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October 26, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Separate ICUs for mother-infant pairs tied to higher mortality risk
    Mothers and their newborns who were placed in separate intensive care units had higher maternal and neonatal mortality than those who weren't separated, a Canadian study showed. Researchers also noted that concurrent admission of mother-infant pairs to different ICUs was associated with greater chances of mother-infant separation because of interfacility transfer. The findings appear in CMAJ. News (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Some surrogates struggle to know what ICU patients want
    A survey of surrogate decision-makers for ICU patients found more than 25% were not confident they knew what care their relatives wanted, according to a study in the journal Critical Care Medicine. University of Pittsburgh researchers found people who had been surrogates before were more comfortable, but the most important factors that made the job easier were having had a discussion with the patient about end-of-life care preferences and good communications with the ICU physician. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medicine in the News 
  • Report: Retaliation is still a problem in quest to report errors
    More health care organizations are creating a culture of safety to reduce medical errors, but at the same time, more reports are coming in of retaliation and intimidation of staff who report problems, according to the National Association for Healthcare Quality. Its report calls on hospitals to make accountability a strong component of safety programs. New reimbursement models that focus on rewarding outcomes and high patient satisfaction will increase the need for strong reporting programs, the report said. HealthLeaders Media (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CDC: Rate of severe birth complications in U.S. is increasing
    The number of women who experienced severe complications during or after childbirth nearly doubled between 1998 and 2009, CDC researchers found. However, childbirth-related complications and deaths remained uncommon in the U.S., with an estimated 590,000 cases reported in over 11 years. The findings appear in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Reuters (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • Health groups get $16M for technology that improves ICU care
    Health care organizations will share $16 million in grant monies to create a cloud-based clinical decision-support system to prevent errors and improve ICU care for Medicare and Medicaid patients. Recipients include the University of Minnesota's Center for Design in Health, the Mayo Clinic, Philips Research North America, and the U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trial Group. KSTP-TV (Minneapolis) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Treated bandages could quickly halt blood loss from wounds
    Researchers reported at a biomedical engineering meeting that they are exploring the use of a chemical called tetraethyl orthosilicate in developing bandages that could halt blood flow from wounds quicker than standard bandages. Experiments showed that fabrics treated with the chemical, which has properties similar to glass fiber, reduced the time needed for plasma to start clotting by 25% to 30%. Wire blog (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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