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2010-07-07 05:55:00

A new study suggests that when patients are admitted to an intensive care unit on the weekend they may be more likely to die than those admitted on a weekday. The findings come from an analysis of 10 international studies that add to the evidence that patients admitted to a hospital during "off-hours" tend to fare worse. Studies have found that people admitted for heart attacks and strokes, for instance, during off-hours have a higher risk of dying than those admitted on weekdays. There is...

2010-06-30 09:28:59

Even at a hospital recognized for managing seriously ill patients, a systematic assessment of clinical measures associated with end-of-life care identified opportunities to improve treatment for those dying in the hospital, according to a report in the June 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Medical care during the last year of life accounts for 10 percent to 12 percent of the U.S. health care budget and 27 percent of Medicare expenditures, according...

2010-06-30 08:36:22

But more family communication is needed, study finds Patients admitted to a teaching hospital for an end-of-life illness generally receive high-quality medical care, but there is a need for better communication about family expectations and for timely efforts to keep patients comfortable, according to a new study. The project examined the care provided to patients who died over a one-year period at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a large teaching hospital known for providing aggressive...

2010-06-29 03:25:35

But more family communication is needed, study finds Patients admitted to a teaching hospital for an end-of-life illness generally receive high-quality medical care, but there is a need for better communication about family expectations and for timely efforts to keep patients comfortable, according to a new study. The project examined the care provided to patients who died over a one-year period at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a large teaching hospital known for providing aggressive...

2010-06-15 11:02:00

BOISE, Idaho, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Complex Care Hospital of Idaho (CCHI) has earned the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) from a national program that helps patients and families make informed decisions regarding the quality of respiratory care services provided by hospitals. About 700 hospitals, or approximately 15% of hospitals in the United States, have applied for and received this award. The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) began the recognition program in...

2010-06-09 13:45:02

From 1997 to 2006, the number of long-term acute care hospitals doubled, the number of Medicare patients who were transferred to a long-term acute care hospital after a critical illness tripled, and the 1 year survival for these patients was poor, according to a study in the June 9 issue of JAMA. "Approximately 10 percent to 20 percent of patients recovering from critical illness experience persistent organ failures necessitating complex care for a prolonged period of lime. Traditionally...

2010-05-18 12:48:47

Adult patients without health insurance admitted to intensive care units (ICUs) in Pennsylvania hospitals are at a 21 percent increased risk of death compared to similar patients with private insurance, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. The difference in mortality risk was not explained by patient characteristics or differences in care at the hospital level, suggesting that uninsured patients might receive poorer quality care. The findings will be presented at the...

2010-05-18 12:45:50

Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) can prevent critical illness polyneuromyopathy (CIPNM), according to Greek researchers. CIPNM is an acquired limb and respiratory muscle weakness that is a common and serious problem among intensive care unit patients, and can result in prolonged ICU and hospital stay. EMS can also shorten the duration of weaning from mechanical ventilation and the length of ICU stay. The study was presented at the ATS 2010 International Conference in New Orleans. "CIPNM is...

2010-05-18 07:15:00

SAN ANTONIO, May 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Baptist Health System completes final steps to become the first in South Central Texas to implement an eICU® program designed to improve critical care delivery and save lives. "eGuardian" utilizes the eICU® Program from Philips VISICU, that combines early warning software and remote monitoring to connect off-site critical care physicians and nurses to ICU patients around the clock. Baptist's eGuardian program...

2010-05-13 14:41:00

NORFOLK, Va., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center has posted another year with not a single case of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia (VAP). That makes six consecutive years without this hospital acquired infection that can lead to increased mortality and increased cost of care for some of the hospital's sickest patients. Three other Sentara hospitals have eliminated common hospital infections in their Intensive Care Units for one year or more and infection...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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