New Guidelines For Peri- and Postoperative AFib

Evidence-based guidelines for the prevention and treatment of perioperative and postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) and flutter for thoracic surgical procedures have been released by The American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS). The new guidelines have been published in The Journal of Thoracic and Car

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Strategies to Reduce AMI Mortality Rates

Survival rates after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) vary markedly across US hospitals. From 2006 to 2009, 30-day risk-standardised mortality rates (RSMR) after AMI varied from 13.2 percent to 18.4 percent at the 5th and 95th percentiles of hospitals, respectively. Although substantial efforts have been mad

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ESICM 2014: ICU Design - Open Wards or Single Rooms?

Stealing a slogan from the recent Scottish independence referendum, Geoff Bellingan from the UK presented the procs and cons of single rooms or open wards in the ICU. Speaking at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) annual congress in Barcelona, he explained that he has become convinced that single r

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ESICM 2014: Designing a New ICU for Patient-Centred Care

People often raise their eyes to the heavens for inspiration, but looking up was literally the solution for Jozef Kesecioglu from the Netherlands when designing a new ICU. The roof of the hospital was the ideal location for the new facility.Kesecogliou shared the lessons his hospital learned from building a new ICU at

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Study: 34% of Trauma Patients Undertriaged

A new study published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine found that 34 percent of major trauma patients are undertriaged in the United States, much higher than the undertriage goal of five percent set by the American College of Surgeons' (ACS) Committee on Trauma. Also, more than 40 percent of undertriaged p

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New Study Will Evaluate Order Entry Errors

A team of patient safety experts at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine is embarking on a study to see if there are ways in which patient safety can be improved and risks minimised through the reduction of computer provider order entry (CPOE) errors. Entering orders into t

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Aptio Automation Solution Improves Workflow at Major CUH Hospital

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), has recently installed the Aptio™ Automation solution from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. It is providing a fully automated process for analysing all core chemistry and immunoassay work, with the intention of completing the full

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New DNA Sequencing Method to Diagnose TB

Researchers have developed a new approach to the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) that relies on direct sequencing of DNA extracted from sputum to detect and characterise the bacteria that cause TB. The new method eliminates the need for culturing bacteria in the laboratory, a time-consuming process. The new technique is

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Breakthrough Drug Candidate For Relapsing MS

A new drug candidate, RPC1063, has shown promising results for relapsing multiple sclerosis. The drug was first discovered at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and then synthesised and further developed in the laboratories of Scripps California by Professor Ed Roberts and Professor Hugh Rosen. Rosen was a key scien

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Strengthening EU's Regulatory System for Medicines

A new report from Escher, the independent TI Pharma platform for regulatory innovation, shows that the current regulatory system for medicines in Europe can be used in a more efficient and effective manner. André Broekmans, chairman of Escher: “ Overall, the EU regulatory system operates well, however important recent

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Guideline-Inclusive Electronic Ordering System Reduces Telemetry Overuse

By integrating the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) guidelines into its electronic ordering system, the Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Del., was able to reduce its use of telemetry (monitoring to detect irregular heartbeats) by 70 percent. According to the AHA recommendations, non-intensive care unit ca

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CE Mark for Coagulation Monitoring Device

Microvisk Ltd.'s (North Wales, UK) first-of-its kind medical device – a disposable diagnostic strip based on a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) – has been accredited for European sales, Bionow reported.“The achievement of CE marking of a medical diagnostic device based on a tiny MEMS sensor is a major milestone f

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CIRSE 2014: Radiation Protection Culture Integral to IR

Safety is best achieved when it is built into the system rather than a choice, said Prof. Efstathopoulos  from Greece, speaking at the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE) Congress in Glasgow this week. While radiation protection is top of everyone’s mind, implementing a radiation

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CIRSE 2014: IR Could Reduce Diabetic Amputations

More than 6,000 people with diabetes have leg, foot or toe amputations every year in England. More people with diabetes could be saved from the threat of foot or leg amputation if they are referred more quickly to specialist clinics for less invasive – and potentially less expensive – medical alternatives like int

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