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

 
 

Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent

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Graphic: Monitor with ECG and the word [11/11/2014] Widespread adoption could increase patient safety nationally: The sound of monitor alarms in hospitals can save patients' lives, but the frequency with which the monitors go off can also lead to "alarm fatigue," in which caregivers become desensitized to the ubiquitous beeping.Project reduces 'alarm fatigue' in hospitals by 80 percent - Read more

Older adults at risk of delirium after surgery

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Photo: Older man with oxygen mask [04/11/2014] New research reports that preoperative pain and depressive symptoms in older adults place them at greater risk of delirium following surgery. According to the findings, both pain and depression are independent and interactive risk factors for delirium, suggesting a cumulative effect.Older adults at risk of delirium after surgery - Read more

More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor?

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Photo: Dollar bill, stethoscope on an insurance form [03/11/2014] New policy targeting hospital readmissions for COPD may hurt vulnerable patients, lung disease experts say.More penalties on the way for hospitals that treat the poor? - Read more

Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells

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Photo: Intensity-colored image of blood flow in a PECAM1-positive tumor [23/10/2014] UNC School of Medicine researchers have pinpointed a set of intriguing characteristics in a previously unknown subpopulation of melanoma cancer cells in blood vessels of tumors. These cells, which mimic non-cancerous endothelial cells that normally populate blood vessels in tumors, could provide researchers with another target for cancer therapies.Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells - Read more

Continuous glucose monitoring: “Our method is based on the principles of infrared photometry“

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[22/10/2014] Patients in intensive care units do not just have to struggle with the consequences of a severe injury or disease – they are also subject to acute glucose fluctuations that compromise the healing success. These sometimes happen so quickly that they cannot be caught in time with existing discrete measurement methods.Continuous glucose monitoring: “Our method is based on the principles of infrared photometry“ - Read more

Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality

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Graphic of a hospital [22/10/2014] Switching from nonprofit to for-profit status appears to boost hospitals' financial health but does not appear to lower the quality of care they provide or reduce the proportion of poor or minority patients receiving care, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Hospitals converting to for-profit status show better financial health, no loss in quality - Read more

Soviet fixator heals fractures just as well as pins and screws

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Photo: Bone fixator in a patient's leg [15/10/2014] The Ilizarov method is routinely used in eastern Europe in the treatment of bone fractures. Studies of Swedish patients have shown that the unorthodox steel frame has many advantages over traditional open surgery, opening the way for it to be introduced as an alternative treatment in routine Swedish healthcare.Soviet fixator heals fractures just as well as pins and screws - Read more

Students teaching students – Training of physiotherapists

Photo: Title of MEDICA video Physiotherapy students have to apply a lot of theoretical knowledge into practice. Especially therapeutic measures have to be known inside out. Therefore, the RWTH Aachen has produced learning videos which can be accessed by it’s students at any time. And the best thing about this is: The videos have been produced during classes by the students themelves. Students teaching students – Training of physiotherapists - Read more

Universal screening for MRSA may be too costly

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Photo: Petri dish with MRSA pathogens [08/10/2014] Numerous experts and policy makers have called for hospitals to screen patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and isolate anyone testing positive to prevent the spread of these so-called "Superbugs" in healthcare settings. Several states have enacted laws requiring patients be screened for MRSA upon admission. Universal screening for MRSA may be too costly - Read more

MEIKO: Cleaning and disinfection equipment: "The contamination from bedpans is a globally underestimated hazard potential"

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[01/10/2014] In times of increased multi-resistant bacteria and nosocomial infections, particularly in hospitals, one question reigns supreme: How can comprehensive hygiene at a respective medical facility be ensured? MEIKO: Cleaning and disinfection equipment: "The contamination from bedpans is a globally underestimated hazard potential" - Read more