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Tertiary Hospital

Hospital Study Finds Substantial Proportion Of Patients

New research examining influenza transmission in a tertiary hospital finds that a substantial proportion of patients and healthcare works shed the flu virus before the appearance of clinical symptoms. The findings, be present at this year’s European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (13-16 April). The discovery came after Swiss…

Hygiene

Effective Hand Hygiene Key To Reducing Hospital Based Infections

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a 30 second application of a six-step hand washing and hand rub regimen that could keep infections away. New research titled, ‘Simplifying the WHO protocol for hand hygiene, three steps and 15 seconds, a randomized crossover trial’ and presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases…

Med School Admissions

Texas Tech Agrees To Stop Using Race in Med School Admissions

In a deal it struck with the US Department of Education, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Medicine says it will stop using race as a consideration when evaluating applicants. The agreement — which includes only Texas Tech’s medical school; is the end result of a complaint lodged in 2005 by anti-affirmative-action…

Hospital Cameras

Women Sue After Hospital Cameras Record Labor Procedures

Dozens of women have filed a lawsuit against a suburban San Diego hospital whose cameras recorded their procedures in three labor and delivery rooms, according to multiple news reports. The Women’s Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, a suburb of San Diego; hence say’s in a statement Thursday that the cameras was install…

Medical Bill

Fixing Surprise Medical Bill Problem Shouldn’t Fall To Consumers

One point drew clear agreement Tuesday during a House subcommittee hearing: When it comes to the problem of surprise medical bills, the solution must protect patients not demand that they be great negotiators. It is the providers and insurers, not patients; who should bear the burden of settling on a fair payment,” said Frederick Isasi;…

Insurance patients

Study Links Insurance Coverage To Access To Hospital Care

Compared to privately insurance patients, individuals who lack insurance or use Medicaid are more likely transfer to another hospital; so after receiving initial treatment in the emergency department (ED). The uninsured are also at greater risk of being discharge from an ED and not admit to the hospital. These findings reveal disparities in access to…

Nurses

Nurses Proposed State Law Limiting Of Patients Would Save Lives

Describing 12-hour shifts with no break for a meal or even a trip to the bathroom, hospital nurses who say they’re overloaded with patients are pushing for a new state law that would limit the number of people they care for at the same time. Nurses groups say the proposed mandate to set a maximum…

Sacramento region

California Hospitals See Massive Surge In Homeless Patients

Homeless patients made about 100,000 visits to California hospitals in 2017, marking a 28% rise from two years earlier, according to the most recent state discharge data. More than a third of those visits involved a diagnosis of mental illness, according to the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. By contrast, 6% of all…

Older Patients

Researchers Explore Rate Of Billed With Hospitalized, Older Patients

As the U.S. population ages, hospitals and health systems around the country have been grappling with how to integrate advance care planning (ACP) into routine practice. In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began paying physicians for ACP by introducing two new billing codes which allowed them to bill for up to…

Hospital

Seismic Safety Upgrades May Cost CA Hospitals Billions

California hospitals would need to make substantial investments between $34 billion and $143 billion statewide—to meet 2030 state seismic safety standards, according to a new RAND Corporation report. After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, in which 11 hospitals were damage, and eight were evacuate, the state adopt SB1953, which aims to improve hospital resilience to seismic…

Hospital Stay

Delirium Care Reduces Length Of Hospital Stay Cost

Care designed to prevent and treat delirium was link to reductions in length of hospital stay cost, and 30-day readmission rates, according to results from a 1-year study. Delirium affects more than 7 million hospitalize adults every year in the United States, said Catherine Lau, MD, from the University of California, San Francisco. And healthcare…