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December 2010: The Immune System

Challenges ahead for European clinical trials

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Photo: Man working in a laboratory [29/05/2015] The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), in collaboration with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), expressed their views on the EU Clinical Trials Regulation in an official position paper recently published in Annals of "Oncology".Challenges ahead for European clinical trials - Read more

Changing diagnosis codes will challenge emergency medicine

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Photo: Doctor writing diagnosis down [27/05/2015] Emergency medicine faces special challenges during this fall's changeover in how medical diagnoses are coded. Nearly a quarter of all emergency room (ER) clinical encounters could pose difficulties.Changing diagnosis codes will challenge emergency medicine - Read more

Testing antibiotic-resistant bacteria with a chip

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Graphic: Schematic of the antibiotic susceptibility testing device [27/05/2015] We live in fear of 'superbugs': infectious bacteria that don not respond to treatment by antibiotics, and can turn a routine hospital stay into a nightmare. A 2015 Health Canada report estimates that superbugs are a "serious and growing issue." Each year two million people in the U.S. contract antibiotic-resistant infections, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result.Testing antibiotic-resistant bacteria with a chip - Read more

Who benefits from a catheter - and who does not?

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Photo: A bag for the collection of urine [13/05/2015] A new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to help decide which hospital patients may benefit from a urinary catheter - and which ones do not. That should help spare patients the pain, embarrassment, and potentially serious side effects that can come with having a catheter placed - which may bring more risk than benefit to the patient.Who benefits from a catheter - and who does not? - Read more

Researchers reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics

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Photo: Doctor focusing a culture dish [07/05/2015] The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing problem in the United States and the world. New findings by researchers in evolutionary biology and mathematics could help doctors better address the problem in a clinical setting. Researchers reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics - Read more

Patient information speeds across the digital highway

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Photo: Hands of doctor at the keyboard [06/05/2015] Trauma surgeons are able to send radiological images and findings from one hospital to another in the space of a few seconds – securely and in compliance with data protection laws. Well over 1,000 cross-sectional images are created during a whole-body computed tomography (CT) scan of a severely injured person.Patient information speeds across the digital highway - Read more

Clean care is safer care

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Photo: Using sanitizer [05/05/2015] Right hand hygiene is one of the simplest, but also most important measures to protect yourself and others from dangerous infections. In hospitals, not only the patient but also medical and nursing staff are protected by hand hygiene.Clean care is safer care - Read more

EHR may not improve outcomes in ischemic stroke patients

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Photo: Electronic health record sheet [05/05/2015] Electronic health records may be necessary for a more high-tech and transparent health care system, but hospitals with electronic health records for ischemic stroke patients did not demonstrate better quality of care or clinical outcomes for those patients when compared to similar hospitals without electronic health records. EHR may not improve outcomes in ischemic stroke patients - Read more

Rapid method for typing of C. difficile could limit outbreaks

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Photo: A petri dish with bacterial colonies [04/05/2015] The Public Health Agency of Sweden has developed a method of typing that can allow laboratories to faster establish the presence of hospital outbreaks of the intestinal bacterium Clostridium difficile.Rapid method for typing of C. difficile could limit outbreaks - Read more

Liver: Pocket-sized ultrasound device reduces need for further testing

Graphic: Liver [27/04/2015] Results from a study presented at The International Liver Congress 2015 demonstrate that the use of a pocket-sized ultrasound device (PUD) helps to reduce the need for further testing in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Liver: Pocket-sized ultrasound device reduces need for further testing - Read more

Cloth masks - dangerous to your health?

Photo: A japanes man wearing a surgical mask [24/04/2015] The widespread use of cloth masks by healthcare workers may actually put them at increased risk of respiratory illness and viral infections and their global use should be discouraged, according to a University of New South Wales (UNSW) study.Cloth masks - dangerous to your health? - Read more

No consistent standards in children's hospital environments

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Photo: A colorfully painted hospital room for children [23/04/2015] The sound, light and temperature levels in pediatric hospital wards often vary, highlighting the lack of consistent environmental standards, according to a new study.No consistent standards in children's hospital environments - Read more

Mental rehearsal helps prepare for trauma patients

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Graphic: Flow chart showing 4 steps of action [14/04/2015] In the same way athletes mentally visualize races long before lacing up, doctors and other members of trauma resuscitation teams should map out mental blueprints, and then communicate their strategy to all team members involved in caring for patients, a new study suggests.Mental rehearsal helps prepare for trauma patients - Read more

New guidance on contact precautions for hospital visitors

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Photo: Washing hands under a valve [13/04/2015] Leading infectious diseases experts have released new guidance for healthcare facilities looking to establish precautions for visitors of patients with infectious diseases. The guidance looks to reduce the potential for healthcare visitors in spreading dangerous bacteria within the healthcare facility and community.New guidance on contact precautions for hospital visitors - Read more

Patient information as an event – Interactive, in multimedia format, personal

Photo: Preview picture for video [01/04/2015] He (or she) who seeks shall find. First of all online. But not all information in the internet is good and correct. This can even be harmful in health issues because websites cannot make up for a visit at the physician’s. Still, searching the internet can be the right starting point for patients. This is the case when different channels join to create a good contact to the doctor.Patient information as an event – Interactive, in multimedia format, personal - Read more

Causes of hospital readmissions after joint replacements

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Photo: X-ray image of a knee joint [30/03/2015] A new study from researchers at NYU Langone's Hospital for Joint Diseases identifies common causes of hospital readmissions following total hip and knee arthoplasty procedures. By finding these common causes, researchers believe quality can be increased and hospital costs decreased.Causes of hospital readmissions after joint replacements - Read more

Cartilage Registry: "We generate fully independent data"

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[23/03/2015] Does a patient benefit from treatment or not? How many patients are being treated as a result of damaged cartilage in the knee joint? What intervention is performed most frequently? These and other questions are meant to be answered in the future with the help of a new Cartilage Registry, which was created by the German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery.Cartilage Registry: "We generate fully independent data" - Read more

'Smart bandage' detects bedsores before they are visible

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Photo: Smart bandage [18/03/2015] Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a new type of bandage. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers have created a new "smart bandage" that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes - and while recovery is still possible. 'Smart bandage' detects bedsores before they are visible - Read more

Life-threatening illnesses: Old blood as good as fresh blood

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Photo: Blood bag [17/03/2015] Just like milk and many other foods, blood used for transfusions is perishable. But contrary to popular belief, new research shows that blood stored for three weeks is just as good as fresh blood - findings published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.Life-threatening illnesses: Old blood as good as fresh blood - Read more

MRSA can linger in homes, spreading among its inhabitants

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Photo: Hand holding a petri dish with bacterial cultures [13/03/2015] Households can serve as a reservoir for transmitting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).MRSA can linger in homes, spreading among its inhabitants - Read more

Communication: How does the neighbor actually do it?

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[02/03/2015] In Europe, or rather: at least between Germany and the Netherlands, the answer to this question often is not more than a subject for jokes. A current research project about strategic communication in hospitals now wants to show that and how neighbors actually are able to learn from each other when they look to the other side of the fence.Communication: How does the neighbor actually do it? - Read more

Crisis Management: Keeping the big picture in mind

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[02/03/2015] How should a hospital best respond to an emergency and which types of crises should it be prepared for? We spoke with Professor Ronald Glasberg at the SRH Hochschule Berlin on this subject.Crisis Management: Keeping the big picture in mind - Read more

Hospital crisis communication: A crisis knows no rules

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[02/03/2015] Crises come in many shapes and sizes. Whether it’s poor hygiene, thefts or treatment errors – once the crisis has arrived, things need to move quickly. For hospitals in particular, the right crisis communication is key. Yet many medical facilities still neglect the fact that crisis communication starts before the actual crisis takes place. Hospital crisis communication: A crisis knows no rules - Read more

Unmanned flying helpers - Emergency care via drone

Photo: Preview picture for video [01/03/2015] The willingness to donate blood in Germany is waning. Thus, it is increasingly important for central blood banks to provide blood and blood products to the hospitals in the quantity that is needed. Especially in large cities, strong traffic is a major problem for emergency transports. Small unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as “drones”, could soon provide relief in this difficult situation.Unmanned flying helpers - Emergency care via drone - Read more

Cutting-edge technology optimizes cancer therapy with nanomedicine drug combinations

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Graphic: Schematic of a combination therapy [26/02/2015] UCLA bioengineers develop platform that offers personalized approach to cancer treatment. Cutting-edge technology optimizes cancer therapy with nanomedicine drug combinations - Read more

Vitamin D deficiency linked more closely to diabetes than obesity

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Photo: Woman sitting in the sun [25/02/2015] People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.Vitamin D deficiency linked more closely to diabetes than obesity - Read more

Bio-inspired robotic sock promotes blood circulation and prevents blood clots in legs

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Photo: Patient with robotic sock [24/02/2015] Patients who are bedridden or unable to move their legs are often at risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a potentially life-threatening condition caused by blood clots forming along the lower extremity veins of the legs. A team of researchers has invented a novel sock that can help prevent DVT and improve survival rates of patients.Bio-inspired robotic sock promotes blood circulation and prevents blood clots in legs - Read more

Hand washing focus in hospitals leads to dermatitis

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Photo: Team of physicians washing their hands [13/02/2015] Researchers from the University's Institute of Population Health studied reports voluntarily submitted by dermatologists to a national database which is run by the University (THOR), between 1996 and 2012. Sixty percent of eligible UK dermatologists used this database which is designed to report skin problems caused or aggravated by work.Hand washing focus in hospitals leads to dermatitis - Read more

Need for transplants rises in US

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Photo: Surgeons transplant an organ [11/02/2015] Surgeons and transplant centers nationwide increasingly have rejected hearts donated for transplantation despite a growing need for them, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Need for transplants rises in US - Read more

Poor access to primary care results in poorer health for deaf people

Photo: Girl and woman signing [10/02/2015] Deaf people who sign have poorer health than the general population, according to a study led by researchers from the School for Social and Community Medicine at the University of Bristol, UK.Poor access to primary care results in poorer health for deaf people - Read more

Anti-microbial coatings with a long-term effect for surfaces

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Photo: Man in a clean, public bathroom [02/02/2015] Researchers at the INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials have now produced antimicrobial abrasion-resistant coatings with both silver and copper colloids with a long-term effect that kill germs reliably and at the same time prevent germs becoming established. The coatings are particularly suitable for the application on large and solid surfaces, on doorhandles and for textiles.Anti-microbial coatings with a long-term effect for surfaces - Read more

