By Kelly M. Pyrek
Economic evaluations of interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections in the United States rarely take the societal perspective and thus ignore the potential benefits of morbidity and mortality risk reductions.
New research from West Virginia University suggests a widely used index to assess hospital patients’ risk of readmission may have a blind spot.
For surgeons getting ready to enter the operating room (OR), the chances of contamination may be lower if they put their gowns on by themselves -- without the assistance of a surgical technician, according to an experimental study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.
Implementation of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Associated With Increase in Patient-Level Mortality
A policy designed to reduce hospital readmissions through financial penalties was associated with a significant increase in post-discharge mortality for patients with heart failure and pneumonia, according to a large-scale study by researchers in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s (BIDMC) Smi
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Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) among adults admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) have been shown to increase length of stay, the cost of care, and in some cases increased the risk of hospital death (Kaye et al., J Am Geriatr Soc 62:306-11, 2014; Roberts et al., Med Care 48:1026-35, 2
Endoscopy-related infections represent an important threat for healthcare systems worldwide. Recent outbreaks of infections with multidrug resistant micro-organisms have highlighted the problems of contaminated endoscopes.
A new study reveals that during stressful moments in the operating room, surgeons make up to 66 percent more mistakes on patients.
The following is a statement from Jeff Shuren, MD, JD, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, on updated safety communication about rates of duodenoscope contamination from preliminary postmarket data: