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Hospital Cleaning

Trial of Hospital Cleaning Practices Reduces Infections

The hospital environment is a reservoir for the transmission of microorganisms. The effect of improved cleaning on patient-centred outcomes remains unclear. The researchers aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an environmental cleaning bundle to reduce health care-associated infections in hospitals. A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has…

Valve Replacement

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement And Hospitalization

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients who are required to stay in the hospital more than three days after the procedure are at a significantly greater risk of heart attack, stroke or death after one year, compared to patients discharged in less than 72 hours, according to a study published today in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions. TAVR…

Hospitalized

A Flu Shot While Hospitalized Lowers Heart Attack Risk

There’s now another reason to get your yearly flu shot. Not only can it protect you from the body aches, fever and fatigue associated with a bout of influenza, it may even prevent you from having a heart attack, according to research being presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 68th Annual Scientific Session. The…

Medical Residents

Changes In Teaching Medical Residents On Patient Communication

End-of-shift handoffs are complex interactions influencing by many factors; so changes need to be made to prepare medical residents to successfully execute the transitions. A team of research scientists highlighted the challenges and provided guidance; on creating a systematic approach to teaching and carrying out transfers of care. Researchers from Regenstrief Institute, the Department of…

Cost of hospital

Dealing With The Unexpected Cost Of Hospital During Delivery

When it comes to having a baby, that bundle of joy may bring an unexpected price tag; but can affect parents’ future health care choices. At least that was the finding of a study published Monday in Health Affairs. It examined how consumers respond to surprise medical bills in elective or non-emergency situations. Specifically, researchers…

Readmission

Readmission For Patients With Sepsis Common And Costly

Patients with sepsis are particularly vulnerable to readmissions. The researchers describe the associated etiology and risk factors for readmission; in patients with sepsis using a large administrative database inclusive of patients of all ages and insurance status. Readmission after sepsis hospitalization is common and is associated with considerable costs; according to a study published in…

Patient-centered care

Should Patients Be Considered Consumers?

There is broad support for building health care systems; seen as a means of improving health outcomes and as morally worthy in itself. But the concept of patient-centered care has increasingly merged; with the concept of patients as consumers, which “is conceptually confused and potentially harmful”; noted Michael K. Gusmano, a Hastings Center research scholar;…

American Hospital

Fewer American Hospital Programs Address Opioid Abuse

American hospitals collectively have seen a loss of programs dealing with substance abuse. The damage done to America’s health by the opioid epidemic is well-recognized and enormous; with drug overdose death rates helping to drive down U.S. life expectancy in recent years. Yet as the problem has worsened, American hospitals collectively have seen a loss…

Hospital

Communication Gap Between Hospital And Home Clinicians

CU Anschutz researchers say gaps in communication between hospital and home health care clinicians which can lead to potentially deadly medical errors. A survey of Colorado home health care clinicians (HHCs) revealed that 60% said they had not received enough information to guide patient treatment while 52% said patients often had unrealistic expectations of the…

Treatment

Miniature Tumor Organoids Help Guide Treatment Decisions

New technique developed at UCLA can screen hundreds of drugs using patients’ own cells. UCLA scientists have developed a new method to quickly screen hundreds of drugs in order to identify treatments that can target specific tumors. The approach could help scientists understand how a person’s tumor would respond to a certain drug or drug…

Hospital Inpatients

One Third of Hospital Inpatients Underfed

One in three hospitalized patients eat a quarter of their meals or less, putting them at risk for malnutrition and jeopardizing their recovery, a new study shows. Patients who eat none of their food despite allowing to eat; but had a sixfold higher risk for in-hospital death compared with those who ate some of their…

Drug Shortages

Physicians Call for Action on Root Causes of Drug Shortages

Physicians and others in the healthcare industry are increasingly expressing their frustration about an inadequate supply of critical hospital medicines and are calling for action from private enterprise and US officials to resolve the root causes of these chronic drug shortages. Leah Houston, MD, of New York City, recalled once having to use paddles to…