Digital pathology: From microscope slide to virtual microscopy

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[02/02/2015] The digitization of medicine moves on. Researchers, physicians and patients equally benefit from this development – thanks to improved diagnostics with highly sensitive devices, today findings can be comprehensively analyzed and treatment decisions made on a broadened basis. Digitization also offers the area of pathology interesting fields of application.Digital pathology: From microscope slide to virtual microscopy - Read more

Pediatric pathology: Specialized knowledge for the youngest

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[02/02/2015] When children are sick, their parents take them to a pediatrician. A pediatric pathologist is needed when pathology exams need to be conducted. This branch of pathology requires specialized knowledge. The Society for Pediatric and Fetal Pathologists is championing the transfer and preservation of this knowledge.Pediatric pathology: Specialized knowledge for the youngest - Read more

Communication is key to Emergency Department success

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Photo: Three paramedics talking [30/01/2015] The high-risk, rapidly changing nature of hospital Emergency Departments creates an environment where stress levels and staff burnout rates are high, but researchers at St. Michael's Hospital have identified the secret sauce that helps many emergency clinicians flourish - communication.Communication is key to Emergency Department success - Read more

ICU: Patients on ventilators often able to communicate

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Photo: Hand and pen on a writing pad [27/01/2015] A new study reveals that more than half of patients in intensive care units (ICU) using ventilators to help them breathe could benefit from assistive communication tools.ICU: Patients on ventilators often able to communicate - Read more

Practicing nursing care in a virtual world

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Photo: Woman wearing Oculus Rift headset [27/01/2015] Oculus Rift, a gaming headset, can help teach nurses how to communicate better, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found.Practicing nursing care in a virtual world - Read more

"We simply want to improve intensive care medicine"

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[22/01/2015] Something we learned from nuclear power plants: since 2010, peer reviews are being conducted in German intensive care units. These voluntary peer reviews are primarily intended to improve the quality of intensive care medicine. Ultimately, it is not just the patient, but also the hospital that benefits from this."We simply want to improve intensive care medicine" - Read more

Success for first tumor tissue samples biobank

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Photo: Man working in a laboratory [19/01/2015] SPECTAcolor's successful start has demonstrated its viability to facilitate next generation cancer clinical trials. It has been successfully implemented across 19 clinical centers located in nine countries in Europe, has now recruited over 500 patients since its launch in September 2013, and the observed frequency of mutations is similar to that in previous colorectal cancer clinical trials. Success for first tumor tissue samples biobank - Read more

"Art and culture are well suited for all areas of healthcare"

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[08/01/2015] Theater, choir, photography – art and culture soothe the soul. Professor Erwin Wagner of the University of Hildesheim Foundation, who founded the "KulturStation" project together with the AMEOS Clinic, is sure of this. Patients and associates of the hospital’s psychiatric unit were involved in artistic activities. The goal was to improve well-being."Art and culture are well suited for all areas of healthcare" - Read more

Predicting superbugs' countermoves to new drugs

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Photo: Petri dish with bacteria inside [05/01/2015] With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. Researchers have developed a computer program called OSPREY to predict how MRSA will adapt to a new experimental drug ahead of time, before the drug is tested on patients.Predicting superbugs' countermoves to new drugs - Read more

Children: Open bone breaks can heal safely without surgery

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Photo: Boy with a colorful cast around the arm [17/12/2014] Many children who sustain so-called open bone fractures in the forearm or lower leg can, and do, heal safely without surgery, according to the results of a small study led by investigators at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.Children: Open bone breaks can heal safely without surgery - Read more

Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported

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Photo: Hanging, empty blood bags [16/12/2014] Two studies shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States.Complications from blood transfusions more common than previously reported - Read more

Patients do not understand risks of unnecessary antibiotics

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Photo: Physician informs a patient about his description [16/12/2014] Over prescription of antibiotics is a major factor driving one of the biggest public health concerns today: antibiotic resistance. In a first-of-its-kind study, research led by the George Washington University suggests that public health educational materials may not address the misconceptions that shape why patients expect antibiotics, driving doctors to prescribe them more.Patients do not understand risks of unnecessary antibiotics - Read more

Drawing lessons from Philadelphia's large-scale ob unit closures

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Photo: [12/12/2014] What does it mean for expectant mothers and hospitals when there are large-scale closures of maternity units? A new study led by researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides an inside view from hospital staff members in Philadelphia, where 13 out of 19 obstetric units closed in a 15-year period.Drawing lessons from Philadelphia's large-scale ob unit closures - Read more

Making Your Own End-of-Life Decisions: “All options of palliative care, pain management and continued life need to have been explained to the patient“

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[01/12/2014] How does a physician handle a patient, who wants to die and what rights do I actually have as a patient? Legal practitioners do not automatically answer these and other questions. We talked about this subject with MD-PhD Ralf Jox from the Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany.Making Your Own End-of-Life Decisions: “All options of palliative care, pain management and continued life need to have been explained to the patient“ - Read more

'Antibiogram' to help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness

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Photo: White blood cell eats MRSA [25/11/2014] Use of "antibiograms" in skilled nursing facilities could improve antibiotic effectiveness and help address problems with antibiotic resistance that are becoming a national crisis.'Antibiogram' to help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness - Read more

Antibiotics get a “time-out”

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Photo: Glas of water next to some pills [19/11/2014] Resistance to antibiotics is an important health concern that affects both the spread of infections, like Clostridium difficile, and the medication budget. Researchers at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) examined the effectiveness of adopting an antibiotic “time-out” during treatment, which involves regularly re-evaluating the treatment strategy as the clinical situation evolves.Antibiotics get a “time-out” - Read more

Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent

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Graphic: Monitor with ECG and the word [11/11/2014] Widespread adoption could increase patient safety nationally: The sound of monitor alarms in hospitals can save patients' lives, but the frequency with which the monitors go off can also lead to "alarm fatigue," in which caregivers become desensitized to the ubiquitous beeping.Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent - Read more

Older adults at risk of delirium after surgery

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Photo: Older man with oxygen mask [04/11/2014] New research reports that preoperative pain and depressive symptoms in older adults place them at greater risk of delirium following surgery. According to the findings, both pain and depression are independent and interactive risk factors for delirium, suggesting a cumulative effect.Older adults at risk of delirium after surgery - Read more

More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor?

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Photo: Dollar bill, stethoscope on an insurance form [03/11/2014] New policy targeting hospital readmissions for COPD may hurt vulnerable patients, lung disease experts say.More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor? - Read more

Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells

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Photo: Intensity-colored image of blood flow in a PECAM1-positive tumor [23/10/2014] UNC School of Medicine researchers have pinpointed a set of intriguing characteristics in a previously unknown subpopulation of melanoma cancer cells in blood vessels of tumors. These cells, which mimic non-cancerous endothelial cells that normally populate blood vessels in tumors, could provide researchers with another target for cancer therapies.Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells - Read more

Continuous glucose monitoring: “Our method is based on the principles of infrared photometry“

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[22/10/2014] Patients in intensive care units do not just have to struggle with the consequences of a severe injury or disease – they are also subject to acute glucose fluctuations that compromise the healing success. These sometimes happen so quickly that they cannot be caught in time with existing discrete measurement methods.Continuous glucose monitoring: “Our method is based on the principles of infrared photometry“ - Read more

Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality

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Graphic of a hospital [22/10/2014] Switching from nonprofit to for-profit status appears to boost hospitals' financial health but does not appear to lower the quality of care they provide or reduce the proportion of poor or minority patients receiving care, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality - Read more

Soviet fixator heals fractures just as well as pins and screws

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Photo: Bone fixator in a patient's leg [15/10/2014] The Ilizarov method is routinely used in eastern Europe in the treatment of bone fractures. Studies of Swedish patients have shown that the unorthodox steel frame has many advantages over traditional open surgery, opening the way for it to be introduced as an alternative treatment in routine Swedish healthcare.Soviet fixator heals fractures just as well as pins and screws - Read more

Students teaching students – Training of physiotherapists

Photo: Title of MEDICA video [15/10/2014] Physiotherapy students have to apply a lot of theoretical knowledge into practice. Especially therapeutic measures have to be known inside out. Therefore, the RWTH Aachen has produced learning videos which can be accessed by it’s students at any time. And the best thing about this is: The videos have been produced during classes by the students themelves. Students teaching students – Training of physiotherapists - Read more

Universal screening for MRSA may be too costly

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Photo: Petri dish with MRSA pathogens [08/10/2014] Numerous experts and policy makers have called for hospitals to screen patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and isolate anyone testing positive to prevent the spread of these so-called "Superbugs" in healthcare settings. Several states have enacted laws requiring patients be screened for MRSA upon admission. Universal screening for MRSA may be too costly - Read more

MEIKO: Cleaning and disinfection equipment: "The contamination from bedpans is a globally underestimated hazard potential"

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[01/10/2014] In times of increased multi-resistant bacteria and nosocomial infections, particularly in hospitals, one question reigns supreme: How can comprehensive hygiene at a respective medical facility be ensured? MEIKO: Cleaning and disinfection equipment: "The contamination from bedpans is a globally underestimated hazard potential" - Read more

US: 34 percent of severely injured patients undertriaged

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Photo: Woman is treated in an ambulance [25/09/2014] According to the American College of Surgeons' Committee on Trauma, patients with severe injuries should be treated at level I or level II trauma centers. Those centers have the resources to provide the best care for those patients.US: 34 percent of severely injured patients undertriaged - Read more

Cancer: which patients are most likely to delay hospice enrollment?

