CDC protocol reduces ventilator time, ICU stays, study says | ICU patients with acute kidney injuries may have higher CVD risk | Study supports lower hemoglobin transfusion thresholds in septic shock
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October 17, 2014
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CDC protocol reduces ventilator time, ICU stays, study says
Duke University researchers said decreasing sedation through daily spontaneous awakening and breathing trials for ventilated patients may reduce ventilator time, adverse events and ICU days. The study presented at IDWeek tested the CDC's Prevention Epicenters Wake Up and Breathe Collaborative in 12 ICUs at seven hospitals, along with eight surveillance-only units. Medscape (free registration) (10/15)
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ICU patients with acute kidney injuries may have higher CVD risk
Advanced kidney injury patients discharged from an ICU have a higher three-year cumulative risk of heart failure and heart attack, according to a study in the journal Critical Care. The study included 21,556 patients treated in Denmark hospital ICUs. Healio (free registration) (10/15)
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Medicine in the News
ICU staff may have greater Ebola risk, expert says
The nature of the Ebola virus makes it a bigger threat to ICU staff and other caregivers who have intimate contact with patients with advanced illness, says Peter Hotez, a tropical medicine expert at the Baylor College of Medicine. Hotez said there is "no margin for error" when treating Ebola patients in an ICU setting because even a small amount of blood in the late disease stages can spread the disease easily. USA Today (10/14)
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Report: U.S. may need special centers for Ebola care
The U.S. may need a regional system of specialized centers for treating Ebola patients staffed by clinicians trained to deal with unfamiliar pathogens, researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The authors said there are challenges to providing high-containment care for Ebola patients in traditional health care settings. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said its care of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan has "sidelined" many ICU staff who are being monitored because of potential exposure to the pathogen. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/16)
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Trends and Technology
Wireless imaging device from Konica lands FDA clearance
The AeroDR XE wireless digital radiography device, developed by Konica Minolta Medical Imaging, has obtained clearance from the FDA. The device weighs 5.7 pounds and is tailored for use in critical care, intensive care, trauma and emergency suites, although it can also be used in teaching hospitals as well as for bedside imaging and portable applications. (free registration) (10/15)
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EHR use linked to fewer adverse events, data show
Advanced EHR use resulted in a 30% decline in adverse events tied to drug errors and a 25% reduction in complications, according to a new study. The findings, drawn from hospitals and physician practices, were presented at the Workshop on Health IT and Economics. (10/14)
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