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Study reveals impact of new onset postoperative AFib on patient mortality rates

Study reveals impact of new onset postoperative AFib on patient mortality rates

New onset postoperative atrial fibrillation (AFib, or abnormal heartbeat) occurs in one-out-of-five heart surgery patients and is associated with an increased risk of additional complications, including double the risk of death, according to a study in the August 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
New developmental music therapy class helps babies to reach their full potential

New developmental music therapy class helps babies to reach their full potential

Lisa Gracey shares a puppet of an orange bear with 11-month-old son Duke, singing 'Old MacDonald had a farm,' encouraging him to be engaged in his music therapy class. He grabs at the soft material and bounces in excitement. [More]
Pneumococcal pneumonia mortality falling

Pneumococcal pneumonia mortality falling

Between 2000 and 2013 there has been an increase in the early prescription of antibiotics and use of combination therapy in patients with pneumococcal pneumonia, researchers report. [More]
Nurses at Nashoba Valley Medical Center unionize with MNA/NNU

Nurses at Nashoba Valley Medical Center unionize with MNA/NNU

In an election held among the 123 registered nurses as Nashoba Valley Medical Center yesterday, RNs voted overwhelmingly to join together as part of the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United. [More]
Study investigates ventilation strategies used during anaesthesia given for abdomen surgery

Study investigates ventilation strategies used during anaesthesia given for abdomen surgery

A multi-centre study at 30 centres across Europe, North and South America involving a total of 900 test subjects has investigated various ventilation strategies currently used during anaesthesia given for surgical procedures involving the abdomen to see just how effective they are. [More]
First publication describing use of CytoSorb during cardiac surgery

First publication describing use of CytoSorb during cardiac surgery

CytoSorbents Corporation, a critical care immunotherapy company commercializing its CytoSorb® cytokine adsorber in multiple countries worldwide, announced the PDF availability of the first publication describing the use of CytoSorb® intra-operatively during cardiac surgery at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Hospital - Grosshadern Campus, in Germany. [More]
Women with history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later

Women with history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later

The Annals of Family Medicine today published an article detailing research showing that women with a history of pregnancy loss are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease later in adulthood than other women, work completed by physicians in the Center for Primary Care and Prevention (CPCP) at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. [More]

Viewpoints: 'Tradeoffs among access, quality and costs'; Obamacare as a political issue

One of the oft-repeated arguments in favor of the Affordable Care Act is that it will reduce people's need for more intensive care by increasing their access to preventive care. [More]
HHS grant to support new model of care for patients with complex cancer

HHS grant to support new model of care for patients with complex cancer

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a three-year grant to University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center totaling $4.7 million to support a new national model aimed at improving care for patients with complex cancer. [More]

Health & Health Networks magazine names CHLA as one of nation's "Most Wired" hospitals

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals by Health & Health Networks magazine. The magazine measures the level of health information technology (IT) adoption annually in U.S. hospitals and health systems through an annual survey process. [More]
Immune marker predicts infection risk in critically ill children with traumatic injuries

Immune marker predicts infection risk in critically ill children with traumatic injuries

Researchers studying critically ill children with traumatic injuries have identified an immune marker that predicts which patients are likely to develop a hospital-acquired infection. [More]
Mercy Memorial Hospital System signs LOI to join Promedica

Mercy Memorial Hospital System signs LOI to join Promedica

Mercy Memorial Hospital System signed a letter of intent to join ProMedica, a not-for-profit, multi-hospital system based in Toledo, Ohio. [More]
New research unit to uncover multi-drug resistant bacteria in hospitals

New research unit to uncover multi-drug resistant bacteria in hospitals

Multi-drug resistant bacteria have increased dramatically in hospitals in recent years and present immense challenges to staff and patients, often with fatal results. [More]
New study explores relationship between personality and heart attacks

New study explores relationship between personality and heart attacks

A new study published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics has addressed the relationship between personality and heart attacks. [More]
Study explores neurological outcomes in patients treated for traumatic brain injury

Study explores neurological outcomes in patients treated for traumatic brain injury

In patients with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), neither the administration of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO) or maintaining a higher hemoglobin concentration through blood transfusion resulted in improved neurological outcome at 6 months, according to a study in the July 2 issue of JAMA. [More]
Hospitals taking new steps to figure per patient cost

Hospitals taking new steps to figure per patient cost

The new tools rely heavily on data to figure out just what it will cost to treat a patient -- and they're sometimes buying information from "data brokers" to do it. [More]
Videoconferencing with family helps reduce stress for pediatric patients

Videoconferencing with family helps reduce stress for pediatric patients

To ease isolation during extended hospitalizations, UC Davis Children's Hospital offers secure videoconferencing for patients and families. While anecdotal accounts have suggested the Family-Link program enhances quality of life during long hospital stays, clinicians wondered if the technology also offered clinical benefits. [More]
Study validates telemedicine approach to ROP screening

Study validates telemedicine approach to ROP screening

Trained non-physician evaluators who studied retinal images transmitted to computer screens at a remote central reading center successfully identified newborn infants likely to require a specialized medical evaluation for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of treatable blindness. [More]
AHA honors two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers"

AHA honors two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers"

The American Heart Association has honored two Mount Sinai Health System experts as "Heart and Stroke Lifesavers" for going above and beyond the call of duty in support of the AHA's mission to build lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. [More]
State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

State roundup: Troubles in Kentucky; MD. hospital under review

The team at The Upshot, a Times news and data-analysis venture, compiled six basic metrics to give a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate. [More]