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April 27, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • ICU intensivist team leads to better outcomes, lower costs
    Lodi Memorial Hospital in California created an intensivist hospitalist team for its ICU and found it led to a 75% drop in catheter-related infections, a 22% decline in length of ICU stay and a 35% decrease in ventilator days, according a study presented at a hospital association meeting. The hospital is saving $1.45 million a year and the intensivist team also is credited with improving patient and family satisfaction and communication among hospital staff. Family Practice News (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Nursing excellence linked to lower NICU mortality rates
    Mortality rates for very low birth weight babies in hospitals that have achieved recognition of nursing excellence were slightly lower than in those without the designation, University of Pennsylvania researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Data show the recognized hospitals also had lower rates of nosocomial infections and severe intraventricular hemorrhage. MedPage Today (free registration) (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medicine in the News 
  • CMS proposes payment rules for readmissions, quality programs
    A CMS proposed rule would pay acute care hospitals 2.3% more for treating Medicare patients if inpatient quality reporting programs are in place. The agency also proposed a calculation for penalties assessed to hospitals with high 30-day readmission rates. And CMS said it wants to add surgical site infections from cardiac implantable electronic device and iatrogenic pneumothorax with venous catheterization as conditions subject to hospital-acquired condition payment provisions for 2013. HealthLeaders Media (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • Report: N.J. hospitals avoid 14,000 HAIs through faster data
    The 21 New Jersey hospitals participating in a program to reduce hospital-acquired infections by speeding up data access and analysis have avoided approximately 14,000 HAIs in six years, saving about $51 million, a report said. Some hospitals use CareFusion's surveillance technology, MedMined, while others have developed their own infection-control programs. (New Jersey) (4/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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