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Three-Minute Assessment Successfully Identifies Delirium in Hospitalized Elders

Investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have developed a brief and simple method to help hospital care providers recognize delirium in elderly patients

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1 in 5 Physicians Unaware Their Patients Have Central Venous Catheters

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Attending physicians and hospitalists in general medicine twice as likely to be unaware of the device's presence compared to interns and residents.

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Transforming Safety Net Practices Into Patient-Centered Medical Homes—Progress Report

A recently concluded demonstration project made meaningful progress toward introducing a "patient-centered medical home" approach at "safety net" practices serving vulnerable and underserved populations. Lessons learned in the course of developing and implementing the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative (SNMHI) are featured in a special November supplement to Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Huge Registry Shows Anesthesia Complication Rates Dropped by More Than Half in Four Years

Anesthesia-related complications decreased by more than half in four years, according to the Anesthesia Quality Institute’s (AQI) National Anesthesia Clinical Outcomes Registry (NACOR) of more than 3.2 million anesthesia cases. The results are being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY™ 2014 annual meeting.

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Study Finds Old Drug Still Reliable, Safe in Treating Staphylococcus aureus

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A University of Nebraska Medical Center research team has determined that a longtime antibiotic, vancomycin, is still effective in treating Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections and that physicians should continue to use the drug even though several newer antibiotics are now available in the marketplace.

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After a Serious Accident, Motorcyclist Makes Remarkable Progress

Ronald Kirchman has been named a Rehab Patient of the Year after making extraordinary progress following a serious motorcycle accident.

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More Appropriate Use of Cardiac Stress Testing With Imaging Could Reduce Health Costs, Improve Patient Outcomes

In a new study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center concluded that overuse of cardiac stress testing with imaging has led to rising healthcare costs and unnecessary radiation exposure to patients.

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Hospitalized Patients Don’t Wash Their Hands Enough, Study Finds

Hospitalized patients wash their hands infrequently. They wash about 30 per cent of the time while in the washroom, 40 per cent during meal times, and only three per cent of the time when using the kitchens on their units.

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Comprehensive Study of Allergic Deaths in U.S. Finds Medications Are Main Culprit

Medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S., according to an analysis of death certificates from 1999 to 2010, conducted by researchers at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. The study, published online today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, also found that the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions was particularly high among older people and African-Americans and that such deaths increased significantly in the U.S. in recent years.

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Benzodiazepine Sedatives Linked to Higher Rates of Mortality Compared to Propofol

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A University of Utah study shows for the first time that continuous infusion benzodiazepines – a class of sedatives that includes lorazepam and midazolam, once considered the standard of care in the ICU – are linked to an increased likelihood of death among patients who receive mechanical ventilation, when compared to the sedative propofol.

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