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November 9, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Data show late, missed diagnoses of congenital heart disease
    Hospitals with level 1 or 2 nurseries had more missed and late diagnoses of critical congenital heart disease in infants, compared with those that had higher level units, according to a CDC study presented at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting. HHS in 2011 called for adding CCHD to the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel, and so far 10 states have passed laws to do so, while nine others have introduced legislation. Medscape (free registration) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study shows higher angioplasty costs at some hospitals
    Hospitals that are not equipped for emergency heart surgery have higher costs for angioplasty patients, according to Duke University research presented at the American Heart Association scientific meeting. Researchers said the difference came in follow-up rather than procedural costs, as nonsurgery hospitals used ICUs for post-surgery care, and patients treated at these hospitals had higher readmission rates. Reuters (11/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Research shows heart failure drug meets some outcome goals
    Study data presented at the American Heart Association meeting and published in The Lancet showed serelaxin, a drug for acute heart failure, met one of two primary end points in improving dyspnea. The University of California, San Francisco, study also found a significant decrease in cardiovascular deaths and lead author Dr. John Teerlink said other positive findings included shorter ICU says. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Survey Results: The Role of Mobility Strategies in Healthcare
Nearly 300 healthcare organizations were surveyed to better understand how hospitals are implementing mobility strategies and what topics they identify as important to consider. Read report.

  Medicine in the News 
  • ACA repeal is unlikely, but GOP will press for changes
    President Barack Obama's re-election makes repeal of the Affordable Care Act unlikely. Republicans, who retained control of the House, are expected to press for delaying implementation or scaling back some ACA elements, including the Medicaid expansion, during budget negotiations later this month. Also, Republican governors and Republican-controlled legislatures may refuse to expand their Medicaid programs or set up health insurance marketplaces. Reuters (11/7), The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer shifts affect patient and nurse satisfaction, study finds
    Nurses who worked for 10 hours or more per shift were at 2.5 times greater risk of experiencing burnout and job dissatisfaction compared with those with shorter shifts, according to a University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study published in Health Affairs. As the number of nurses working more than 13 hours increased, patients' dissatisfaction with the care they received increased. (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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