Catheter safety programs reduce infections, save money | NICU reduced milk administration errors with QI project | Parental rudeness may compromise NICU care, study finds
January 13, 2017
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Catheter safety programs reduce infections, save money
Hospitals implementing safety procedures around catheter use reduced infections by 57% and saw a savings of $1.85 million each over three years, according to a study by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in JAMA Internal Medicine. For every $100,000 spent on catheter safety programs, hospitals experienced an average of $315,000 in savings.
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NICU reduced milk administration errors with QI project
The prevalence of scanned milk administration errors in a NICU setting dropped from 97.1 per 1,000 bottles in 2009 to 10.8 in 2015 after the implementation of a quality improvement intervention, while the number of expired milk error scans declined from 84 per 1,000 bottles to 8.9 during the same period. The findings in Pediatrics showed initiatives such as bedside scanner installation and a dedicated milk handling staff likely had the biggest impact.
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Medicine in the News
Survey: 53% of intensivists report burnout
Medscape's Intensivist Lifestyle Report 2017 showed 53% of intensivists reported burnout, compared with 51% of all physicians surveyed. The top reasons for burnout included having too many administrative tasks, spending too much time at work and maintenance of certification requirements.
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US organ transplants up 20% since 2012
The number of organ transplants in the US reached a new record for the fourth consecutive year, with more than 33,600 transplants performed in 2016, a 20% increase over 2012, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Hospital transplant programs, organ procurement organizations and OPTN have worked hard to increase donation and recovery, but drug overdoses have also been a factor, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing.
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Trends and Technology
Chicago-area hospitals to launch mobile telestroke units
Northwest Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Rush University Medical Center plan to launch mobile telestroke units that will carry portable CT scanners and tissue plasminogen activator drugs and have a telemedicine link to the hospital. It cost about $1 million to prepare the Rush University Medical Center van and will be about the same to operate it annually, and both of the Chicago-area hospitals are using grant money to fund the projects.
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VA to test digital health platform that integrates data, uses analytics
The Department of Veterans Affairs is developing a proof of concept for its Digital Health Platform to demonstrate how disparate data from commercial EHRs, the VA, the military, apps, wearables and devices can be integrated and made available to health care providers in real time. Apervita has been tapped to develop the proof of concept, which aims to demonstrate how care quality, efficiency and flexibility for veterans can be boosted through real-time analytics.
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