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October 16, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Outcomes similar for fresh, older blood transfusions in ICU
    Researchers did not observe a difference in outcomes among patients in the intensive care unit who were given transfusions of red blood cells fewer than 8 days old or more than 2 weeks old. The patients had similar rates of transfusion complications as well as lengths of ICU and hospital stays, according to a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists meeting. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study suggests ways to mesh pediatric palliative, ICU care
    Pediatric and perinatal palliative care can be sensitive to parents' need to be close to their child and must call on the skills of both palliative and intensive care physicians, Florida International University researchers wrote in the journal Nursing Outlook. Pediatric palliative and end-of-life care is underutilized, and increasing the number of clinicians who have expertise in the area would help. The report includes five recommendations for study and practice. MedWire News (U.K.) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Probiotics may not reduce infection, mortality risks
    Premature infants given the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri did not have lower rates of infection or mortality compared with babies given a placebo, researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine reported. However, Dr. Frank Greer noted that the study in Pediatrics did not include data on whether the infants, who were treated in a hospital neonatal ICU, were also given antibiotics, which he said could have affected the efficacy of the probiotics. Medscape (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Trauma centers seek community consent for blood product trial
    The University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore is among 12 centers looking to gain community consent for a study to determine the best way to use the transfusion of blood products in the treatment of patients at risk of bleeding to death. The study could be completed in 2015. The Baltimore Sun (10/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physician groups oppose Medicare IPAB
    Physician groups oppose the Medicare Independent Payment Advisory Board, contending it could cut payment rates for doctors and hospitals and lead to reduced access to care. The IPAB was created by the Accountable Care Act as an independent board that would be able to make cuts should Medicare spending exceeds set limits, but it is prohibited from reducing benefits or raising fees for beneficiaries. American Medical News (free content) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Ore. university receives $1M grant to work on smarter EHRs
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded Oregon Health & Science University a $1 million grant for research on EHR-related challenges and the development of a smarter EHR system. Researchers will use the grant to work on simulations of real ICU scenarios using high-end technology such as eye-tracking sensors. Healthcare IT News (10/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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