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  1. Saint Francis Hospital saves 150 lives through surgical quality improvements

    For several years, Hartford, Conn.-based Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center has been working to improve surgical safety as part of the Connecticut Surgical Quality Collaborative. Since 2011, this effort has saved an estimated 150 lives. By Heather Punke -
  2. CMS unveils Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks program

    CMS issued a request for proposals for Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks initiative Wednesday. HIINs will be tasked with helping reduce overall patient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by the end of 2019. By Heather Punke -
  3. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month — 10 recent stories on the condition

    The CDC recognizes May as Hepatitis Awareness Month, a chance to discuss the chronic, lifelong infections which contribute to the development of liver cancer. Highlighted below are 10 recent stories and studies on hepatitis published by Becker's Hospital Review, starting with the most recent.  By Shannon Barnet -

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  1. Early lung cancer screening improves survival rate more than 70%

    According to the CDC, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The survival rate for this disease can be significantly increased, however, with early screening, according to new research in the journal Health Technology Assessment.  By Shannon Barnet -
  2. Researchers find correlation between flu vaccine rates and racial discrimination

    The CDC recommends older adults and adults with certain chronic conditions get inoculated against influenza every year, but vaccine uptake is relatively low among racial and ethnic minorities that fall within these groups. The gap may have something to do with discrimination, according to new research published in June issue of Medical Care.  By Shannon Barnet -
  3. 4 behavioral economic models that can shape medical decision-making

    Clinicians who engage patients and family members in shared decision-making know that people don't always make healthcare decisions based on what is rational. The irrationality of healthcare decisions was a major topic of discussion at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research's 21st Annual International Meeting.  By Shannon Barnet -
  4. Patient safety tool: AHRQ assessment identifies adverse events among children

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has created a tool that uses electronic or written patient data to retrospectively identify adverse events in pediatric patients. The tool is called the Global Assessment of Pediatric Patient Safety, or GAPPS.  By Shannon Barnet -

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  1. NQF, CDC release practical antibiotic stewardship playbook: 6 things to know

    The National Quality Forum, the CDC and Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America led a team of experts to create a guide for hospitals of all sizes on how to implement an antibiotic stewardship program, and the guide, "Antibiotic Stewardship in Acute Care: A Practical Playbook" was released Wednesday. By Heather Punke -
  2. Swedish Covenant Hospital program unites expecting moms in discussion groups

    The nurse-midwifery group at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago will conduct a pregnancy program to bring together expecting mothers with comparable due dates and their providers to discuss important issues related to pregnancy in a group setting. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. House speaker calls for relaxed EPA regulations to combat Zika-carrying mosquitoes

    House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recently took to Twitter, calling for the removal of "onerous" pesticide regulations in order to strengthen mosquito control and protect Americans from the Zika virus. By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. NIH grants University of Washington $2M for hookworm vaccine trial

    Researchers from the University of Washington received a $2.1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct a clinical trial for a hookworm vaccine. The trial will take place in an area of Brazil where the parasitic infection is endemic. By Brian Zimmerman -
  1. Zika myths run rampant on social media platforms, scientists find

    Concerned scientists tracked Zika conspiracy theories in real time on social media. Their method revealed a rapid increase in pseudoscientific claims about Zika and a potential vaccine that coincided with an influx of media attention regarding the outbreak. The team's analysis recently appeared in Vaccine.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  2. High rates of fluctuation in blood pressure linked to cognitive decline

    Greater fluctuation in blood pressure between visits was linked to cognitive decline in a new study appearing in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension. By Brian Zimmerman -
  3. Study: Less restrictive diet superior to clear liquids before colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy patients who adhered to a low residue diet prior to the procedure reported higher satisfaction and were found to have better bowel preparations on average than patients who fasted, according to a new study presented at the 2016 Digestive Diseases Week meeting in San Diego on May 23.  By Brian Zimmerman -
  4. CMS officials to hospitals: Stop misusing HCAHPS measures

    In an opinion piece in JAMA, three officials from CMS urged hospital leaders to stop disaggregating measures from HCAHPS for internal use. By Heather Punke -
  5. Texas hospital helps dying vet say goodbye to his horses

    A patient at San Antonio, Texas-based Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital got his last wish Saturday when he was visited by two of his horses, Ringo and Sugar, according to Fox News.  By Emily Rappleye -
  6. Can sepsis kill patients months or years after they recover?

    Sepsis is a serious mortality risk for patients who develop the infection. It also carries an increased risk of death for those patients months down the road, but is that because of sepsis itself, or preexisting health conditions? A new BMJ study suggests sepsis itself might play a role. By Max Green -
  7. The key to better medical adhesives may be in your garden

    Any person that has come across English ivy in their garden knows the plant is difficult to eliminate. Although bothersome in a garden, ivy produces one of the strongest adhesives in nature — and it could have medical applications, according to research from The Ohio State University in Columbus.  By Shannon Barnet -
  8. Sepsis raises late death risk by 16%, study finds

    Even when patients survive an episode of sepsis, it's not uncommon for them to die in the months or years afterward. The trend prompted researchers from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor to investigate to long-term risks of sepsis.  By Shannon Barnet -
  9. 6 Iowa hospitals with the cleanest rooms, as reported by patients

    The following is a list of hospitals in Iowa for which 86 percent or more of patients reported on their HCAHPS surveys that their room and bathroom were "always" clean. By Heather Punke -


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