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February 19, 2013
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Study: High-risk ICU patients do not get proper nutrition
    An analysis of 193 ICUs in 29 countries found patients at high-risk of harm from improper nutrition received only 65% of prescribed calories and 51.5% of protein, according to Canadian researchers who reported the study at Clinical Nutrition Week 2013. There was geographical variation in the data, researchers said, with ICUs in Canada showing the best outcomes and ICUs in the U.S. having the worst outcomes. Medscape (free registration)/Reuters (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Hospitals join patient safety initiative
    More than 20 hospitals and hospital groups have committed to actions that will increase patient safety, while nine medical-device firms will make patient information more accessible, according to the Patient Safety, Science & Technology Movement. The action plans include goals linked to the prevention of catheter line-associated bloodstream infections, as well as pledges involving education about blood transfusions and proper blood management. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends and Technology 
  • Group issues assessment to gauge hospital safety, quality
    The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has introduced the 2011 ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment for Hospitals meant to help health care facilities evaluate drug practice safety, pinpoint improvement opportunities and compare outcomes with similar hospitals. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • X Prize to pay $10 million for a Trekkie-like Tricorder
    More than 250 companies or individuals have pre-registered for the X Prize competition that offers $10 million to the developer of a non-invasive device that provides physiological information to physicians at the bedside -- much like the Tricorder made famous by the "Star Trek" TV series in the 1960s. Among those vying for the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize is Walter De Brouwer, whose ICU experiences when his son sustained a critical head injury prompted him to begin a project called Scanadu. (U.K.) (2/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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