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Admission To The ICU Outside Daytime Hours

The importance of early resuscitation in critical illness is well described. Admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) outside daytime hours has been shown to be variably associated with increased morbidity and mortality. They aimed to describe the characteristics and outcomes of patients admitted to the ICU after hours (22:00–06:59 h) in a large Canadian health region. They further hypothesized that the association between afterhours admission and mortality would be modified by indicators of strained ICU capacity.

A New Automated Text Messaging Service May Curb Opioid Abuse

According to researchers, a new automated text messaging service may curb opioid abuse and reduce the likelihood of relapse while also decreasing treatment costs. The service provides automated text messages and phone calls to patients being treated for opioid addiction. Such messages ask patients if they're feeling OK or struggling with potential relapse. Patients also can activate a panic button for immediate help. The study was published in NEJM Catalyst.

Anesthesia Given To Children Have Lower Their IQs

A Mayo Clinic study finds no evidence that children given anaesthesia before their third birthdays have lower IQs than those who did not have it. A more complex picture emerges among people who had anaesthesia several times as small children: Although their intelligence is comparable, they score modestly lower on tests measuring fine motor skills, and their parents are more likely to report behavioural and learning problems. The study was published in Anesthesiology.