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ICU Management

Procalcitonin Testing Associated with Lower Costs, Length of Stay

2016 05 Sep

Procalcitonin (PCT) is increasingly used in health services to diagnose and manage sepsis, and is authorised for use for this purpose in the United States. A recently published study found that patients who had 1-2 PCT evaluations on their first day of admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) had a significantly lower hospital and ICU length of stay,... Read more

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Is ICU Readmission Associated with Higher Severity of Illness Scores?

2016 07 Jan

ICU readmission is associated with higher severity of illness scores during the same hospitalisation in adult patients, according to a systematic review of data from over 480,000 ICU patients and more than 32,000 readmissions. The findings, published in the journal Heart & Lung, contribute to current efforts to identify high-risk patients and to design... Read more

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Having Med Students in the ER Does Not Slow Care

2015 21 Dec

As part of their training, medical students have become involved in bedside care and this has raised concerns over the possible effect on quality of care. Now, new research from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine shows that the presence of trainees does not slow care in the emergency department (ED). The results indicate a balance between... Read more

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Protocol for Identifying Patients at Risk of AKI

2015 08 Nov

A new streamlined approach for early detection and treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI) has reduced mortality rates by 23 percent and hospital length of stay by 13 percent, according to a pilot study presented at ASN Kidney Week 2015 in San Diego. AKI is a common condition that affects 21 percent of hospitalised adults and 33 percent of hospitalised... Read more

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Study: ED-ICU Collaboration Reduced Sepsis Mortality, Costs

2015 23 Oct

Close collaboration between the emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU) and standardised ICU admission criteria for patients with sepsis can significantly reduce mortality rate and care costs, according to new research published in CHEST Journal. "Although ICU level of care is costly, earlier inclusion of borderline patients may improve... Read more

Executive Health Management

Medicare: Drop in Mortality, Hospitalisation and Costs

2015 28 Jul

During 1999-2013, all-cause mortality and hospitalisation rates, along with inpatient expenditure per death, decreased for U.S. Medicare beneficiaries age 65 years or older, according to a new study published in JAMA. “Even though it is difficult to disentangle the specific reasons for improvement, it is clear that over the past 15 years there have... Read more

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Better Management of ICU Beds

2015 27 Jul

An article published in Health Care Management Science describes how a new mathematical simulation model can help an intensive care unit (ICU) manage bed occupancy more effectively. The new mathematical model makes it possible to predict ICU bed occupancy with more accuracy — compared to other methods previously used for this purpose — by providing... Read more

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Telemedicine First in Neonatal ICU

2015 05 Jul

A Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) study, published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, shows that robot-assisted telemedicine could be used to perform bedside rounds and direct daily care for infants with mild-to-moderate disease. Researchers found no significant differences in patient outcomes when telemedicine — with real-time audio... Read more

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Mechanical Ventilation Linked to Long-Term Disability

2015 24 May

Prolonged mechanical ventilation poses a significant impact on the long-term well-being of patients. In a study of critically ill patients who had been mechanically ventilated for more than seven days, researchers found that the subjects were at greater risk for functional impairment and mortality at one year following discharge from the intensive care... Read more

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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


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