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Handoff checklist can smooth ICU transfer
A structured transfer-of-care process can prevent complications in cardiac surgical patients, researchers have found. "Complications are common in cardiac surgery patients, and many of these complications may be affected by communication during the operating room-to-ICU transition," said Dr. Michael L. Hall, a fellow in cardiac anesthesiology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who helped conduct the study. "Monitoring and measuring these complications is critical in outcomes-focused anesthesiology research, as well as for identifying any systems issues that might affect complication rates."
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Doctors urged to pause before they post, text or email
Doctors should not "friend" patients on Facebook, should text them with "extreme caution" and should use email only with patients who understand the risks of lost privacy, says the latest set of guidelines to help doctors navigate the online world.
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- To better prepare the non-intensivist for the first 24 hours of management of the critically ill patient until transfer or appropriate critical care consultation can be arranged.
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Erasing inequities between doc, advanced practitioner pay
Advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants should receive the same compensation from Medicare as physicians for performing higher-level services, a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission said.
President's budget aims to increase health professionals, including PAs
President Barack Obama released his long-awaited fiscal year 2014 budget proposal. In it he proposes a $1.8 trillion balanced deficit-reduction strategy that replaces sequestration and cuts discretionary spending by $200 billion, which will be realized in FY 2017. The president also highlights his goals for 2014, which include investments in electronic health records, replacement of the Sustainable Growth Rate and increasing the number of health professionals in the system, specifically physician assistants.
Abnormal blood pressure raises delayed graft function risk
Renal & Urology News
Low diastolic and high systolic blood pressure immediately after kidney transplantation are associated with an increased likelihood of delayed graft function, researchers reported at the National Kidney Foundation's 2013 Spring Clinical Meetings.
Radiation therapy may raise future death risk from heart surgery
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Cancer survivors who had chest radiation therapy have a nearly twofold increased risk of dying in the years after having major heart surgery, a new study finds.
Volume, not quality, still determines most doctor pay
American Medical News
The vast majority of payments to U.S. physicians continues to be based only on the volume of services the doctors provide rather than the quality of those services, according to a nonprofit employer coalition that released its first annual national payment reform scorecard.
Hip or knee replacement benefits about half of patients with arthritis
Medical News Today
Only half of people with arthritis who had a hip or knee replacement reported a significant improvement in pain and mobility after surgery, according to a new study led by Women's College Hospital and the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences.
Robot hot among surgeons but US taking fresh look
The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries in America in 2012 — triple the number just four years earlier.
But now the high-tech helper is under scrutiny over reports of problems, including several deaths that may be linked with it, and the high cost of using the robotic system.
Healthcare sector props up March jobs report
Solid job growth in the healthcare sector in March continued to prop up national job creation numbers during an otherwise anemic month. Healthcare accounted for 23,400 of the 88,000 new jobs created in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Holistic criteria aid medical schools
The Boston Globe
Medical schools traditionally have accepted students with the highest test scores and best science grades. But in an article published online by the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Robert Witzburg of Boston University School of Medicine writes about what he considers a better approach to choosing future physicians: holistic review.
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