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European Hospitals: Better Nurse Staffing and Education Reduces Patient Deaths

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Photo: Word Nurse [26/02/2014] The results of a study in 9 European countries is documenting that hospital nurse staffing and the proportion of nurses with bachelor’s education are associated with significantly fewer deaths after common surgery.European Hospitals: Better Nurse Staffing and Education Reduces Patient Deaths - Read more

Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics

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Photo: Catheter [18/02/2014] Improper handling of intravenous saline at a West Virginia outpatient oncology clinic was linked with the first reported outbreak of Tsukamurella spp., gram-positive bacteria that rarely cause disease in humans, in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics - Read more

Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition

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Photo: Graphic of blood [14/02/2014] A new imaging technique for measuring blood flow in the heart and vessels can diagnose a common congenital heart abnormality, bicuspid aortic valve, and may lead to better prediction of complications. Blood Flow: New Imaging Technique Can Diagnose Common Heart Condition - Read more

Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care

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Photo: Emergency room [06/02/2014] The introduction of checklists and better feedback for ambulance crews as part of a national quality improvement project has significantly improved the standard of care for heart attack and stroke patients across England.Emergency: Ambulance Checklists and Feedback Improve Care - Read more

Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities

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Photo: Graphic of woman with lost breast [30/01/2014] Contrary to existing understanding, long-term follow-up of patients with two types of breast tissue abnormalities suggests that both types of abnormalities have the same potential to progress to breast cancer, according to a new study. Findings from this study could improve clinical management of patients with breast tissue abnormalities.Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities - Read more

China: Reliance on Lower-paid Contract Nurses May Compromise Patient Care

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Photo: Nurse [30/01/2014] Economic and health system reforms in China in recent decades have dramatically reduced the number of traditional hospital nursing jobs, known as "bianzhi" or "iron rice bowl" positions, which are guaranteed for life. China: Reliance on Lower-paid Contract Nurses May Compromise Patient Care - Read more

Birth: How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby in a Hospital?

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Photo: Baby in a suit holding a dollar [17/01/2014] Women giving birth in California can face a huge cost difference in their hospital bills, according to a new UC San Francisco study. Birth: How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby in a Hospital? - Read more

Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels"

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[08/01/2014] Heart diseases can be triggered by special viruses that affect the cardiac muscle. Preventive drugs could definitely be developed – if the virus does not mutate. Contagious Heart Disease: "The Virus Manipulates the Host Cell on Different Levels" - Read more

Nutrition: Choice Architecture of Healthy Food

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Photo: Food Label [08/01/2014] The use of color-coded "traffic light" food labels and changes in the way popular items are displayed appear to have produced a long-term increase in the choice of more healthful food items among customers in a large hospital cafeteria.Nutrition: Choice Architecture of Healthy Food - Read more

Study Approach: Surgical Trials Mean More Safety in the Operating Room

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[06/01/2014] Whether a surgical suture is better applied manually or with a surgical stapler can be determined through trial and error. Determining which method guarantees patient safety best should also not just be based on a surgeon’s experience. Controlled studies are the method of choice to assess both well-proven and new techniques in the operating room. Study Approach: Surgical Trials Mean More Safety in the Operating Room - Read more