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Cubist submits ceftolozane/tazobactam NDA for treatment of cUTI and cIAI

Cubist submits ceftolozane/tazobactam NDA for treatment of cUTI and cIAI

Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval of its investigational antibiotic ceftolozane/tazobactam for the treatment of Complicated Urinary Tract Infections (cUTI) and Complicated Intra-Abdominal Infections (cIAI). [More]

FDA grants clearance for Breathe Technologies’ Non-Invasive Open Ventilation System

Breathe Technologies, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted the fifth 510(k) clearance for its Non-Invasive Open Ventilation System, allowing its use with compressed air supply for non-oxygen dependent patients. [More]
Expert guidance highlights strategies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections

Expert guidance highlights strategies to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections

New expert guidance highlights strategies for implementing and prioritizing efforts to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals. [More]
Study: A record number of elderly people are completing living wills to guide end-of-life medical treatments

Study: A record number of elderly people are completing living wills to guide end-of-life medical treatments

A record number of elderly people are completing living wills to guide end-of-life medical treatments - up from 47 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2010 - according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. [More]
Patients who stay longer in ICU have substantial physical impairments 2 years later

Patients who stay longer in ICU have substantial physical impairments 2 years later

Patients have substantial physical impairments even two years after being discharged from the hospital after a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU), new Johns Hopkins research suggests. [More]
Ventilator patients have considerable risk of developing psychological problems

Ventilator patients have considerable risk of developing psychological problems

Fortunately, more and more people survive critical illnesses and accidents. A new Danish-American survey shows, however, that hospitalisation where the patient has received mechanical ventilation can have serious consequences. [More]

Discovery Laboratories reports net loss of $11.7 million for fourth quarter 2013

Discovery Laboratories, Inc., a specialty biotechnology company dedicated to advancing a new standard in respiratory critical care, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2013, as well as recent business updates. [More]

ECMO can be used for treating carbon monoxide poisoning

Allison Morgan was in pretty bad shape when the medical helicopter touched down on the rooftop helipad of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. [More]

Covidien's Puritan Bennett 980 ventilator receives CE Mark approval

Covidien plc, a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring and respiratory care devices, today announced its Puritan Bennett 980 ventilator has received European Economic Area CE Mark approval. [More]
Costs of care differ significantly across hospitals for children born with heart defects

Costs of care differ significantly across hospitals for children born with heart defects

Costs of care differ significantly across hospitals for children born with heart defects, according to new research led by a University of Michigan researcher. Congenital heart defects are known to be the most common birth defects, impacting nearly 1 in every 100 births. [More]
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas continues to support TCQPS to study and improve patient safety

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas continues to support TCQPS to study and improve patient safety

The Texas Center for Quality & Patient Safety announced today that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is continuing its support for the TCQPS with a $150,000 donation to study and improve patient safety, including reduction of hospital readmissions and hospital-acquired infections. [More]
DP stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators

DP stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators

A new study published in the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery finds that diaphragm pacing (DP) stimulation in spinal cord-injured patients is successful not only in weaning patients from mechanical ventilators but also in bridging patients to independent respiration, where they could breathe on their own without the aid of a ventilator or stimulation. [More]
Research: Clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based polices to prevent infections

Research: Clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based polices to prevent infections

While most hospitals have polices in place to prevent health care-associated infections, clinicians often fail to follow evidence-based guidelines established to prevent these infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing published in the American Journal of Infection Control. [More]

Study: U.S. hospital intensive care units show uneven compliance with infection prevention policies

U.S. hospital intensive care units (ICUs) show uneven compliance with infection prevention policies, according to a study in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). [More]

Research helps identify stroke patients at risk for mortality and treatments to reduce death rate

​For patients who have experienced a large stroke that cuts off blood supply to a large part of the brain, the use of standardized medical management protocol and surgery to decompress swelling can improve life expectancy, Mayo Clinic researchers found in a recent study. [More]

Use of standardized medical management protocol and surgery can improve life expectancy

For patients who have experienced a large stroke that cuts off blood supply to a large part of the brain, the use of standardized medical management protocol and surgery to decompress swelling can improve life expectancy, Mayo Clinic researchers found in a recent study. [More]

First Edition: January 27, 2014

Today's headlines include a report about a new Associated Press poll that found some negative views of the health law may be easing. [More]
Organ and tissue donation saves lives

Organ and tissue donation saves lives

OneLegacy, the non-profit, federally designated organ, eye and tissue recovery agency serving the seven-country greater Los Angeles area, today issued the following statement: "Kim Pham, the 23-year-old woman who died from her injuries after being assaulted outside a Santa Ana nightclub on Jan. 18, saved five lives through the donation of her heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas and liver to patients on the national organ transplant waiting list. [More]

Saga ends: Texas woman disconnected from ventilator

News outlets covered the final outcome of a court order. [More]

HHS develops national plan to prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections

Independent evaluators have found that measurable progress in reducing the rates of some targeted HAIs has been achieved under the umbrella of a national plan to prevent HAIs that was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). [More]