14 clinical research findings to know this week

Here are 14 articles on medical research study findings from the week of June 15.

1. A lack of standardization in how hand hygiene-related solutions are arranged at hospital emergency department washbasins may have an effect on performance, according to one study. Read more.

2. There are different compliance agreement levels between a self-report method versus an observation method for both double-gloving and the hands-free sharps injury prevention techniques. Read more.

3. One researcher found improving care quality inside a hospital may prevent malpractice lawsuits just as effectively as laws that limit patients' ability to win multimillion-dollar judgments for pain and suffering. Read more.

4. University of Georgia researchers in Athens uncovered the main reasons healthcare workers do or do not get their flu shot in a new study. Read more.

5. The number and type of patient transfers between hospitals effects the rate of Clostridium difficile infections, according to one recently published study. Read more.

6. A study at the Detroit Medical Center revealed an automated ventilator-associated condition algorithm can be used in surveillance to optimize the sensitivity and specificity of VAC identification. Read more.

7. College Station, Texas-based Texas A&M Health Science Center researchers developed a test that detects specific enzymes only produced by tuberculosis bacteria, speeding up the detection process from days to minutes. Read more.

8. Despite that 50 percent of cervical cancer deaths and 20 percent of new cervical cancer diagnoses in the UK are made in women ages 65 and over, women over the age of 50 are less likely to be screened for cervical cancer, according to one study. Read more.

9. In a recent study, systems engineers helped identify some of the major bottlenecks in the sepsis resuscitation delivery process. Read more.

10. Using game thinking and mechanics in a non-game context, such as in a hospital or at a patient's bedside, may be a way to measurably improve hand hygiene compliance. Read more.

11. Infants and young children who take acid-reducing medications are at a substantially higher risk of developing a C. diff infection, according to research out of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Read more.

12. Professional and psychosocial factors can significantly influence a physician's antibiotic prescribing habits in the inpatient setting, according to a recent study. Read more.

13. A tool the human body possesses to fight off infections in a wound may also actually slow down the healing process, according to new research by a team of scientists. Read more.

14. In a patient-level analysis of care at 56 sites in one region of the Veterans Health Administration, researchers reported no association between the widespread implementation of the patient-centered medical home and improvement in veterans' experience of care. Read more.

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