Hospital News

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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

5/21/2008
Surgical Outcomes Depend on a Host of Variables

Studies show experience, hospital volume, race and location all matter

5/20/2008
Educational Drive Cut Death Rate From Sepsis

Spanish hospital effort led to better guideline adherence, earlier use of antibiotics for blood infection

5/20/2008
More Dialysis Not Better in Acute Kidney Injury

Intensive therapy did not improve recovery or survival, researchers say

5/20/2008
Ventilator Relieves Lung Cancer Pain in Final Hours

At end of life, it may be better than standard oxygen therapy, study suggests

5/19/2008
Silver-Coated Endotracheal Tubes Cut Down on Infections

Saves money and time spent in intensive care units, researcher says

5/18/2008
Study Finds Gender Disparity in Community-Acquired Pneumonia

Men checking into ERs sicker than women, more likely to die within a year

5/16/2008
Partnerships Effective Communicators of Cancer Advances

Treatment guidelines quickly disseminated to community physicians, audit finds

5/13/2008
Quality Lags at Safety-Net Hospitals

Lack of money prevents hospitals that treat the poor from improving, study finds

5/13/2008
Doctors Can Help Lower Hospital Costs

'Gainsharing' gives physicians cash rewards to keep expenses down, researchers say

5/10/2008
Newer Prostate Cancer Treatment Similar to Traditional Surgery

But researchers found patients wanted minimally invasive procedure more often, despite drawbacks

5/9/2008
Telemedicine a Cost-Effective Alternative to ER Visits

Study finds more than 25% of pediatric 'emergencies' could have been handled online

5/9/2008
Steno 'Superbug' Genome Shows Extreme Drug Resistance

Blood poisoner has claimed the lives of 30% of infected patients in U.K., researchers say

5/5/2008
Malpractice Premiums, Rate of C-Sections Rise Together

Which one drives the other a matter of debate, experts say

5/2/2008
'Virtual' Health Teams Boost Patient Care

Connecting a variety of specialists by computer, phone enhances outcomes, study finds

5/2/2008
Simple Steps Lead to Better Blood Pressure Control

Veterans' facility reports improvement in patients within 18 weeks

5/1/2008
Home Monitoring Program Improves Outcomes for Heart Patients

Remote screening cut hospital readmissions, provided timely intervention

5/1/2008
Delusions Common in Pediatric ICU

Hallucinations during use of sedatives increase risk of post-traumatic stress, study finds

4/30/2008
Staff Training Reduces Postpartum Bleeding, Episiotomies

Studies urge oxytocin use after delivery, re-evaluation of accepted birthing practices

4/29/2008
Viscosity Enhancers Curb Bleeding Complications

Loss of 40% or more of blood can be life-threatening

4/28/2008
Infection, Cardiac Woes Send Heart Failure Patients to the Hospital

Pneumonia, arrhythmias, poor blood flow blamed for almost 2 of every 3 admissions

4/28/2008
Experimental Blood Substitutes Unsafe, Study Finds

FDA delay in acting on heart hazards might have put some in jeopardy, researchers say

4/23/2008
Sleep Apnea Screening Cuts Surgical Complications

Canadian team develops simple test to identify those at risk

4/21/2008
Off-Hours Heart Patients Less Likely to Get Angioplasty

But study also finds survival rates similar, no matter when admission occurred

4/21/2008
New Atrial Fibrillation Surgery Improves Results

Called a 'box lesion,' it helps isolate electrical impulses causing irregular heartbeat

4/21/2008
Review Urges Aggressive MRSA Screening for Health Workers

Even good adherence to infection control did not entirely prevent transmission, study finds

4/16/2008
Patient-Controlled Health Records Could Change Future of Research

Used wisely, they may spur discoveries, but some warn privacy needs regulation

4/16/2008
Gestational Age Not Sole Predictor of Preemie Survival

Four other factors, including gender and weight, play role in infant's chances, study finds

4/16/2008
Cardiac Patients Admitted During Week More Likely to Survive

Those going to hospital on weekend faced 13.4% lower chance of recovery, study finds

4/11/2008
Guidelines Seek to Reduce Medication Errors Involving Kids

A key recommendation is measuring a child's weight in kilograms

4/9/2008
Medical Errors Costing U.S. Billions

Mistakes resulted in 238,337 preventable deaths from 2004-06, survey finds

4/7/2008
Drug Mix-Ups Harm Hospitalized Kids

The numbers are higher than previous estimates, new study says

4/4/2008
Lowering Blood Pressure Improves Brain Hemorrhage Outcomes

Aggressive action is safe and may cut risk of disability, death, study finds

4/4/2008
Seniors Avoid ER at Start of Month

Researcher suggests they might want to avoid theft of Social Security checks

4/2/2008
Obesity During Pregnancy Carries Bigger Price Tag

Study finds the extra health-care costs strain the system

3/26/2008
Breathing Muscles Atrophy Quickly During Mechanical Ventilation

Finding could one day help ICU patients get off respirator faster, researcher says

3/24/2008
Patients Do Better at Hospitals With Clinical Trials

Attributes encouraged in the trials process may improve overall care, researchers say

3/19/2008
Community-Based Staph Pneumonia More Common Than Thought

Many cases are linked to drug-resistant bacteria, CDC study finds

3/14/2008
White Men With Chest Pains Treated Fastest in ERs

Government study found minorities, women not given heart treatments as quickly

3/12/2008
New Technology No Better at Spotting 'Anesthesia Awareness'

Study comparing bispectral index monitoring to standard methods found little difference

3/11/2008
Universal Screening for MRSA in Hospitals Made Little Difference

Swiss study found standard infection control was just as effective

3/11/2008
Specialized Care for Ovarian Cancer Improves Outcomes

Dutch study cites better survival rates, but one expert urges caution

3/7/2008
Physicians Say They Need More Sleep

Work schedules a culprit, and docs use more caffeine than patients, too

2/27/2008
Two Drugs Found Equal in Treatment of Septic Shock

But vasopressin might be slightly better than norepinephrine in less severe cases

2/26/2008
Study Finds Variations in Doses of Radiation Therapy

Researchers call for universal standards for new technology called IMRT

2/26/2008
U.S. Health Care Spending to Double by 2017, Report Predicts

Spending could hit $4.3 trillion, account for one-fifth of gross domestic product

2/22/2008
Heart Disease Deaths Over-Reported in New York City

Study says doctors overestimated in-hospital mortality by 51%