Continuous positive airway pressure may be more effective in premature infants with respiratory distress than nasal high-flow therapy, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Data showed the overall treatment failure rate for infants in the CPAP group was 13.3%, compared with 25.5% in the nasal high-flow therapy group.
Six Emory Health hospitals in the US are opening a remote ICU at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, to provide better overnight patient coverage. The staff in Australia will be able to monitor patients and provide assistance to US-based clinicians.
The costs for poor laboratory quality may range from $200 to $2,000 per lab error, researchers told the Pathology and Lab Medicine 2016 American Society for Clinical Pathology Annual Meeting. Data showed one irretrievably lost specimen could cost $584, with cumulative errors totaling $20,430 over three months.
Research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found palliative care consults for nursing home patients led to less burdensome care, fewer hospital readmissions and better pain management without raising costs. The study included 46 nursing homes in North Carolina and Rhode Island and researchers said palliative care consultations were more effective if they took place early, from 61 to 180 days before death.
Rural hospitals may save money and improve care using telemedicine technologies, according to data from Eagle Telemedicine. Hospitals using an Eagle Telemedicine program saved up to 40% on the cost of night coverage, experienced a 50% increase in night admissions, and had an average response time of 69 seconds from when a nurse called to when a physician interacted remotely with the patient.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT reported that 96% of hospitals across the US are using EHR systems. Arizona, Louisiana and South Dakota are the states with the lowest percentage of hospitals that have the capability to exchange summary of care records, while Alaska, Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island have the highest percentage of hospitals capable of interoperability.