Hospital News

Date Posted
Article Title
4/24/2009
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment

Experts urge establishment of more regional networks

4/22/2009
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions

Study highlights importance of a gap between bad news and request

4/21/2009
Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas

Finding contradicts belief that process favors people in urban areas

4/21/2009
Transition From Home to Hospital Rarely Seamless

Continuity of care between primary physician and hospital is decreasing, study finds

4/21/2009
Organ Failure, Sedative Use in ICU May Lead to Depression

Study examines why people suffer mood disorder after discharge

4/21/2009
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes

Study finds these units of excellence no better, more costly, than other hospitals

4/16/2009
Mild Flu Season Coming to a Close

Outpatient visits, deaths were lower than previous year, CDC says

4/10/2009
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'

It's an emotional detachment that can have an impact on patients, experts say

4/8/2009
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season

Effective vaccine and more vaccinations among young people helped, experts say

4/1/2009
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions

More than half of discharged Medicare patients are readmitted within a year, study finds

3/31/2009
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey

Those with the best rankings had similar death rates to those with the worst marks

3/27/2009
Third of EMS Stethoscopes Carry MRSA Bacterium

Doctor urges first responders to clean equipment regularly with alcohol wipes

3/26/2009
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too

Being pulled by a dog or chasing a cat causes many tumbles, CDC reports

3/26/2009
New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure

Criteria include added section on hospital care and advice on drugs most effective in blacks

3/25/2009
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems

Researchers say cost, doctors' reluctance to change are main barriers to adoption

3/24/2009
Drug-Coated Sponges May Limit Catheter Infections

More than 10% of ICU patients are thought to develop these infections

3/24/2009
Tight Blood Sugar Control May Raise Risks in the ICU

Very ill patients have higher mortality when glucose is too strictly controlled, study finds

3/23/2009
Blacks Wait Longer for Hospital Bed, Study Finds

Disparity of up to an hour led to worse outcomes but it can be fixed

3/20/2009
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed

Offers of water, formula supplementation cut likelihood new mothers will achieve goals

3/20/2009
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread

E-monitoring of hand washing, better room cleaning and checks on patient transfers are key, studies find

3/19/2009
Dearth of Data on Capabilities May Be Hurting ER Care

Day-to-day emergencies require coordination similar to trauma system, expert says

3/17/2009
Admissions for Prescription Painkiller Abuse on Rise

Alcohol treatment still heads list but figures decline, report finds

3/17/2009
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals

Animals exposed to treated air from patient rooms less likely to be infected, study finds

3/16/2009
Child's Food Allergies Take Toll on Family Plans

Work schedules, finances and getaway destinations are affected, studies find

3/12/2009
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem

Study found significant amount occurred in ICUs

3/6/2009
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?

Turkish study finds 95% of headsets contaminated with bacteria that could infect patients

3/4/2009
Doc-Patient Relationship May Be Key to Quality

Level of 'connectedness' could help explain disparities in care, experts suggest

3/2/2009
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding

Studies find higher death rates, longer hospital stays and greater costs

2/24/2009
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.

As more people lose their jobs and health insurance, they're turning to federal programs such as Medicaid, report says

2/20/2009
Women Less Apt to Get Clot-Buster, Study Finds

Some think gender inequality stems from different stroke symptoms in men and women

2/20/2009
Few Stroke Patients Get Clot-Busting Drug

tPA can reduce disability, but less than 3% of Medicare patients receive it, study shows

2/19/2009
Uninsured Hospital Stays On the Rise

Admissions for patients without coverage have jumped a third since 1997, study shows

2/18/2009
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks

New research finds misdiagnosis risk goes up as age goes down

2/18/2009
Newborn Screenings Now Required Across U.S.

All states mandate at least 21 tests for devastating conditions, report says

2/17/2009
MRSA Cases Dropping in Hospital ICUs

Prevention efforts have led to declines of up to 70 percent, CDC researchers say

2/16/2009
Teaching Hospitals' Post-Op Gains Not Extended to Blacks

Whites seem to benefit more from improved expertise after surgery, but reasons unclear, study finds

2/13/2009
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors

Facilities, especially teaching hospitals, have to do more to promote awareness, study says

2/12/2009
Study Brings Value of Echocardiography Into Focus

The imaging technique leads to better diagnosis, treatment for heart patients

2/10/2009
Medicare Faces Challenges Caring for Chronically Ill

Initiatives to lower costs, improve service seldom work, study finds

2/9/2009
Minority Clinics Tougher on Doctors

Physicians face more challenging cases with fewer resources, study suggests

2/4/2009
Discharge Plan Cuts Hospital Readmissions, Patient Costs

But medication problems persisted in spite of program, study finds

2/2/2009
Newer Sedative May Reduce Delirium in ICU Patients

Dexmedetomidine might become a new standard of care, researcher says

1/31/2009
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia

Higher temperatures when inside and more layers when outside are advised

1/30/2009
Outpatient Procedures on Rise, CDC Says

Number tripled from 1996 to 2006, to nearly two-thirds of surgeries

1/29/2009
Additional Steroid Dose May Help Preemies

Fewer babies have complications, without ill effects, study finds

1/28/2009
Lung Transplant Outcomes Better at High-Volume Hospitals

The more procedures done per year, the higher the survival rate, study finds

1/27/2009
'Wired' Hospitals Post Lower Death, Complication Rates

But researchers note system chosen needs to match needs, culture of staff

1/27/2009
America's Top Hospitals Cut Patient Death Rate 27%

If all centers performed as well, nearly 153,000 lives might be saved annually, report finds

1/23/2009
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever

Finding contradicts belief that death rate associated with condition has dropped

1/22/2009
New Brain Hemorrhage Guidelines Stress Quick Action

Hospitals with more expertise handling these attacks also boost survival outcomes