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September 11, 2019

Research Shows 80% Drop in ICU Bloodstream Infections

Bloodstream infections acquired in UK Intensive Care Units (ICUs) reduced by 80% between 2007 and 2012, according to research funded by the NIHR Guy's and St Thomas' Biomedical Research Centre. The findings are based on data collected from over 1 million patients admitted to 276 NHS adult ICUs across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Read More

Slowing Brain Rhythms Can Serve as a Marker for Delirium and Its Clinical Outcomes

An EEG (electroencephalogram) can provide a valuable biomarker for detecting delirium, a serious mental disturbance that is often underrecognized, as well as predicting poor clinical outcomes, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found. In a paper published in Neurology, the team reported that the generalized slowing of brain rhythms, shown as abnormal theta or delta waveforms on a routine clinical EEG, were associated with longer patient hospitalizations, worse functional outcomes and increased mortality.  Read More

Compassion Fatigue: When Helping Hurts

Since I graduated from college, I have worked at non-profits and have had jobs where my goal is to improve the lives of others. For me, I love having jobs where I can help others and I feel like it is what I am here to do. Here’s the thing, though, those of us that work in helping professionals are prone to compassion fatigue. Read More

More Than 70% of UTIs Are Non-Device Associated

“Over the past few decades substantial efforts have been made to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in the United States, with great success. However, these interventions mainly focus on the placement, maintenance, removal and properties of indwelling urinary catheters,” Paula D. Strassle, PhD, MSPH, assistant professor in the department of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told Infectious Disease News.  Read More