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2014-05-28 08:42:06

Johns Hopkins Medicine New Johns Hopkins research suggests that critically ill patients receiving steroids in a hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) are significantly more likely to develop delirium. Results of their research, they say, suggest minimizing the use of steroids could reduce delirium in the ICU. While it usually goes away after a few days, studies show delirium in the ICU has a long-term impact. It has been associated with worse functional recovery and cognitive impairments...

2014-05-27 12:30:59

Deadly and largely unknown condition contributes to half of all hospital deaths DENVER, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MSC and the Sepsis Alliance today announced a partnership to launch a Colorado-focused public awareness campaign around sepsis, a medical emergency that contributes to as many as half of all hospital deaths.(i) The campaign will encourage caregivers to learn the signs of sepsis and seek medical treatment quickly, and will ask providers to improve early identification...

2014-05-21 08:30:17

Capnography Maximizes Patient Protection YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, May 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Humility of Mary Health Partners (HMHP) hospitals have expanded their use of capnography, or breath monitoring, to include patients outside the operating room. St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center join a growing group of healthcare leaders in embracing this state-of-the-art patient safety technology. Not getting enough oxygen can lead to...

2014-05-20 16:25:40

Early Mobility Improves Outcomes, Shortens Length of Stay for Patients SAN DIEGO, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Data presented today at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., highlights a major gap in patient care in intensive care units (ICU) around the country. Research has demonstrated that patients in the ICU achieve significantly better outcomes when the process of "early mobility" - having patients sit, stand and move their bodies early in...

2014-05-20 12:33:07

- Company Reinforces Commitment to Pipeline Advancement and Scientific Excellence - WARRINGTON, Pa., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: DSCO), a specialty biotechnology company dedicated to advancing a new standard in respiratory critical care, today announced that it has strengthened its scientific leadership. Effective immediately, Steve Simonson, M.D., M.H.S. has joined the Company as Vice President, Clinical Development, and Lawrence Weinstein has...

2014-05-20 11:07:11

The JAMA Network Journals In a study that included high-risk patients undergoing major gastrointestinal surgery, the use of a cardiac-output guided intervention to improve hemodynamics (blood flow and blood pressure) during and after surgery did not reduce complications and the risk of death after 30 days, compared with usual care. However, when the current results were included in an updated meta-analysis, the intervention was associated with a clinically important reduction in...

2014-05-20 10:10:48

American Thoracic Society A large study of intensive care patients in California found that public reporting of patient outcomes did not reduce mortality, but did result in reduced admission of the sickest patients to the ICU and increased transfer of critically ill patients to other hospitals. "Public reporting is designed to reduce mortality by steering patients towards high-quality hospitals and creating incentives for hospitals to adopt quality improvement programs," said Lora...

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Common After A Stay In An Intensive Care Unit
2014-05-19 03:27:32

American Thoracic Society Patients who have survived a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) have a greatly increased risk of developing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new study presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference. "An ICU stay can be traumatic for both patients and their families," said Ann M. Parker, MD, a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. "In our...

2014-05-19 16:24:39

Technology Enhancing Acute Care Environment, Extending Care Team DENVER, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In intensive care units (ICU) around the country, critical care nurses are treating patients with complex medical conditions in an environment that becomes more challenging each year. This week, Hill-Rom (NYSE: HRC) will be working with thousands of ICU nurses at the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI), hosted by the American Association of Critical Care...

2014-05-18 12:20:22

Patient Engagement Can Improve Home Medical Equipment Providers Efficiency SAN DIEGO, May 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Umbian Inc., a ResMed (NYSE: RMD) company, and leading provider of cloud-based healthcare compliance solutions, today announced the outcome of a new study that shows significant, measurable efficiency gains when using the automated messaging capabilities of its U-Sleep compliance management solution. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140515/88218 The study reveals...


Latest Intensive care medicine Reference Libraries

Tracheal Intubation
2013-04-30 13:26:36

Tracheal intubation (commonly known as intubation) is the placement of a flexible plastic tube into the trachea in order to maintain an open airway or to serve as a conduit through which to administer oxygen or other drugs. It is commonly performed in emergency situations and critically ill or injured patients, but intubation is also used in patients who will be undergoing a lengthy surgery that requires them to be under anesthesia for a significant number of hours. In order to intubate,...

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
2013-04-30 13:11:12

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, also known as ECMO, is best described as long term life support occurring outside the patient’s body. It should be noted, however, that ECMO is temporary and typically lasts three to ten days on average. ECMO is a means of oxygenating blood without it having to circulate inside the body, and thus allows time for essential recovery of the heart and lungs. ECMO comes with many serious risks and is only used in severe cases of cardiac or respiratory failure...

Oxygen Therapy
2013-04-30 10:27:06

Oxygen therapy is known as the administration of oxygen as a medical intervention. It is indicated in patients whose oxygen supply is compromised due to both acute and chronic health conditions and can be administered in many different ways. Oxygen therapy can be administered virtually wherever the patient is. Most commonly, oxygen is delivered to patients in an ambulance, hospital, or doctor’s office. These medical facilities carry oxygen in the form of a compressed gas. It is stored...

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