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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

Who benefits from a catheter - and who does not?

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Photo: A bag for the collection of urine [13/05/2015] A new detailed guide gives doctors and nurses information to help decide which hospital patients may benefit from a urinary catheter - and which ones do not. That should help spare patients the pain, embarrassment, and potentially serious side effects that can come with having a catheter placed - which may bring more risk than benefit to the patient.Who benefits from a catheter - and who does not? - Read more

Researchers reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics

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Photo: Doctor focusing a culture dish [07/05/2015] The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a growing problem in the United States and the world. New findings by researchers in evolutionary biology and mathematics could help doctors better address the problem in a clinical setting. Researchers reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics - Read more

Patient information speeds across the digital highway

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Photo: Hands of doctor at the keyboard [06/05/2015] Trauma surgeons are able to send radiological images and findings from one hospital to another in the space of a few seconds – securely and in compliance with data protection laws. Well over 1,000 cross-sectional images are created during a whole-body computed tomography (CT) scan of a severely injured person.Patient information speeds across the digital highway - Read more

Clean care is safer care

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Photo: Using sanitizer [05/05/2015] Right hand hygiene is one of the simplest, but also most important measures to protect yourself and others from dangerous infections. In hospitals, not only the patient but also medical and nursing staff are protected by hand hygiene.Clean care is safer care - Read more

EHR may not improve outcomes in ischemic stroke patients

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Photo: Electronic health record sheet [05/05/2015] Electronic health records may be necessary for a more high-tech and transparent health care system, but hospitals with electronic health records for ischemic stroke patients did not demonstrate better quality of care or clinical outcomes for those patients when compared to similar hospitals without electronic health records. EHR may not improve outcomes in ischemic stroke patients - Read more

Rapid method for typing of C. difficile could limit outbreaks

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Photo: A petri dish with bacterial colonies [04/05/2015] The Public Health Agency of Sweden has developed a method of typing that can allow laboratories to faster establish the presence of hospital outbreaks of the intestinal bacterium Clostridium difficile.Rapid method for typing of C. difficile could limit outbreaks - Read more

 
 

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