Hospitals use data-driven initiatives to reduce HAIs | Studies support more parent involvement in NICU baby care | Spontaneous bleeding may raise risk of dying among PCI patients

April 14, 2015
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Hospitals use data-driven initiatives to reduce HAIs
Hospitals have successfully reduced costly health care-associated infections using strategies that focus on specific organisms or on hygiene and antimicrobial management. The success of initiatives to reduce infections depends on providing feedback data to staff so they know how actions affect patient outcomes, said registered nurse Amy Nichols, director of epidemiology and infection control at the UCSF Medical Center. (4/11)
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Studies support more parent involvement in NICU baby care
International study data show better outcomes when parents care for their newborns in the NICU, and researchers suggest the physical contact may help a baby's developing immune system. The University of California at San Francisco has applied for a NIH grant to study the Family Integrated Care approach. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (4/13)
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Study finds narcotic medication use during pregnancy
A study of more than 112,000 women enrolled in the Tennessee Medicaid program showed approximately 28% had gotten a prescription filled for at least one narcotic pain medication, researchers reported in the journal Pediatrics. Vanderbilt University neonatologist Dr. Stephen Patrick said neonatal abstinence syndrome linked to narcotic use by pregnant women leads to longer and more complicated birth hospitalizations. HealthDay News (4/13)
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Survey: More EDs are prepared for pediatric care
A study in JAMA Pediatrics shows improvement in emergency departments' preparedness for young patients following a push to improve pediatric emergency care. Surveyed hospitals achieved an average readiness score of 69% in 2013, compared with 55% 10 years earlier, according to the study, which looked at whether facilities have the appropriate staff, space and equipment to provide optimal care to children. The study also found about 48% of hospitals had doctors serving as care coordinators for pediatric ED patients, compared with 18% 10 years earlier. About 60% said their facility had a nurse in that role, compared with 12% earlier. Reuters (4/13)
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Carolinas Healthcare reports better outcomes with virtual ICU
Carolinas HealthCare System uses virtual monitoring in the ICUs at 10 of its hospitals to help staff handle complex patients. Dr. Scott Lindblom said it works in rural and urban areas, and the system credits virtual care with helping it achieve a 5% reduction in mortality and a 6% decrease in lengths of stay. WFAE-FM (Charlotte, N.C.) (4/14)
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CDC app will coach use of Ebola personal protective equipment
The CDC will release a speech-enabled application to guide clinicians through the agency's recommendations on the use of personal protective equipment to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus. The resource will include animations and step-by-step guides and will be available in the Apple and Google app stores. (4/10), HIT Consultant (4/10)
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