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Newborns infected with COVID-19 in China experienced mild symptoms
Researchers have identified a total of four cases of newborn babies with COVID-19 infection in China. (2020-04-08)
Calculating early warning scores before they reach hospital can help the sickest patients
Recording National Early Warning Scores (NEWS) when a patient is urgently referred to hospital can improve the process of care for the sickest patients and reduce the time taken to get to hospital, according to a NIHR- funded study at the University of Bristol published in the BJGP today [7 April]. (2020-04-07)
COVID-19 and labour constraints: Recalling former health care workers not enough
While the COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in mass layoffs in several industries, other essential industries will instead face critical workforce shortages, according to a new report. (2020-04-02)
Study shows ICU patients with low-risk penicillin allergies can be tested and treated
Many patients previously diagnosed with a penicillin allergy can have their allergy label removed after testing and safely undergo treatment with penicillin medications, according to a study published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2020-04-02)
Guidelines on caring for ICU patients with COVID-19
An international team including McMaster University researchers has come together to issue guidelines for health-care workers treating intensive care unit (ICU) patients with COVID-19. (2020-04-01)
New guidelines on caring for ICU patients with COVID-19
An international team including McMaster University researchers has come together to issue guidelines for health-care workers treating intensive care unit (ICU) patients with COVID-19. (2020-04-01)
Covid-19 deaths in Italian hospitals are today increasing at maximum rate and significant numbers will continue to die until at least mid-April
A new report on Covid-19 data up to March 30 from Italy, prepared by an Italian expert for the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), says that the number of daily deaths in Italian hospitals is today still accelerating at the maximum rate, and significant numbers of deaths in hospital are likely to continue until at least mid-April and could go on until early June. (2020-03-31)
Electric cars better for climate in 95% of the world
Fears that electric cars could actually increase carbon emissions are unfounded in almost all parts of the world, news research shows. (2020-03-23)
Comparisons of organic and conventional agriculture need to be better, say researchers
The environmental effects of agriculture and food are hotly debated. (2020-03-18)
Preterm babies are more likely to be diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder
Premature birth, low birth weight, and neonatal intensive care are associated with the risk of being diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder (RAD). (2020-03-12)
Music shows promise in decreasing delirium in critically ill patients
Mechanically ventilated ICU patients -- more than a million adults annually in the US -- are at increased risk for delirium, which is associated with prolonged ICU stays, higher healthcare costs and increased mortality. (2020-03-10)
Circulatory failure is predictable
Researchers at ETH Zurich and Inselspital, Bern University Hospital, have developed a method for predicting circulatory failure in patients in inten-sive care units -- enabling clinicians to intervene at an early stage. (2020-03-09)
New algorithm tracks pediatric sepsis epidemiology using clinical data
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have developed a novel computational algorithm to track the epidemiology of pediatric sepsis, allowing for the collection of more accurate data about outcomes and incidence of the condition over time, which is essential to the improvement of care. (2020-02-27)
Cognitive impairment after intensive care linked to long-lasting inflammation
People who have been treated in intensive care commonly suffer from residual cognitive impairment, but the reason for this is unknown. (2020-02-26)
Intensive blood pressure control can extend life up to 3 years
Investigators from the Brigham describe how aggressively lowering blood pressure levels can extend a person's life expectancy. (2020-02-26)
Intensive behavioral therapy and liraglutide 3.0 mg show positive results for weight loss
Intensive behavioral therapy (IBT) combined with liraglutide 3.0 mg (Saxenda) can produce clinically-meaningful weight loss in patients who receive the treatment in predominantly primary care settings, according to a study published online in Obesity, the flagship journal of The Obesity Society. (2020-02-24)
Study shows dietitians are an effective part of weight loss
A new study in the journal Family Practice indicates that intensive behavioral therapy from dietitians may be a very effective ways for older Americans to lose weight. (2020-02-20)
Study shows UV technology raises the standard in disinfecting ORs and medical equipment
Ultraviolet (UV) technology developed by the New York-based firm PurpleSun Inc. eliminates more than 96 percent of pathogens in operating rooms (ORs) and on medical equipment, compared to 38 percent using manual cleaning methods that rely on chemicals to disinfect surfaces, according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC). (2020-02-20)
sphingotec's biomarker penKid® shows best representation of true glomerular filtration rate and has utility in patients with severe burns two studies show
In-depth method comparison by Dutch group shows that sphingotec's proprietary kidney function biomarker penKid® is currently the most accurate surrogate marker for true glomerular filtration rate in patients with renal impairment (2020-02-19)
The potentially deadly paradox of diabetes management
Diabetes affects nearly 1 in 10 adults in the US, of these millions, more than 90% have Type 2 diabetes. (2020-02-19)
Examining how often care, ICU admissions were consistent with treatment-limiting orders near end of life
