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Three-way partnership launches Australia’s first eICU monitoring program for high-risk patients

Three-way partnership launches Australia’s first eICU monitoring program for high-risk patients

Royal Philips, Macquarie University’s MQ Health in Sydney and Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia (US), today announced the launch of Australia’s first - and only - remote intensive care unit (eICU) monitoring program, to improve the outcomes of high risk patients in most need of ‘round-the-clock’ observation. [More]
Ancient remedy to treat severe diarrhea becomes effective therapy for multiple recurrent CDI

Ancient remedy to treat severe diarrhea becomes effective therapy for multiple recurrent CDI

Modern medicine is taking a new look at an ancient remedy for severe diarrhea as a novel approach to treat a serious gastrointestinal infection. [More]
AACN Practice Alert offers detailed checklist for aspiration prevention in tube-fed patients

AACN Practice Alert offers detailed checklist for aspiration prevention in tube-fed patients

Aspiration among critically ill patients may often be subtle or even silent, but that doesn't mean it's insignificant. [More]
ATS releases new clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, management of LAM

ATS releases new clinical practice guidelines for diagnosis, management of LAM

The American Thoracic Society and the Japanese Respiratory Society have published new clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), a rare lung disease that primarily affects women of child-bearing age. [More]
Computerized model illuminates need for standardized care in heart, lung transplantations

Computerized model illuminates need for standardized care in heart, lung transplantations

Using the results from a computerized mathematical model, Johns Hopkins researchers investigated whether they could improve heart and lung transplantation procedures by transferring patients from low-volume to high-volume transplant centers. [More]
UTHealth receives DOD award to investigate stem cell therapy in adults with TBI

UTHealth receives DOD award to investigate stem cell therapy in adults with TBI

A research team led by Charles S. Cox, Jr., M.D., at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has been awarded $6.8 million from the U.S. Department of Defense to assess the safety and efficacy of using autologous stem cell therapy in adults with emergent traumatic brain injury. [More]
Acute COPD exacerbations linked to long-term decline in lung function

Acute COPD exacerbations linked to long-term decline in lung function

Acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, are associated with significant long-term lung function loss, according to research published online, ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. [More]
AAGBI releases new standards of monitoring during anaesthesia for better patient safety

AAGBI releases new standards of monitoring during anaesthesia for better patient safety

The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland has this month published new Standards in patient monitoring (Recommendations for standards of monitoring during anaesthesia and recovering 2016), and calls for all hospitals to work towards using capnography for all anaesthetist-led sedation to improve patient safety. [More]
Using biomarkers to diagnose sepsis: an interview with Jordi Trafi

Using biomarkers to diagnose sepsis: an interview with Jordi Trafi

Sepsis, according to the new clinical definition of sepsis, is organ dysfunction caused by the body’s dysregulated response to an infection. Sepsis is common, with about 20 million patients/year in the developed world. It can escalate to septic shock, which is a life-threatening condition with a mortality rate of about 40%. In fact, about every second someone in the world dies of sepsis. [More]
Study examines perspectives linked to family-centered ICU rounds

Study examines perspectives linked to family-centered ICU rounds

Families are increasingly welcome in intensive care units (ICUs), including as active participants in discussions with physicians and nurses during daily bedside rounds. [More]
Combination drug therapy safe, effective in treating asthma patients

Combination drug therapy safe, effective in treating asthma patients

A post-marketing safety study mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has shown that a combination drug therapy for the treatment of asthma is safe and effective. [More]
Simple steps can improve survival of sepsis patients

Simple steps can improve survival of sepsis patients

Sepsis, commonly called blood poisoning, is a common affliction that can affect people of all ages. A series of simple measures tested at a Norwegian hospital can make a difference in successfully treating sepsis. [More]
Novel technology LifeVest can help newborns breathe

Novel technology LifeVest can help newborns breathe

LifeVest, a technology being developed at St. Michael's Hospital to help newborns breathe, won the Global Healthcare Innovation Academy's international competition in Calgary. [More]
Interstate partners with Getinge to bring OEM ventilator batteries directly to critical care providers

Interstate partners with Getinge to bring OEM ventilator batteries directly to critical care providers

Interstate Batteries announced a partnership today with Maquet Medical Systems USA (now Getinge Group) to provide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) batteries to the health care industry through its All Battery Center retail stores. [More]
UNC cardiologist examines challenges facing cardiac intensive care units and clinicians

UNC cardiologist examines challenges facing cardiac intensive care units and clinicians

Jason Katz, MD, MHS, associate professor of medicine at UNC School of Medicine and medical director of the cardiac intensive care unit, was the lead author of a recently published manuscript in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that examined the early growth and maturation of critical care cardiology, and the challenges and uncertainties that threaten to stymie the growth of this fledgling discipline. [More]
Many medical specialists accept shaken baby syndrome as valid medical diagnosis

Many medical specialists accept shaken baby syndrome as valid medical diagnosis

A University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher and colleagues have conducted the first-ever survey of physicians on the validity of "abusive head trauma" as a medical diagnosis. [More]
ISBI releases evidence-based practice guidelines to enhance and standardize burn care

ISBI releases evidence-based practice guidelines to enhance and standardize burn care

Burns can be among the most devastating of injuries. Following the formulation of practice guidelines (PGs) that addressed the care and management of burn injuries in developed countries, the International Society for Burn Injuries has updated these recommendations to guide the improvement of care of burn patients in resource-limited settings (RLS). [More]
Study reveals 1 in 3 people experience depression symptoms after ICU stay

Study reveals 1 in 3 people experience depression symptoms after ICU stay

A so-called meta-analysis of reports on more than 4,000 patients suggests that almost one in three people discharged from hospital intensive care units (ICUs) has clinically important and persistent symptoms of depression, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine. [More]
Experts underscore need to tackle rising global problem of stem cell medical tourism

Experts underscore need to tackle rising global problem of stem cell medical tourism

Stem cell medical tourism and unproven stem cell interventions are growing and concerning issues for patients afflicted with lung disease. [More]
Pang receives NSF award to improve ICU management

Pang receives NSF award to improve ICU management

Guodong (Gordon) Pang has been awarded $150,000 by the National Science Foundation for research that aims to improve discharge predictions within intensive care units (ICUs) and a patient's subsequent flow through the hospital system. [More]
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