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February 8, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
  • More patients reach hospice, but often for short time
    From 2000 to 2009, the percent of Medicare beneficiaries who died in hospice nearly doubled, reaching 42.2%, but 28.4% of those who received hospice services in 2009 did so for less than three days, and transfers from an ICU were common, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. While hospice care for even a day may be beneficial, Brown University researchers wrote, "an important yet unanswered research question is whether this pattern of care is consistent with patient preferences and improved quality of life." Medscape (free registration) (2/5), USA Today (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • D.C. council considers mandated nurse-to-patient ratios
    Washington, D.C., Council Chairman Phil Mendelson is proposing requirements that city hospitals adhere to set nurse-to-patient ratios. Hospitals would need to maintain a ratio of one nurse to two patients in neonatal intensive care units, and one nurse per patient in operating rooms. The Washington Post (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • App allows doctors to offer telehealth consults
    InTouch Health recently released an application for iPad, called the ControlStation App, that works as an interface that physicians can use to offer telehealth consultations to their patients. The app integrates streaming video with clinical patient data and medical radiology imaging tools. MedGadget.com (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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After you've done a thing the same way for two years, look it over carefully. After five years, look at it with suspicion. And after ten years, throw it away and start all over."
--Alfred E. Perlman,
American businessman


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