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October 30, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Study compares pediatric outcomes at trauma centers
    Data from the 2007-2008 National Trauma Database showed no significant difference in outcomes for children treated at pediatric trauma centers compared with those treated at adult centers. Both in-hospital mortality and intensive care unit admission rates were higher at adult centers than pediatric centers, researchers reported at the American College of Surgeons meeting. Family Practice News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sedation interruption offers no benefit, study shows
    Daily sedation interruption, in addition to sedation protocols, in ventilated patients does not lead to faster weaning or improve outcomes, according to a study in JAMA. Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto said patients in the interruption group ended up getting more opioid and benzodiazepines and nurses incurred heavier workloads. MedWire News (U.K.) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Hospital ED survey data may contain errors, study says
    National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey data on patients who were intubated in an emergency department showed 27% had dispositions incompatible with the procedure, including 9% who were discharged home and 17% who were admitted to noncritical care units, California researchers reported. The study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine also found 11 cases in which patients were reported to have died in the ER and also have been admitted to an ICU, raising questions about the validity of the survey information, researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AAP updates policy on pediatricians' role in rural emergency care
    Pediatricians have an important role to play in the management of emergency medical services for children in rural areas, particularly because they may be the sole source of pediatric expertise for a large region, according to an AAP policy statement in the journal Pediatrics. Pediatricians can offer education and equipment and serve as a liaison between emergency medical services and other health care providers, such as school nurses or child care centers, the committee said. News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • 3 essentials for health IT in case of a disaster
    Devising a plan and leveraging technology can help organizations avoid potential challenges in the event of a disaster. Mike Detjen of Arcadia Solutions offers three keys for health care groups to better respond to disasters: backing up data and other IT assets on site, protecting off-site information, and ensuring data accessibility. Healthcare IT News (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clinicians use smartphones to view EHRs only, report says
    Data from research firm KLAS showed 70% of clinicians use their smartphones or tablets to look up electronic health records but don't enter any information because it is too difficult to do so using a small screen. The report authors said many clinicians are concerned that mobile applications do not display all of the important patient information they need. Medscape (free registration) (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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