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1. Intensivist compensation shows slight gain in 2015

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Intensivists are in the middle of the pack among physician earners, with average annual incomes of about $283,000, according to data from the Medscape Intensivist Compensation Report 2015. The income level represents a 1% increase over Medscape's 2014 report, and data show fewer intensivists this year were satisfied with their salary levels, compared with last year. Medscape (free registration) (04/21)


2. About 25% of ICU patients develop PTSD, study says

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

About 25% of ICU patients develop post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study to be published in Critical Care Medicine. Johns Hopkins University researchers found having patients keep ICU diaries was a potential way to prevent PTSD. "Diaries seem to help patients process their experience and formulate more accurate memories of their time in the ICU," said researcher Joe Bienvenu. PsychCentral.com (04/21)


3. Study: Brain-code protocol leads to faster treatment

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

A neurocritical care team used a protocol that included a brain code algorithm to reduce medication administration times in patients with acute intracranial hypertension, researchers from the University of California at San Diego said during the American Association of Neurology annual meeting. During the study period, the protocol was most often used in the emergency department and neurological and medical ICUs. MedPage Today (free registration) (04/23)


4. Study looks at MRSA incidence, infection controls

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

A 20-year retrospective study of 540,669 blood samples found that strict implementation of infection protocols was associated with control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections. The precautions included single rooms for patients with MRSA infections or colonies, routine decolonization of all carriers, and molecular typing of all strains. The findings were reported in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. BeckersASC.com (04/21)


5. John Muir's PICU is first in Contra Costa County, Calif.

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Oakland Tribune (Calif.), The (04/20)


6. CMS launches patient-experience star ratings on Hospital Compare

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

The CMS has updated its Hospital Compare website to include a patient-experience star-rating system, designed to help patients make comparisons among Medicare-accredited facilities. Hospitals are ranked based on factors such as communication between clinicians and patients, cleanliness of the hospital and responsiveness of the hospital staff. Only 251 of the more than 3,500 hospitals rated received five stars. Modern Healthcare (tiered subscription model) (04/16) Medscape (free registration) (04/17)


7. Study: Angiotensin inhibition may help obese trauma patients

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Medscape (free registration) (04/22)


8. Utah hospital tests Intermountain Healthcare's telemedicine system

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Sanpete Valley Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, ran a simulation exercise on Friday of the new telemedicine system being rolled out by Intermountain Healthcare. During the test, a neonatologist from Utah Valley Regional Medical Center guided Sanpete Valley nurses as they cared for newborns. Deseret News (Salt Lake City), The (04/19)


9. Study examines antibiotic use in Calif. NICUs

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 21, 2015

Researchers looked at more than 52,000 infants in 127 neonatal intensive care units in California and found that about half of NICUs gave antibiotics to newborns for less than 25% of patient-days, while half administered on more than 25% of patient-days. The findings, published in Pediatrics, showed that antibiotic use does not correlate with infection rates, surgical cases or infant deaths, which researchers said indicates they may be overused. HealthDay News (04/20)


10. Hospital trains staff in emergency, OR, ICU simulation rooms

Critical Care SmartBrief | Apr 24, 2015

Medical staff get emergency trauma care training in a simulation center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital that is decked out as the interior of an ambulance. Physicians, nurses and other caregivers can also train in operating and ICU simulation rooms. D Healthcare Daily (Dallas) (04/24)




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