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December 18, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Contact precautions lead to fewer visits by health care workers
    Contact precautions such as gowns, gloves and isolated rooms have helped reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, but researchers have found patients on contact precautions received fewer and shorter visits from health care workers and fewer outside visitors. "The resulting decrease in [health care worker] contact may lead to increased adverse events and a lower quality of patient care,” wrote the authors. The study was published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Medscape (free registration) (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Devices to treat combat bleeding have civilian applications
    Technology designed for the military can prove just as crucial in civilian care, especially in emergency situations. This article highlights four medical devices that could be used in delivering care to trauma patients, including Z-Medica's QuikClot system to halt bleeding, a foam being developed by Arsenal Medical to manage intra-abdominal hemorrhage and a clot-forming clamp from Innovative Trauma Care. (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC advances implementation of emergency text service
    The Federal Communications Commission will speed the implementation of a text-to-911 initiative to allow emergency services to receive text messages. Four major wireless carriers will enable text-to-911 by May 2014 rather than according to a previously scheduled rollout in five to 10 years. The expansion also could allow personnel in the field to send data such as scans to hospitals. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GAO report looks at EHR incentives for hospitals in 2011
    Pediatric hospitals were 1.6 times more likely and acute care facilities were 1.7 times more likely to receive Medicaid EHR incentives for last year than were critical access hospitals, according to a report released by the Government Accountability Office. The report also showed 57% of hospitals with incentives were not affiliated with a medical system chain, while the same percentage were nonprofit hospitals. Healthcare Informatics online (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • Best of 2012: 18 SmartBrief interviews with industry thought leaders
    SmartBrief's SmartBlogs network interviewed 18 industry thought leaders this month, including Dr. Clifford Deutschman, for the Critical Care SmartBrief Best of 2012. Find out what these leaders are projecting for their industries in 2013, and see what other free SmartBrief newsletters you may be missing out on. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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