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Photo: Physician holding an enrollment form [24/09/2014] The findings of a Penn Medicine study may influence national quality assessment programs and improve transitions from active treatment to hospice care sooner.Cancer: which patients are most likely to delay hospice enrollment? - Read more

Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic

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Photo: Patients in the waiting room [23/09/2014] Using a pain clinic as a testing ground, researchers at Johns Hopkins have shown that a management process first popularized by Toyota in Japan can substantially reduce patient wait times and possibly improve the teaching of interns and residents.Patients: 'just-in-time' management in the clinic - Read more

More than one third of booked operations are re-booked

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Photo: Calender sheet with days marked off [04/09/2014] More than one third of all planned orthopaedic surgery procedures are re-booked, postponed or cancelled completely. The most common reasons are cancellation at the patient’s own request or emergency cases having to be prioritized. These are the findings of a study carried out by the Sahlgrenska Academy in association with Sahlgrenska University Hospital.More than one third of booked operations are re-booked - Read more

A prescription for better stroke care

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Photo: Drug prescription form and stethoscope [03/09/2014] Stroke patients are 70 per cent more likely to continue taking their stroke prevention medications one year later if they have a prescription in hand when discharged – according to researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).A prescription for better stroke care - Read more

Persistent vegetative state: brain stimulation with laser beams

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[01/09/2014] The public only notices diseases when celebrities become patients: in the spring of 2014, Formula One driver Michael Schumacher fell into a coma for several months as the result of a head injury caused by a skiing accident. These types of accidents show how delicate the brain responds to injuries. Brain stimulation could possibly support the rehabilitation of vegetative patients.Persistent vegetative state: brain stimulation with laser beams - Read more

The Intensive Care Unit of the Future – Speedier recovery through feel good architecture

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[01/09/2014] The rooms in German intensive care units are cold and dreary. Hectic movements determine the patient’s everyday life along with noisy surveillance systems. Artificial light often also promotes a disturbed circadian rhythm. Sleeping pills are meant to solve this problem, but they also increase the risk of delirium at the same time. The Intensive Care Unit of the Future – Speedier recovery through feel good architecture - Read more

Model predicts COPD hospital readmission

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Photo: Physician listens to a patient's chest [15/08/2014] Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified predictors of early rehospitalization among patients hospitalized for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.Model predicts COPD hospital readmission - Read more

New tool to evaluate doctor's bedside manner

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Photo: Physician with patient and relative [15/08/2014] The best way to improve a doctor's bedside manner may lie in a new tool that evaluates and helps medical residents improve their communication and other soft skills to become better doctors, according to a new study led by Women's College Hospital's Dr. Tim Dwyer.New tool to evaluate doctor's bedside manner - Read more

Hospitals: many small measures against infections and sepsis

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[01/08/2014] If neither the immune system nor antibiotics are able to control an infection, a sepsis can arise out of it – an infection that attacks several organs at the same time and causes the immune system to overreact. This is a life-threatening condition.Hospitals: many small measures against infections and sepsis - Read more

Hygiene: “The sensor applies the principle of so-called ‘photonic structures‘“

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[01/08/2014] Detecting infections quickly and reliably with the naked eye: This is what many doctors in hospitals and in the doctor's surgeries wish for. To make this dream come true, Prof. Dr. Holger Schönherr, a scientist from Siegen, is researching a sensor that should show an infection by a color change.Hygiene: “The sensor applies the principle of so-called ‘photonic structures‘“ - Read more

Multi-resistant bacteria want to conquer the world

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[01/08/2014] Bacteria lurk everywhere: on the skin, in the intestines and in every puddle. Most of them that are hanging out in the human body are good bacteria. But not all of them. Those pathogens that exhibit resistance and are thus very hard to combat are the most dangerous kind. Their spread threatens people all over the world.Multi-resistant bacteria want to conquer the world - Read more

$15 billion annual public funding system for doctor training needs overhaul

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Graphic: stethoscope lying on a book [31/07/2014] The U.S. should significantly reform the federal system for financing physician training and residency programs to ensure that the public's $15 billion annual investment is producing the doctors that the nation needs, says a new report by the Institute of Medicine. $15 billion annual public funding system for doctor training needs overhaul - Read more

Death risk is lowest at busiest emergency centers

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Graphic: Look inside an ambulance [18/07/2014] When a medical emergency strikes, our gut tells us to get to the nearest hospital quickly. But a new study suggests that busier emergency centers may actually give the best chance of surviving – especially for people suffering life-threatening medical crises.Death risk is lowest at busiest emergency centers - Read more

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

Electronic health records make clinical trials less expensive

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Graphic: A medical team using electronic health records [14/07/2014] Using electronic health records to understand the best available treatment for patients, from a range of possible options, is more efficient and less costly for taxpayers than the existing clinical trial process, a new study shows.Electronic health records make clinical trials less expensive - 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

New health services needed for rise in 100-year-olds

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Photo: Old Asian woman smiling [04/07/2014] Over 35,000 people lived to 100 years or more in England over the last ten years, with a large proportion subsequently dying from frailty exacerbated by pneumonia, according to a new study by King's College London. With the number of centenarians set to grow, end-of-life care needs to be tailored to the increasing frailty in this age group, warn the King's palliative care researchers.New health services needed for rise in 100-year-olds - Read more

Fat is the best medicine: ”Adipose tissue contains many multipotent stem cells, approximately 500 times more than bone marrow“

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[01/07/2014] The not so popular “love handles“ could revolutionize medicine in the near future. In cooperation with the University of Rostock (Professor Hermann Seitz), the human med AG Company currently seeks to develop a device that is able to gently remove adipose tissue during surgery and subsequently isolate stem cells. Fat is the best medicine: ”Adipose tissue contains many multipotent stem cells, approximately 500 times more than bone marrow“ - Read more

MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Focused Content for an International Expert Audience

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[23/06/2014] The MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE (MEC) debuted at MEDICA 2013 and replaced the long-time MEDICA Congress. With its new program, the Conference increasingly addresses an international expert audience. The goal is to unlock the practical benefit from the latest procedures in their application in clinical practice for physicians and patients.MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE: Focused Content for an International Expert Audience - Read more

For cancer patients, new tool predicts financial pain

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Photo: Empty pockets [23/06/2014] Cancer care has a new side effect. Along with the distress that comes with a cancer diagnosis and the discomforts of treatment, more patients now have to deal with "financial toxicity," the expense, anxiety and loss of confidence confronting those who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work.For cancer patients, new tool predicts financial pain - Read more

Disinfection caps successful in CLABSI prevention

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Photo: Hand of a hospital patient with a central line [11/06/2014] Thanks to the simple use of an alcohol-impregnated cap, Loyola University Medical Center achieved a 68 percent decrease in the overall number of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) over a 12-month period.Disinfection caps successful in CLABSI prevention - Read more

Sports and Cancer: No Panacea, but a Necessary Aid

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[02/06/2014] When are sports healthy, how often should you engage in sports and what effect do sports have on the body – over the past few decades, there were always different answers to these questions. Many studies that were conducted in the past however confirm the assumption that sports and exercise always support health, even if someone is already sick.Sports and Cancer: No Panacea, but a Necessary Aid - Read more

Quality in health care: "It is about the welfare of treated patients"

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[22/05/2014] Measuring quality in health care is not easy. Controlling it doesn’t just provide challenges for the medical sector, but also for policy makers. This is why measuring and representation systems for quality in hospitals as well as improvement concepts are being developed at the IGES Institute.Quality in health care: "It is about the welfare of treated patients" - Read more

Understanding aspirin's effect on wound healing offers hope for treating chronic wounds

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Photo: Doctor treats a wound on an arm [20/05/2014] In addition to its known capacity to promote bleeding events, aspirin also inhibits wound healing. New research now describes how aspirin acts on key skin cells called keratinocytes, delaying skin repair at wound sites. A better understanding of this process offers hope for the development of drugs to encourage wounds to heal.Understanding aspirin's effect on wound healing offers hope for treating chronic wounds - Read more

Medical Apps: Functionality and Safety is Key

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[02/05/2014] Successful communication is most important in medicine. The most modern channels have been utilized in this area for quite some time now. Medical apps need to meet several requirements at once. For their use to pay off, they need to be beneficial for prevention or therapy. And to ensure a safe application, they also need to be both technically and medically flawless.Medical Apps: Functionality and Safety is Key - Read more

Economy: How Clinics Can Ease Health Cost Burdens

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Photo: Stethoscope and money [24/04/2014] Health clinics that can provide primary care for low-income patients may ease the financial burden on both hospitals and insurance companies while improving patient health, researchers have concluded.Economy: How Clinics Can Ease Health Cost Burdens - Read more

Anxiety: Health Workers Inadequately Trained to Treat Minority Ethnic Groups

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Photo: Question mark over people [09/04/2014] Health professionals are suffering from severe professional anxiety because they are being inadequately trained to treat minority ethnic groups – with their treatment often based on cultural stereotypes, research has found.Anxiety: Health Workers Inadequately Trained to Treat Minority Ethnic Groups - 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

Asthma: Air Pollution from Traffic Increases Odds of Readmission

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Photo: Girl with asthma [03/04/2014] Higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution (TRAP) dramatically increases the odds of readmission to the hospital for asthma – but only for white children, according to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study.Asthma: Air Pollution from Traffic Increases Odds of Readmission - Read more

Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death

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Photo: Ambulance [17/03/2014] Injured patients who live near trauma centers that have closed have higher odds of dying once they reach a hospital, according to a new analysis by UC San Francisco researchers.Emergencies: Trauma Center Closures Increase Odds of Death - Read more

Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven

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Photo: Patient and doctor [05/03/2014] After a decade of experimentation with reforms that give health providers financial incentives to improve performance, relatively little is known about how to best execute such strategies or judge their success, according to a new RAND Corporation report.Healthcare: Promise of Value-based Payments in Remains Unproven - Read more

Research: Fructose Not Responsible for Increase in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

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Photo: Liver [27/02/2014] Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common chronic liver disease in developed countries, affecting up to 30 per cent of their populations. Research: Fructose Not Responsible for Increase in Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease - Read more

European Hospitals: Better Nurse Staffing and Education Reduces Patient Deaths

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Photo: Word Nurse [26/02/2014] The results of a study in 9 European countries is documenting that hospital nurse staffing and the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s education are associated with significantly fewer deaths after common surgery.European Hospitals: Better Nurse Staffing and Education Reduces Patient Deaths - Read more

Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics

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Photo: Catheter [18/02/2014] Improper handling of intravenous saline at a West Virginia outpatient oncology clinic was linked with the first reported outbreak of Tsukamurella spp., gram-positive bacteria that rarely cause disease in humans, in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics - Read more

Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition

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Photo: Graphic of blood [14/02/2014] A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition - Read more

Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care

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Photo: Emergency room [06/02/2014] The introduction of checklists and better feedback for ambulance crews as part of a national quality improvement project has significantly improved the standard of care for heart attack and stroke patients across England.Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care - Read more

Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities

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Photo: Graphic of woman with lost breast [30/01/2014] Contrary to existing understanding, long-term follow-up of patients with two types of breast tissue abnormalities suggests that both types of abnormalities have the same potential to progress to breast cancer, according to a new study. Findings from this study could improve clinical management of patients with breast tissue abnormalities.Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities - Read more

China: Reliance on Lower-paid Contract Nurses May Compromise Patient Care

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Photo: Nurse [30/01/2014] Economic and health system reforms in China in recent decades have dramatically reduced the number of traditional hospital nursing jobs, known as "bianzhi" or "iron rice bowl" positions, which are guaranteed for life. China: Reliance on Lower-paid Contract Nurses May Compromise Patient Care - Read more

Birth: How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby in a Hospital?

