Hospital News

Date Posted
Article Title
12/31/2008
Preventive Use of Antibiotics Cuts ICU Deaths

Dutch researchers admit more review is needed on potential antibiotic resistance

12/25/2008
How to Avoid a Holiday Trip to the ER

Following basic safety rules should help keep celebrants safe

12/23/2008
Psych Patients With Cost-Sharing Plans Use More Services

Study finds enrollees without parity insurance less likely to get timely outpatient care

12/23/2008
Take the Holiday to the Hospital

Sharing a favorite ritual might ease a friend or family member's stay

12/17/2008
Newborn Hospital Deaths Highest for Those Without Insurance

And those transferred between facilities also had higher mortality rates, study says

12/16/2008
ICU Nutritional Program Failed to Boost Outcomes

Early feeding didn't cut length of stay either, study finds

12/16/2008
Program Aids Hospital Compliance With Stroke Guidelines

Goal is to improve use of treatments proven to cut post-illness complications

12/15/2008
Uninsured Face Worse Outcomes After Diverticulitis

Delaying care, they may present with more complications, experts say

12/11/2008
Cost of Hospital Cardiac Care on the Rise

Overall expenditure is up despite a slowing in the number of cases, report notes

12/10/2008
U.S. May Soon Face Shortage of General Surgeons

It means people will wait longer for ER treatment, elective procedures, study says

12/8/2008
Women's Death Rate Higher From Severe Heart Attack

Undertreatment at the hospital may be a contributing cause, study suggests

12/5/2008
Self-Dosing Pain Medication Errors Too Common: Study

Review urges tighter controls for intravenous use, standardization of practices

12/2/2008
Rapid Response Teams Don't Cut Hospital Heart Attacks, Death Rates

Money may be better spent in other areas, experts say

11/24/2008
Fewer than 1 in 10 Nurses Now Smoke

That's a steep decline, but the numbers are still troubling, researchers say

11/20/2008
Specialized Stroke Care Improves Outcomes

And for those hospitals without dedicated units, telemedicine can bridge gap, study says

11/19/2008
Patient's Race Doesn't Affect Emergency Room Care

Trauma treatment similar regardless of ethnicity, U.S. study finds

11/18/2008
China Documents First Case of Tick-Borne Disease Spread

Human-to-human transfer caused by contact with blood, respiratory secretion

11/14/2008
IV 'Ice Slurry' Quickly Cools Body for Surgeries

Innovative approach could give heart attack victims, other patients more time, developers say

11/13/2008
Chronically Ill U.S. Patients Often Skip Care Due to Costs

Medical errors and wasted time are other common problems, international survey finds

11/12/2008
With Angioplasty, More Is Better

Hospitals that perform the heart procedure more often do better, study finds

11/10/2008
Speed Not Always of the Essence With Heart Cases in ER

Study found some low-risk patients can wait for tests

11/7/2008
ER Physicians Press for New Cardiac Arrest Strategies

More bystander CPR, faster patient-to-doctor time would boost survival rates, survey finds

11/4/2008
Sudden Death Risk Highest 30 Days After Heart Attack

But mortality rate has declined over past 3 decades, study shows

10/29/2008
U.S. Hospitals Lag in Patient Satisfaction

Pain management, discharge instructions not rated high in survey

10/29/2008
Threat From Infectious Diseases Growing

Report points to globalization, drug resistance and climate change as culprits

10/28/2008
Older Blood Boosts Chances of Infection in Transfusion Patients

Study found those who received blood that was 29 days or older faced twice the risk

10/27/2008
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22

Journalist Gail Sheehy's painful passage through U.S. health system echoes that of many caregivers

10/23/2008
Speedy Care After Heart Attack Key to Survival

Heart association says cooling body, checking arteries lowers risk of further injury

10/20/2008
Minorities More Likely to Die in ER

Lack of insurance could play a major role, study suggests

10/17/2008
Delicate Debate Urged Over Withdrawal of Life Support

Gradual steps may benefit families but not the patient, and doctors need to communicate that more, study suggests

10/17/2008
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment

Misuse of chemicals contributes to hospital-acquired infections, study says

10/14/2008
Death Rate 70% Lower at Top U.S. Hospitals

If all centers performed as well, over 237,000 lives might have been saved, survey finds

10/13/2008
Lack of Insurance Raises Abused Babies' Death Risk

Poorer access to care may play a role, experts say

10/10/2008
Antibiotics May Not Cause Diarrheal Bacteria

Since testing is often on those already on drugs, some diagnoses could be wrong, study says

10/7/2008
Radio-Frequency Tags Cut Specimen Bottle Errors

Used in passports, library cards, they helped reduced mislabeling of tissue specimens

10/7/2008
Early Mobility Best for ICU Patients

Getting out of bed sooner helped quality of life after discharge, study finds

10/7/2008
Patients Benefit From End-of-Life Discussions With a Doctor

Less likely to feel distress, more likely to enjoy better quality of life, study finds

10/6/2008
Pediatricians Would Admit Error Only Half the Time

Doctors often don't disclose less obvious mistakes, even if they cause harm, study finds

10/6/2008
Hospital Fixes Cut Opiate Errors in Kids

Simple adjustments also save money, since side effects can affect length of stay, study says

10/2/2008
National Scorecard Ranks Palliative Care Across Country

Availability varies widely, and South comes out worst, researchers say

10/1/2008
Program Seeks to Reduce ICU Infections

An estimated 250,000 such illnesses occur each year, CDC says

9/29/2008
'Superbug' Test Detects MRSA Faster

Existing diagnostics can take up to 3 days

9/29/2008
Seniors in Poor Areas More Likely to Die After Surgery

Study raises questions about disparities in outcomes, but offers no concrete answers

9/26/2008
Patient Harm From Problem 'Handoffs' Is Common: Report

Hospital residents say poor transfers of care as serious as medication-related errors

9/24/2008
Alert Issued on Use of Blood Thinners

Latest warning follows high-profile dosing errors

9/17/2008
Stress Disorder Affects 20% of Intensive Care Patients

Prior history of mental health problems, sedative use contribute to risk, study says

9/12/2008
Palliative Care Programs Could Boost Hospitals' Bottom Line

Better treatment of sickest patients can save more than $300 a day, study says

9/10/2008
Special Dyes and Lighting Kill MRSA, Research Shows

But new technologies don't replace basic infection control procedures, expert says

9/9/2008
Formula Samples Hinder Breast-Feeding Efforts

Despite recommendations from various groups, many hospitals still giving them to new moms

9/9/2008
Med School Diversity May Help Whites Care Better for Minorities

Findings urge push for broad-based admission policies that reflect ethnic variety