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November 16, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Study suggests physicians need to change hand-off protocols
    Changing hand-off protocols among physicians and nurses between shifts could lead to better care and lower mortality, according to a study of Canadian ICU physicians published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. University of Michigan researchers who studied 23 shift hand-off sessions found physicians spent too much time talking about the first patients on the list and rushed through cases at the end, even though those patients may have needed more attention. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Epo is well tolerated in neonates with HIE
    Early trial data showed erythropoietin, given in addition to hypothermia treatment, was well tolerated and may be neuroprotective for neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, said they plan to do a large randomized trial of Epo that will follow infants for two years to evaluate neurologic outcomes. Medscape (free registration) (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Survey Results: The Role of Mobility Strategies in Healthcare
Nearly 300 healthcare organizations were surveyed to better understand how hospitals are implementing mobility strategies and what topics they identify as important to consider. Read report.

  Medicine in the News 
  • More patients survive in-hospital cardiac arrest in U.S.
    The percentage of patients who survived in-hospital cardiac arrest significantly increased at 374 hospitals, from 13.7% in 2000 to 22.3% in 2009, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers reported a decline in the incidence of clinically significant neurologic disability among survivors. (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Criticized at hearing, FDA calls for new authority
    The FDA needs new authority over drug compounders to prevent disasters like the meningitis outbreak tied to tainted custom-made drugs from the New England Compounding Center, FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. The present system "hampered our ability to act to protect patients and prevent, rather than just react to, safety concerns," Hamburg said. Several lawmakers sharply criticized the FDA, and committee chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., faulted the agency for not following up after finding problems years ago. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/14), The Washington Post (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • Advanced genome sequencing helps scientists stop MRSA outbreak
    Researchers stopped an outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus superbug in a hospital's pediatric ward through fast genome-sequencing technology. They identified a hospital worker as the source of the outbreak after performing the technique on 12 patients with MRSA strain and all the hospital's 154 staff. "This technology holds great promise for the quick and accurate identification of bacterial transmissions in our hospitals and could lead to a paradigm shift in how we manage infection control and practice," said Julian Parkhill, who worked on the study. Reuters (11/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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