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Cases of superbug significantly rise in southeastern US

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Photo: Nurse and patient at intensive care unit [17/07/2014] Cases of the highly contagious, drug-resistant bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), have increased fivefold in community hospitals in the Southeastern United States, according to a new study.Cases of superbug significantly rise in southeastern US - Read more

OR technology: developing more flexibility and usability

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[08/07/2014] Gentle, safe, precise, fast – surgical interventions need to meet many demands: laws and regulations concerning safety, the desire for the best possible health outcome, economic requirements of hospitals and ever-changing technology make up today’s framework for surgery. As a consequence, operating theaters and the way they are equipped change, too.OR technology: developing more flexibility and usability - Read more

Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in hemodialysis

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Photo: Patients' arm and dialysis tube [27/05/2014] A first-ever study from a large Canadian centre found that kidney transplant recipients lived longer and had better treatment success than patients on intensive home hemodialysis, but also had an increased risk of being hospitalized within the first year.Kidney transplant patients live longer than those in hemodialysis - Read more

Hospital: Low ICU Staffing Levels Affect Patient Survival

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Photo: ICU [04/04/2014] Patients in Intensive Care have a better chance of survival if there are more doctors and nurses working on the unit, new research shows.Hospital: Low ICU Staffing Levels Affect Patient Survival - Read more

Resourcefulness: How Moms with Children on Life-Sustaining Devices Stay Healthy

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Photo: Familiy with five children [19/02/2014] Moms of children on life-sustaining devices embrace tips for managing over-stressed lives, CWRU pilot study finds.Resourcefulness: How Moms with Children on Life-Sustaining Devices Stay Healthy - Read more

Transplantation: Better Allocation of Donated Livers

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Photo: Math in the lab [21/01/2014] Researchers at the University of Cordoba (Spain) have developed a system that measures compatibility between donors and the most serious receivers in liver transplants. This mathematical method includes the experience of almost 1,500 donations registered in transplant units in Spain and the United Kingdom.Transplantation: Better Allocation of Donated Livers - Read more

Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels"

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[08/01/2014] Heart diseases can be triggered by special viruses that affect the cardiac muscle. Preventive drugs could definitely be developed – if the virus does not mutate. Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels" - Read more

Hospital: Geriatric Care May Help Older Patients after Car Accident

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Photo: Elderly patient and doctor [05/12/2013] Older patients who received extra geriatric care following a traumatic injury were able to return to roughly two thirds more daily activities than those without a consultation, according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Michigan Health System and University of California, Los Angeles.Hospital: Geriatric Care May Help Older Patients after Car Accident - Read more

Copper: “The leap from scientific findings to use in daily clinical routine is supposed to be made”

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[04/11/2013] Infections that are contracted during hospital stays claim a lot of lives each year and cause massive additional costs to healthcare systems. Thus, critical areas like intensive care units profit from the installation of contact surfaces made of copper in particular: The material reliably kills germs and makes the work of hygienists easier.Copper: “The leap from scientific findings to use in daily clinical routine is supposed to be made” - Read more

Hybrid Operating Rooms: There Isn’t Just One Solution

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[04/11/2013] As minimally invasive as possible – that is how today’s surgeries are supposed to be. This is also often possible thanks to modern image converters, whether this pertains to heart or herniated disc surgery. Hybrid Operating Rooms: There Isn’t Just One Solution - Read more

ICU: Ultrasound Safer and Just as Effective as X-Rays

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Photo: Ultrasound [30/10/2013] A new study shows that the use of ultrasound testing rather than x-rays or CT scans in the ICU reduces patient radiation exposure and lowers costs of care.ICU: Ultrasound Safer and Just as Effective as X-Rays - Read more

Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care

Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care Fifteen million people all over the world are annually suffering a stroke. Approximately 5.5 million of them die and another 5 million suffer permanent damage from stroke. A patient’s prognosis significantly improves, when the hospital treatment takes place in a specialized unit, a so-called stroke unit.Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care - Read more

