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Post-Acute Care: More Isn't Always Better

A new study comparing the health outcomes of more than 300,000 Medicare patients who completed rehabilitation therapy after hospitalization for hip fractures found that more care may not translate to better long-term health.

Predicting Mortality Rates In Sepsis Patients With PIRO Score

Mortality in patients with intra-abdominal sepsis remains high. Recognition and classification of patients with sepsis are challenging; about 70% of critical care specialists find the existing definitions confusing and not clinically useful.

To assess the usefulness of the predisposition, infection/injury, response, organ dysfunction (PIRO) concept in surgical intensive care patients with severe sepsis or septic shock due to an intra-abdominal source.

Palliative Care Is Improving In The United States

According to a new study, researchers determined that the quality of care at the end of life has improved in the United States since 2000, with fewer deaths occurring in acute care hospitals and more occurring at home or in hospice. The study was published online in JAMA.

Palliative Care Patients

Fewer end-of-life patients are being transferred to hospitals for "burdensome care" for things like dehydration and infections, the study found, and use of the intensive care unit (ICU) in the last month of life, which had increased until 2009, has stabilized.

Parents Are Worried That Their Child Being Allergic To Anesthesia

The study showed that parents are worried about their child being allergic to anesthesia. Unfortunately, many people have been told that they are allergic to certain drugs when they had a reaction that was not a true allergy.

Body's Immune System

The medical definition of an allergy is an abnormal response of the body to an otherwise harmless substance. When your body’s immune system detects a foreign substance that it deems harmful, it manufactures antibodies to attack and neutralize it. This can manifest as hives, itching, and watery eyes or anaphylaxis, a severe reaction that can include critical drops in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and possibly even swelling of the throat.