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June 7, 2018

Pseudomonas Infections: Optimizing Diagnostic Strategies

Peter L. Salgo, MD; Marin Hristos Kollef, MD; Andrew Shorr, MD; Yoav Golan, MD; and Jason Pogue, PharmD, BCPS-AQID, provide considerations for the optimal approaches to diagnosing Pseudomonas infections and identify where imaging and rapid diagnostics fit into the paradigm. What are the best imaging and other laboratory studies that you want in terms of knowing what’s going on and prescribing the right antibiotics? What’s the best stuff? Read More

Rigorous Study Finds Widely Used Treatment for Infection Fails Young Cancer Patients

A treatment designed to reduce bloodstream infections due to central venous catheters that had worked well in lab studies and is commonly used around the world, but had not been rigorously tested, failed to protect young cancer patients from recurring or new infections and left them at higher risk for complications. The study focused on the effectiveness of ethanol-lock therapy for treatment and prevention of bloodstream infections and related complications in pediatric cancer patients with central venous catheters, known as central lines. Read More

Six Steps to Optimize Nutrition Support for ICU Patients

A new nutrition bundle strives to ensure that critically ill patients receive adequate nutrition while hospitalized and seeks to reduce adverse outcomes related to malnutrition. More than half of patients admitted to critical care units are malnourished, which increases their risk for serious complications and contributes to longer hospital stays and higher healthcare costs. Yet many of those eligible to receive enteral feedings do not receive adequate nutrition while hospitalized. Read More

Improving Patient Transfer from ICU to Ward: Resources, Communication and Culture

A new study has identified important factors that can improve the transfer of patients from the intensive care unit (ICU) to a general hospital ward, a high-risk transition in which breakdowns in communication, medical errors and adverse events resulting in readmission can occur. The research, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) includes patient and health care provider perspectives that identify resource availability, communications and institutional culture as key factors to be addressed. Read More

  • March 27, 2018

    Modified Biomaterials Self-Assemble on Temperature Cues

    Biomedical engineers have demonstrated a new approach to making self-assembled biomaterials that relies on protein modifications and temperature. The hybrid approach allows researchers to control self-assembly more precisely, which may prove useful for a variety of biomedical applications, from drug delivery to wound-healing. Read More

    How Rounding is Helping Hospitals Reduce Patient Readmissions

    Hospital readmission rates are declining and there are several contributing factors. One of the main factors is that reducing patient admissions within 30 days after being discharged from an earlier hospital stay, whether the patient is admitted at the same or a different hospital, or for a different reason, has been a tremendous focus with the implementation of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). A provision in the Affordable Care Act established the HRRP, which requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce payments to Inpatient Prospective Payment System hospitals with excess readmissions in October 2012. Facing penalties and reimbursement reductions, hospitals have taken a proactive approach to ensuring readmissions are minimized. Read More

    Nanofiber Dressings Promote Skin Regeneration and Wound Healing

    As one of the largest segments of the population move into their six and seventh decades, advanced healthcare initiatives focused on wound healing are imperative to improve quality of life and help keep seniors active. Now, investigators from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed new wound dressings that dramatically accelerate healing and improve tissue regeneration. The researchers found that naturally occurring proteins in plants and animals can promote healing and regrow tissue. Read More

    Four of the Most Life-Threatening Skin Conditions and What you Should Know About Them

    Dermatological emergencies are uncommon, but can cause devastating complications and death if not recognised and treated early. Some skin conditions require treatment in an intensive care unit. Here are some of the most serious skin conditions and what you should know about recognising them.  Read More