentations also track antibiotic prescriptions, new drugs

10/22/2010
Prior Hospitalization With Pneumonia Often Tied to Later Misdiagnosis

This results in overuse of antibiotics and increased health care costs, researchers say

10/19/2010
Lessons From Flight Crews Can Help Surgical Teams Work Better

Pre-op briefings and checklists cut deaths at VA hospitals, study found

10/19/2010
Web Site for Hospital Comparisons Is Faulty: Study

Data is insufficient for identifying high-quality surgical facilities, researchers say

10/18/2010
Hospital Collaboration May Boost Surgical Patient Safety

Sharing data on successful medical practices helped cut complication rates, study found