UV disinfection reduces C. diff in adult ICU, study says | Taking a pause after a patient dies helps hospital workers cope | ICU admission following heart attack varies, study says
September 29, 2015
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UV disinfection reduces C. diff in adult ICU, study says
Using ultraviolet light for room disinfection led to a 70% reduction in hospital-associated Clostridium difficile infections among adult ICU patients, researchers wrote in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study used data from Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., which has a 180-bed ICU. Healio (free registration) (9/28)
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Billing data show increased use of intermediate care
A study that analyzed billing data found increases in the use of intermediate care from 1996 to 2010 by hospitals that provided critical care services, researchers reported in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The billing data showed patients in intermediate care had more acute organ failures diagnoses codes, compared with patients in a general unit, but fewer organ failures, less mechanical ventilation, and lower Medicare costs and mortality rates when compared with ICU patients. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (9/28)
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QI programs cut heart failure readmissions, study says
A study presented at the Heart Failure Society of America's annual meeting showed quality improvement initiatives reduced 30-day readmission rates for heart failure patients from 20.2% in 2009 to 19.05% in 2012. However, only two of 70 sites studied achieved the stated goal of a 20% relative reduction in 30-day readmission rates. Healio (free registration)/Cardiology Today (9/27)
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Children's hospital uses EHR dashboard to improve PICU care
Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. used an electronic health record dashboard in its pediatric intensive care unit to decrease time-to-treatment, reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and improve medication reconciliation and completion, according to a study in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The hospital also is using the dashboard in neonatal and cardiac units. BeckersHospitalReview.com (9/25)
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Study: Model projects patients' health care resource use
A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that an online risk model developed using data collected from Maine's health information exchange accurately projected patients' health care needs and resource use over six months. "The model and associated online applications were designed for tracking the evolving nature of total population risk, in a longitudinal manner, for healthcare resource utilization. It will enable more effective care management strategies driving improved patient outcomes," according to researchers. BeckersHospitalReview.com (9/28)
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