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Sleep apnea may be risk factor for COVID-19
The question of sleep apnea as the risk factor for COVID-19 arose in a study conducted by the Turku University Hospital and the University of Turku on patients of the first wave of the pandemic. This is the first COVID-19-related study where sleep apnea as suspected risk factor emerges as the main finding. (2020-11-13)

Hospital-based specialist palliative care may slightly improve patient experience and increase their chances of dying in their preferred place (measured by home death)
A Cochrane Review into the effectiveness of hospital-based specialist palliative care has found evidence that when compared to usual care, it may slightly improve patient satisfaction and depression, and increase the chances of patients dying in their preferred place (measured by home death). (2020-09-30)

First month of data shows children at low risk of COVID-19 infection, no hospitalizations
In the first 30 days since seeing their first patient, the number of children testing positive to COVID-19 at an Australian tertiary paediatric hospital has been low and none who contracted the virus required in-hospital treatment, according to a new study. (2020-05-21)

Comparison of primary care in hospital- and community-based practices
Understanding the strengths of each practice type with respect to patient experience may inform future efforts to improve the patient experience overall. (2020-02-18)

Second antibiotic no advantage for treating super-bug Golden Staph
A world-first clinical trial has called into question the effectiveness of using more than one antibiotic to treat the deadly 'super-bug', Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia, commonly known as Golden Staph. (2020-02-13)

New frailty index may help determine adverse outcomes in older patients after hospital discharge
A new frailty index shows promise in determining how acute illness affects functional ability in older patients admitted to hospital, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) co-led by researchers from Dalhousie University, Canada, and University College London (UCL), United Kingdom. (2020-01-06)

How to help fix the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' hospital rating system
The current hospital star-rating system used by the US government's Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is plagued with numerous flaws, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Dan Adelman has come up with a new way to address one of its most controversial issues. (2019-12-03)

Poor diabetes control costs the NHS in England £3 billion a year in potentially avoidable hospital treatment
Poor diabetes control was responsible for £3 billion in potentially avoidable hospital treatment in England in the operational year 2017-2018, according to new research comparing the costs of hospital care for 58 million people with and without diabetes. (2019-09-18)

Do hospital ads work?
Should hospital advertising be banned? A few policymakers in Washington, D.C., have recently considered such an action based on a long-standing debate on whether it poses the spread of misinformation, and that it is not an effective or responsible use of an already limited healthcare budget. New research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science studies the impact of a ban on hospital advertising, and whether those fears are justified. (2019-08-20)

Operative versus non-operative treatment for 2-part proximal humerus fracture
Although increasingly used, the benefit of surgical treatment of displaced 2-part proximal humerus fractures has not been proven. This trial evaluates the clinical effectiveness of surgery with locking plate compared with non-operative treatment for these fractures. (2019-07-19)

Insurance linked to hospitals' decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies
A national study by UC Davis Health researchers finds differences in the decisions to admit or transfer children with mental health emergencies based on the patients' insurance type. Children without insurance are more likely to be transferred to another hospital than those with insurance. (2019-07-16)

More monitoring needed to reduce post-hospitalization urinary tract infections
Broader monitoring of patients is needed to reduce the number of people who develop a urinary tract infection after being discharged from the hospital, new research suggests. (2019-06-25)

First genome-wide association study (GWAS) for Type 2 diabetes in youth findings
First Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) for Type 2 diabetes discovers seven genetic variants associated with the disease in young people. (2019-04-29)

Repeat heart attack and death linked to hospitals with low care scores
Heart attack patients treated at hospitals with low care scores are at greater risk for another heart attack and/or death due to cardiovascular causes, Rutgers researchers found. Their study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, compared care scores in the New Jersey Hospital Performance Reports with one-month and one-year rates of readmission for heart attack or death due to cardiovascular causes. (2019-03-26)

Introduction of flat-rate payments accompanied by an increase in readmission rates
Seven years after the introduction of flat-rate payments at Swiss hospitals, a major study has revealed a slight increase in readmission rates. Researchers from the University of Basel and the cantonal hospital of Aarau reported the findings in the journal JAMA Network Open. (2019-02-15)

Follow-up phone calls by pharmacists help patients after hospital discharge
A new British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study illustrates the benefits of having clinical pharmacists follow up, by telephone, with patients at risk of having medication-related issues after hospital discharge. The aim is to help patients manage their medications effectively. (2019-01-24)

Risk of hospital-treated infections & use of antibiotics after hip fracture surgery
In a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study that examined trends in the incidence of infections following hip fracture surgery in Denmark, the risk of postoperative infections (at 15, 30, 90, and 365 days) increased between 2005 and 2016. (2018-12-05)

Elderly housing with supportive social services can reduce hospital use, study finds
According to a Rutgers study, programs designed to provide social support may impact hospitalization rates and decrease spending. Expert says that investing in affordable housing that offers supportive social services to senior citizens on Medicare has the potential to reduce hospital admissions and the amount of time needing inpatient hospital care. (2018-10-11)

Patient beware: Indiana University researchers diagnose crowdsourced hospital ratings
Researchers from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs compared social media ratings offered by patients with the extensive data available through the federal government's 'Hospital Compare' website. (2018-09-06)

