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November 27, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • VAP control requires ICU "culture change," study says
    Low-cost interventions plus surveillance reduce rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia in adult ICUs in developing countries, according to research from an international consortium. A focus on hand hygiene, ventilation duration and antiseptic oral care reduced infection rates and lengths of stay. Study authors wrote in Critical Care Medicine that VAP control "requires a culture change involving the entire ICU team." MedWire News (U.K.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Diffusion tensor imaging helpful in mild TBI
    High fractional anisotropy seen on diffusion tensor imaging may indicate patients will have better outcomes after a traumatic brain injury, according to research presented at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting. Dr. Max Wintermark of the University of Virginia commented that DTI potentially could be used to monitor TBI patients and help guide their rehabilitation. Medscape (free registration) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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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 
  • NICU staff supports recommendations to reduce premature births
    NICU staff at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Ill., are among the health groups that support a task force's recommendations to state lawmakers to reduce premature births by tracking data, educating the public and providing the best care for preemies and their families. The recommendations are in a report from the Perinatal Advisory Committee of the Illinois Department of Public Health. A dozen Illinois lawmakers have formed a prematurity caucus to review the issue. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (11/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hospitals rethink room design to improve care
    Health care reform emphasizes quality of care and outcomes in new global payment schemes, leading to changes in the design of hospital rooms with a focus on healing, comfort and the needs of patients and families, experts said. Design changes include more colors and natural light, more privacy and space for visitors, as well as nursing stations that allow more efficient monitoring. Fast Company magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Tele-ICU development requires teamwork, leadership, expert says
    Creating a successful tele-ICU requires multidisciplinary collaboration, implementation teams, and technical and clinical leadership, according to Gary Anderson of Advanced ICU Care. He says physician engagement, performance measures, quality reporting processes and training also are part of the company's program when developing tele-ICUs in hospitals. Health Tech Zone (11/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ONC envisions 1,000 rural hospitals achieving MU by 2014
    The ONC aims to have 1,000 rural hospitals demonstrating meaningful use of health IT by the close of 2014. To encourage sharing of best practices and accelerate HIT adoption, the agency has set up the Rural Community of Practice to oversee pilot programs, with subcommittees to track the key issues faced by rural hospitals. Healthcare Informatics online (11/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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