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January 18, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Survey shows conflicts over post-op care goals in ICUs
    A survey of 912 surgeons showed that up to 43% have conflicts with ICU intensivists and nurses over postoperative goals of care, University of Wisconsin researchers reported in JAMA Surgery. Study author Dr. Terrah J. Paul Olson said the combination of patient care, end-of-life decision-making and team coordination can lead to frustration, communications breakdowns and discord, which is associated with lower quality care, more medical errors, staff burnout and higher costs. Medscape (free registration) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Survey: Surgeons, patients discuss post-op life support use
    Surgeons and their patients often agree ahead of time about the use of postoperative life support, according to University of Wisconsin researchers. The study in Critical Care Medicine found 60% of surgeons surveyed said they may refuse to operate on someone who wanted to limit life support after surgery and 62% liked the idea of creating an informal contract with patients that details any limitations for aggressive therapy. MedWire News (U.K.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 262 make Healthgrades' top hospitals list for 2013
    A group of 262 U.S. hospitals earned a Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades this year based on outcomes criteria that often involve the use of health IT. The hospitals were graded based on their risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates for 27 medical conditions and treatment procedures affecting Medicare patients. Healthcare IT News (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study assesses consensus on appropriate social media use for docs
    A survey of medical board directors showed 81% of respondents agreed that presenting misleading data about clinical outcomes online warranted investigation, while 79% said use of patient images without their consent was worthy of investigation. There was less agreement about investigation of scenarios such as showing use of alcohol without intoxication (40%) and use of derogatory speech toward patients (46%). The findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlight the need for more education around social media use, the researchers wrote. Modern Physician (free registration) (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • Study: Blood test may help predict mortality risk in trauma cases
    Researchers in Utah have found that a simple blood test often performed on patients upon hospital admission can help doctors estimate the risk of death in trauma patients. A computerized algorithm, called the Intermountain Risk Score, determines various components of a complete blood count and other factors and can yield results in about one hour. Researchers said the score could improve decision-making for trauma patient management and should be considered as part of a care plan model. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • India hospital uses "Chitti" robot to check on patients
    Sri Ramachandra University hospital in India will send a robot called Chitti to check on ICU patients, run tests and communicate with physicians if there is an emergency. Chitti has video conferencing capabilities, and while it is not meant as a replacement for physicians and nurses, it does allow them to communicate more easily and could help ease staff shortages, one expert said. Ubergizmo.com (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones."
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