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Photo: Baby in a suit holding a dollar [17/01/2014] Women giving birth in California can face a huge cost difference in their hospital bills, according to a new UC San Francisco study. Birth: How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby in a Hospital? - 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

Nutrition: Choice Architecture of Healthy Food

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Photo: Food Label [08/01/2014] The use of color-coded "traffic light" food labels and changes in the way popular items are displayed appear to have produced a long-term increase in the choice of more healthful food items among customers in a large hospital cafeteria.Nutrition: Choice Architecture of Healthy Food - Read more

Study Approach: Surgical Trials Mean More Safety in the Operating Room

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[06/01/2014] Whether a surgical suture is better applied manually or with a surgical stapler can be determined through trial and error. Determining which method guarantees patient safety best should also not just be based on a surgeon’s experience. Controlled studies are the method of choice to assess both well-proven and new techniques in the operating room. Study Approach: Surgical Trials Mean More Safety in the Operating Room - Read more

Hospital Construction: “Single rooms are private and at the same time efficient”

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[09/12/2013] Are hospital patients merely cured by medicine? Or does maybe architecture support the healing, too? A hospital does not have to be built like a typical hospital: Its planning can enable patients to access family, privacy and normalcy. Fears are taken away from the patient and the process of healing is supported.Hospital Construction: “Single rooms are private and at the same time efficient” - 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

Children: Researchers Identify Main Genes Responsible for Asthma Attacks

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Photo: Child with asthma [18/11/2013] An international team has identified the genes that put some children at particularly high risk of serious asthma attacks, including one not previously suspected of being implicated in the disease. In the long term, these new findings are expected to help improve treatment options for the disease, which represents a high cost for families and society alike.Children: Researchers Identify Main Genes Responsible for Asthma Attacks - Read more

“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned”

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[08/11/2013] The setup of a new operating room at a hospital is an organizational accomplishment. New equipment, technical processes and operational procedures as well as staff need to be included in the planning process. Only when all hospital departments communicate with each other, is the project able to run smoothly.“Setting up a new operating room needs to be well-planned” - Read more

New EU Project: Late Side-effects of the Treatment of Childhood Cancer

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Photo: Woman with child talking to a doctor [07/11/2013] Is it possible to predict the likelihood of subsequent complications following cancer treatment on the basis of genetic tests? This is the main question to be addressed by an EU-wide research project that is being coordinated by the German Childhood Cancer Registry at the Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics (IMBEI) of the Mainz University Medical Center. New EU Project: Late Side-effects of the Treatment of Childhood Cancer - 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

MEDINE by LUG: Perfect Over-Head Lighting System for Medical Interiors

[04/11/2013] Hospitals, clinics and other medical points are adapting to the new attitude in the healthcare policy – patientcentric model forces the owners of the medical care institutions to modernize the equipment and use only the latest technologies to ensure high standard of healthcare services.MEDINE by LUG: Perfect Over-Head Lighting System for Medical Interiors - Read more

Hygiene: Education and Information Impact Compliance

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Photo: Hand washing [30/10/2013] A study at Rhode Island Hospital observed staff on 161,526 occasions to monitor how often they cleaned their hands (i.e., hand hygiene) between July 2008 to December 2012 and found that hand hygiene compliance improved from 60 percent to 89 percent.Hygiene: Education and Information Impact Compliance - Read more

Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care

Stroke Units: Specialized Stroke Care [28/10/2013] 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

“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit”

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[22/10/2013] Quality improvement and management play an ever-increasing role in medicine. This affects not only patient safety, but also the treatment process. The independent certification of a treatment network is a tool to raise the success of treatments. It also creates a positive image in the eyes of patients and healthcare payers.“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit” - Read more

Surgery: Restoring Surgeons' Sense of Touch

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Photo: Palpation Capsule Demo [21/10/2013] A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery.Surgery: Restoring Surgeons' Sense of Touch - Read more

Pertussis: Teen Vaccinations

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Photo: Child with doctor [21/10/2013] Widespread vaccination of adolescents for pertussis was associated with lower rates of infant hospitalizations for the respiratory infection than would have been expected had teens not been inoculated according to new research.Pertussis: Teen Vaccinations - Read more

Hospital IT: Efficiency and Safety through Networking and Automation

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[01/10/2013] Modern information and communication technology can effectively support hospital operations. It increases safety in patient care and alleviates the organization of time-consuming operations. This saves money and relieves the staff so that investing in modern IT pays off.Hospital IT: Efficiency and Safety through Networking and Automation - Read more

semanticVOICE: Intelligent Speech Recognition Software Helps Physicians

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[01/10/2013] Technical progress also holds innovative ideas for the health care sector. Technology and medicine are not just collaborating for risky surgical interventions, but are also able to improve and make a physician’s daily operations easier.semanticVOICE: Intelligent Speech Recognition Software Helps Physicians - Read more

Infections: Specialists Save Lives and Money

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Photo: Cough [30/09/2013] Study finds patients benefit from improved outcomes and shorter hospital stays when a specialist for infectious diseases is involved in treatment for severe infections.Infections: Specialists Save Lives and Money - Read more

Emergency Room: Visits for Kids with Concussions Skyrocket

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Photo: Football [30/09/2013] Researchers report a skyrocketing increase in the number of visits to the emergency department for kids with sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBI), such as concussions.Emergency Room: Visits for Kids with Concussions Skyrocket - Read more

Drugs: First Real-Time Detector For IV Delivery

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Foto: Detector [26/09/2013] Today, computerized smart systems can deliver drugs intravenously in exact volumes to hospital patients. However, these systems cannot recognize which medications are in the tubing nor can they determine the concentration of the drug in the tubing.Drugs: First Real-Time Detector For IV Delivery - Read more

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nurses Manage the Disease Well

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Photo: Nurse and patient [29/08/2013] Patients attending clinical nurse specialist clinics do not get inferior treatment to that offered by consultant rheumatologists, the results of a major new clinical trial have revealed.Rheumatoid Arthritis: Nurses Manage the Disease Well - Read more

Hospital Performance: Readmission Rates Are Not the Indicator

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Photo: Emergency sign [27/08/2013] Readmission rates of adult patients to the same hospital within 30 days are an area of national focus and a potential indicator of clinical failure and unnecessary expenditures.Hospital Performance: Readmission Rates Are Not the Indicator - Read more

Hospital: Bacteriophages Battle Superbugs

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Photo: Bacteriophage [19/07/2013] IFR microbiologists are reinvigorating a way of battling C. difficile infections that they hope will help overcome the growing problem of antibiotic resistant superbugs in hospitals.Hospital: Bacteriophages Battle Superbugs - Read more

Hospitals: Boosting Medical Safety Innovation

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Photo: Data sheet [10/07/2013] As health care personnel race to improve the quality of their care to save lives and prevent unneeded harm, a new study indicates there is more they can do to learn about what errors are occurring and why.Hospitals: Boosting Medical Safety Innovation - Read more

MRI: Sugar Makes Cancer Light-up

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Photo: Tumour cells [08/07/2013] A new technique for detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been unveiled by scientists of the University College London. The breakthrough could provide a safer and simpler alternative to standard radioactive techniques and enable radiologists to image tumours in greater detail.MRI: Sugar Makes Cancer Light-up - Read more

Infections: Holding Multi-Resistant Bacteria in Check

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Photo: Elisabeth Memmel and Jürgen Seibel [03/07/2013] In the fight against multi-resistant bacteria, University of Würzburg chemists may have achieved a major breakthrough. With a trick, they induced the bacteria to change their cell surface. This reduced the risk of infection dramatically.Infections: Holding Multi-Resistant Bacteria in Check - Read more

Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing

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[01/07/2013] Exports move all over the world. Countless goods – ranging from foods to technology – from hundreds of countries travel the world every day and supply the different markets. The medical technology sector is also a part of this. The demand for medical equipment keeps increasing and prompts more and more companies to offer their products in foreign markets.Medical Technology Exports: Demand Is Increasing - Read more

Cardiac Arrest: Cooling Treatment Rarely Used in Hospital

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Photo: Cold heart [26/06/2013] The brain-preserving cooling treatment known as therapeutic hypothermia is rarely being used in patients who suffer cardiac arrest while in the hospital, despite its proven potential to improve survival and neurological function.Cardiac Arrest: Cooling Treatment Rarely Used in Hospital - 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

IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent”

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[10/06/2013] By now, mobile devices are constant companions for many people. However, we often do not consider that cell phones or tablets send signals that may impact other technical devices in their operation. This can have fatal consequences for patients in a hospital.IT & Security: “The use of mobile devices in hospitals is grossly negligent” - Read more

Surgery: More Deaths Closer to the Weekend

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Photo: Friday [29/05/2013] Patients undergoing planned surgery appear more likely to die if they have their operation at the end of the week. Researchers at Imperial College London looked at over four million elective procedures conducted in NHS hospitals in England between 2008 and 2011.Surgery: More Deaths Closer to the Weekend - Read more

Hospitals: Management of High Blood Glucose

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Photo: Measuring blood glucose [24/05/2013] High blood glucose is associated with poor outcomes in hospitalized patients, and use of intensive insulin therapy (IIT) to control hyperglycemia is a common practice. Recent evidence does not show a consistent benefit, but even shows harm associated with IIT.Hospitals: Management of High Blood Glucose - 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

Operating Room: Distraction from Background Noises

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Photo: Operating room [13/05/2013] A new study finds that high levels of operating room (OR) noise can have a disruptive effect on a surgeon's auditory processing abilities.Operating Room: Distraction from Background Noises - Read more

Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification”

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[08/05/2013] Just because green plants sprout from the ground, it doesn’t mean that the sky is blue. There are numerous green areas in Shanghai for example, yet the air is very polluted. To act in an ecologically conscious manner, you need to focus on sustainability. Hospitals and clinics also want to achieve this at this point and are being certified through different processes.Blue Hospital Concept: “We offer hospitals an independent sustainability certification” - Read more

Heart Attacks: Improving Response Time

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Photo: Heart Attack [30/04/2013] Recent study finds that door-to-balloon times can be lowered using process improvement strategies.Heart Attacks: Improving Response Time - Read more

Health Insurance Survey: 84 Million People Were Uninsured

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Photo: Waiting room [26/04/2013] Eighty-four million people ― nearly half of all working-age adults in the United States ―went without health insurance for a time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey.Health Insurance Survey: 84 Million People Were Uninsured - Read more

Medical Interns: Very Little Time at Patient Bedside

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Photo: Doctor at computer [24/04/2013] Medical interns spend just 12 percent of their time examining and talking with patients, and more than 40 percent of their time behind a computer, according to a new Johns Hopkins study.Medical Interns: Very Little Time at Patient Bedside - Read more

