• Intermountain performs record number of successful organ transplants for 4th year straight

    Physicians at Intermountain Health successfully performed 300 organ transplants for patients last year alone, the Salt Lake City-based system said Jan. 31. In total there were 159 kidney transplants, 104 liver transplants, 29 heart transplants and eight kidney or pancreas transplants — marking a fourth consecutive record-breaking year for the health system.
  • 45% of women forgo preventive care: 7 notes

    A recent poll found 45 percent of women forgo preventive care services such as check-ups, screenings and vaccines.
  • US spends most on healthcare but has worse outcomes: 6 report findings

    The U.S. spends two to four times as much on healthcare as most other high-income countries, but the health outcomes lag behind, a new Commonwealth Fund study found.
  • Texas Children's Hospital named leader of pediatric organ transplants for 6th year

    For the sixth consecutive year, Texas Children's Hospital in Houston has been named as the nation's leading hospital in pediatric organ transplants.
  • 5 staff treated after fire at UPMC hospital

    A fire occurred in a hospital room at UPMC East Jan. 29 after a "patient may have attempted to light a cigarette while on oxygen," a hospital spokesperson told Becker's Jan. 30. 
  • OR fire prompted 'immediate jeopardy' warning at OHSU

    A patient incurred minor injuries at Portland, Ore.-based OHSU Hospital after a fire broke out in an operating room in Demember, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's in a Jan. 26 statement. The incident prompted a CMS investigation and a corrective plan from the hospital. The news was first reported by NBC affiliate KGW8. 
  • Texas hospital completes 11-hour 'historic' surgery to separate conjoined twins

    A team of 25 medical professionals at Fort Worth, Texas-based Cook Children's Medical Center performed the hospital's first separation procedure for conjoined twin sisters on Jan. 23. The 11-hour surgery required months of planning and several simulation surgeries, the hospital said in a news release. 
  • New practices to increase blood pressure emerge from national sepsis study

    New research focusing on improving a standard treatment for septic shock has provided clarity around something that has not been well understood in the past: How to best increase blood pressure during an episode of septic shock.
  • Quality primary care linked to fewer hospitalizations, even during a pandemic, study finds

    Strengthening primary care systems directly reduces hospitalizations — even during a large-scale health event like a pandemic — a new study, published Jan. 21 in the Annals of Family Medicine, revealed.
  • 2022 Eisenberg Awards winners recognized for commitment to care quality, patient safety

    Recipients of the 2022 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, which spotlight novel healthcare, were announced Jan. 24 by The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum. 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics unveils new guidelines for hospitalized adolescents

    Adolescents between 11 and 20 years of age make up around 20 percent of pediatric hospital admissions in the U.S. and on top of that, 20 percent of children under 18 also are said to have a special healthcare need, which the American Academy of Pediatrics defines as "having or being at increased risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions."
  • Study pinpoints risk factors of long COVID-19

    Patients who experience long COVID-19 are at higher risk for pulmonary, diabetes, neurological and mental health encounters six months after the onset of initial infection, a study published Jan. 18 has found.
  • RSV can significantly harm long-term health in adults over 50, Mayo study finds

    Adults over 50 who contract respiratory syncytial virus are at a more serious risk for long-term health effects, according to a study published in JAMA Jan. 20, led by Mayo Clinic physicians Young Juhn, MD, Chung Wi, MD, and Paul Takahashi, MD.
  • Viral infections possibly linked to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, researchers say

    National Institutes of Health researchers found a correlation between viral infections, including influenza, and neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Science reported Jan. 19.
  • Some hospital staff confuse emergency codes, study finds

    Many hospital employees are unable to identify the meaning of emergency codes, which could hinder an urgent response to incidents, according to a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
  • Joint Commission issues 2 alerts on maternal health disparities

    The Joint Commission published two new alerts on Jan. 17 to reduce morbidity and mortality in pregnant and postpartum patients: a sentinel alert on eliminating racial and ethnic disparities, and a safety advisory on mental health conditions as the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths. 
  • Pregnant people with COVID-19 face higher death risk, large study finds

    An international analysis found pregnant people with COVID-19 have a seven times higher risk of dying and greater risk of being admitted to an intensive care unit, needing a ventilator or developing pneumonia, The Washington Post reported Jan. 16.
  • After preliminary denial, hospital where nurse called 911 gains full accreditation

    Silverdale, Wash.-based St. Michael Medical Center — which gained media attention after a nurse called 911 from its overcrowded, short-staffed emergency department — has been accredited by The Joint Commission after a preliminary denial.
  • A potential downside of home care: Insufficient CLABSI surveillance

    A new study led by researchers at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University suggests the rise in home healthcare services could come with dangerous consequences: an increase in central line-associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSIs. 
  • Adverse events occur in 24% of admissions, study suggests

    Despite decades of safety work, adverse events are still common in Massachusetts hospitals and may occur in about one-fourth of admissions, according to a study published Jan. 12 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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