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2011-04-14 12:16:21

A new research study of the effect of a commonly used strategy to reduce the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospital intensive care units (ICU) shows that the strategy had no significant effect. That's the surprising finding of a multisite study led by Mayo Clinic investigators. The bacteria -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) -- are resistant to common antibiotics and harder to treat if patients become infected. The...

2011-04-13 21:51:10

Patients who receive intensive care services are very different in the United States than in the United Kingdom, according to a new study that compared admission and mortality statistics from ICUs in each country. The study found that U.K. patients are much sicker upon ICU admission, whereas U.S. patients are more likely to require continuing care after discharge and are often sent to skilled care facilities instead of home. "The U.S. has about seven times as many ICU beds available per...

2011-04-13 08:00:00

CINCINNATI, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pampers, the iconic and first baby care brand to distribute disposable diapers around the globe, is turning 50! Pampers honors these 50 years of parenting by unveiling its Little Miracle Missions program, which seeks to celebrate, support and protect babies everywhere through acts of kindness to little miracles (babies) and their families, while encouraging parents to "pay it forward" and support others. (Photo:...

2011-04-08 12:54:00

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y., April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- VIGILAIR Systems, an industry leader in Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) technology was instrumental in a newly published, and first of its kind hospital study that demonstrated a dramatic reduction in patient Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) with the application of VIGILAIR® air cleaning technology in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The published article 'Effect of enhanced ultraviolet germicidal...

2011-04-01 01:18:00

VIENNA, April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Intercell AG (VSE: ICLL) announced that it has agreed with Novartis to advance Intercell's investigational Pseudomonas aeruginosa vaccine into a confirmatory clinical efficacy trial in ventilated ICU (Intensive Care Unit) patients. The planned double blind study is powered to show a clinically meaningful and statistically significant reduction in overall mortality between the vaccine and control group and envisages enrolling about 800 subjects....

2011-03-30 13:37:02

Study also shows routine monitoring of breathing could reduce deaths in intensive care A major UK study on complications of anesthesia has shown that obese patients are twice as likely to develop serious airway problems during a general anesthetic than non-obese patients. 'The airway' means the air passages from the outside world to the lungs, which must be kept open to keep the patient alive. The study also shows that the use of a simple breathing monitor, called a capnograph, could...

2011-03-24 07:00:00

IRVINE, Calif., March 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Masimo (Nasdaq: MASI) announced today that three new studies presented at the International Symposium of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM) Annual Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, demonstrate the accuracy, reliability, and clinical impact of Masimo noninvasive and continuous measurements--noninvasive hemoglobin (SpHb®), Pleth Variability Index (PVI®), and Perfusion Index (PI)--in Intensive Care...

2011-03-22 00:41:39

Patients treated on weekends have greater chance of survival Patients who've been hurt in car or bike crashes, been shot or stabbed, or suffered other injuries are more likely to live if they arrive at the hospital on the weekend than during the week, according to new University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine research published in the March 21 issue of Archives of Surgery. The findings, which also showed that trauma patients who present to the hospital on weeknights are no more likely to...

2011-03-09 10:02:00

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning, Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation to identify gaps and improve coordination in the delivery of critical care health services in the United States. The Critical Care Assessment and Improvement Act of 2011 transcends the current political climate on Capitol Hill and stands out among few legislative initiatives in the 112th Congress to address health care in a bipartisan...

2011-03-08 09:00:00

SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CareFusion (NYSE: CFN), a leading, global medical device company, today introduced a portable ventilator for adults and children who require mechanical ventilation at home. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110308/LA60768) The CareFusion LTV® 1100 ventilator is designed to significantly enhance the mobility of patients with spinal injuries or neuro-muscular diseases who require continuous ventilation to breathe. The...


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