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October 5, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Severe anemia is linked to poor outcomes after heart surgery
    Adults with severe anemia were more likely to die or suffer a stroke after heart surgery than patients without the condition, Italian researchers reported in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. Severe anemia also is associated with prolonged mechanical ventilation and longer ICU stays after surgery. The study supports the addition of severe anemia to the list of risk factors for heart surgery complications, according to an accompanying commentary. HealthDay News (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: VLBW babies may have problems with enhanced feeding
    A Norway study in the journal Clinical Nutrition found enhanced feeding of very low birth weight babies can improve growth but also lead to electrolyte imbalances and septicemia, compared with standard nutrition. A researcher said careful monitoring is needed to ensure babies have sufficient electrolytes, trace elements and vitamins to accommodate increased growth. Medscape (free registration) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medicine in the News 
  • Report: Up to $800 billion spent annually on unnecessary care
    A group of physicians reported in the journal BMJ that 30,000 Medicare patients die each year because of overly aggressive treatment, while the costs of unneeded interventions may be up to $800 billion a year. The physicians said that changing how doctors are paid can help reduce overtreatment but that efforts to reduce unnecessary care may be seen by the public as rationing. HealthDay News (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • Genetic test can detect rare disorders in babies faster
    A newborn screening tool can identify rare genetic disorders in critically ill babies and testing showed it had a more than 99% accuracy rate. Current methods for detecting genetic disorders can take weeks to produce results, but the new tool takes about 50 hours, which could be especially useful for babies in NICUs. The findings appear in the journal Science Translational Medicine. (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Providers should collaborate, employ data-sharing standards
    Hospitals, doctors and specialists should work together and adopt information-sharing standards that will satisfy the requirements for the CMS EHR incentive programs, as the federal government prepares to enact the guidelines for stage 2 meaningful use, according to a report released by the Bipartisan Policy Center. The report also says a long-term plan is important to develop the standards because the lack of interoperability between EHR systems hinders quality clinical care. Modern Physician (free registration) (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are."
--John Burroughs,
American naturalist and essayist

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