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1. Hospitals look to Big Data to improve intensive care outcomes

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Medicine are among the institutions mining and analyzing large data sets to avoid complications and improve outcomes among intensive care patients. Researchers are combining disparate data sets to find correlations and identify trouble spots as well as solutions. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/25)

2. CHG bathing reduced rate of infection in pediatric patients

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

A study in the American Journal of Infection Control found that bathing pediatric patients daily with chlorhexidine gluconate wipes reduced bloodstream infections related to central line catheters by nearly 60% at Indiana University Health's Riley Hospital for Children. Daily linen changes, regular tubing and cap changes on the lines, assessment of central line dressings and proper technique for administering medications also helped reduce infection rates, researchers said. United Press International (06/26)

3. Study: Too much time spent on completing infection reports

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

A study to be discussed at the 2015 conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology showed that health care-acquired infection reporting is time-consuming and is hindering providers from effectively protecting patients from HAIs. After analyzing the laboratory test reports at Somerville, N.J.-based Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, researchers found that more than five hours daily were spent by infection preventionists to prepare their HAI reports. Researchers suggested that hospitals pay more attention to staff members' adherence to infection prevention practices instead of focusing on completing HAI reports. Healthcare Informatics online (06/26)

4. Spending bill in House would end funding for AHRQ

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a draft budget for fiscal 2016 that would terminate funding for HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The proposal would also cut funding for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, while holding funding for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT at $60.4 million. Healthcare Informatics online (06/25)

5. Light fixture kills germs without harming people

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

A Kenosha, Wis., firm is developing lights that kill harmful bacteria but, unlike ultraviolet lights, can be left on while people are in the room. The technology, which employs a narrow, violet-hued band of light, was developed at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, and is meant to be an adjunct infection-control system. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (06/26)

6. Preemies may benefit from umbilical cord milking, study finds

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

United Press International (06/29)

7. Low birth weight infants at increased risk for adverse effects after vaccination

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015 (06/28)

8. SmartBrief will not publish July 3

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

In observance of Independence Day in the U.S., Critical Care SmartBrief will not publish on Friday, July 3. Publication will resume Tuesday, July 7.

9. Kindness, at least actual, is in our power, but fondness is not.

Critical Care SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

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