Volume-Based Feeding For ICU Patients

Although enteral nutrition (EN) or the feeding of patients through a tube is a common practice in an intensive care unit, the problem of underfeeding remains. A usual practice is to have a certain amount of feeding per hour but this is often interrupted by procedures, tests, or emergencies. A better way to reduce under

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Weekend Nurse Staffing Impacts Stroke Outcomes

Data from a recent study indicated that stroke patients treated at specialised units on the weekend have better outcomes when there is a higher registered nurse-to-bed ratio. The study, which covered 103 stroke units encompassing 56,666 stroke patients, was published in PLOS Medicine.Researchers investigated claims tha

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Zoom On: Sir Rory Collins, ESC Gold Medal Winner

When the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) convened in Barcelona on 30 August 2014, one of the recipients of its prestigious Gold Medal awards was Sir Rory Collins. Collins, a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Oxford University since 1996 and a director of the university’s Clinical Trial Service Unit (CTSU)

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ESC 2014: New Myocardial Revascularisation Guidelines

One of the most important treatment principles in cardiology includes myocardial revascularisation by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or surgical placement of coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG). However, in order to use these principles effectively, it is important to identify patients who require revascular

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Pet Therapy For Hospital Employee Stress

A number of hospitals have long used therapy dogs to help their patients. Now, even emergency room doctors and nurses themselves have turned to pets to help relieve the stress from their daily work.At the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, ER physicians and nurses forego their sandwiches during their lunch hou

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Medtronic and NGC to Partner Up

Medtronic Inc. announced this week that it has acquired NGC Medical S.p.A. (NGC), a privately-held Italian company. The company was acquired for $350 million. Medtronic already owned 30% of NGC before this acquisition. With this new partnership, NGC will serve as the Managed Services arm for Medtronic's Hospital S

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Zoom On: Angela Kennedy - President/Chair, AHIMA

Angela Kennedy is the President and Board Chair of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Dr. Kennedy has been serving in this role since June 2013, after the passing of President/Chair Kathleen Frawley. AHIMA is a preeminent non-profit association for health information management (HIM) profes

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MIT 'Medical Hackathon' Model

Medical technology offers enormous potential for scalable medicine — to improve the quality and access in healthcare while simultaneously reducing cost. However, current medical device innovation within companies often only offers incremental advances on existing products, or originates from engineers with limited know

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Wii-Balancing Board For Multiple Sclerosis Patients

According to new research published online in the journal Radiology, the Nintendo Wii Balance Board system can help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) reduce their risk of accidental falls. MRI scans reveal that the balance board system induces favourable changes in brain connections associated with balance and moveme

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New Tool to Prevent Osteoporotic Fractures

A new cutting-edge technology, developed by scientists from the University of Manchester (UK), can locate and analyse bones - specifically spine fractures - in medical images. The tool will be useful in detecting early signs of osteoporosis, which occurs when a person has too little bone and is more prone to suffering

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