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January 22, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Study finds higher risk from colectomy in older, COPD patients
    A study found older patients and those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have a higher risk of death from emergency colectomy to treat Clostridium difficile infections, researchers reported at SCCM's 42nd Critical Care Congress. One author said the data could aid clinicians in decision-making, indicating that older patients and those with severe COPD may not be good candidates for the procedure. Medscape (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Echocardiogram may aid patients with vasopressor-dependent shock
    Patients with vasopressor-dependent shock who had a bedside echocardiogram within 36 hours of ICU admission received less IV fluid and had fewer days on vasopressors and ventilators and higher survival rates, according to a study presented at SCCM's annual meeting. The Canadian researchers said the intervention data need to be confirmed in a randomized controlled trial. MedPage Today (free registration) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iron supplements don't improve outcomes in study of 150 preemies
    Premature babies who were given iron supplements did not fare better in terms of transfusion need, red blood cell counts or mortality than infants who did not receive the supplements, according to findings in the journal Pediatrics. The randomized study involved 150 infants smaller than 3.3 pounds. (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medicine in the News 
  • HHS boosts patient protections with HIPAA updates
    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of HIPAA changes to ensure that the privacy and medical data of patients are protected. The HIPAA update allows patients to request an electronic copy of their EHRs and gives them control over the data that can be shared by their doctors. Healthcare Informatics online (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Insurers push hospitals to reduce nonmedical early births
    Some health insurers have stopped paying for early elective deliveries, while UnitedHealthcare is increasing payments to hospitals that reduce their numbers in an effort to avoid NICU stays and the risk of complications. Medicare plans to begin a program in July requiring hospitals to report elective deliveries before 39 weeks and will penalize facilities for high rates beginning in 2015. Kaiser Health News/The Washington Post (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • Raleigh's Rex Hospital uses tool to tie hemodynamic data to EHRs
    Rex Hospital has adopted Merge Healthcare's Merge Hemo system to automate and integrate its cardiac catheter records into patients' EHRs. The platform promotes workflow efficiency by compiling patients' hemodynamic data on a single online screen and allowing doctors and technicians to view and update information from any location. Health Tech Zone (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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American comedian, actor and writer

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