Surgical Complications: Greater Hospital Profit-margins

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Photo: Operation [17/04/2013] Privately insured surgical patients who had a complication provided hospitals with a 330 percent higher profit margin than those without a complication, according to new research from Ariadne Labs.Surgical Complications: Greater Hospital Profit-margins - Read more

Copper: The New Building Block in Hospital Hygiene

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Photo: Copper handles [10/04/2013] 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

Hospital Hygiene: Large Sterilization Plant Against the Tiniest Danger

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[02/04/2013] Sterilization is among the most important aspects of hospital hygiene. This is why facilities have Central Sterilization Supply Departments (CSSD) and face the invisible dangers posed by viruses, spores and bacteria. Since October 2012, the Marienstift Hospital in Braunschweig fights the tiny culprits on a grand scale with its new CSSD (ZSVA in German).Hospital Hygiene: Large Sterilization Plant Against the Tiniest Danger - Read more

Hospitals: Fighting Pathogens with Modern Means

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[02/04/2013] Associations of medical professionals assume that each year about 730 000 patients suffer an infection connected to stationary or ambulatory treatment. Presumably 30 00 cases are fatal. Thus, the most important areas of work in a hospital are hygiene and infection prevention.Hospitals: Fighting Pathogens with Modern Means - Read more

Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles”

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[02/04/2013] Whether it’s implants, medical drape sheets or surgeons’ attire – medicine relies on textiles every day. Their main task is to protect patients and physicians from infection. Even though most germs are not transmitted through textiles, they have to meet hygiene requirements.Medical Textiles: “Most germs are spread through hand contact, not through textiles” - Read more

Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle

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Photo: surgical robots; linked to a video [18/03/2013] Robots help in the operating room more and more. They make it possible for surgeons to perform highly precise and minimally invasive procedures. In radiology, the CyberKnife system is used to treat tumors. Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle - Read more

Hospitals: Improving Floor Design Against Fatigue

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Photo: Floor Plan [04/02/2013] In hospitals, poor floor design, storage closet clutter and crowded corridors can contribute to staff fatigue. These distractions can hurt patient care quality and result in higher medical costs. A new study offers a spatial solution.Hospitals: Improving Floor Design Against Fatigue - Read more

Rotavirus: Vaccinating Children Protects Adults

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Photo: Vaccination [24/01/2013] Pediatric rotavirus vaccination also indirectly protects unvaccinated adults from the highly contagious cause of severe diarrhea and vomiting, suggests a new study. The findings suggest pediatric immunization against the virus may be more cost effective than previously thought, given rotavirus-related health care costs among adults.Rotavirus: Vaccinating Children Protects Adults - 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

Teleradiologists: Ties to Fewer Hospitals Work Better

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Photo: Radiologist [09/01/2013] Experience working for a particular hospital matters when it comes to the performance of radiologists who work for outsourcing teleradiology companies. This finding could have important implications, given the growing use of telemedicine.Teleradiologists: Ties to Fewer Hospitals Work Better - Read more

Superbugs: Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Enhances Disinfection

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Photo: Superbugs [03/01/2013] Infection control experts at The Johns Hopkins Hospital have found that a combination of robot-like devices that disperse a bleaching agent into the air and then detoxify the disinfecting chemical are highly effective at killing and preventing the spread of multiple-drug-resistant bacteria, or so-called hospital superbugs.Superbugs: Hydrogen Peroxide Vapor Enhances Disinfection - Read more

US Hospitals: Study Reports Racial Disparities in Treatment

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Photo: Girl in Hospital [02/01/2013] When researchers investigated the link between racial disparities and appendicitis outcomes in children, they found that the type of hospital —community, children's or county— affects the patients’ odds of developing a perforated appendix.US Hospitals: Study Reports Racial Disparities in Treatment - Read more

Survey: Neurologists Worry About Career Burnout

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Photo: Stressed physician [19/12/2012] A survey has identified career burnout as a significant problem among neurologists who predominantly work with hospital inpatients.Survey: Neurologists Worry About Career Burnout - Read more

Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients

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Photo: Patient in hospital [18/12/2012] Telestroke networks that enable the remote and rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke can improve the bottom line of patients and hospitals, researchers report.Telestroke Networks: Cost-effective for Hospitals, Good for Patients - Read more

Patients: More Involvement in Decision-Making Necessary

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Photo: Doctor with patient [30/11/2012] Everywhere, there is a clear need for the systematic improvement of patient safety. Patient safety cannot be improved by simply making new rules. A new model of adaptive safety-management is already being used at Vaasa Central Hospital in Vaasa, Finland.Patients: More Involvement in Decision-Making Necessary - Read more

Social Media: Physicians Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest

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Photo: Doctor on computer [12/11/2012] As the use of Twitter and other social media by physicians and patients rises, more and more physicians seem to forget to do what many consider crucial for building doctor-patient trust: disclose potential conflicts of interest.Social Media: Physicians Fail to Disclose Conflicts of Interest - Read more

Hospital Mortality Rates: Financial Incentives May Improve

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Photo: Foot [08/11/2012] New research into controversial pay-for-performance schemes has suggested they may help to save the lives of National Health Service (NHS) patients. A “significant” fall in mortality rates for certain conditions emerged in a study into the use of incentives at hospitals in the North West of England.Hospital Mortality Rates: Financial Incentives May Improve - Read more

Personalised Medicine: Revolution in Drug Therapy?

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[02/11/2012] Many experts are seeing it as a „megatrend“ – personalised or individualised medicine. Therapy strategies are aiming at using drugs only for patients who will profit most and have to suffer only from very few side effects. Today, there are already more than 20 approved medications in Germany, which are prescribed only after a diagnostic test.Personalised Medicine: Revolution in Drug Therapy? - Read more

Capsa Solutions: The Evolution of Healthcare Through Mobile Computing

[01/11/2012] The delivery of superior healthcare relies on modern product solutions that continually evolve with advances in clinical processes and technology. This fact is evident today in the worldwide adoption of fully-integrated technologies that merge organization, mobility, and computing hardware to enable the use of advanced electronic health records. Capsa Solutions: The Evolution of Healthcare Through Mobile Computing - Read more

International markets: You need competent partners if you want to make it

[01/11/2012] Having an amazing product isn’t always enough to make it in the international marketplace. Market know-how is required as well as, for instance, the right certification mark so that the product meets the respective standards of a country. CSA International has specialized in developing such standards and in making this data available as well as supplying test and certification services.International markets: You need competent partners if you want to make it - Read more

Europe: Improving Medical Research Education

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Photo: Woman with microscope [26/10/2012] Fostering and improving medical research education is crucial to biomedical research and clinical patient treatment, and as such it has been identified as the main challenge in every joint European Science Foundation (ESF) - European Research Medical Councils (EMRC) strategy report. Europe: Improving Medical Research Education - Read more

Healthcare Workers: Feedback Helps to Clean Hands

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Photo: Washing hands [24/10/2012] A major three-year trial led by researchers at the University College London, in partnership with the Health Protection Agency, has shown that giving one-to-one feedback to healthcare workers makes them twice as likely to clean their hands or use soap.Healthcare Workers: Feedback Helps to Clean Hands - Read more

Nursing: Fewer Patient Deaths After Surgery

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Photo: Patient during surgery [23/10/2012] Patients treated in magnet hospitals (specially designated for their nursing excellence) had 14 percent lower odds of death than those in non-magnet hospitals in a four-state study of 564 hospitals led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Nursing: Fewer Patient Deaths After Surgery - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: “Hands are playing the most important role in conveying pathogens“

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[23/10/2012] According to the German Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, BMG) there are around 600,000 hospital infections every year in Germany alone, which result in 15,000 deaths. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, 20 to 30 percent of the infections and deaths would be preventable by adhering to well-known rules of hygiene.Hospital Hygiene: “Hands are playing the most important role in conveying pathogens“ - Read more

Medical Textiles: Eliminating Infectious Bacteria

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Photo: Machine [22/10/2012] Researchers of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) have improved the antimicrobial properties of medical textiles using an enzymatic pre-treatment combined with simultaneous deposition of nanoparticles and biopolymers under ultrasonic irradiation.Medical Textiles: Eliminating Infectious Bacteria - Read more

Kidney Transplant Patients: Readmitted to Hospital Within 30 Days

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Photo: Patient [17/10/2012] Three in 10 patients receiving a kidney transplant require readmission to the hospital within 30 days of discharge following surgery, according to a Johns Hopkins analysis of six years of national data.Kidney Transplant Patients: Readmitted to Hospital Within 30 Days - Read more

ALHO: Optimal conditions for patients and staff: New department of geriatrics and on-site childcare center for the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach ,“Städtische Kliniken Mönchengladbach”

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[01/10/2012] In less than four months, a new department of geriatrics was created with room modules at the Elisabeth Hospital Rheydt of the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach. At the same time, an on-site childcare center for children under three was built as well. The new geriatric department, a specialist clinic for geriatric medicine, was built and ready to be occupied in just 100 days. ALHO: Optimal conditions for patients and staff: New department of geriatrics and on-site childcare center for the Municipal Hospital Mönchengladbach ,“Städtische Kliniken Mönchengladbach” - Read more

Triaging: Keeping Track During an Emergency

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[01/10/2012] Whether it is the Tsunami in Thailand or the 2010 Love Parade in Duisburg – in emergency situations, every second counts when it comes to taking care of the injured. Paper-based tags like the ones used in Germany until now are considered not practical and outdated by experts. That is why the SOGRO project studies the efficiency of RFID wristbands in emergencies.Triaging: Keeping Track During an Emergency - Read more

Disaster Medicine – Rescue Operations under Extreme Conditions

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Photo: link to a video [20/09/2012] In case of a disaster, rescue teams have to act in a speedy and safe fashion – there is no room for uncertainties in such emergencies! That is why medical rescue teams and paramedics have to regularly participate in further training to practice for the safety required in case of an emergency.Disaster Medicine – Rescue Operations under Extreme Conditions - Read more

Hospital Facility Management – Successful Hospital Leadership

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Photo: link to a video [20/09/2012] Maintaining quality of care in exceptional situations, planning the efficient use of floor space, managing building and renovation projects and the oversight of external service contractors are all responsibilities of a hospital facility manager.Hospital Facility Management – Successful Hospital Leadership - Read more

Postgraduate Training: Wound Experts in Greater Demand than ever

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Photo: link to a video [20/09/2012] The number of chronic wounds increases and by now it has become clear that only special expert knowledge can help to counteract against this development. Therefore, uniform guidelines concerning wound care shall guarantee the optimum treatment of the patients.Postgraduate Training: Wound Experts in Greater Demand than ever - Read more

