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Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  • Multifaceted Quality Improvement Intervention Does Not Reduce Risk of Death in ICUs
    Implementation of a multifaceted quality improvement intervention with daily checklists, goal setting, and clinician prompting did not reduce in-hospital mortality compared with routine care among critically ill patients treated in intensive care units (ICUs) in Brazil, ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • OCT May Speed Detection of Pneumonia-Related Bacteria in ICU Patients
    The ability to better detect and assess bacteria linked to a form of pneumonia prevalent in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) could soon become possible, according to research reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Biomedical Optics. The journal is published by ...More
    January 5, 2016 Posted in News
  • ICU Clinical Workstations May be an Overlooked Reservoir for Bacteria
    Clinical workstations within hospital intensive care units (ICUs) may get overlooked during routine cleanings and could therefore harbor more dangerous bacteria than regularly cleaned objects in patient areas, according to a pilot study published in the December issue of ...More
    December 1, 2015 Posted in News, Environmental Hygiene
  • Microsoft, Johns Hopkins Team Up to Improve ICU Care
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Microsoft have announced plans to work together to redesign the way medical devices in an intensive care unit (ICU) talk to each other. The two organizations plan to develop a health IT solution that collects data from ...More
    October 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Easing ICU Admission Criteria Improves Mortality in Patients with Sepsis, Reduces Costs
    Researchers from Northwest Hospital and Lifebridge Critical Care in Randallstown, Md. conducted a study of patients with sepsis admitted in the ICU and found that a significant decrease in mortality, ICU length of stay, and intermediate care unit-to-ICU transfers occurred ...More
    October 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • A Mixed Bag: Electronic Health Records and ICU Quality Improvement
    Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine found significant reductions in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and surgical intensive care unit (SICU) mortality rates after implementation of electronic health records (EHR). The study found no ...More
    October 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Death and Money in the ICU: Pneumonia Findings Surprise Researchers
    When an older person gets hospitalized for pneumonia, where's the best place to care for them? New research findings about deaths and healthcare costs in such patients fly in the face of conventional wisdom - and could change where doctors decide to treat them. Seniors with ...More
    September 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Infections Increase Death Risk by 35 Percent for ICU Patients, Study Finds
    Elderly patients admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) are about 35 percent more likely to die within five years of leaving the hospital if they develop an infection during their stay, a new study finds. Preventing two of the most common healthcare-acquired infections ...More
    January 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • How to Approach and Treat VAP in ICU Patients
    Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most frequent clinical problems in ICU with an elevated morbidity and costs associated with it, in addition to prolonged MV, ICU-length of stay (LOS) and hospital-length of stay. Current challenges in VAP management ...More
    December 22, 2014 Posted in News
  • Treatment of Viral Infections in ICU Patients
    Patients with severe viral infections are often hospitalized in intensive care units (ICUs) and recent studies underline the frequency of viral detection in ICU patients. Viral infections in the ICU often involve the respiratory or the central nervous system and can cause ...More
    December 22, 2014 Posted in News
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