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ICU Management

Algorithm Developed to Match Motor Vehicle Crash Victims to Best Place for Care

2016 21 May

Getting motor vehicle crash victims to the most appropriate healthcare facility may be easier in future, with the assistance of a computer algorithm developed by a team of biomechanical specialists and clinicians at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The researchers developed the Occupant Transportation Decision Algorithm (OTDA)... Read more

ICU Management

Biomarker Guided Antibiotic Therapy: What’s New?

2016 11 Mar

The aim of the present review is to summarise the current evidence for the use of biomarkers in facilitating therapeutic decision-making by guiding and tailoring the prescription and the duration of antibiotic therapy. The main benefits of this strategy are a potential reduction of antibiotics overuse in critically ill patients. Overuse of antibiotics... Read more

ICU Management

VAP: Old Definitions like Old Wine May Be Best?

2016 08 Mar

A single centre retrospective study that evaluated the accuracy in high-risk trauma patients of the infection-related ventilator-associated complications (IVAC) algorithm for detecting ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) found that it failed to detect nearly three-quarters of patients with VAP. The study is published in Respiratory Care. Following... Read more

IMAGING Management

US Can Improve Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis

2016 19 Jan

Ovarian cancer tends to be diagnosed late and currently lacks effective screening tests, unlike breast cancer. Newly published research reports a promising model to aid diagnosis. An algorithm for the assessment of adnexal masses with ultrasound allows quantification of the risk of malignancy, according to work published in the American Journal of Obstetrics... Read more

IMAGING Management

Ultrasound, Algorithms Detect Bacterial Meningitis in Babies

2015 12 Jun

Researchers have developed a portable ultrasound device that is expected to revolutionise the detection of bacterial meningitis in infants. Currently the only test to diagnose the condition is through a lumbar puncture, a painful and difficult procedure to perform on babies.The new device will allow bacterial meningitis to be diagnosed in babies with... Read more

IT Management

Twitter Can Help Predict ER Visits

2015 20 Apr

Twitter can be a useful tool for hospitals, according to University of Arizona researchers who observed how asthma-related tweets, analysed alongside other data, can help predict asthma-related emergency room (ER) visits.  The researchers created a model that was able to predict approximately how many asthma sufferers would visit the ER at a large hospital... Read more

IT Management

Xerox System Helps Hospitals Better Predict Readmissions

2015 28 Jan

Midas+, a subsidiary of Connecticut-based Xerox, is combining its vast data resources with five years of Medicare and claims data to help hospitals better predict readmissions. With this new system, known as Midas+ Readmission Penalty Forecaster, a hospital can get a much more accurate prediction or “near real-time” information on both patient patterns... Read more

ICU Management

New Proposal for Improved Allocation of Liver Transplant Donations

2014 29 Jan

Based on the experience of close to 1,500 transplant donations registered in units in Spain and the United Kingdom, researchers at Spain’s University of Cordoba have developed a mathematical system capable of measuring compatibility between donors and the most serious receivers in liver transplants.Spain is considered the global transplant leader and... Read more

ICU Management

Algorithm Can Assist ICU Discharge Decisions

2014 21 Jan

According to a new study, an innovative intensive care unit (ICU) algorithm could assist clinicians in their decision making when it comes to discharging patients from crowded ICUs, a new study shows.Researcher Ashok Palagiri, MD, an internist at Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri, who presented the findings at the Society of Critical Care... Read more

Executive Health Management

Never Grow Old? Maybe One Day.

2014 03 Jan

In the fight against aging, restricting calorie consumption is among the few actually proven methods. The underlying mechanism is still unknown, yet calorie restriction has been shown to prolong lifespan in worms, yeast, flies, monkeys, and as per some recent studies, in humans too.Keren Yizhak is a doctoral student in Prof. Eytan Ruppin's laboratory... Read more


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