Preeclampsia: A Significant Long-term Health Risk

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Photo: Woman in hospital [06/09/2012] Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have determined that preeclampsia is a significant risk factor for long-term health issues, such as chronic hypertension and hospitalizations later in life.Preeclampsia: A Significant Long-term Health Risk - Read more

Non-invasive Diagnostic Imaging: Costs Down Since 2006

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Graphik [05/09/2012] According to a study, overall non-invasive diagnostic imaging (NDI) costs to Medicare Part B dropped 21 percent from 2006 to 2010. The study reveals that medical imaging is not a driver of escalating Medicare costs.Non-invasive Diagnostic Imaging: Costs Down Since 2006 - Read more

PACS Network: Lower Costs and Less Radiation Exposure

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Photo: Money and stethoscope [04/09/2012] According to a study, using a combination of the Internet and compact discs (CD) to transfer images during inter-hospital transfer is associated with much lower repeat imaging rates, suggesting that regional PACS networks may be useful for reducing cost and radiation exposure associated with trauma.PACS Network: Lower Costs and Less Radiation Exposure - Read more

Hospital Facility Manager: The Hospital is his Patient

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[03/09/2012] Past attempts to describe the job of a facility manager often ended with the words: “…he/she is something like a janitor“. Yet in reality, there is a lot more to this occupational group. Hospital Facility Manager: The Hospital is his Patient - Read more

Cost Control in the Hospital: ”A unique benchmarking database for hospitals has been developed over the past ten years“

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[03/09/2012] Hospitals have to fulfill many requirements, for instance in the area of hygiene, but at the same time they are supposed to work efficiently. This balancing act is easier to master with so-called hospital facility management. Professor Kunibert Lennerts from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has developed a database with which hospitals are able to get information about their costs. Cost Control in the Hospital: ”A unique benchmarking database for hospitals has been developed over the past ten years“ - Read more

Hospital Facility Management: ”When Something Goes Wrong, a Human Life Is at Stake“

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[03/09/2012] Bacteria control, hygiene regulations, fire prevention – a hospital facility manager deals with very different topics, duties and responsibilities. The goal behind every one of his/her efforts is a smooth hospital process – from a patient’s point of view as well as in terms of economic aspects.Hospital Facility Management: ”When Something Goes Wrong, a Human Life Is at Stake“ - Read more

United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up

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Photo: Woman smoking and drinking [22/08/2012] Professor Gerard Hastings from the Institute for Social Marketing at the University of Stirling argues that marketing by multinational corporations "threatens our mental wellbeing, exacerbates inequalities, and encourages unsustainable consumption."United Kingdom: Public Health Needs a Radical Shake Up - Read more

Alzheimer's Patients: Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline

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Photo: Man with Alzheimer's disease [21/08/2012] Patients with Alzheimer's disease who suffered episodes of delirium while hospitalized had a sharply increased rate of mental decline for up to five years after being hospitalized compared to those who did not have any such episodes, according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.Alzheimer's Patients: Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline - Read more

Physiotherapist – More than just a job

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Photo: link to a video [20/08/2012] Physiotherapists mobilize after a hip surgery and limber people up after a sporting accident. Young and old put themselves faithfully in the hands of these experts and depend on the great education of therapists and their practical experience. Physiotherapist – More than just a job - Read more

Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow

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Photo: Clinic [20/08/2012] Fast-growing retail medical clinics are attracting more older patients and delivering more preventive care, particularly flu shots and other vaccinations, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.Economy: Use of Retail Medical Clinics Continues to Grow - Read more

Nutrition: Color-coded Labels Improve Healthy Food Choices

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Photo: Color-coded labels on sandwiches [08/08/2012] A program designed to encourage more healthful food choices through simple color-coded labels and the positioning of items in display cases was equally successful across all categories of employees at a large hospital cafeteria.Nutrition: Color-coded Labels Improve Healthy Food Choices - Read more

Nurse Staffing: Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections

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Photo: Nurse with burnout [01/08/2012] Nurse burnout leads to higher healthcare-associated infection rates (HAIs) and costs hospitals millions of additional dollars annually, according to a study of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.Nurse Staffing: Burnout Linked to Hospital Infections - Read more

Ozone Standard: Reducing Mortality and Morbidity

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Photo: Earth in the universe [18/07/2012] Establishing a more stringent ozone standard in the United States would significantly reduce ozone-related premature mortality and morbidity, according to a new study.Ozone Standard: Reducing Mortality and Morbidity - Read more

Surgical Site Infections: Rehospitalisations Add Costs

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[04/06/2012] Preventing further complications in patients who develop infections after surgery to replace a knee or hip could save the United States healthcare system as much as 65 million Dollars annually, according to an analysis of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.Surgical Site Infections: Rehospitalisations Add Costs - Read more

Hospital Communication 2.0 still in its Infancy

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[01/06/2012] Facebook, Twitter, YouTube – by now, Social Media has become an integral part of daily life for many of us. That is why more and more companies call attention to themselves and their products via social networks. The health care sector is also a part of this. Yet it is primarily hospital facilities that still lag behind.Hospital Communication 2.0 still in its Infancy - Read more

Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations

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Photo: Stethoscope lying on dollar notes [04/05/2012] The United States spends more on health care than 12 other industrialised countries yet does not provide "notably superior" care, according to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund. Higher Prices: US Spends Far More for Health Care Than 12 Industrialised Nations - Read more

German Crisis Pregnancy Act: "The understanding for the respective other side is missing in part"

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[02/05/2012] For some time, the German Crisis Pregnancy Act that regulates the information and advice for the prenatal diagnosis in special cases, for example evidence of damage to the physical and mental health of the unborn child, is integrated into the German day-to-day practise. However, slowly, criticism is growing on the part of physicians. Bureaucracy and the daily workload seems to be increasing.German Crisis Pregnancy Act: "The understanding for the respective other side is missing in part" - Read more

Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“

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[02/05/2012] What can future medical specialists expect during the time of their training and education, which areas will they have gotten to know and what quality is attached to the apprenticeship. Depending on the hospital and location in Germany, this question has to be answered differently. Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Training Program: ”It was and is our aspiration to structure residency training and education“ - Read more

California's Medi-Cal Caregivers: Majority Live in or Near Poverty

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[12/04/2012] The demand for caregivers is growing rapidly as California's population ages, but the majority of state's Medi-Cal caregivers earn poverty or near-poverty wages and have poor access to health care and food, a new study from the University of California Los Angeles Centre for Health Policy Research has found.California's Medi-Cal Caregivers: Majority Live in or Near Poverty - Read more

Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“

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[10/04/2012] Most people are clearly female or male. Nature however – human nature as well – also knows other gender types. Intersexuality has always been around in the world and now it is time for society and medical science to finally accept it.Gender Determination: “Intersexuality is not a disease“ - Read more

Veins and Lungs: Infection Linked to Dangerous Blood Clots

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[05/04/2012] Older adults who get infections of any kind – such as urinary, skin, or respiratory tract infections – are nearly three times more likely to be hospitalised for a dangerous blood clot in their deep veins or lungs, University of Michigan Health System research shows.Veins and Lungs: Infection Linked to Dangerous Blood Clots - Read more

The Slightly Different Kind of Flu: Pneumonia as reflected in modern medicine

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[02/04/2012] Pneumonia is a classic among infectious diseases. Hippocrates already described an illness whose symptoms included coughing followed by pneumonia but today would more resemble an influenza virus. Sir William Osler, considered to be the father of modern medicine, characterized it as “Captain of the Men of Death“ at the start of the 20th century. And what about today?The Slightly Different Kind of Flu: Pneumonia as reflected in modern medicine - Read more

Preemies: “The anatomical maturation of the lung makes a gas exchange possible after the 22nd week of pregnancy at the earliest“

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[02/04/2012] In the event of a premature delivery, the lung of a newborn child is often not able to assume its function. One reason for this: it lacks a tenside called surfactant (surface active agent), that makes sure that the lungs don’t stick together during the breathing process. MEDICA.de spoke to Professor Peter Bartmann, Director of Neonatology at University Hospital Bonn, on how preemies can be helped.Preemies: “The anatomical maturation of the lung makes a gas exchange possible after the 22nd week of pregnancy at the earliest“ - Read more

Diagnosis: Paramedics Skilled in Identifying Strokes

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[30/03/2012] Researchers of Loyola University Medical Centre examined the records of 5,300 patients who were brought to Loyola's emergency room by emergency medical services (EMS). Paramedics were able to identify stroke patients with a 99.3 per cent specificity. In diagnosing disease, a high specificity rate indicates there's a high probability the patient actually has the disease.Diagnosis: Paramedics Skilled in Identifying Strokes - Read more

Chemo: Discovery Could Reduce Side Effects

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[14/03/2012] A team of researchers at Duke University has determined the structure of a key molecule that can carry chemotherapy and anti-viral drugs into cells, which could help to create more effective drugs with fewer effects to healthy tissue.Chemo: Discovery Could Reduce Side Effects - Read more

AML: Antidepressant Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment

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[13/03/2012] A retinoid called all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) is used to treat a rare sub-type of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML); however, this drug has not been effective for the more common types. Doctor Arthur Zelent and colleagues at the ICR have been working to unlock the potential of retinoids to treat other patients with AML. They show that the key could be an antidepressant called tranylcypromine (TCP).AML: Antidepressant Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment - Read more

Guideline: Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Help Prevent Paralysis

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Photo: Spinal cord examination; linked to [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

New Study: More Children Living with 'Life-limiting' Conditions

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[12/03/2012] The number of children with conditions such as muscular dystrophy, neurodegenerative disorders or severe cerebral palsy who are surviving into adulthood has been underestimated, a new study led from the University of Leeds shows.New Study: More Children Living with 'Life-limiting' Conditions - Read more

Sensor-Chip for Tumour-Monitoring: "Changes can be well detected"

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[08/03/2012] For cancer patients, chip implants could play an important role in the future - especially, when it comes to difficult to operate tumours. The chip technology will help doctors to monitor the tumour, because it measures the oxygen content in the tissue fluid. Once the oxygen level drops, the tumour threatens to accelerate its growth. Sensor-Chip for Tumour-Monitoring: "Changes can be well detected" - Read more

Improved Outcomes: Surgery After Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury

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Photo: Operation [08/03/2012] Researchers at the Rothman Institute at Jefferson have shown that patients who receive surgery less than 24 hours after a traumatic cervical spine injury suffer less neural tissue destruction and improved clinical outcomes.Improved Outcomes: Surgery After Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury - Read more

USA: One in Four HIV Patients Do Not Stay in Care

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Photo: AIDS patient receives medication [07/03/2012] Only about 75 per cent of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States remain in care consistently, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study of patients across the USA is the first to provide a comprehensive national estimate of HIV care retention and information about patients who are most likely to continue their treatment over time.USA: One in Four HIV Patients Do Not Stay in Care - Read more

