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October 2, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Intensive care yields same development outcomes in late preemies
    Children born late preterm who were placed in intensive care had the same cognitive, motor and language skills at age 3 as those not in intensive care, Queen's University Belfast researchers found. They also noted higher rates of resuscitation at birth and cesarean delivery among late preemies who received intensive care compared with the control group. The findings appear in the journal Pediatrics. News (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More programs encourage early mobilization for ICU patients
    Hospitals are using early mobilization programs in their ICUs, getting even ventilated patients moving sooner to prevent weakness and delirium and help them become more alert. Six months into an early mobilization project, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, Ore., reported a 32% reduction in ventilator days, a 10% lower mortality rate and shorter lengths of stay. (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • N.Y. hospital shuts down the noise at night
    Rochester General Hospital in New York state is educating its staff and giving patients ear plugs as part of its program to reduce the volume of noise at night. A noisy environment is part of patient satisfaction questionnaires that can affect hospital Medicare payments, and hospital officials say a quieter environment can promote healing. Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (N.Y.) (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • 16 docs form tele-ICU firm to boost remote monitoring of patients
    Performance ICU, a tele-ICU company that enables doctors to monitor patients and observe physiologic trends from a remote location, has been formed by 16 doctors in California. The firm's technology platform is capable of offering affordable solutions to assist health systems and hospitals in ICU staffing, said Dr. Richard DeFelice, Performance ICU managing partner. Healthcare Informatics online (9/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Worldwide trial for blood loss treatment under way
    Royal London Hospital is leading an international clinical study of the blood loss treatment MP4OX in 360 severely injured patients. MP4OX is made from expired blood stocks and is not intended as a blood substitute, researchers said. It was found to be safe in a pilot study involving 50 patients. BBC (9/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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