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January 11, 2013
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  • WBC counts can predict pertussis severity in babies
    Health records of 31 babies with pertussis in pediatric intensive care units in California between 2009 and 2011 revealed greater white blood cell counts and at least a 50% increase in white blood cells among those with more severe pertussis. Aside from having elevated maximum heart and breathing rates, researchers found that babies with more serious pertussis were more at risk for seizures, shock and kidney failure. The findings, in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, emphasize the importance of aggressive pediatric intensive care, the lead author said. HealthDay News (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NQF endorses 14 quality standards on infectious diseases
    Fourteen standards intended to enhance the quality of care for infectious diseases have been approved by the National Quality Forum board of directors. The standards pertain to appropriate therapies for upper respiratory infections, tuberculosis screening and sexually transmitted disease testing among patients with HIV/AIDS. Healthcare IT News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey finds greater demand for advanced practice clinicians
    A survey by Sullivan, Cotter and Associates and the American Medical Group Association revealed 63% of responding medical groups saw a 17% increase in employment of advance practice clinicians in the past year, while 53% said they plan to grow APC employment by 15% in the coming year. The physician shortage and workforce realignment contributed to the increased demand, a researcher said. Drug Store News (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to refine medical error reporting
    The U.S. health system spends about $17.29 billion in avoidable expenses each year because of medical errors, many of which go unreported. This article offers three steps to enhance the way medical errors are reported: integrating medical error reporting into EHR systems, adopting mobile technologies that include ways to capture and report medical error data, and using data analytics. Government Health IT online (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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