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December 21, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • Coalition to work on data system to reduce ICU errors
    Reducing complications in intensive care units is the goal of a coalition of institutions, including the Mayo Clinic and the U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation awarded $16 million to the group to create a cloud-based medical decision support system to monitor information and alert medical professionals if it detects a potential problem. Health Tech Zone (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study IDs 6 risk factors for catheter-related blood infections
    Researchers identified six risk factors for hospital-acquired peripherally inserted central venous catheter-related blood stream infections, including congestive heart failure and Clostridium difficile infection, according to findings reported in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The study reviewed data on adult patients with PICCs administered from Jan. 1, 2006, through July 31, 2008, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • Report: Most states unprepared for health emergencies
    Only five states met eight of the 10 key measures for public emergency preparedness, according to an annual report released by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Researchers found that 35 states, along with Washington, D.C., got a score of six or lower, with Kansas and Montana each receiving the lowest score of three. HealthDay News (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • 2012's innovations in health care quality
    Improved bedside manner among physicians, faster heart attack treatments and better emergency department monitoring are among recent changes in medical care improving patients' health and experience, according to this report. Patient access to physicians' notes and tools to cut hospital infection risk were also cited. The Wall Street Journal (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app gives patients quick access to hospital safety scores
    Leapfrog Group has introduced its Hospital Safety Score app designed to locate and assign letter grades ranging from A to F to more than 2,600 hospitals. The scores are based on such metrics as infections, preventable medical errors and more. The app features a GPS-supported search to connect users to nearby facilities, a map display, full grade details and a patient guide to hospital safety. Health Data Management (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
--Annie Dillard,
American author

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