Dellinger: More compassion is needed in ICU care | NICU holds "Kangaroo-a-thon" to help infants develop | Study examines trauma center status of Chicago-area hospitals
January 20, 2015
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Dellinger: More compassion is needed in ICU care
The biggest advance needed in critical care medicine is increased compassion, Dr. R. Phillip Dellinger told the Society of Critical Care Medicine's annual meeting. Dellinger, an SCCM past president, said other needed ICU improvements include two-way patient communication, earlier sepsis treatment, focusing on post-ICU patient problems, multidisciplinary ICU rounds and better electronic medical records documentation. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/19)
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NICU holds "Kangaroo-a-thon" to help infants develop
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., held a two-week Kangaroo-a-thon in its NICU to promote infant health and bonding between babies and parents. Studies have suggested kangaroo care, which includes skin-to-skin contact between infants and parents, may improve heart rate and breathing, promote growth, increase sleep and lead to earlier discharge. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (1/19)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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AMA report shows weekly working hours among physicians
A report by the American Medical Association showed most physicians had weekly workloads of 40 to 60 hours, while 23% worked 61 to 80 or more hours. Researchers found 20% of senior doctors work more than 60 hours weekly, 20% of middle-aged physicians work 61 to 80 hours per week and 5% of younger physicians work more than 80 hours a week. However, about half of physicians across all age groups preferred fewer working hours per week, researchers added. News (1/16)
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Biologist warns wearing scrubs outside hospital may spread germs
Hospital staff may have varied attitudes about wearing scrubs outside of the facility, but University of California, Davis, biologist Jonathan Eisen said there is a risk that doing so will carry dangerous bacteria to the outside environment. Julia Sammons of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said scientific evidence on how attire affects transmission of organizations is limited, so infection-control efforts are aimed at evidence-based practices, including hand hygiene and patient isolation, that are known to work. WCAU-TV (Philadelphia)/Newsworks (1/16)
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Trends and Technology
Hospitals turn to genetic testing to improve patient-donor blood matching
Hospitals and blood banks in the U.S. are seeking to improve donor and patient blood testing, turning to genetic methods to identify potential risks that transfusion patients may face. One such test approved in the U.S. is PreciseType, which uses DNA from blood samples to rapidly and simultaneously identify 35 antigens that have the highest potential to cause immune reactions. Wider use of the test could reduce infections, costs of future hospitalizations and treatment, and even death among patients needing transfusions. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/19)
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Information exchanges linked with reduction in redundant imaging
A study in the American Journal of Managed Care found that use of health information exchanges was associated with a reduced rate of repeat imaging. When clinicians did not access an HIE 90 days after an initial imaging procedure, 8% of imaging was repeated, compared with 5.2% when an HIE was accessed. (1/15)
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Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth."
-- John F. Kennedy,
35th U.S. president
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