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May 28, 2019

Risk Factors for Delirium in the Hospital Setting

Acute confusional state, also known as delirium or encephalopathy, is so common in hospitals that it’s almost seen as routine by many hospital staff. Between 14 to 56 percent of all hospitalized patients develop confusion. Intubated patients in the intensive care unit have an even higher rate, reaching about 82 percent. While delirium is all too familiar to hospital workers, it is deeply unnerving and distressing to friends and family members. Read More

Trans-Catheter Aortic Valve Replacement Can Improve Outcomes in Low-Risk Surgical Patients

For patients with aortic stenosis that cannot be treated with medication, surgical (SAVR) and transcatheter (TAVR) aortic valve replacement can offer effective treatment. A new study, one of two on the topic released today at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery's 99th Annual Meeting, examines, for the first time, the effects of TAVR with a balloon-expandable valve for low-risk patients.950 patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis and low surgical risk participated in the randomized trial.  Read More

Closed ICU Model May Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

A closed intensive care unit (ICU) model, whereby a patient is evaluated and admitted under an intensivist and orders involving patient care are written by the ICU team, is associated with a reduction in certain types of hospital-acquired infections, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society 2019 International Conference. Read More

New Algorithm Uses Disease History to Predict Intensive Care Patients' Chances of Survival

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet have used data on more than 230,000 intensive care patients to develop a new algorithm. Among other things, it uses disease history from the past 23 years to predict patients' chances of survival in intensive care units. Every year, tens of thousands of patients are admitted to intensive care units throughout Denmark. Determining which treatment is best for the individual patient is a great challenge.  Read More