Critical Care
Financial penalties help in reducing hospital readmissions

Financial penalties help in reducing hospital readmissions

Washington: Hospitals that were financially penalized for too many readmissions were more likely than non-penalized institutions to subsequently reduce readmissions for all conditions, according to a new study by more

70% of deaths caused by medical errors related to communication breakdowns during handoffs

70% of deaths caused by medical errors related to communication breakdowns during handoffs

Washington: Structured tools can reduce “end-of-round time compression” during multidisciplinary morning rounds in the hospital, according to a new study. more

Study of euthanasia trends in Belgium has lessons for other countries

Study of euthanasia trends in Belgium has lessons for other countries

Toronto: A new study on euthanasia trends in Belgium, which shows an increase in reported cases since legislation was introduced, provides lessons for countries that have legalized assisted dying. The research is published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). more

Are physicians giving up on cardiac arrest patients too soon?

Are physicians giving up on cardiac arrest patients too soon?

Washington: Physicians may be drawing conclusions too soon about survival outcomes of patients who suffered a cardiac arrest outside the hospital. more

Researchers create self-propelled powder to stop bleeding

Researchers create self-propelled powder to stop bleeding

Toronto: The University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers have created self-propelled particles capable of delivering coagulants against the flow of blood to treat severe bleeding, a potentially huge advancement in trauma care. more

New method to treat antibiotic resistant MRSA: Bacteriophages

New method to treat antibiotic resistant MRSA: Bacteriophages

Washington: MRSA is bad news. It’s a nasty bacterial infection and it can cause serious disease and death. Senior molecular biology major Jacob Hatch knows MRSA as the infection that took his dad’s leg. more

Hand-held device picks up vital signs from a patient’s lips and fingertip

Hand-held device picks up vital signs from a patient’s lips and fingertip

Washington: Engineers and physicians at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a hand-held, battery-powered device that quickly picks up vital signs from a patient’s lips and fingertip. more

For kids with injured ankles, less treatment may be more

For kids with injured ankles, less treatment may be more

Washington: Emergency physicians can safely reduce x-rays in children with hurt ankles by as much as 23 percent and save emergency patients both money and time. The results of a cost analysis of the Low Risk Ankle Rule (LRAR) are published in Annals of Emergency Medicine. more

40% critical care doctors in India stressed: Study

40% critical care doctors in India stressed: Study

Mumbai: Four out of every 10 critical care doctors in India suffer from moderate to severe stress levels owing to long working hours, high mortality rates in the ICU and the responsibility of having to care for VIP patients, according to a study published in the Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine. more

Nanoparticle therapy promotes wound healing

Nanoparticle therapy promotes wound healing

New York: An experimental therapy developed by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University cut in half the time it takes to heal wounds compared to no treatment at all. Details of the therapy, which was successfully tested in mice, were published online in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. more