Medical devices: From concept to successful applications

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[01/03/2012] Manufacturers of medical technology devices don’t just develop entirely new equipment, but they also have to make sure that products are constantly being optimized. It’s not just enough that a device has to meet the technical requirements, but it is also essential that users of these devices are able to handle them safely and easily. Medical devices: From concept to successful applications - Read more

Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“

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[01/03/2012] Medical devices are becoming increasingly complex and develop faster and faster technically. Modern medicine would be unthinkable without the use of new and more delicate equipment. But there can also be risks to patients, since a comprehensible handling cannot be guaranteed in all cases – it can’t even be excluded in experienced medical specialists. Product development: “If you fail early, you will reach your goal faster“ - Read more

Little Ones: Children Exposed to Anaesthesia Multiple Times Show Elevated Rates of ADHD

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Photo: Baby in Hospital [02/02/2012] Mayo Clinic researchers have found that multiple exposures to anaesthesia at a young age are associated with higher rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).Little Ones: Children Exposed to Anaesthesia Multiple Times Show Elevated Rates of ADHD - Read more

Electrified: Electrodes detect malnutrition

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[01/02/2012] In the past two years the number of malnourished elderly persons in hospitals has increased by more than 50 percent – this was the result of an analysis of current data. Four small electrodes could now contribute to diagnosing malnutrition much faster.Electrified: Electrodes detect malnutrition - Read more

Diagnosis Sepsis: “The risk of patients dying from sepsis increases the longer the diagnosis takes”

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[01/02/2012] On the website of the German Sepsis Society (Deutsche Sepsis-Gesellschaft) you can find the following definition for the disease called sepsis: A modern definition of sepsis was published in 1989 by Bone. He wrote: Sepsis is defined as an invasion of microorganisms and / or their toxins into the blood stream along with the reaction of the organism to the invasion.Diagnosis Sepsis: “The risk of patients dying from sepsis increases the longer the diagnosis takes” - Read more

Children: Hospitalisation Following Drowning-Related Incidents

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[16/01/2012] Fewer children required hospitalisation following a drowning incident over the last two decades, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Centre for Injury Research and Policy.Children: Hospitalisation Following Drowning-Related Incidents - Read more

Hygiene: Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Linked to Hospital's Decorative Fountain

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[11/01/2012] A 2010 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative fountain in a hospital lobby, according to a study of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.Hygiene: Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak Linked to Hospital's Decorative Fountain - Read more

Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again

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[02/01/2012] There is no drug to treat anorexia nervosa. This complex mental illness that goes along with severe physical impairments requires intense therapy that has one final goal in mind: the affected person is supposed to relearn healthy eating patterns to avoid becoming dangerously underweight. Anorexia Therapy: Allowing yourself to enjoy food again - Read more

Hospital Room Cleaning: New Disinfection Technique

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[12/12/2011] A Queen’s University infectious disease expert has collaborated in the development of a disinfection system that may change the way hospital rooms all over the world are cleaned as well as stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments.Hospital Room Cleaning: New Disinfection Technique - Read more

Resuscitation: Sharp Decrease in Deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Photo: Model of heart; linked to [25/11/2011] Only a few decades ago, sudden cardiac arrest was a death sentence. Today, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest is saved roughly once every six hours in Sweden, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reviewing all cases of sudden cardiac arrest over a 30-year period.Resuscitation: Sharp Decrease in Deaths from Sudden Cardiac Arrest - Read more

Influenza: Enzymes That Could Help Fight Flu

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[21/11/2011] The influenza virus remains a worldwide threat to humans, causing an average of 36,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalisations each year in the United States alone. As health care professionals prepare for another flu season, a University of Missouri scientist is studying how two enzymes could be used to stop the virus in its tracks.Influenza: Enzymes That Could Help Fight Flu - Read more

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnoses Vary Widely Across Clinics

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[14/11/2011] Archives of General Psychiatry study suggests common diagnostic subcategories like Asperger syndrome are flawed and provides questionable value.Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnoses Vary Widely Across Clinics - Read more

Study: Stroke Prevention Clinics Reduce 1-Year Mortality Rates

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[09/11/2011] Research led by Doctor Vladimir Hachinski of The University of Western Ontario reveals just how important it is for patients to be referred to a stroke prevention clinic following either a mild stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA). The study showed a 26 per cent reduction in one-year mortality rates among those referred to a stroke prevention clinic.Study: Stroke Prevention Clinics Reduce 1-Year Mortality Rates - Read more

Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics"

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[02/11/2011] If a wound does not heal within four to twelve weeks after emergence, doctors call it a chronic wound. In many cases underlying diseases such as venous or vascular disease or diabetes mellitus are the cause. A successful therapy, however, still presents a challenge and requires an interdisciplinary cooperation.Chronic Wounds: "Among experts we focus far too little on the basics" - Read more

Tumor Conference: “All tumor conference participants have access to the same data“

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[04/10/2011] Oncology patients generally need fast, coordinated help over a longer period of time – stress and strains that arise from frequent visits to doctors and hospitals should preferably be avoided. That’s why the Asklepios Kliniken (clinics) in Hamburg, Germany, break new ground with their “Future Hospital“ program.Tumor Conference: “All tumor conference participants have access to the same data“ - Read more

Surgery Patients: Catching a Breath – Wirelessly

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Photo: Diagram of the wirelessly method [22/09/2011] University of Utah engineers who built wireless networks that see through walls now are aiming the technology at a new goal: noninvasively measuring the breathing of surgery patients, adults with sleep apnoea and babies at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).Surgery Patients: Catching a Breath – Wirelessly - Read more

Heart Transplant: Researchers Develop New Way to Predict Survival

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Photo: Heart in hands; linked to [07/09/2011] Johns Hopkins researchers say they have developed a formula to predict which heart transplant patients are at greatest risk of death in the year following their surgeries, information that could help medical teams figure out who would benefit most from the small number of available organs.Heart Transplant: Researchers Develop New Way to Predict Survival - Read more

Leukaemia: Researchers Found Mechanism That Can Help Design Future Therapies

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Photo: Graphic of blood cells; linked to [06/09/2011] An international team of researchers has found a group of mutations involved in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), and showed that certain drugs, already in clinical use to treat other diseases, can eliminate the cells carrying these mutations.Leukaemia: Researchers Found Mechanism That Can Help Design Future Therapies - Read more

EurSafety Health-net: "You can learn a lot in many different areas from each other"

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[01/09/2011] To be able to fight resistant hospital bacteria effectively and for the long term, it is getting more and more important to collaborate throughout Europe and internationally with different stakeholders of medical facilities. Now one European project is making this its primary goal. The German-Dutch collaboration is meant to strengthen patient safety and protection against infections.EurSafety Health-net: "You can learn a lot in many different areas from each other" - 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

Newborns: Newest Screen Will Indicate Heart Problems

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Photo: A newborn [22/08/2011] Now a group of physicians and scientists of Duke University Medical Center has developed strategies for national screening for critical CHD, using a simple, noninvasive test called pulse oximetry that measures oxygen in blood. Low oxygen levels would trigger further investigation.Newborns: Newest Screen Will Indicate Heart Problems - Read more

New Method: Improvement of Drugs and Other Compounds

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[18/08/2011] Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have devised a much easier technique for performing a chemical modification used widely in the synthesis of drugs and other products.New Method: Improvement of Drugs and Other Compounds - Read more

Warning Signs: Predict Kidney Injury After Surgery

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[15/08/2011] Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common – but preventable complication after surgery that can lead to other complications or even death. The use and development of biomarkers will help physicians diagnose and treat acute kidney injury. Three protein measurements indicate who has a high risk of developing kidney injury after heart surgery, according to two studies.Warning Signs: Predict Kidney Injury After Surgery - Read more

Living in a foreign land: “So far different countries have responded quite differently to the psychosocial needs of immigrants“

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[01/08/2011] Those who leave their home country to live in another one always take a part of their own culture with them – even in a global community that appears more and more linked to us. But how much does our native country still affect us in foreign lands and how do we handle it if professional or everyday situations lead us to feeling stressed out? Living in a foreign land: “So far different countries have responded quite differently to the psychosocial needs of immigrants“ - Read more

New Evidence: Benefits of Home Dialysis for Kidney Patients

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[22/06/2011] Cells that help protect blood vessels work better in patients who undergo dialysis at home during the night than those who undergo standard daytime dialysis in a hospital, according to Doctor Darren Yuen, a nephrologist.New Evidence: Benefits of Home Dialysis for Kidney Patients - Read more

Aortic Dissection: New Bedside Screening Effectively Identifies Patients

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Photo: Doctor with Patient [18/05/2011] The most lethal and sudden cardiovascular event can be the toughest for doctors to diagnose. But a study by the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center shows new guidelines are effective for determining who's most likely suffering from an aortic dissection, which is tearing in the lining of the body's largest blood vessel. Aortic Dissection: New Bedside Screening Effectively Identifies Patients - Read more

Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“

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Photo: Countryside [22/04/2011] Rural exodus is not just a well-known German problem, but happens all over the world. In the foreseeable future, this development will have a negative impact on the rural infrastructure and with it also on medical care. The fact remains: Many physicians prefer the city and a country atmosphere doesn’t do much for them.Country Doctor: “Sadly, humanity will fall by the wayside“ - Read more

Children With Inherited Disorder: Immunisation Not Linked to Increased Hospitalisation

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[11/04/2011] Children with inborn errors of metabolism received vaccines on the same immunization schedule as did healthy infants, according to Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center scientists. In addition, immunization was not associated with significant increases in emergency room visits or hospitalizations during the month following vaccination, according to Doctor Nicola Klein, lead author of the study. Children With Inherited Disorder: Immunisation Not Linked to Increased Hospitalisation - Read more

Health Congress: “Patients experience innovation in different ways“

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Photo: Drawn figure, sitting on a question mark [08/04/2011] What does innovation mean to patients and are medical innovations actually well received by patients? At the trade show Gesundheitskongress des Westens (The Western Health Congress) on March 15, 2011 in Essen Germany, MEDICA.de spoke with consumerist Wolfgang Schuldzinski. Health Congress: “Patients experience innovation in different ways“ - Read more

Trauma Patients: Protection From Worse Outcomes

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[22/03/2011] Patients who've been hurt in car or bike crashes, been shot or stabbed, or suffered other injuries are more likely to live if they arrive at the hospital on the weekend than during the week, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.Trauma Patients: Protection From Worse Outcomes - Read more

Hospital Hygiene: “Optimum conditions require sufficient and qualified personnel“