Transplant: Lungs Preserved for 11 Hours Outside Body

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Photo: Organs [16/10/2013] A multidisciplinary transplant team at University Hospitals Leuven successfully preserved a set of donor lungs for over eleven hours with the help of a machine, the longest period ever reported.Transplant: Lungs Preserved for 11 Hours Outside Body - Read more

Transplantations: Making as Many Organs Viable as Possible

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[01/08/2013] Implants can be used to heal and replace many parts of the human body, but these technologies are limited: organs are too complex to copy. Patients often need a donor organ to survive. But nowadays there are more and more potential recipients for organs and less and less willing donors. Medical technology thus has the task to make as many organs as possible viable for donation.Transplantations: Making as Many Organs Viable as Possible - Read more

Intensive Care: Reducing Airway Infection in Children

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Photo: Breathing apparatus [19/06/2013] An initiative that combines a multidisciplinary health care approach with a range of preventive measures could cut the rate of a common airway infection among children in intensive care by more than half, a new study suggests.Intensive Care: Reducing Airway Infection in Children - Read more

Bloodstream: Hospitals Profit from Infections

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Photo: Central line [23/05/2013] Johns Hopkins researchers report that hospitals may be reaping enormous income for patients whose hospital stays are complicated by preventable bloodstream infections contracted in their intensive care units.Bloodstream: Hospitals Profit from Infections - Read more

Public Health: 50 Percent Increase in ICU Admissions

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Photo: Patient hand [15/05/2013] A study of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) researchers offers an in-depth look at hospitals nationwide and admissions to intensive care units (ICU). The study finds a sharp increase — nearly 50 percent — in ICU admissions coming from United States’ emergency departments.Public Health: 50 Percent Increase in ICU Admissions - Read more

Copper: The New Building Block in Hospital Hygiene

Germs can be easily transmitted from person to person in hospitals. This is especially dangerous for patients when their immune system is weakened by an existing disease or not yet fully developed, as is the case with children.Copper: The New Building Block in Hospital Hygiene - Read more

Intensive Care: Physical Therapy Benefits Hospitals’ Balance

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Photo: Physical Therapy [14/01/2013] In a study evaluating the financial impact of providing early physical therapy for intensive care patients, researchers found that the up-front costs are outweighed by subsequent financial savings.Intensive Care: Physical Therapy Benefits Hospitals’ Balance - Read more

Guideline: Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Help Prevent Paralysis

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[12/03/2012] The American Academy of Neurology is issuing an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of muscle function, related to the surgeries.Guideline: Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Help Prevent Paralysis - Read more

Intensive-Care Medicine: ECMO as a Bridge to Lung Transplantation

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[23/01/2012] Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support in awake, non-intubated patients may be an effective strategy for bridging patients to lung transplantation, according to a new study of the Hannover Medical School in Hannover, Germany.Intensive-Care Medicine: ECMO as a Bridge to Lung Transplantation - Read more

Doctors: Intensive Care Medicine; a Multidisciplinary Approach!

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[19/09/2011] Intensive Care is the care of seriously ill patients from all medical fields. Coupled with this are very special challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration, at the same time with rapid development of diagnostic and therapeutic options.Doctors: Intensive Care Medicine; a Multidisciplinary Approach! - Read more

Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections

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[01/09/2011] Time and again it sweeps through the media and we hear of serious diseases, like for instance MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which attack patients in hospitals. Needless to say these diseases happen, but they have long ago come to the forefront of hygiene experts, who fight with a vengeance to prevent essentially “man-made” infections in clinics and hospital facilities.Attack of the microorganisms: Medical Science and Technology against hospital-acquired Infections - Read more

Poloxamer Gel: Sutureless Method for Joining Blood Vessels

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[29/08/2011] Reconnecting severed blood vessels is mostly done the same way today — with sutures — as it was 100 years ago, when the French surgeon Alexis Carrel won a Nobel Prize for advancing the technique. Now, a team of researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has developed a sutureless method that appears to be a faster, safer and easier alternative.Poloxamer Gel: Sutureless Method for Joining Blood Vessels - Read more

