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November 30, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Palliative approach reduces ICU services, study shows
    A comprehensive palliative care approach using a multidisciplinary team and clinician feedback reduced the use of ICU services for terminally ill cancer patients, Johns Hopkins University researchers reported. Lead author Dr. Allen Ray Sing Chen said more patients decided against resuscitation and fewer died after prolonged ventilation. Medscape (free registration) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Association releases guidelines for late preterm infant care
    The National Perinatal Association has released updated guidelines for the care of late preterm infants aimed at minimizing associated health risks and enhancing care. The Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants was developed with the input of 17 professional organizations and covers care from birth through the transition to home. WBNG-TV (Johnson City, N.Y.) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Leapfrog issues patient safety grades for U.S. hospitals
    The Leapfrog Group issued an updated Hospital Safety Score report this week, giving "F" grades to 25 hospitals and "D" marks to another 121 facilities, including the Cleveland Clinic. The data show 790 of 2,618 hospitals got an "A" grade and 23% got a higher rating than in the June report. Leapfrog's scoring methodology has been criticized by some hospitals. HealthLeaders Media (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New York hospitals reduce infection rates, data show
    New York state data showed rates of hospital-acquired infections are declining, except for cases of C. difficile, which often is found in ICUs. Central line-associated infection rates improved by 41% statewide, but the state's overall infection rates still are higher than the national average, data showed. Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Galapagos discovers novel class of antibiotics that kill MRSA strains
    Belgian biotech firm Galapagos said it has identified a new class of antibiotics that demonstrate strong activity against drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA. The antibiotic acts against an enzyme that is key to the growth of all bacteria, the company said. Galapagos said clinical studies could begin for the antibiotic candidate CAM-1 in early 2014. (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Network designed to boost telemedicine across New England
    A new telemedicine network connecting more than 400 health care organizations across Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine will be formed to help strengthen the New England Telehealth Consortium. The venture is supported by FairPoint Communications. "The network will provide health care providers with quick and convenient access to the latest research and medical advances, speed the sharing of medical records and provide access for remote medical diagnostics and surgery, dentistry and behavioral health treatment," said NETC President Brian Thibeau. Healthcare Informatics online (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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