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  • 5 New York City hospitals with best patient reviews

    It is hospitals' jobs to provide patients with the best quality care possible, and part of that includes ensuring each patient's hospital stay is satisfactory. According to recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and System survey scores, the following 5 hospitals received the highest patient ratings of all 11 hospitals in New York City.  
  • Biospleen device could revolutionize sepsis treatment

    A biospleen device, developed by a team at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, could help clinicians battle sepsis more effectively, according to a Harvard Gazette report. 
  • Is universal MRSA decolonization in ICUs worth it?

    Universal decolonization of all ICU patients can help reduce bloodstream infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and also lower healthcare costs, and does so better compared to screening and isolation of MRSA carriers and targeted decolonization. 
  • Timeline of Ebola outbreaks, 1976-present

    The Ebola outbreak that has been ravaging West Africa has become a focal point of attention and concern around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ebola outbreak that began in March 2014 represents the highest number of people infected and killed by the disease in its history. 
  • Experimental CAUTI vaccine demonstrates positive early test results

    An experimental vaccine developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections has demonstrated positive initial results when tested in mice. 
  • Advocate, Beaumont among hospitals to stop buying flame retardant furniture for safety reasons

    In a move toward eliminating unnecessary health threats, four healthcare organizations announced they will stop purchasing furniture treated with flame retardant chemicals, as the chemicals are toxic, according Healthier Hospitals Initiative. 
  • The 10 cleanest Dallas area hospitals

    Maintaining clean environments in hospitals is critical for ensuring patient satisfaction and quality of care. According to recent Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey data published by CMS, the following 10 out of 39 Dallas area hospitals have the cleanest rooms and bathrooms. 
  • National Quality Forum seeks groups to test population management action guide

    The National Quality Forum is seeking up to 10 collaborative groups from across the country to field test the NQF Action Guide 1.0 — a handbook that aims at helping groups working to improve population health at the local, state or national level.  
  • Shark skin-inspired surface limits MRSA spread, study shows

    Coating hospital surfaces with microscopic bumps — similar in texture to the skin of a shark — could limit the transmission of bacterial infections like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to research in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control. 
  • The 5 most deadly contagious diseases

    From March to Sept. 7, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has caused more than 2,200 reported deaths, making it the largest Ebola outbreak in history and the first Ebola epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But how does Ebola compare to other contagious diseases in terms of deaths? 
  • Respiratory virus now in 12 states, more spread expected

    After sweeping through the Midwest, particularly Missouri and Illinois, the highly infectious respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 has appeared in 12 states and more spread is expected in the coming weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
  • Antibiotic surveillance can reduce readmissions

    While antibiotic stewardship programs have long been noted to reduce the rate of antibiotic use, they may also reduce the rate of readmission due to infection, according to research presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and covered by Medscape. 
  • US to send troops to battle Ebola

    In efforts to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the U.S. will deploy 3,000 troops to the Liberia to bolster containment efforts, according to a Reuters report. 
  • Pre-surgical skin antisepsis: A call to reduce variability to improve quality

    Despite the availability of best-practice guidelines, healthcare-associated infections remain a serious problem in the United States. It is estimated that 700,000 to 1.7 million people will contract an HAI every year1 and nearly 100,000 will die as a result,2 even though it is estimated that at least 50 percent of HAIs are preventable.3,4 
  • Survey uncovers medically unnecessary catheter use

    A survey of acute-care hospitals in the United States uncovered that many hospitals use indwelling catheters for reasons that aren't medically necessary, highlighting the opportunity to reduce catheter use and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. 
  • 48 hospitals with the lowest heart failure mortality rates

    The following 48 hospitals have a 30-day death rate for heart failure patients of 8.4 or lower, some of the lowest in the nation. Data was taken from CMS' Hospital Compare. 
  • Broken bed alarm, panic button contributed to UCSD Medical Center patient death

    Records from the California Department of Health and Human Services, obtained by NBC 7, show a broken bed alarm and panic button contributed to the 2013 death of a patient who walked away from his room and outside of UCSD Medical Center. 
  • What is the cost of defensive medicine?

    The overuse of tests and procedures because of fear of malpractice litigation is known as defensive medicine, and researchers recently estimated the cost of defensive medicine on three hospital medicine services in a health system and published the results in JAMA Internal Medicine.  
  • Caregiver burnout in NICUs: Characteristics & Analysis

      Caregiver burnout in neonatal intensive care unit is prevalent and associated with lower perceptions of patient safety culture, according to a study published in BMJ Quality & Safety.  
  • Hospital-acquired infection control market: 6 observations

    Here are six observations on the hospital-acquired infection control market, according to a new report by Persistence Market Research:  

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