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January 15, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
 
  • Study: Medication errors often aren't reported to ICU patients
    ICU patients and their families often are not told about medication errors, Johns Hopkins University researchers reported in Critical Care Medicine. Researchers said 98% of medication errors do not cause harm, but of those that do, 4% occurred in the ICU, compared with 2% in other hospital units. Reuters (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Johns Hopkins saves money, improves care with ICU early rehab
    A study to be published in Critical Care Medicine found an early rehabilitation program that included physical therapy in the Johns Hopkins ICU decreased lengths of stay by an average 23%, making up for the cost of the program and saving the hospital an estimated $818,000 per year. Study author Dr. Dale M. Needham said early rehabilitation programs are "an example of how we can save money and improve care at the same time." United Press International (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Northwest Ind. hospitals lack a pediatric ICU, data show
    Northwest Indiana hospitals do not have a pediatric intensive care unit and must send critically ill young patients to facilities in Chicago, Indianapolis or South Bend, Ind., Indiana University Northwest data show. Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond closed its PICU in 2004 because poor reimbursement, mainly from Medicaid, meant it could not staff the unit with specialists and subspecialists needed to treat critically ill children. The Times (Munster-Hammond-Merrillville-Valparaiso, Ind.) (1/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • HHS publishes Affordable Care Act regulations
    HHS released a 474-page document on Monday with proposed regulations regarding Medicaid expansion, state health insurance exchanges and other pieces of the Affordable Care Act. The draft covers the development of systems for helping people find out whether they are eligible for Medicaid or tax credits for health insurance, and for dealing with denials of Medicaid claims. The administration is seeking feedback on the draft. BenefitsPro.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • Peek-a-Boo system lets NICU parents talk to infants from home
    Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has set up cameras and microphones in 15 NICU incubators, allowing parents not only to see their infants but also to talk to them. The Peek-a-Boo system was added to reduce the number of people going in and out of the unit, but one mother said she believes her infant son actually hears better through the sound system than when she talks to him while standing next to his incubator. CBS News (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDA OKs telepresence robot from InTouch Health
    InTouch Health has been cleared by the FDA to market the RP-VITA robot, which the company developed in collaboration with iRobot. The technology, which combines iRobot's mobility and autonomous navigation tool with InTouch Health's telemedicine system, is designed to provide doctors with remote access to acute care patients. MassDevice.com (Boston) (1/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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