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News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

Less work hours do not improve surgical patient safety

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Photo: Young surgeon sleeping in a wheelchair [13/07/2015] Work hour restrictions for resident physicians, revised nationally four years ago largely to protect patients against physician trainees' fatigue-related errors, have not had the desired effect of lowering postoperative complication rates in several common surgical specialties, according to new study results.Less work hours do not improve surgical patient safety - Read more

Therapeutic nitric oxide from air with an electric spark

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Photo: Nitric oxide (NO) generator [08/07/2015] Treatment with inhaled nitric oxide (NO) has proven to be life saving in newborns, children and adults with several dangerous conditions, but the availability of the treatment has been limited by the size, weight and complexity of equipment needed to administer the gas and the therapy's high price. Now a research team has developed a lightweight, portable system that produces NO from the air.Therapeutic nitric oxide from air with an electric spark - Read more

Transcatheter Pacing System: The world’s smallest cardiac pacemaker

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[01/07/2015] In the case of cardiac arrhythmia, the normal heart rate gets out of balance due to various reasons. In some cases, it is necessary to implant a cardiac pacemaker. Just like with any intervention, this type of surgery also involves risks. In the worst-case scenario, this can lead to abnormal wound healing or obliteration of the vascular system.Transcatheter Pacing System: The world’s smallest cardiac pacemaker - Read more

Longer breaks between shifts promote nurses' recovery from work

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Photo: Two nurses care for an old woman in hospital bed [19/06/2015] Reducing short breaks between shifts helps nurses recover from work, according to a new study from Finland. The study analyzed the effects of longer rest and recovery periods between shifts on heart rate variability, which is an indicator of recovery.Longer breaks between shifts promote nurses' recovery from work - Read more

World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2015

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Photo: A man's arm during blood donation [10/06/2015] The slogan of World Blood Donor Day 2015 already says it all: Accident victims or patients undergoing difficult or lengthy surgery need blood transfusions to save their lives. This is why, at June 14th, recipients of donated blood all around the world say: "Thank you for saving my life!"World Blood Donor Day, 14 June 2015 - Read more

Does a hospital stay set patients up for sepsis?

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Photo: Woman lying in bed with a stomach ache [05/06/2015] 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 University of Michigan and VA study suggests this may be the case.Does a hospital stay set patients up for sepsis? - Read more

How does human behavior lead to surgical errors?

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Photo: Surgical team in the operation theater [02/06/2015] Why are major surgical errors called "never events"? Because they should not happen - but do. Mayo Clinic researchers identified 69 never events among 1.5 million invasive procedures performed over five years and detailed why each occurred.How does human behavior lead to surgical errors? - Read more

Challenges ahead for European clinical trials

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Photo: Man working in a laboratory [29/05/2015] The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), in collaboration with the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), expressed their views on the EU Clinical Trials Regulation in an official position paper recently published in Annals of "Oncology".Challenges ahead for European clinical trials - Read more

Changing diagnosis codes will challenge emergency medicine

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Photo: Doctor writing diagnosis down [27/05/2015] Emergency medicine faces special challenges during this fall's changeover in how medical diagnoses are coded. Nearly a quarter of all emergency room (ER) clinical encounters could pose difficulties.Changing diagnosis codes will challenge emergency medicine - Read more

Testing antibiotic-resistant bacteria with a chip

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Graphic: Schematic of the antibiotic susceptibility testing device [27/05/2015] We live in fear of 'superbugs': infectious bacteria that don not respond to treatment by antibiotics, and can turn a routine hospital stay into a nightmare. A 2015 Health Canada report estimates that superbugs are a "serious and growing issue." Each year two million people in the U.S. contract antibiotic-resistant infections, and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result.Testing antibiotic-resistant bacteria with a chip - Read more