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Improving Survival for Cardiac Arrest: IOM Report Author/ Illinois Heart Rescue Leader Available

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Having a Stroke? Where You Are Makes a Huge Difference in Your Treatment

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A new map of emergency stroke care in America shows just how much of a patchwork system we still have for delivering the most effective stroke treatment. And thousands of people a year may end up unnecessarily disabled as a result.

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Penn Author Calls for Better Primary Care for Medicaid Patients to Curb Unnecessary Emergency Room Visits

Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments (EDs), researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED visits. Health policy researchers suggest in a new Perspective published in the New England Journal of Medicine that patient-centered medical homes may be more effective in reducing the number of Medicare patients seeking nonemergency care in EDs than increasing the cost of the visits.

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How To Manage Pain in the ER: Ask the Patient

Simply asking the question, "Do you want more pain medication?" resulted in satisfactory pain control in 99 percent of emergency department patients participating in a study.

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Some Hospitals Marking Up Prices More Than 1,000 Percent

The 50 hospitals in the United States with the highest markup of prices over their actual costs are charging out-of-network patients and the uninsured, as well as auto and workers’ compensation insurers, more than 10 times the costs allowed by Medicare, new research suggests. It’s a markup of more than 1,000 percent for the same medical services.

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Developing Delirium in the ICU Linked to Fatal Outcomes

About one-third of patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) will develop delirium, a condition that lengthens hospital stays and substantially increases one’s risk of dying in the hospital, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers appearing in the British Medical Journal.

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Transitional Care, Progressive Mobility Help Patients With Post-Acute Care Recovery

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An article in the June 2015 issue of Critical Care Nurse reviews post-acute transitional care as provided at a skilled nursing facility in western New York and examines the individual roles of various interdisciplinary team members, including progressive care nurses.

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Today Is the First Day of Hurricane Season. Are You Prepared? Advice and Tips From ER Physician Dr. Ross Tobleman, M.D.

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Gut Check: Does a Hospital Stay Set Patients Up for Sepsis by Disrupting the Body’s Microbiome?

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Can a routine hospital stay upset the balance of microbes in our bodies so much that it sets some older people up for a life-threatening health crisis called sepsis? A new study suggests this may be the case.