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  1. Catholic Medical Center acquires germ-killing robot

    The Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., has acquired the $90,000 Tru-D SmartUVC robot, becoming the first hospital in the state to use a Tru-D robot, which uses ultraviolet light to kill harmful germs, reports the New Hampshire Union Leader.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. New website helps reduce anxiety in children, parents before pediatric outpatient surgery, research shows

    A new website provides parents and children with individualized information and support to help lower anxiety before pediatric outpatient surgery, according to a two articles in Anesthesia & Analgesia.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Cigarette smoke strengthens MRSA bacteria's resistance, study finds

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, an antibiotic-resistant superbug, when exposed to cigarette smoke become even more resistant to the immune system, according to a study published in Infection and Immunity.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Current hospital trends and strategies

Mark Dixon and Dr. Joseph Sferra on hospital current trends and strategies, and how these impacted ProMedica Toledo Hospital.
  1. Sinus infections do not always need antibiotics

    According to a CBS Boston report, 20 percent of antibiotics are used to treat sinusitis, about 30 million annually, although they are not always necessary.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Ancient wisdom? 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon salve found to kill MRSA bacteria

    A 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon remedy has been found to kill superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, according to research conducted at The University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Patient sues OSBEC Medical, doctor claiming failure to treat infection

    According to a lawsuit filed March 3, Rebecca Merrill is suing OSBEC Medical of Southern Illinois and Oscar F. Florendo Jr., MD, claiming surgery on her foot led to infection, required further treatment and caused permanent disfiguration, reports The Madison-St. Clair Record.  By Brandon Howard -
  4. Patient tests negative for Ebola in Colorado

    After exhibiting signs of Ebola, a patient at Loveland's Medical Center of the Rockies in Colorado tested negative this morning, according to the Denver Post.  By Brandon Howard -

Improve engagement with community physicians 

For most hospitals, the referral process is complex and inefficient, creating dissatisfaction for community physicians and patients alike. Improving that process can make a huge difference not only in satisfaction, but in referral preferences.
  1. Naval Hospital Jacksonville uses human simulators to hone skills, improve patient safety

    Healthcare professionals at Naval Hospital Jacksonville use human-like simulators to provide evidence-based simulations to develop and fine-tune their already acquired skills and promote safe patient outcomes, reports The Florida Times-Union.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. MIS approach for colectomy patients results in short-& long-term cost savings, study finds

    Patients who underwent minimally invasive colectomy procedures required fewer days of healthcare utilization and resulted in lower healthcare costs than those who underwent traditional open surgery, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. AAOS selects Medline Industries as distribution partner

    According to a press release, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has picked Medline as its preferred distributor of medical supplies and solutions for the next 3 years.  By Staff -
  4. Malnourished patients more likely than morbidly obese patients to face complications after orthopedic procedures, study finds

    Following total knee or hip replacement surgeries, malnourished patients are more likely to have complications than morbidly obese patients, according to new research presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, March 24 to March 28.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  1. Patients are becoming more aware of performance reports

    According to a study reported on by Penn State News, patients are becoming more aware of comparative doctor and hospital performance reports, although at a slower than expected rate.  By Brandon Howard -
  2. Continuing medical education platform grows to drive improved patient safety

    Qstream, a mobile software platform to help reinforce healthcare skills, is seeing its popularity rising among physicians and clinicians at major medical centers, including Duke University School of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center among others.  By Brandon Howard -
  3. Diagnostic pain injections for hip arthroscopy patients may not predict postop outcomes, study finds

    Pain relief from preoperative diagnostic hip injections may not predict better outcomes after arthroscopic hip surgery, according to research presented today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Specialty Day.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  4. Large financial benefit to identifying & reducing patient harm, AHS saves $108M, study finds

    AHS saved approximately $108 million in total cost, $48 million in variable cost, and $18 million in contribution margin by systemically identifying and reducing patient harm during a three-year period, according to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety.  By Brandon Howard -
  5. Washington resident is suing Seattle hospital over alleged CRE infection

    Debbie Newton is suing Olympus America, after she claims she developed a CRE infection after a procedure using one of Olympus's duodenoscopes at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to The Seattle Times.  By Brandon Howard -
  6. Combining outpatient cosmetic procedures leads to higher risk of VTE, study finds

    Some combinations of outpatient cosmetic procedures result in a heightened risk of venous thromboembolism, according to a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  7. Checklists may not help improve surgical outcomes, study finds

    Implementation of a checklist-based quality improvement intervention did not affect rates of adverse surgical outcomes among patients undergoing general surgery, according to a study published in JAMA Surgery.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  8. Multifaceted interventions increase hand hygiene compliance, study finds

    A multi-modal intervention program helped increase hand hygiene compliance, according to a study published in the Journal of Emergency Nursing.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  9. Strategies for ASC managers to implement infection control practices

    One of the greatest challenges that face managers of ambulatory surgery centers is keeping the rate of infection low. By Sports and Spine Orthopaedics -

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