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Comprehensive prescription drug monitoring program mandates reduce opioid prescribing in hospitals

September 10, 2019
State mandates that require both prescribers and dispensers to enter and use prescription drug monitoring programs led to greater reductions in…

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ED destination of EMS transport varies by race

September 6, 2019
The ED to which emergency medical services transport a patient depends on the patient’s race/ethnicity, according to study findings published…

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Evidence does not support antipsychotics for prevention, treatment of delirium in hospitals

September 5, 2019
Haloperidol and second-generation antipsychotics should not be routinely used to prevent or treat delirium in hospitalized patients based on evidence…

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Patient order errors in NICUs more common for twins, multiple births

September 5, 2019
Results of a study conducted at six New York NICUs suggested that multiple-birth infants are at an increased risk for wrong-patient order errors…

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N95 respirators, medical masks offer similar protection from flu

September 3, 2019
A comparison of N95 respirators and medical masks for the prevention of influenza demonstrated no significant difference in the incidence of…

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72-hour time-out encourages de-escalation of broad-spectrum antibiotics

September 1, 2019
The addition of an automated 72-hour antibiotic time-out alert within the electronic medical record system at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis led to more…

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Longer sleeves reduce contamination during PPE removal

August 31, 2019
Increasing the coverage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, to include the hands and wrists reduces the contamination of personnel during…

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Observational stays for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions on the rise

August 30, 2019
Hospitalizations related to ambulatory care-sensitive conditions, or ACSCs — such as dehydration and UTIs — are typically avoidable when…

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Almost all electric scooter drivers who crash do not wear helmets

August 30, 2019
Helmet use was “extremely rare” and alcohol consumption beyond the legal limit and illicit substance use “was common” among…

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Oseltamivir for flu prophylaxis in health care personnel comes with challenges

August 30, 2019
Oseltamivir for influenza prophylaxis is a consideration for health care workers at high risk for developing influenza, including those who decline…

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Only 1 in 5 older adults in LTACH alive after 5 years

August 29, 2019
Just 18% of older adults admitted to a long-term acute care hospital were alive after 5 years, making the prognosis for these patients worse than…

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Antibiotics tied to longer hospital stay for patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria

August 27, 2019
Inappropriate antibiotic treatment is common in hospitalized patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria, particularly among elderly patients with altered…

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Hemodialysis for children with AKI has increased despite high 30-day mortality risk

August 27, 2019
Recently published findings from Canada suggest use of hemodialysis for children hospitalized with acute kidney injury has increased in 2 decades and…

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Hospital choice could affect pediatric mortality during emergencies

August 23, 2019
Findings published in Pediatrics suggest that a child’s chance of survival in an emergency may depend on the hospital where they receive care…

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Psychiatric illnesses prevalent in hospitalized patients with ESKD, associated with increased mortality

August 23, 2019
A recently published study found psychiatric illnesses, common among patients with ESKD hospitalized within their first year of dialysis treatment…

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Torso stab wound survival rate depends on level of trauma center

August 22, 2019
Patients with torso stab wounds have a significantly lower risk for mortality when treated at level I trauma centers compared to level II centers…

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Private patient rooms may reduce rates of some infections

August 21, 2019
Moving patients from a hospital with mostly ward-type rooms to a new hospital with exclusively private rooms appeared to be associated with a…

Q&A: The state of Ebola preparation in developed countries

August 20, 2019
The ongoing Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was recently declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, or…

Core stewardship intervention feasible at community hospitals

August 19, 2019
Researchers tested two core Infectious Diseases Society of America-recommended antimicrobial stewardship interventions at four community hospitals in…

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Nearly 2% of hospitalized kids get at least one antibiotic for noninfectious conditions

August 15, 2019
Findings published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society showed that nearly 2% of children admitted to 32 children’s…