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Respiratory virus infections commonly lead to hospital admissions, costing health systems time and resources. A recent study, published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, examined how point-of-care testing (POCT) for respiratory infections can reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and length of stay while improving detection and treatment.

Personalized medicine can improve a patient's condition—and now a recent study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, showed how workouts designed for individuals can prevent heart disease.

Improving the communication and coordination of primary care and hospitals, commonly known as “vertical integration”, was found to be effective in reducing hospital readmission. In a study, published in in Medical Care, researchers analyzing the vertical integration of healthcare in Portugal led to reduced hospital readmissions for a variety of conditions.

Running a marathon takes weeks of preparation of the mind and body—and researchers are investigating a similar approach, if less intense, to patients before surgery. A study, published by Surgery, found that basic wellness and fitness coaching can cut costs and the patient's length of stay.

Reaching a patient quickly in response to a bedside alarm could be the difference between life and death. A study in JAMA Pediatrics examines the varied response times of nurses to patient bedside alarms based on differing factors.

 

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Combining 3D printing, special effects helps make surgical practice perfect

Practicing complex surgical procedures on cadavers can be expensive. In an article in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, researchers outlined an improved method of practice for surgeons by combining 3D printing with special effects.

Respiratory point-of-care testing reduces length of stay, limits antibiotic use

Respiratory virus infections commonly lead to hospital admissions, costing health systems time and resources. A recent study, published in Lancet Respiratory Medicine, examined how point-of-care testing (POCT) for respiratory infections can reduce unnecessary antibiotic use and length of stay while improving detection and treatment.

Simulation improves parent knowledge of central line care in pediatric cancer patients

Central line infections in pediatric cancer patients pose life-threatening risks. A study, published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, reviewed how providing parents with simulation training can help prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

Augmented reality helps surgeons, students see a bigger picture

Leica Microsystems, developers of microscopes capable of viewing microstructures and nanostructures, has introduced its augmented reality imaging technologies for surgical microscopes at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting 2017. The GLOW800 supports surgeons in making decisions and teaching students on complex neurosurgical procedures.

3D model helps surgeons plan a complex spinal treatment

In complex surgical cases, planning ahead could mean the difference between success and failure. A recent study in Neuromodulation utilized 3D models as a way of allowing surgeons to practice on a patient with a previously untreated spinal condition.

Experian Health, MyHealthDirect streamline workflows with patients scheduling appointments

Experian Health, providers of revenue cycle management systems, has launched Patient Schedule, powered by MyHealthDirect, that aims to improve healthcare workflow via patient self-service appointment scheduling.

Personalized workouts can help prevent heart disease

Personalized medicine can improve a patient's condition—and now a recent study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, showed how workouts designed for individuals can prevent heart disease.

Computerized clinical decision support systems improve care in emergency department

Computerized clinical decision support systems (CCDSSs) are meant to improve efficiency, but evidence of such a positive impact is scarce. In a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers evaluated the impact of CCDSSs in emergency department (EDs).

Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution receives FDA clearance

Royal Philips, leaders in healthcare technology, have received De Novo clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their IntelliSite Pathology Solution. The digital pathology system aids pathologists in improving workflow and is currently the only digital pathology system to receive clearance for primary diagnostic use.

South Carolina hospitals check off 'reduce post-surgical deaths' with safety checklist

Having a checklist for chores or exercise goals help in lining up what needs to be completed and the same should go for safety in hospitals. A recent study, set to be published in August in the Annals of Surgery, found that having a safety checklist program implemented in hospitals in South Carolina reduced post-surgical deaths by 22 percent. 

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