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January 8, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Study shows benefits of intensivist-led rapid response teams
    A study showed multidisciplinary rapid response teams led by intensivists reduced cardiopulmonary arrests and mortality and provided better end-of-life care when they followed patients until they were clinically stable or through discharge if transferred to an ICU. Researchers from Saudi Arabia reported in Critical Care Medicine that in-hospital mortality rates for ICU patients declined from 57.4% to 48.7%. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New York to implement guidelines for sepsis
    New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in his State of the State Message this week will instruct all hospitals in the state to implement aggressive measures for diagnosing sepsis in patients, including the use of a countdown-to-treatment protocol, according to a state official. The Society of Critical Care Medicine plans to issue revised guidelines later this month, and the governor will instruct hospitals to use a protocol that “aligns with proven best practices.” The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ICU study shows many physicians copy and paste into EHRs
    A Case Western Reserve University study that included 2,068 electronic patient progress reports from residents and attending physicians at a Cleveland hospital ICU showed many copied and pasted old and possibly out-of-date information into electronic health records. The study in Critical Care Medicine said how often notes were copied was not related to patient characteristics, reason for ICU admission or illness severity. Reuters (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Health care spending may be poised to accelerate, report finds
    Data from a CMS report showed U.S. spending on health care grew by 3.9% in 2011, marking the third year in a row of relatively small increases in spending. However, the report suggests spending growth may pick up in the coming years as the economy rebounds. The report appears in the journal Health Affairs. Reuters (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Legislator introduces bill to improve federal support for telemedicine
    Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., has introduced the Telehealth Promotion Act of 2012 that would boost federal financial support for telemedicine services. The bill, which has received support from the American Telemedicine Association, would improve current Medicare and Medicaid initiatives by launching new programs using telehealth to augment care. Healthcare IT News (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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