Emergency Center: “The time until the doctor sees the patient is used efficiently”

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Photo: Signature of the emergency center on building wall [10/01/2011] After an accident or in case of an acute illness fast help is needed. Ambulance vehicles, the flying ambulance and the walking patients – they all seek help at the accident and emergency department of a hospital. But how can you achieve to care for a number of critical patients simultaneously in an optimal way? Emergency Center: “The time until the doctor sees the patient is used efficiently” - Read more

Implants: New Technology May Prolong the Life of Devices

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[26/08/2010] Researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that using specific drugs can protect nerve cells in mice from the lethal effects of Parkinson’s disease. Implants: New Technology May Prolong the Life of Devices - Read more

Uninsured Patients: Higher Odds of Dying from Stroke

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[11/06/2010] An analysis of over 150,000 hospital discharges in the US has revealed that there are significant insurance related differences in hospital mortality, length of stay, and costs among working-age Americans (age 18-64 years) hospitalized for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), stroke, or pneumonia. Uninsured Patients: Higher Odds of Dying from Stroke - Read more

Strokes: Decreasing Among Whites, But Not Blacks

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[27/05/2010] Tracking 1.3 million people in the USA, researchers found that stroke incidence fell significantly in whites between 1999 and 2005, but not among blacks.Strokes: Decreasing Among Whites, But Not Blacks - Read more

Living Wills: Poor Predictors of Treatment Preferences

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[21/05/2010] Living wills often do not represent a patient's actual treatment preferences when faced with real end-of-life circumstances and should be redesigned to guide more realistic advance decision-making, according to a new study.Living Wills: Poor Predictors of Treatment Preferences - Read more

Physicians: Clinical Conflicts with Religious Hospitals

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[16/04/2010] Nearly one in ten primary care physicians in the United States has experienced a conflict with a religiously-affiliated hospital or practice over religious policies for patient care, researchers report.Physicians: Clinical Conflicts with Religious Hospitals - Read more

Cardiac Event: Only 37 Percent Keep Exercising for Heart

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[31/03/2010] Researchers found that one year after 248 individuals completed a cardiac rehabilitation program following a heart attack, bypass surgery or angioplasty, only 37 percent exercised three times a week to keep their hearts healthy.Cardiac Event: Only 37 Percent Keep Exercising for Heart - Read more

Heart: Obese Toddlers Show Warning Signs

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[12/03/2010] A new study found that obese children as young as three years old have elevated levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation that in adults is considered an early warning sign for possible future heart disease.Heart: Obese Toddlers Show Warning Signs - Read more

Stroke Care: Many Americans More Than an Hour Away

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[04/03/2010] Forty-five percent of Americans – 135 million people -- are more than an hour away from primary stroke centres, the facilities that are best equipped to care for them if they are stricken by the condition, according to a new study.Stroke Care: Many Americans More Than an Hour Away - Read more

Nano Technique: Insight into Failing Heart Cells

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[26/02/2010] Researchers have been able to see how heart failure affects the surface of an individual heart muscle cell in minute detail, using a new nanoscale scanning technique.Nano Technique: Insight into Failing Heart Cells - Read more

IT: Regulating Anaesthesia via Computer

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[23/02/2010] Researchers have developed a technique for automatically controlling anaesthesia during surgical operations. The new system detects the hypnotic state of the patient at all times and supplies the appropriate dose of anaesthetic.IT: Regulating Anaesthesia via Computer - Read more

Hospital Infections: Safety Checklist Shows Effect

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[08/02/2010] The state of Michigan, which used a five-step checklist to virtually eliminate bloodstream infections in its hospitals' intensive care units, has been able to keep the number of these infections near zero during a period of three years.Hospital Infections: Safety Checklist Shows Effect - Read more

