Study supports chlorhexidine soap for MRSA prevention | Relaxation intervention may reduce stress for ICU nurses | Ind. hospitals encourage Kangaroo Care in NICUs
May 15, 2015
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Study supports chlorhexidine soap for MRSA prevention
Using chlorhexidine soap on patients was linked to a reduced risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus contamination, according to study data from three ICUs presented at a Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America meeting. The six-month study found seven MRSA cases among patients bathed with chlorhexidine soap, compared with nine MRSA infections when ICU staff used CDC-endorsed contact precautions. Medical News Today (5/14)
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Relaxation intervention may reduce stress for ICU nurses
Stress markers decreased among surgical ICU nurses who participated in an intervention that included mindfulness, yoga, stretching, medication and music, compared with nurses in a control group, Ohio State University researchers reported. (5/12)
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CMS Open Payments: What You Need to Know
As part of CMS Open Payments, manufacturers and GPOs submitted data about their financial relationships with you—physicians and teaching hospitals. You are encouraged to review that data before it is made available on a publicly accessible website. Learn more now!
Medicine in the News
FDA committee considers how to determine Ebola vaccine efficacy
The FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is considering the best ways to show the efficacy of Ebola virus vaccines as part of the approval process, as a declining patient pool will make it difficult to determine if vaccine candidates work using the traditional approval pathway. Medscape (free registration) (5/13)
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Hospital, health system execs prioritize value, quality
Strategic planning and relationship building are among hospital leaders' most important tasks, according to a panel of hospital and health system CEOs. Moving to a value-based reimbursement model, improving quality and addressing disparities in health care are also priorities, they said. (5/13)
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Trends and Technology
Carenection works with Advanced ICU Care to offer tele-ICU service to hospitals
A partnership was recently formed between Carenection, a telehealth services provider, and Advanced ICU Care. The collaboration allows Advanced ICU Care to roll out its tele-ICU model in the 400 hospitals being served by Carenection. American City Business Journals/St. Louis (5/12)
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Va. health system uses remote monitoring to cut readmissions
The Broad Axe Care Coordination remote monitoring program in Virginia led to a 10.4% patient readmission rate, which was 45% lower than the best historic rate for the University of Virginia Health System, researchers reported at the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting. Patients are chosen for the program while still in the hospital and an integrated platform helps with the transition to home, monitoring and communication with clinicians. Medscape (free registration) (5/12)
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