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Some ICU Admissions May Be Preventable, Saving Money And Improving Care
Many admissions to the intensive care unit may be preventable, potentially decreasing health care costs and improving care, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
In “Potentially Preventable Intensive Care Unit Admissions in the United States, 2006 – 2015,” lead author Gary E. Weissman, MD, MSHP, a researcher at the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and co-authors analyzed more than 16 million ICU admissions and estimated that between one in six and one in seven such admissions might have been avoided.
“This study was motivated by my experiences caring for patients in the medical ICU who required maximal life support because, a few weeks or months before, they couldn’t afford basic preventive medical services,” Dr. Weissman said.
The researchers analyzed three large d
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How Effective Is Body Cooling In Patients That Experience Cardiac Arrest?
While body temperature cooling is not a new treatment tactic for patients who experience cardiac arrest, a new clinical trial hopes to better understand the optimal amount of time for targeted temperature management.
“Cardiac arrest is a common and devastating cardiac and neurological emergency affecting almost 400,000 victims in the United States every year,” says Robert Silbergleit, M.D., a professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine. “Many of whom are successfully resuscitated, but then die in the hospital or are left with severe disability from injury to the brain during the cardiac arrest.”
Induced therapeutic hypothermia, or medically-induced cooling of the body’s temperature, is commonly used to treat comatose patients who survive a cardiac arrest. Generally, these patients have their body temperature lowered via special cooling pads or cooling catheters placed in large
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Cheap, Quick Test Identifies Pneumonia Patients At Risk Of Respiratory Failure Or Sepsis
Madrid, Spain: Spanish researchers in Valencia have identified specific fragments of genetic material that play a role in the development of respiratory failure and sepsis in pneumonia patients.
Presenting the research at the European Respiratory Society International Congress  today (Wednesday), Dr Francisco Sanz said the findings could enable doctors to test quickly for these biological markers when a patient is admitted to hospital with pneumonia, so that they could anticipate complications and provide more intensive support and monitoring.
Dr Sanz, a pulmonologist in the Pulmonary Department at Consorci Hospital Universitari de València and an associate professor at the University of Valencia, and his colleagues analysed clinical data and blood samples from 169 patients with community-acquired pneumonia - pneumonia acquired outside the hospital or nursing home setting.
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The Blue In The Pink: Busting Myths About Male Breast Cancer
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month kicks off this October, a UNLV public health professor is reminding people that men are also at risk.
Statistics show that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, leading to it be seen primarily as a “woman’s disease.”
But that view unintentionally creates a health disparity for men, who — with a lifetime risk of developing breast cancer sitting at about 1 in 883 — often face barriers to diagnosis and treatment due to a lack of awareness among the general public, policymakers, and health care professionals, says Marya Shegog, a director of health programs at The Lincy Institute at UNLV.
We recently sat down with Shegog to talk about her new collaboration with University of Alabama professor Raheem Paxton and the Male Breast Cancer Coalition that delved into the survivor stories of nearly 200 men who