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ESC releases new chronic heart failure guidelines

...nd Pocket Guidelines) which can be accessed and/or ordered from the ESC via the ESC Web Site ( www.escardio.org ). Importance of Guidelines Guidelines are crucial to appropriate clinical practice, comprising specific recommendations on treatment methods, collated by senior European experts and opinion lead...

Chest CT can be first step to identifying if patient has had a heart attack

...est CT examinations; none of the examinations were ordered specifically to look at the heart, said Linda Haramati, MD, professor of clinical radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and one of the authors of the study. Previous studies, not performed in a clinical setting, had indicated that normal h...

Imaging may not be major driver of hospital cost increases

...many had imaging studies and the number of studies ordered per patient. However, the contribution of imaging to the overall cost of care for these patients remained steady at about 10 percent. "We actually expected that imaging would represent a higher percentage of costs, but this result makes it hard to...

Johns Hopkins study shows home test kits highly effective against sexually transmitted diseases

...ipants. "Our results confirm that home test kits ordered via the Internet provided young women with a safe ...nth period starting in August 2004. Kits could be ordered through a designated Internet site (www.iwantthekit.org) or could be picked up from any one of 250 p...

New technology can boost bottom lines for US hospitals

... Medical Center (UPMC) may be just what the doctor ordered to help hospitals improve patient revenue. Compliance+ TM The new software system, "Compliance+ TM ", is the latest offering from the healthcare engineers at Baltimore-based Salar, Inc. ( www.Salarinc.com ). Salar develops products that improve he...

Fear of lawsuits affects emergency physicians' heart care decisions

...ency physicians in this specific clinical scenario ordered diagnostic tests and admitted patients for reasons of assurance." Katz noted that a limitation of the UI study is that the physicians did not represent a national sample. He also said the study was not designed to examine whether there is an "upside"...

Lifespan again named among 100 Most Wired and 25 Most Wireless hospitals

...tage of clinical transactions the number of doses ordered and the number of medications matched to the patient via informationtechnology. All clinical areas in Lifespan's four hospitals have wireless capabilities, allowing patient care to be delivered more immediately and efficiently. For example, wireles...

New technology could improve clinical trial recruitment

...is new technology may also be just what the doctor ordered for clinical trial recruitment. A new study led by Peter Embi, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and researcher at UC's Institute for the Study of Health, shows that by using the tools of an electronic medical r...

Patient safety monitoring at Hopkins Hospital finds law of unintended consequences at work

...ed by their findings, the Hopkins team immediately ordered a return to use of the previous valve, one that does not contain the positive-pressure feature, but also has no known risks for causing infection. Almost immediately after the switch, bloodstream infections on the PICU decreased to previous baseline...

More training needed to ensure accuracy of urine drug tests

... the survey, more than 95 percent of whom had ever ordered a drug test. The researchers said that a properly collected urine sample included being sure that patients provide identification, empty their pockets and use the bathroom without running water; the sample is checked immediately for temperature; blue...

Medicare must change the way it values physician services to avert primary care collapse

...medicine. Overpriced medical services tend to be ordered more frequently and may contribute to an increase in the total volume of services. Because the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) limits aggregate physician spending increases, the combination of mispriced relative values and volume means certain types o...

Test to predict cardiovascular risk in heart attack patients not yet appropriately used

...s. It appears that the test is predominantly being ordered in older patients with a history of heart failure or signs of heart failure on presentation. These patients are already at a high risk of early mortality based upon these features alone, so an additional test does not add much in terms of the precisi...

Keeping patients from falling through the medical-imaging cracks

... care. But for eight patients, the doctor who had ordered the scan had not reacted to the Code 8 report from...expected finding of cancer on a scan that had been ordered for an entirely different reason -- for example, to guide a surgeon performing a hip operation -- mi...

Chaos=Order: Physicists make baffling discovery

...tors" the researchers noticed that when driven by ordered forces the various pendulums behaved chaotically a...ed at random to each oscillator the system became ordered and synchronized. "The thing that is counterintuitive is that when you introduce disorder into the s...

What is the sound of one person talking? New speech collection tells all, syllable by syllable

...ady ordering copies of it. A researcher from Italy ordered the corpus to study "slips of the tongue," such as when people accidentally substitute one word for another that sounds similar (saying "rabbit" instead of "habit"). Pitt and Dilley expect a lot more interest in the corpus. "Across a variety of fie...

Millions squandered in unnecessary tests ordered in routine doctor visits

...ound at least one of the three D interventions was ordered 43-46% of the time. The researchers then extrapolated their findings into a national picture of use, and estimated that annual direct medical costs for the three "D" category tests those whose use the panel recommended against -- ranged from $47 m...

Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute new study on pregnant women & iron

...n of childbearing age. Consequently, doctors have ordered daily supplements of 60 to 120 mg of iron to prevent or correct anemia and iron deficiency during pregnancy. "What happens is that excess iron in pregnancy can drive the hemoglobin levels above desirable levels, so that by the end of the second trim...

Radon testing as a campus community service

...m with their friends, families and neighbors. Some ordered radon detectors for their loved ones, and "we encouraged that," Mohaupt says. In turn, they provided more participants for Mohaupt to get better discounts on the kits with vendors. "If only we had 10 participants it would be abysmal, if we had 30 i...

Sandia work launched on space shuttle shows live cells influence growth of nanostructures

..., the drying of lipid-silica solutions produces an ordered porous nanostructure by a process known as molecular self-assembly. This can be visualized as a kind of tract housing. In the current experiments, however, the construction process is altered by the live yeast or bacteria. During drying, the cell...

Two-fifths of US adults report experiencing unsafe, wasteful or poorly coordinated health care

...treatment, and one in six reported their physician ordered tests that had already been done. Paying for and Receiving Health Care Is Increasingly a Middle Class Problem About half (48%) of adults in middle-income families ($35,000 to $50,000 annual income) reported serious problems paying for health car...

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