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April 24, 2012
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  Critical Care Update 
  • CDC: Health care-associated infections down in 2010
    Cases of central line bloodstream infection decreased by 32% in 2010, according to a state-by-state report based on data from the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network. Dr. Scott Fridkin of the CDC attributed the reduction to prevention programs on the national and state levels. Among other findings in the report, a decrease in surgical site infections was attributed to fewer infections after coronary artery bypass grafts. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (4/19), (4/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physician concerns put Ocala NICU, Couplet Care plans on hold
    Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla., has put its NICU and Couplet Care Model plans on hold after local pediatricians said they did not have enough input into development of the project, which they said could put patient safety at risk. The hospital wants to create a Level 2 NICU and move to a model in which mothers and newborns are kept in the same room. Ocala Star-Banner (Fla.) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Medicine in the News 
  • CMS says health care law will save Medicare $200B through 2016
    The Affordable Care Act will save Medicare enrollees $208 billion through 2020 and the federal government $200 billion through 2016, according to data from a CMS actuary report. "In some instances, the private sector is leading to improve the way care is delivered," said Rick Gilfillan, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. USA TODAY (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Henry Ford Health initiative reduces patient harm events
    Detroit's Henry Ford Health System said it has made quality care its highest priority and set a goal in 2007 of reducing the number of patient harm events by 50%. The system has achieved a 32% reduction so far using a purposely broad definition of patient harm that makes sure there is no argument over what is preventable, says James Kalus, a steering committee member. HealthLeaders Media (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends and Technology 
  • Va. hospital tests ICU cleaning methods with Tru-D robot
    Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in Virginia is part of a test to evaluate if the Tru-D Smart-UVC robot can kill ICU bacteria by lighting it up with ultraviolet rays. The Duke University and University of North Carolina study will compare bleach, quaternary ammonium or ultraviolet light combined with the other agents to see which is best at killing four types of pathogens. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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