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February 5, 2013
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  • Study shows infection-control practices perceived as most effective
    A survey of infection-control specialists at 478 U.S. hospitals helped Michigan researchers create a list of the most common infection-control practices based on strength of evidence. The report in the American Journal of Infection Control found alcohol-based hand rub and aseptic urinary catheter insertion were among those perceived as the most effective practices, while routine central catheter changes and nitrofurazone-releasing urinary catheters were among the practices perceived as the least effective. Nurse.com (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Group releases new stroke care guidelines
    Stroke patients should be given anticlotting drugs and other necessary treatments within one hour of arriving in the emergency department to reduce brain damage and hasten recovery, according to new guidelines developed by the American Stroke Association. To maximize its effectiveness, the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator should be given within four and a half hours after the onset of symptoms, the group said. The guidelines appeared online in the journal Stroke. MyHealthNewsDaily.com (1/31), HealthDay News (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Minn. hospitals fail to reduce medical error rate, study says
    The rate of reportable medical errors remained steady at Minnesota hospitals last year, even though reforms have been put in place to reduce mistakes, according to an annual report. Data showed most mistakes that involved the wrong procedure or body part were made despite mandatory time-outs for surgical teams to ensure they were doing the correct procedure. "The fact that you did the time-out doesn't tell us the quality of how that was done," said Lawrence Massa of the Minnesota Hospital Association. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Care providers go for "bundled payments" to cut Medicare costs
    More than 500 hospitals and other health care groups have opted to receive "bundled payments" from Medicare in a three-year program under the Affordable Care Act. The alternative to the fee-for-service model makes a single Medicare payment for an "episode of care." The project is a test to determine whether the model can reduce Medicare costs. Forbes (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • App can expand access to nursing procedure database
    An iPad application from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins offers offline access to the Web-based Lippincott's Nursing Procedures and Skills database. The app's offline capability enables access to facility-specific procedures remotely or during disaster recovery, said Carolyn Dalton, senior digital product manager for LWW parent company Wolters Kluwer Health. Healthcare IT News (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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