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[22/03/2011] Many hospital stays go smoothly. Then suddenly complications arise and the patient experiences strange symptoms. The problem is well-known: often this is due to an infection with dangerous, antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A frequent cause is lack of hygiene. Thousands of patients all over the world contract these so-called nosocomial infections. How can this development be stopped?Hospital Hygiene: “Optimum conditions require sufficient and qualified personnel“ - Read more

Awareness: “The risk varies depending on the research“

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“The risk varies depending on the research“ [08/03/2011] As a patient about to go under general anesthesia for surgery, you are understandably nervous. Although complications in anesthetics have become rare, patients still fear two things in particular – to not wake up again after the surgery or to wake up during the surgery, respectively. The latter phenomenon is called awareness or also intra-operative awareness. Awareness: “The risk varies depending on the research“ - Read more

Genomics of Autism: Gene Variants Linked to Brain Development

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Gene Variants Linked to Brain Development [02/03/2011] New research on the genomics of autism confirms that the genetic roots of the disorder are highly complicated, but that common biological themes underlie this complexity. Genomics of Autism: Gene Variants Linked to Brain Development - Read more

Cracks in time: Learning to handle emergencies

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Learning to handle emergencies [01/03/2011] An emergency is a situation that requires immediate assistance – this is how the Duden, Germany’s definitive directory on orthography specifies it. However, this cut and dry sentence cannot reflect the amount of feelings people are subjected to in emergency situations. All the more admirable are those people who stay calm in the face of an emergency.Cracks in time: Learning to handle emergencies - Read more

Blood Test at Discharge: Reduced Hospital Readmission for Heart Failure Patients

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Reduced Hospital Readmission for Heart Failure Patients [01/03/2011] An inexpensive, routine blood test could hold the key to why some patients with congestive heart failure do well after being discharged from the hospital and why others risk relapse, costly readmission or death within a year, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.Blood Test at Discharge: Reduced Hospital Readmission for Heart Failure Patients - 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

MRSA: First Battle Won With Antibodies

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First Battle Won With Antibodies [09/11/2010] Bacteria that are resistant to antibodies pose a threat, particularly to people who are sick or feeble. In the search for new drugs, scientists from the University of Würzburg have made a breakthrough.MRSA: First Battle Won With Antibodies - Read more

Green Hospitals: “We clearly put the emphasis on an integrated sustainable view of the buildings”

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“We clearly put the emphasis on an integrated sustainable view of the buildings” [01/11/2010] In other countries, they exist already, soon they will be available in Germany. We are talking about so-called "Green Hospitals", hospitals that were designed and realized under an ecological point of view.Green Hospitals: “We clearly put the emphasis on an integrated sustainable view of the buildings” - Read more

Patients: Malnutrition Increases Risk of Prolonged Hospital Stay

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[13/10/2010] Hospital patients admitted with malnutrition or who don’t eat for several days are at greater risk of a prolonged hospital stay, according to a new study.Patients: Malnutrition Increases Risk of Prolonged Hospital Stay - Read more

Daycare: Children With Lung Disease at Risk for Serious Illness

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[27/09/2010] Exposure to common viruses in daycare puts children with a chronic lung condition caused by premature birth at risk for serious respiratory infections, according to a study from Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Daycare: Children With Lung Disease at Risk for Serious Illness - Read more

Stroke: Study Publicizes New Measure to Prevent Blood Clots

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Study Publicizes New Measure to Prevent Blood Clots [22/09/2010] Treating hospital patients with thigh-length surgical stockings can reduce life threatening blood clots, a new study suggests. The CLOTS study from the University of Edinburgh highlights that the clot rate in stroke patients was higher among those fitted with the shorter stockings than for those with longer stockings.Stroke: Study Publicizes New Measure to Prevent Blood Clots - Read more

New Immunotherapy: Treatment Option for C.Difficile Coming From England

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[16/09/2010] New research being presented at Health Protection 2010 will show how an alternative approach for treating and preventing Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is being developed by the scientists. This could in future be used in combination with antibiotics or as a replacement for antibiotics. New Immunotherapy: Treatment Option for C.Difficile Coming From England - Read more

Patients: Dysphagia Found to Increase Length of Hospital Stay And Mortality Risk

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Dysphagia Found to Increase Length of Hospital Stay And Mortality Risk [18/08/2010] Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that patients with dysphagia averaged a 40 percent longer hospital stay than patients without the condition. They also had a poorer prognosis. . Patients: Dysphagia Found to Increase Length of Hospital Stay And Mortality Risk - Read more

LCD Television: Waste Could Help Prevent Bacterial Infections

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Photo: LCD Television [21/06/2010] The fastest growing waste in the EU could soon be helping to combat hospital infections, according to scientists at the University of York.LCD Television: Waste Could Help Prevent Bacterial Infections - Read more

Disk Herniation: Better Results from Surgery After a Short Period of Sick Leave

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Photo: Doctor with a female patient [15/06/2010] It has been calculated that approximately 1-2 percent of Sweden's population suffer from disk herniation, and surgery is the best solution for approximately 10 percent of these. Disk Herniation: Better Results from Surgery After a Short Period of Sick Leave - 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

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

Imaging: CT and MRI Associated With Decreased Costs

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[06/04/2010] Advanced imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) might shorten the length of a person's hospital stay and decrease the high costs associated with hospitalization if used early. Imaging: CT and MRI Associated With Decreased Costs - Read more

Surgeries: More than Half Are Done Outpatient

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[11/03/2010] Nearly 58 percent of the surgeries performed in hospitals in 2007 were done as outpatient procedures, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.Surgeries: More than Half Are Done Outpatient - Read more

Medical Fundraising: “It Works Primarily Through Networks“

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[08/03/2010] In times of financial crisis money is tight. Nobody has anything to give away. This is also evident in everyday life at a hospital. There are some exceptions: Some private individuals or companies are helping clinics out financially and therefore help themselves and the hospital to gain more recognition.Medical Fundraising: “It Works Primarily Through Networks“ - Read more

Costs: Going Green in the Hospital

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[05/03/2010] Recycling medical equipment could save hospitals hundreds of millions of dollars annually and curb trash at medical centers, the second-largest waste producers in the United States after the food industry.Costs: Going Green in the Hospital - Read more

Attending Physicians: “Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes”

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“Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes” [01/03/2010] “A man, who has made a mistake and doesn't correct it, just made another mistake.” This quote from Confucius also applies to doctors, since only being open-minded and dealing with mistakes prevents them. Matthias Schrappe is the Director of the Institute for Patient Safety in Bonn – the first facility of its kind in Germany. MEDICA.de talked with him about forgotten swabs, students and pilots. Attending Physicians: “Learning Early on that Everybody Makes Mistakes” - Read more

Hospital Infections: Safety Checklist Shows Effect

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Safety Checklist Shows Effect [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

Surgery: How Clean Is Your Knife?

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[20/01/2010] A new fast-acting disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses, fungi and prions could help to reduce the spread of deadly infections in hospitals, according to research.Surgery: How Clean Is Your Knife? - Read more

Infection Prevention: Sharing a Hospital Room Increases Risk of 'Super Bugs'

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[06/01/2010] Staying in a multi-bed hospital room dramatically increases the risk of acquiring a serious infectious disease, researchers have discovered.Infection Prevention: Sharing a Hospital Room Increases Risk of 'Super Bugs' - Read more

Medical Students: Stuck by Needles, yet Often Fail to Report

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Stuck by Needles, yet Often Fail to Report [02/12/2009] Medical students are commonly stuck by needles — putting them at risk of contracting potentially dangerous blood-borne diseases. Many of them fail to report the injuries to hospital authorities, according to a new study.Medical Students: Stuck by Needles, yet Often Fail to Report - Read more

Hospital Mortality: Complications Are Not Best Predictor

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Complications Are Not Best Predictor [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

Hygiene: Sensor Alerts Health-Care Workers of Need to Wash Hands

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[21/09/2009] A wireless, credit-card-sized sensor that can detect whether health care workers have properly washed their hands is being studied at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Medical Center. Hygiene: Sensor Alerts Health-Care Workers of Need to Wash Hands - Read more

Lab-on-a-Chip: Integrated Optical Trap Holds Particles

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Integrated Optical Trap Holds Particles [09/07/2009] A new type of optical particle trap can be used to manipulate bacteria, viruses and other particles on a chip as part of an integrated optofluidic platform. Lab-on-a-Chip: Integrated Optical Trap Holds Particles - Read more

Care: The Emotional Cost of Nursing

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[03/07/2009] What are the costs of caring? A new project in the School of Psychology explores nurses’ experience of distress and aims to determine if empathy with patients is associated with traumatic experience in nurses.Care: The Emotional Cost of Nursing - Read more

Market Development: „Many Of The Smaller Hospitals Have Potential That Lies Idle“

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[01/05/2009] Boosting medical tourism in Germany – this is the aim of a university project group in Aachen. Three years and a half engineers, together with IT experts and clinics, researched how hospitals could do better in winning over international patients.Market Development: „Many Of The Smaller Hospitals Have Potential That Lies Idle“ - Read more

Eating Disorders: Sending More Americans to Hospital

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[15/04/2009] The number of patients hospitalised due to eating disorders that caused anaemia, kidney failure, erratic heart rhythms or other problems rose 18 percent between 1999 and 2006, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Eating Disorders: Sending More Americans to Hospital - Read more

Hygiene: Low-Cost Method for Monitoring Developed

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[06/04/2009] Scientists have created a new low-cost, green technology for automatically tracking the use of hand hygiene dispensers before healthcare workers enter and after they exit patient rooms.Hygiene: Low-Cost Method for Monitoring Developed - Read more

Hospital: Respiratory Risk From Cleaning Fluids

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[30/03/2009] Cleaning fluids used in hospitals may pose a health risk to both staff and patients. A pilot study has found that potentially hazardous chemicals are contained in a selection of agents used in several different hospitals.Hospital: Respiratory Risk From Cleaning Fluids - Read more

Germany: An Overview of the Health Care Reform

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[01/01/2009] Long before the introduction on 1 January 2009, a great many critical voices occurred in regard of the German health fund which is the principal item of the health care reform that came into effect in 2007. The consequences the reform has for insured people and which areas of the whole reform package is already valid – an overview. Germany: An Overview of the Health Care Reform - Read more

German Hospital Conference: Tug of War in the Health Care Sector

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[01/11/2008] Are 3.2 billion Euros a cash injection or a cheat? On the 31st German Hospital Conference at MEDICA 2008, practitioners and politicians discuss about this, and how it should go on with hospitals in Germany of which about one third is in the red. German Hospital Conference: Tug of War in the Health Care Sector - Read more

 
 

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