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Environmental Cleaning Intervention Reduces Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in ICUs

SAN DIEGO, March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A rigorous environmental cleaning intervention can reduce the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other multidrug-resistant organisms in hospital intensive care units (ICUs), according to a new study presented toda...

MRSA Cases Dropping in Hospital ICUs

Prevention efforts have led to declines of up to 70 percent, CDC researchers say,,,, TUESDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Blood infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have dropped significantly in hospital intensive care units, researchers from the U....

AHRQ Awards $3 Million to Help Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hospital ICUs

ROCKVILLE, Md., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded nearly $3 million for a contract to help reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) by spreading the knowledge gained from a previous ...

Acute lung injury patients one-third less likely to die in 'closed' model ICUs

Patients with acute lung injury (ALI) are nearly one-third less likely to die if they are treated at ICUs that require board-certified critical care physicians to oversee patient care, as compared to patients treated at ICUs that allow any attending physician to oversee admission and case manageme...

Major causes of death in ICUs and Hospitals

According to a study, the major cause of death in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is multiple organ failure. The risk factors involved are failure of central nervous system// and cardiovascular system. The study also revealed that the other factors responsible for the death of patients who are out of...

Patients In Hospital ICUs At Risk From Medical Errors

Research points out that patients in the ICU of the hospitals may face an increased risk of medical errors and adverse events. The study is published in the August issue // of Critical Care Medicine. Researchers found that over 20 percent of the patients admitted to two intensive care units at...

HHS Secretary Sebelius Highlights Michigan's MHA Keystone Center in Inaugural Health Care 'Success Story' Report

...onals can positively affect patient outcomes." The MHA Keyston e : I C U project improves safety and reduces medical errors in hospital icus by reducing central line-associated bloodstream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia and enhancing communication and culture among clinician...

New findings encourage more vigilant monitoring of seizure activity among intensive care patients

...s) and intracranial EEG (ICE), an invasive technology where a probe is placed in the cortex of the patient's brain. ICE is mainly used in Neurological icus for serious acute brain injuries, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage, severe head trauma and very large strokes (hemorrhagic or ischemic), which require ...

In the ICU, use of benzodiazepines, other factors may predict severity of post-stay depression

...Johns Hopkins researchers evaluated patients recently admitted to one of 13 icus located at four teaching hospitals in Baltimore, Md., including four icus at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Each of the patients was treated for acu...

Next Generation Optical Technology Has Potential to Greatly Improve Patient Safety

...ve been in use since the late 1980s. These monitors are a vital tool in assessing a patient's well being during regular exams, surgery and in hospital icus world-wide. The technology was invented over 20 years ago and relies on light to detect this vital parameter. These monitors have one major weak...
ICUs in Medical Technology

10-State Project to Study Methods to Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hospital ICUs

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospital associations in 10 states have been selected to participate in a program to test methods of reducing central-line associated blood stream infections in hospital intensive care units (ICUs), according to HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research...

Diabetes Experts Issue New Recommendations for Inpatient Glycemic Control - Call for Systemic Changes in Hospitals Nationwide

...e ICU setting have shown inconsistent results in patient outcomes. Several recent randomized controlled clinical trials in critically ill patients in icus with diabetes or elevated blood glucose levels have failed to show a significant improvement in mortality with intensive insulin therapy to achieve ne...

Amikacin Inhale Shows Promising Results in Phase II Study

... for a substantial proportion, if not the majority of pneumonias in intensive care units (ICUs). "A challenge in treating Gram-negative pneumonia in icus is that they have grown increasingly resistant to currently available antibiotics," said Professor Donald Low, Head of the Department of Microbiology ...
ICUs in Biological News

Environmental cleaning intervention reduces transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms in ICUs

San Diego, CA (March 20, 2009) A rigorous environmental cleaning intervention can reduce the transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other multidrug-resistant organisms in hospital intensive care units (ICUs), according to a new study released today at the annual m...

Fewer deaths with preventive antibiotic use

...roups nearly six thousand patients hospitalized in icus between 2004 and 2006. The patients in question we...year more than 18,000 patients are hospitalized in icus for more than three days. "I believe we should rev...esults in a reduction in the number of deaths, and icus should make use of this knowledge." The study was ...

CMV infections affect more than just patients with compromised immune systems, researchers find

...ation and reduce hospital stays for those patients, Limaye said, it could bring about a new paradigm for improving outcomes for hospital ICU patients. icus are typically focused on pulmonary and critical care, he explained, but CMV is an infectious-disease issue. ...

End-of-life care can be improved

...article proposes 18 candidate quality measures that could be implemented in icus tomorrow. Dr. Mularski and colleagues suggest that further work also is ne...Interventions Considering that 20% of deaths in the United States occur in icus and that the quality of life in an ICU at the end of life often is rated as...

Transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria linked to previous intensive care unit room occupants

...ham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, and colleagues conducted a 20-month study of 8,203 patients who had 11,528 stays in eight icus between 2003 and 2005. As part of the hospitals' normal protocols, cultures were obtained from all ICU patients when they arrived and every week they...

Bioartificial kidney under study at MCG

...es at the University of Michigan, can help turn the tide for some patients by more closely mimicking the many important functions of the kidney. In icus today, doctors may opt for newer continuous dialysis therapies in which patients with renal failure receive dialysis around the clock. With more stand...
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