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February 22, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Study: 3-step hospital initiative reduces ICU delirium
    Simple steps such as turning off lights, reducing noise and minimizing staff interruptions were part of a Johns Hopkins Hospital initiative that reduced the risk of delirium among ICU patients by 54%, researchers reported in Critical Care Medicine. The project's three stages included using a 10-item checklist to reduce environmental and staff factors, offering sleep-promoting tools such as eye masks, and using guidelines that discouraged the use of drugs that would induce delirium. The Huffington Post (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hydroxyethyl starch use may raise risk of death, kidney injury
    Researchers examined data from 31 trials and found that clinical use of hydroxyethyl starch for acute volume resuscitation among critically ill patients carried a higher risk of death compared with other solutions. Hydroxyethyl starch also raised the risk of severe kidney injury and the need for red blood cell transfusions. The findings appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. MedPage Today (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report recognizes top U.S. hospitals, cities for patient care
    Healthgrades has released this year's list of the top-performing hospitals in the U.S. as well as the leading cities for patient care according to in-hospital mortality rates. As many as 165,000 lives could have been saved if all facilities examined in the report demonstrated performance similar to that of the top hospitals, report officials said. Healthcare IT News (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ECRI lists top 10 technology concerns for the year
    ECRI Institute has released its latest list of technology issues that top-level executives are expected to pay attention to this year. Included in the list are electronic health records, alarm integration technology, minimally invasive cardiac surgery and radiation dose safety concerns. "Hospital leaders should ask if new technology or procedures really improve patient care and make it a less costly patient-care experience," said Robert Maliff of ECRI Institute. DOTMed.com (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • E-prescribing curbs drug errors, but adoption remains modest
    Electronic prescribing helped prevent 17.4 million drug mistakes in one year, and wider adoption of the practice could eliminate more than 50 million errors annually, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. However, e-prescribing adoption remains modest despite its apparent efficacy, researchers said. HealthDay News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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