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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...

2010-05-11 13:10:35

Patients who are critically ill and participate in mild exercise programs led by physical therapists achieve higher functional mobility and spend fewer days in intensive care units (ICU) and hospitals than those who receive less exercise, according to a report published in the April issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In a quality improvement project implemented in a medical intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a multidisciplinary health care team focused...

2010-05-11 07:15:00

ANDOVER, Mass., May 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of a growing trend, rural hospitals from across the country are collaborating with larger tertiary care facilities and independent critical care monitoring providers to bring eICU telehealth services and support to their local rural communities. Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is supporting this trend and addressing clinician shortages by expanding access to critical care support in rural communities with the...

2010-04-21 07:40:12

Adult ICU patients who received tracheotomy 6 to 8 days vs. 13 to 15 days after mechanical ventilation did not have a significant reduction in the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia, according to a study in the April 21 issue of JAMA. Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to replace endotracheal intubation (procedure in which a tube is placed into the windpipe [trachea], through the mouth or the nose, for the purpose of ventilating the lungs) in patients who are expected...

2010-04-15 08:40:21

Eye masks and earplugs could help hospital patients get a better night's sleep. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care investigated their effect on sleep quality in a simulated intensive care environment. Xiaoying Jiang from Fujian Medical University, Fuzhou, China, worked with a team of researchers to carry out the study in 14 healthy people exposed to recorded intensive care noise and equivalent light levels. She said, "Sleep disruption is common in...

2010-04-09 08:38:51

Sedation cut back so patients can exercise, which speeds recovery A new report from critical care experts at Johns Hopkins shows that use of prescription sedatives goes down by half so that mild exercise programs can be introduced to the care of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Curtailing use of the drowsiness-inducing medications not only allows patients to exercise, which is known to reduce muscle weakness linked to long periods of bed rest, but also reduces bouts...

2010-04-09 08:02:21

Nicotine withdrawal can cause dangerous agitation in intensive care patients. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care found that, compared to non-smokers, agitated smokers were more likely to accidentally remove tubes and catheters, require supplemental sedative, analgesic or anti-psychotic medications, or need physical restraints. Damien du Cheyron, from Caen University Hospital, France, worked with a team of researchers to study the effects of nicotine...

2010-04-07 07:00:00

TELFORD, Pa., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Launched today, Babyfirst.com is a new single destination where neonatal doctors and nurses can exchange information and experiences online - across a range of neonatal care specialties. With content populated by clinicians and renowned experts, the Web site also offers parents and families of premature babies a trusted resource to gain a better understanding of what they can expect in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - with insight into common...

2010-04-05 07:30:00

BEDFORD, Mass., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Instrumentation Laboratory (IL), today announced its second ILluminations webinar, to be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET). This web-based, Continuing Education seminar will feature Anthony E. Napolitano, M.D., presenting "Whole Blood Bilirubin Screening at the POC Improves Neonatal Outcomes and Workflow Efficiency." This webinar will focus on the essential components for successful implementation and management...

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2010-03-10 10:42:24

The electronic drug information system "AiDKlinik" reduces the number of adverse drug interactions and adverse events To get life-threatening diseases under control, patients in the intensive care unit usually are administered many medications at the same time. Even for experts, it is difficult to keep track of the variety of possible side effects and interactions. The team headed by Dr. Thilo Bertsche, director of the cooperation unit for clinical pharmacy at Heidelberg University Hospital,...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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