Heart Attack: Activating Enzyme Instead of Blocking Protein

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[14/01/2010] Researchers have determined how a "chemical chaperone" does its job in the body, which could lead to a new class of drugs to help reduce the muscle damage caused by heart attacks.Heart Attack: Activating Enzyme Instead of Blocking Protein - Read more

Cardiac Arrest: Chances of Surviving Unchanged in 30 Years

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[08/12/2009] The chance of surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has not improved since the 1950s, according to a new report. Cardiac Arrest: Chances of Surviving Unchanged in 30 Years - Read more

Cancer: Mortality Declines Unequally

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[03/12/2009] New figures on cancer in Europe show a steady decline in mortality but big variations, between countries and between men and women.Cancer: Mortality Declines Unequally - Read more

Stents: A Coating for Life

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[30/11/2009] Researchers have developed a new patent-pending fibre platform that carries drugs where they are needed, and then dissolves.Stents: A Coating for Life - Read more

Intensive Care: Bed Rest Is Not Necessarily Beneficial

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[11/11/2009] An interdisciplinary research group proposes a new classification scheme for helping physicians to uniformly and precisely identify a variety of muscle-wasting disorders acquired in the intensive care unit (ICU). Intensive Care: Bed Rest Is Not Necessarily Beneficial - Read more

Chemotherapy: Exercise Reduces Fatigue

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[19/10/2009] Supervised exercise programmes that include high and low intense cardiovascular and resistance training can help reduce fatigue in patients with cancer who are undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy or treatment for advanced disease.Chemotherapy: Exercise Reduces Fatigue - Read more

Hospital Mortality: Complications Are Not Best Predictor

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[12/10/2009] A new study debunks assumptions about the role of complications in distinguishing good and bad hospitals. Hospital Mortality: Complications Are Not Best Predictor - Read more

Coma Patients: Appearances Can Be Deceptive

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[01/09/2009] Coma patients lie motionless in bed. Nothing can awake them. Do they hear? Can they feel anything? And another question rises: Does communication with them make sense? Researchers assume that the answer is “yes”. Coma Patients: Appearances Can Be Deceptive - Read more

IC Patients: More Vigilant Monitoring Necessary

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[01/09/2009] Two new studies demonstrate a need for more vigilant monitoring for seizure activity among intensive care patients who may be experiencing subtle seizures that are typically unrecognized. IC Patients: More Vigilant Monitoring Necessary - Read more

MRSA: Seek and You Will Find

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[01/09/2009] German experts estimate that about 50,000 people each year contract MRSA that are immune against conventional antibiotics. They estimate since nobody really knows the real number. A new obligation to inform is supposed to provide more transparency which in turn should help to systematically fight the dangerous germs. MRSA: Seek and You Will Find - Read more

Artificial Coma: „A State Between Almost Awake and Deep Sleep“

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[01/09/2009] Very often, when a famous person falls very ill, it is this term that circulates in the media: Ariel Sharon or Felipe Massa, for example, have both been put into an artificial coma trying to save their lives. However, many people do not really know what this kind of coma is - including scientists. Artificial Coma: „A State Between Almost Awake and Deep Sleep“ - Read more

Sepsis: On The Killer’s Trail

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[01/03/2009] Sepsis, better known as blood poisoning, kills almost as many people as heart attacks do each year. This is due to the fact that it is often diagnosed too late and, moreover, wrongly treated. New tests are to change that. Sepsis: On The Killer’s Trail - Read more

Sepsis: On The Killer’s Trail

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On The Killer’s Trail [01/03/2009] Sepsis, better known as blood poisoning, kills almost as many people as heart attacks do each year. This is due to the fact that it is often diagnosed too late and, moreover, wrongly treated. New tests are to change that. Sepsis: On The Killer’s Trail - Read more

Heart Attack: Ultrasound Used to Predict Risk

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[19/08/2008] Repeat exams using widely available and inexpensive ultrasound imaging could help identify patients at high risk for a heart attack or other adverse cardiovascular events, according to a new study.Heart Attack: Ultrasound Used to Predict Risk - Read more

 
 

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