Hospital News

Date Posted
Article Title
11/20/2006
One Dose of Antibiotics Prevents Post-Surgery Infection

Cutting back on the drugs could save hospitals money with no risk to patients, study finds

11/15/2006
Blood Test Spots Heart Failure

Lowers costs of hospital care, study finds

11/13/2006
Key Steps Speed Heart Attack Care

All U.S. hospitals should follow these six rules, researchers say

11/7/2006
Cancer Combo Therapy Is Cost-Effective

Initial outlay exceeds that of single treatments, but those costs are recovered over time, study finds

10/27/2006
Many COPD Patients Going Without Tests

Only a third got the respiratory screen needed for proper diagnosis, study found

10/25/2006
Nicotine Replacement Therapy May Hurt Critically Ill

Remedy exposes smokers in intensive care to a higher risk of death

10/24/2006
Minorities Less Likely to Receive Care at High-Volume Hospitals

This trend may indicate lower quality of surgical care, studies suggest

10/20/2006
'Flex' Training Can Boost Number of Surgeons

Rigorous, years-long programs cause many students to drop out, experts note

10/17/2006
Home Medication Use Sends 700,000 to ER Annually

People over 65 most at risk for adverse reactions to medications, report finds

10/16/2006
Computers a Boon to ICU Respiratory Care

Programs eased patients off ventilators sooner than doctors, study found

10/16/2006
U.S. Hospital Outcomes Vary Widely

How well you do may depend on where you're admitted, report finds

10/12/2006
Diabetes Drugs Could Stop Deadly Sepsis

They reduced severe inflammation, restored heart function in animal trials

10/10/2006
ICU Rooms Help Spread Resistant Infections

Despite room-cleaning, patients picked up bacteria from former occupants, study finds

9/29/2006
Catheters, Other Devices Raise Infection Risk

But new technologies may help safeguard patients, researchers say

9/19/2006
High-Tech Pharmacies Safer for Patients

Bar coding cut hospital dispensing errors by 85%, study finds

9/17/2006
Can Prayer Heal What Ails You?

Conflicting studies mean this remains a very personal choice, experts say

9/15/2006
Nurses Struggling to Balance Work, Family

Report warns of the potential for burnout and low recruitment

9/13/2006
Guidelines Help Doctors Battle Pneumonia

They match up bacteria strains with appropriate antibiotics

9/11/2006
Crustacean Compound Fights Bacterial Biofilms

Coating medical devices with it could keep infections at bay, researchers claim

9/1/2006
Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Now 'Epidemic'

Infection has moved from hospitals to general community, experts say

8/30/2006
U.S. Health Care Extending Lives, Saving Money

But study suggests this trend may not continue

8/30/2006
Older Surgeons Not Necessarily Better

Key factor is number of procedures performed, study finds

8/25/2006
New Orleans' Health-Care System Still in Tatters

A year after Katrina, city and region lack doctors, facilities, experts say

8/24/2006
Hospice Helps Dying Patients Avoid Hospitalization

Quality of life is better when terminal patients avoid hospital care, experts say

8/22/2006
Few Studies Done on Preventing Bed Sores

Canadian report finds meager treatment evaluations for common ailment costing billions

8/21/2006
Lifetime Cost of Women's Angina Tops $1 Million

Even mild artery blockages can trigger serious expense, study finds

8/17/2006
Many Americans Say They Get Poor Health Care

And survey finds most believe the system needs an overhaul

8/16/2006
Antibiotic-Resistant Staph Now a Major Threat

It's the No. 1 source of skin infections seen in U.S. emergency rooms, study finds

8/16/2006
U.S. Stroke Bill Could Top $2.2 Trillion by 2050

Lost earnings from younger victims a major factor, study finds

8/15/2006
Heart Failure Patients Fare Better With Follow-Up Nursing Care

Researchers cite fewer hospitalizations, improved functioning for those enrolled in study

8/15/2006
Chemo Shows More Side Effects Than Expected

Breast cancer patients had more hospital visits than anticipated, study finds

8/15/2006
Blacks, Hispanics Hospitalized More Often for Diabetes, Heart Disease

Many cases could have been prevented through better outpatient care, U.S. group finds

8/11/2006
Pumping Cold Air Into Lungs of Coma Patients Questioned

Researchers looked at case where woman in vegetative state improved after oxygen tube was removed

8/9/2006
Asthma Care Differs for Puerto Rican, Black Kids

Black children more likely to be hospitalized, U.S. study finds

8/7/2006
Pediatric Brain Trauma Costs $1 Billion Annually

Fractures, concussions and worse rack up huge hospital charges, study reports

8/4/2006
New Guidelines Out on Use of Anti-Clotting Therapy

Groups say stroke risk should be main determinant in treating patients with atrial fibrillation

8/3/2006
With Time Running Out, Some Gain a Reprieve

Each year, a handful of 'dying' patients beat the odds, experts say

8/2/2006
Guidelines Suggest When Resuscitation Works for Cardiac Arrest

Only about 1 percent of victims survive an attack, study says

8/2/2006
Surgery Continues to Help Severe Emphysema Cases

U.S. trial finds patients often get symptom relief, with benefits lasting for years

8/1/2006
Resistant Bacteria Blamed for High Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia Deaths

Patients twice as likely to die when infected with this stubborn strain, study finds

7/28/2006
Patient's Sexuality May Have Impact on Care

More lesbians than gay men say disclosure led to poorer treatment, survey finds

7/20/2006
Medication Errors Injure 1.5 Million Americans a Year

Mistakes cost more than $3.5 billion annually, government report says

7/19/2006
Breast-Feeding Eases Baby's Pain During Tests

It may prove useful during newborn needle-stick blood screens

7/12/2006
Adding New Hospital Beds Speeds Ambulance Times

It will also raise new revenue for the hospital, study finds

7/10/2006
Performance Measures May Lead to Overuse of Antibiotics

One in five elderly patients gets the drugs before pneumonia diagnosis, study suggests

7/10/2006
Fish Oil Fat Could Shield IV-Dependent Infants

It helps them avoid liver damage linked to this type of nutrition, researchers say

7/5/2006
Hospital Ratings Don't Fully Reflect Patient Outcomes

Specific interventions help, but don't explain variations in heart attack survival, researchers say

6/26/2006
Women's Heart Care Varies Widely By Hospital

New survey finds a 40% difference between best, poorest performers

6/20/2006
Most Lung Disease Patients Don't Get 'Ideal' Care

Study shows only 33% with COPD got 'ideal' treatment

6/15/2006
Topical Antiseptic Cuts Chances of Pneumonia

Study shows a decrease of 65% in patients on ventilators