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Patient Perception a Key Element in Preventing Falls in Hospitals

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Hospitalized patients deemed at risk for falls may not follow prevention strategies depending on their perceptions of personal risk, according to a study in the American Journal of Critical Care. An inpatient survey about fall-related attitudes included the patients’ ratings of their confidence to act without falling and their degree of concern about falling.

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Length of Stay in Emergency Department Makes No Real Difference in Trauma Patient Mortality, SLU Study Finds

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The amount of time a trauma patient stays in the emergency department (ED) makes no real difference in the patient's mortality, researchers at Saint Louis University found in a recent study.

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MouthLab: Patients' Vital Signs Are Just a Breath Away

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.

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Study Finds Tests Used to Measure Internal Bleeding For Patients Taking Two Popular Drugs May Not Be Reliable

A recently-published study found that while internal bleeding may be uncommon as a result of taking blood thinners such as Xarelto® (rivaroxaban) and Eliquis® (apixaban), the normal coagulation tests physicians use to check for the side effect of bleeding may not be reliable.

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New Method of Closing the Incision During Scoliosis Surgery Nearly Eliminates Infections

Patients with scoliosis who undergo surgery may be less likely to develop an infection or other complications after the procedure when a novel wound closure technique pioneered at NYU Langone Medical Center is utilized, according to new study

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Use of Contact Precautions to Prevent Spread of MRSA and VRE in Hospitalized Patients Should Be Customized Based on Local Needs and Resources

A group of epidemiologists and infection prevention specialists led by Daniel Morgan, MD, MS, an associate professor of Epidemiology & Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, reviewed current practice and existing literature on the use of contact precautions for MRSA and VRE to build a framework for decision-making based on all available evidence.

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Quiet Design: Hospital Tests Sound Panels to Reduce Noise

Monitors. Alarms. Pagers. People. Hospital noise can keep patients from getting a good night's sleep. Sound panels tested in the hallways of the University of Michigan Health System helped reduce noise around patient rooms.

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A Thin Ribbon of Flexible Electronics Can Monitor Health, Infrastructure

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A new world of flexible, bendable, even stretchable electronics is emerging from research labs to address a wide range of potentially game-changing uses. Over the last few years, one team of chemists and materials scientists has begun exploring military applications in harsh environments for aircraft, explosive devices and even combatants themselves. They will present their research at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.