Hospital News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

9/9/2008
Colon Cancer Treatments Need Improvements

More lymph nodes should be checked, and follow-up care should be more frequent, studies find

9/9/2008
CDC Campaign Targets MRSA Infections

Well-informed parents are a child's best defense, official says

9/4/2008
Even Kids With Known Allergies Can Be Safely Vaccinated

Experts develop sequence of instructions they say could help doctors evaluate risks

9/2/2008
Daytime Sleeping Linked to Poor Recovery in Older Patients

Study found it predicted outcome months after patient went home

8/26/2008
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients

Analysis of 29 previous studies found no significant difference in hospital death rates

8/26/2008
Single Rooms Becoming the Norm in New Hospitals

Trend could reduce spread of infections, medication errors, report says

8/20/2008
Compression Stockings Often Incorrectly Used

29% of patients had problems with size of devices used to prevent deep vein clots, study finds

8/18/2008
Older Patients Less Likely to Be Taken to Trauma Centers

Authors of new study say aim is to generate awareness of the problem

8/14/2008
Safety Triggers, Training Cut Nail Gun Injuries

Study urges more regulation of tools responsible for more than 35,000 ER visits yearly

8/13/2008
Many Hispanics Shut Out of U.S. Health Care System

Immigration status and health insurance play key roles in access to care, survey finds

8/11/2008
U.S. Hospitals Underutilize Proven Heart Failure Therapy

They don't use CRT pacing devices as they should or follow published guidelines, study finds

8/7/2008
Many Miss Out on Stroke Treatment

Less than quarter of victims get to hospital quickly enough to limit damage, study shows

8/7/2008
Most Americans Want Health Care Reform

Many frustrated with the inefficiency and cost of the current system, survey finds

8/6/2008
ER, Doctor Visits Topped 1 Billion in 2006

As America grows older, that's an average of 4 a year per person, CDC report says

8/4/2008
Diving Accidents Common Among U.S. Kids

About 6,500 kids seen in ERs each year, study finds

7/30/2008
Public Smoking Bans Work Across the Board

Study finds hospital admissions for acute coronary syndrome down for smokers, nonsmokers

7/28/2008
Hospitalizations for Heart Failure Skyrocketing

Tripled in past 26 years, government report shows

7/28/2008
Surgical Errors Cost Almost $1.5B a Year

Insurers paid thousands more per patient for avoidable mistakes, U.S. study finds

7/25/2008
ER Visit Leaves Many Confused

New research shows most don't understand what was done or what they now need to do

7/23/2008
Alcohol Use Frequently Overlooked Before Surgery

Patients with a problem 3 to 4 times more likely to face complications, study says

7/22/2008
More Cancer Lymph Nodes Analyzed at Specialty Centers

If too few are tested, patient's treatment and prognosis may be affected, study says

7/21/2008
Kidney Patients Less Likely to Get Heart Attack Meds

Health service delivery may be a factor is lowered use of beta blockers and statins

7/17/2008
New Guidelines on Infant Stroke Released

Experts note symptoms and treatment of these youngest patients differ from adults

7/17/2008
U.S. Health Care Still Ill, Survey Finds

Lack of access to insurance called a primary stumbling block

7/11/2008
Trauma Center Counseling Reduces Kids' Repeat Injuries

Emergency department 'teachable moments' remembered well by parents, youngsters, study finds

7/3/2008
Barcode Technology Flaws Put Some Patients at Risk

Nurses forced to use 'workarounds' to ensure medication errors are kept to minimum, study says

7/2/2008
Two-Drug Treatment Didn't Improve Cardiac Arrest Survival Rates

But the case isn't closed, American cardiologists say

7/2/2008
Lung Infections Cost Hospitals More Than $10B in 2006

Pneumonia second only to childbirth as most common reason for hospitalizations, analysis finds

6/30/2008
Spray Cuts Kids' Pain When Getting IVs

But it may not be much more effective than placebo, one expert says

6/24/2008
Radio-Wave Devices May Play Havoc With Medical Equipment

In lab setting, they caused some machines to turn off, others to malfunction

6/24/2008
U.S. Hospitals Vary Widely in Caring for Women

From birth complications to heart disease, top-rated centers a better choice, health study concludes

6/24/2008
MRSA Rates Tied to Hospital Understaffing

In busy units, even basic hand-washing can get lost in rush to treat patients, study says

6/18/2008
Doctors Slow to Embrace Electronic Medical Records

But family practitioners and doctors in the West are increasingly wired, survey finds

6/17/2008
2nd Option Improves Abdominal Aorta Repair Outcomes

Less invasive treatment using stent cut overall mortality almost in half, study finds

6/12/2008
Breast-Feeding Support Lacking at Many Hospitals, Birth Centers

CDC reports 7 southern states scored lowest, while western and New England states did best

6/11/2008
Facility Characteristics Influence Mammography Accuracy

Where screening is performed as important as who interprets results, study finds

6/10/2008
ECG Reading May Predict Death, Rehospitalization Risk

Measurement is inexpensive, simple to perform, yields instant result, study says

6/6/2008
High-Volume Hospitals Better for Abdominal Aortic Rupture Repairs

Endovascular procedures have lower death rates than those units using open surgery, study finds

6/3/2008
Reuse of Antibacterial Wipes Can Spread Bacteria

Welsh study finds cleansers remove germs but do not kill them on surfaces

5/29/2008
Certain Tests in ERs Raise Cancer Risk for Some

Study found too many X-rays, CT scans and nuclear medicine tests led to radiation buildup

5/28/2008
Air Bags-Seat Belts Cut Injuries, Deaths, Costs

Study estimates savings of more than $60 million over 11 years

5/27/2008
Spending Doesn't Improve Patients' Perception of Care

Sense of quality higher in low-expenditure areas than in high-expenditure ones, study shows

5/21/2008
Day of Admission Dictates Length of Stay for Heart Failure

Patients admitted to a hospital on Thursdays or Fridays have longer stays, study found

5/21/2008
ICU Docs Less Likely to Discuss End-of-Life Issues With Blacks

Underlying bias, discomfort may have led less than half to feel at ease with these talks