Patients with chronic life-limiting illnesses often have medical orders with treatment limitations in place regarding medical interventions and intensive care unit admissions near the end of their lives. (2020-02-16)
Vitamin C may shorten ventilation in critically ill patients
Vitamin C administration shortened the duration of mechanical ventilation in critical care patients, but the effect depended on the severity of illness. (2020-02-14)
Short, intensive training improves children's health
Many children don't get enough exercise and as a result often have health problems such as being overweight and having high blood pressure. (2020-02-05)
Researchers reveal target in acute kidney injury prevention
Physician-Scientists and other researchers at Rush University Medical Center, in collaboration with colleagues at other institutions, have revealed a new treatment target that may help change the outcome for patients at risk of AKI. (2020-02-04)
NICU babies have greater risk of mental health issues
Children who spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at birth have a higher risk of mental health issues later, regardless of their birth weight, say McMaster University researchers. (2020-01-28)
Survival of preterm babies improves by 25% after quality-improvement program
The rate of survival of very preterm babies in Canada increased 25% after the national Evidence-based Practice for Improving Quality (EPIQ) program was introduced in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) across the country, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2020-01-27)
Skin-to-skin contact do not improve interaction between mother and preterm infant
Following a premature birth it is important that the parents and the infant quickly establish a good relationship. (2020-01-23)
ICUs receive higher satisfaction scores for end-of-life care than other hospital units
The research challenges a common belief that dying in the ICU is a less favorable experience than dying elsewhere in the hospital. (2020-01-23)
Scientists isolate biomarkers that can identify delirium risk and severity
Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers associated with both delirium duration and severity in critically ill patients. (2020-01-22)
Study finds disparity in critical care deaths between non-minority and minority hospitals
While deaths steadily declined over a decade in intensive care units at hospitals with few minority patients, in ICUs with large numbers of minority patients, there was less improvement, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2020-01-17)
PEPTIC trial comparing strategies to prevent stress ulcers in ICU patients needing mechanical ventilation
Researchers report on a randomized clinical trial that compared two strategies (proton pump inhibitors vs. histamine-2 receptor blockers) to prevent stress ulcers among adult patients in intensive care units who needed mechanical ventilation. (2020-01-17)
Study quashes controversial vitamin C treatment for sepsis with global trial
A paper published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Monash researchers comprehensively quashes the idea that the vitamin C-based cocktail has any positive impact on patients with sepsis. (2020-01-17)
Study: Critical care improvements may differ depending on hospital's patient population
A new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center reveals that while critical care outcomes in ICUs steadily improved over a decade at hospitals with few minority patients, ICUs with a more diverse patient population did not progress comparably. (2020-01-17)
Mortality rate is cut in half by a lung rescue team at Massachusetts General
A specialized Lung Rescue Team established to evaluate and treat patients with obesity receiving mechanical ventilation due to acute respiratory failure has significantly reduced the risk of mortality (2020-01-16)
Hospital critical care resuscitation unit improves patients' chances of survival
Patients with acutely life-threatening health conditions who were treated in the innovative Critical Care Resuscitation Unit (CCRU) received faster treatment and had better health outcomes, including a 36 percent lower risk of dying than those who were transferred from a hospital's emergency department then evaluated and treated in a traditional intensive care unit, according to a recent study in the Journal of Emergency Medicine conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. (2020-01-13)
Palliative care in hospitals linked to decrease in use of ICU; treatment intensity
A new study shows that implementing hospital-based palliative care services in New York State reduces treatment intensity at the end of life for hospitalized patients. (2020-01-08)
How do outcomes for in-hospital cardiac arrest differ in patients treated with dialysis?
Among patients who experience cardiac arrest while in the hospital, those on dialysis were less likely to have a shockable rhythm and more likely to be outside of the intensive care unit at the time of arrest compared with patients not on dialysis. (2020-01-07)
Blood pressure control for people aged 80 and older: What's the right target?
In their analysis of blood pressure data, researchers focused on people aged 80 and older who had reported heart disease events (such as heart attacks or strokes), changes in kidney function, cognitive impairment, quality of life, or death. (2020-01-06)
Rise in serious harm to children caused by powerful painkillers, says study
The proportion of high-strength painkiller poisonings among children which result in emergency hospital admissions has increased, according to research published in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology. (2019-12-20)
High doses of vitamin D for critically ill patients yield minimal benefit
A major study conducted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Prevention and Early Treatment of Acute Lung Injury (PETAL) Network into whether high doses of vitamin D can improve health outcomes for critically ill patients has concluded that such supplements do not reduce mortality or improve other non-fatal outcomes. (2019-12-11)
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