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ICU Management

Blood Test May Allow More Precise Antibiotic Use

2016 20 Jan

More precise use of antibiotics may result from a blood test, according to an observational study from scientists at Duke Health, published in Science Translational Medicine. The infectious disease and genomics experts developed ‘gene signatures’, which are patterns that reflect which of a patient’s genes are turned on or off, to indicate whether someone... Read more

Cardiology Management

Heart Attack Test Cuts Hospital Admission

2015 12 Oct

According to findings of trials on 6304 people, it was found that a blood test could halve the number of people admitted to hospital with a suspected heart attack. The findings are published in the Lancet. The rapid test evaluates chemical in the blood and could help reduce stress for patients as well as money and it could also ease pressure on hospital... Read more

ICU Management

Using Information Theory to Detect Redundancy in Lab Tests

2015 18 Aug

A new study in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making describes how information theory can be used to quantify the amounts of redundant information associated with common ICU laboratory tests. Researchers say that information theory can help identify and discourage unnecessary testing and bloodwork, and can be a useful data analytic tool especially... Read more

IMAGING Management

Blood Test for Brain Injury Could Cut Need for Scans

2015 21 May

A simple blood test to measure brain-specific proteins released after a person suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been shown to predict both evidence of TBI on radiographic imaging and injury severity. A multicentre study, published in Journal of Neurotrauma, describes the potential benefit of adding detection of glial fibrillary acidic protein... Read more

ICU Management

Nursing Data Help Predict Cirrhosis Patient's Survival

2015 11 Apr

Standard assessments that nurses already use to care for patients can provide data that significantly improve the ability to predict survival following a liver transplant and may help improve patient outcomes. This finding is based on a study from Liver Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and published in the journal Hepatology.“Liver... Read more

Cardiology Management

Blood Test Can Help Predict Stroke After Heart Surgery

2015 24 Mar

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (NC, USA) have found that the results of a blood test done immediately after heart surgery could be a meaningful indicator of postoperative stroke risk. The finding is published online in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. An acutely elevated level of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) — a measure of kidney function... Read more

ICU Management

Excessive Blood Tests in Heart Surgery Patients Lead to Anaemia, Transfusions

2015 02 Mar

According to an article published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, laboratory testing among patients undergoing cardiac surgery can lead to excessive bloodletting and can increase the risk of developing hospital-acquired anaemia and the need for blood transfusion. Previous research already shows that patients who receive blood transfusions during... Read more

Cardiology Management

New Blood Test Rules Out Heart Attack

2015 25 Feb

According to research published by Bournemouth University, a new test rules out heart attacks in patients and could potentially reduce hospital admissions by as much as 40 percent. The research has published in the BMJ Heart Journal. The research administered a blood test to patients who came to the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments with chest... Read more

ICU Management

Lab Tests and Ultrasound Improve Appendicitis Diagnosis

2015 22 Feb

According to researchers, combining data from two standard diagnostic tests commonly obtained in children evaluated for abdominal pain can help physicians to identify those patients who need surgery for appendicitis; those who may be admitted for observation; and those who may safely be discharged home. The findings are published online in the Journal... Read more

IT Management

Smartphone Accessory Detects STDs Via Finger Prick

2015 12 Feb

A new smartphone accessory can rapidly detect three infectious disease markers from a single drop of blood drawn from a finger. The device connects to a smartphone or computer and replicates the electrical, mechanical and optical functions of a lab-based blood test. It builds upon the previous work of the research team in miniaturising equipment for... Read more


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