More hospital doctors are opting to retire early
Hospital doctors in England and Wales are increasingly choosing to take early retirement, figures released to The BMJ by the NHS Business Services Authority in response to a freedom of information request show. (2018-09-04)

Emergency hospital visits more common among most deprived bowel cancer patients
Bowel cancer patients living in the most deprived areas have up to 13 percent higher proportions of emergency hospital admissions before a diagnosis than patients living in the least deprived areas, according to a study funded by Cancer Research UK. (2018-08-15)

Physicians who visit patients post-hospitalization give more comprehensive discharge plans
(Boston)-- When resident physicians visit the homes of their former hospital patients they are better able to assess patient needs and understand the important role that community services and agencies play in keeping them at home and out of the hospital, according to a new study by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). (2018-07-18)

Guidelines address self-management of hospitalized diabetes patients
It is important that patients with diabetes be involved in decisions concerning the management of their condition while they are hospitalized. (2018-06-20)

Many US women don't realize they're seeking reproductive care at Catholic hospitals
More than one-third of women who go to a Catholic hospital for reproductive care aren't aware they're seeking obstetrical and gynecological care at a facility that may have limited health care options due to its religious affiliation. (2018-06-05)

Medication-related harm in older adults is common, costly, and preventable
New research indicates that harm from medicines is common in older adults following hospital discharge, and it results in substantial use of healthcare resources. (2018-05-23)

Hospital patients are eager to play a role in tracking health data, researchers find
New research shows that patients in the hospital are eager to collaborate with clinicians to track their health data. Traditionally, clinicians have been the only ones who collect, track and reflect on that data. (2018-04-24)

Why hospital staff sympathize with patients who self-discharge
Patients who discharge themselves from hospital should be viewed more positively say researchers, who discovered sympathy for their decision among hospital staff. Approximately 2 percent to 3 percent of patients discharge themselves from hospital against medical advice each year in the UK and US, with the numbers increasing each year. Many people who self discharge return to hospital, with readmissions costing £300 million in the UK and $2.6 billion in the US. (2018-03-22)

Scottish hospitals see slower decline in deaths
In a first-of-its-kind study, the researchers looked at extensive data on hospital admissions and discharges in both countries over a 17-year period. They found that while the number of people dying in hospital has declined in both countries, it is falling substantially faster in England. (2018-02-22)

Simple tests may predict older patients' risk of falling while hospitalized
Simple Tests May Predict Older Patients' Risk of Falling While Hospitalized A study of 807 older individuals admitted to hospital found that those who had poorer physical function at the time of admission were more likely to fall during their hospital stay; 329 falls occurred in 189 patients, including 161 injurious falls, of which 24 were serious. (2018-02-09)

Discontinuity of care puts older patients at higher risk of emergency hospitalization
Discontinuity of care puts older patients at higher risk of emergency hospitalization. (2017-11-15)

Obesity may exacerbate asthma in children
In a Pediatric Allergy & Immunology study of children hospitalized for asthma, obesity was a risk factor for repeated hospital admissions. (2017-10-18)

Certain older adults don't get to the hospital soon enough when experiencing a heart attack
For individuals experiencing a heart attack, delays in getting to the hospital can have life-threatening consequences. (2017-10-18)

Poorer health literacy associated with longer hospital stay after surgery
Among more than 1,200 patients who underwent major abdominal surgery, a lower health literacy level was associated with a longer hospital length of stay, according to a study published by JAMA Surgery. (2017-10-04)

Financial incentives for physicians did not increase follow-up of patients after discharge
A financial incentive for physicians to see patients sooner after discharge from hospital did not appear to influence physician behavior, found a study published in CMAJ. (2017-10-02)

Trial compares laparoscopic and open surgeries for pancreatic cancer
A randomized clinical trial has compared keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery and open surgery in pancreatic cancer patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy, or the Whipple procedure. (2017-09-13)

Older adults who are frail more likely to have negative outcomes after trauma
More so than age, other health issues or the severity of the injury, pre-admission frailty is associated with in-hospital death and transfer to another acute-care hospital or to a long-term care facility, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. (2017-09-06)

No advantage of ambulance over hospital anti-clot therapy (SCAAR)
In contrast to European and American guidelines that recommend pre-hospital antiplatelet therapy for heart attack patients suffering from ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a new study presented at ESC Congress suggests this practice has no advantage over waiting for in-hospital treatment. (2017-08-29)

Bag-mask ventilation fails to improve on endotracheal intubation in cardiac arrest (CAAM)
Bag-mask ventilation fails to improve on endotracheal intubation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients, according to late-breaking results from the CAAM trial presented today in a Hot Line LBCT Session at ESC Congress. (2017-08-28)

Hospital patients with dementia and other causes of confusion 'have worse outcomes'
Hospital patients with dementia and other causes of confusion have longer stays and worse treatment outcomes than people without the condition, research led by the University of Stirling has found. (2017-08-01)

Cyber attacks can threaten public health
Gordon and Landman have authored a Perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine that addresses the growing threat of attacks on information systems and the potential implications on public health. (2017-07-12)

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