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Survey Finds Increasing Popularity Of Acute Stroke Teams In U.S. Hospitals

...ived more than five calls per week. AST staffing consisted of attending physicians (95 percent), nurses orstudy coordinators (73 percent), fellows (49 percent) and residents (48percent). The large majority, 78 percent, were able to respond to calls within10 minutes. "We are very...

UI Researcher Shows Economic Benefits Of Hospitals Fast-Tracking Patients Vary

...his new fast-trackingapproach as a way to decrease staffing costs while maintaining quality care.However, a Un... whether fast-tracking allows a hospital to reduce staffing costsdepends highly upon the institution's labor payment structure. Fast-tracking canpossibly decrea...

Finding sobriety, and saving money, through spirituality

..., and the study's lead author. "We found that the staffing levels, three-to-four week lengths of stay, and costs were fairly similar regardless of the specific nature of the two types of treatment we examined," he said. Clinical outcomes - defined as whether or not the patients stopped using drugs and alcoh...

Care of head injuries falls well short of recommendations

...ers of other medical staff. To achieve recommended staffing levels, consultant numbers would have to be increased by over 70 per cent. Only five hospitals had observation wards for minor head injuries, and half the hospitals had no space to include one. All the hospitals had computed tomography scanning facil...

Not working alone at night, outside lights can cut workplace homicides, study shows

...terventions, the largest beneficial effect was for staffing practices that prevented workers being alone at night. Keeping doors closed during working hours also was associated with reduced risk, but that finding was not statistically significant, he said. Combinations of five or more administrative measures ...

UT Southwestern gerontologist offers ways to find the right nursing home

...nursing homes in the United States lacked adequate staffing to properly care for patients. Such findings may alarm Americans, but a gerontology specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas said consumers who conduct research on prospective facilities and discuss all options with family members can ...

U.S. for-profit hospitals show higher mortality rates than non-profits, analysis shows

...reased when researchers adjusted statistically for staffing levels, he said. The meta-analysis results have significant implications for health-care delivery in both Canada and the U.S. "All data are derived from U.S. studies," said Schunemann. "The results are directly applicable to the American public. Be...

Emergency physicians to convene in Seattle in October

...ng many challenges, including a lack of resources, staffing shortages, and a medical liability insurance crisis. ACEP will sponsor a special briefing for the news media about the state of emergency medicine during the meeting. In addition, award-winning author, television commentator, and columnist Jeff Bir...

Equation rivals ultrasound in calculating birth weight

...e equation requires no additional testing, trained staffing or equipment, and the information needed can be gleaned from the mother's current medical records. It can be computed by most doctors in about two to three minutes." Nahum said the equation could also be used three months prior to delivery, which h...

Patients with chronic illness not benefiting from advances in care

...ocesses were discontinued because of financial and staffing problems. Nearly all study groups used clinical practice guidelines for all four chronic conditions. However, the use of other care management processes varied greatly across conditions, with fewer than half of the nine groups using all four processe...

Intensive care specialists reduce hospital death rates by 30 percent

...studies, giving them 27 comparisons of alternative staffing strategies for ICUs. Patients at hospitals that had a higher concentration of critical care specialists had reduced ICU and hospital death rates and lengths of stay. The approximately 6,000 ICUs in this country care for about 55,000 patients a day,...

Intensivists reduce mortality and length of stay in ICU patients

..., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "By staffing ICUs with physicians specifically trained in criti...ren. From this data, they identified ICU physician staffing as being low-intensity, where no intensivist was on staff or where intensivist consultation was mere...

Reducing the number of walk-in patients won't help solve emergency department overcrowding: Study

...patients. The researchers also conclude that nurse staffing in emergency or the rate at which physicians see and assess patients and order tests has little impact on overcrowding. To best address the overcrowding issue, hospitals need to become more efficient in assessing and admitting the sickest patients to...

Nationwide improvement in nursing home care not likely, despite some changes

...wide improvement are not high. However, increasing staffing and raising wages of nursing home workers appear to be necessary preconditions to improving quality of care and should receive high priority, according to Joshua Wiener of the Urban Institute. Despite substantial regulatory oversight, noted Dr. Wiene...

N.C. likely to face radiologic science workforce shortage

...ufficiently with educational programs about future staffing needs, Dyson said. Often, large employers such as hospitals will purchase imaging equipment or expand their radiology departments before informing educators about those moves. "One major recommendation was that communication be improved by establ...

Midwife shortages contributing to 'near misses' on labour wards

...on duty. All maternity units experienced midwifery staffing shortages and most units relied on bank midwives to maintain minimum staffing levels. High-risk practices (such as giving drugs to induce labour and performing epidurals) continu...

NIH History Day celebrates NIH; Features lecture and tours

... to 1:00 pm on NIH History Day, volunteers will be staffing tables at several collection stations positioned around the NIH campus, including stations on the main floor of Building 10 (the Clinical Center), outside the cafeteria of Building 31, and in the main lobby of Building 45....

HFES Annual Meeting papers feature work on critical health and safety issues

...icy and procedures, incomplete patient assessment, staffing issues, distraction, and lack of availability of pertinent information. JCAHO, among others, has developed best practices guidelines intended to reduce risk, but they fail to account for the dynamic and complex hospital environment. These researcher...

Injection savings could mean better care in ICU

...e in the ICU have both been linked to workload and staffing levels. Reducing the amount of time spent on administering intravenous antibiotics would allow healthcare workers to devote more time to other aspects of patient care. Such time savings would also cut hidden treatment costs, associated with staff tim...

Diagnosis: mismanagement

...model. His model touches on considerations such as staffing requirements, service mix, impacts on changing demand, new health care delivery models, organizational structure, the centralization of specialties, and capacity planning.An important aspect of the modeling is improving interaction among hospital dep...

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