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Study shows blood products unaffected by drone trips

22/12/2016

In what is believed to be the first proof-of-concept study of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers have determined that large bags of blood products, such as those transfused into patients every day, can maintain temperature and cellular integrity while transported by drones.
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Hospitals: Decision makers focus on digitalization, disregard ecology and ethics

19/12/2016

Against the background of the loss-making situation of hospitals, every business area is being evaluated for cost-saving potentials. While the possibilities for cost-saving is very limited regarding personnel, the increasing digitalization and automatization of processes in logistics and purchasing make further cost reductions possible.
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Researchers discover new antibiotics by sifting through the human microbiome

17/11/2016

Most antibiotics in use today are based on natural molecules produced by bacteria--and given the rise of antibiotic resistance, there's an urgent need to find more of them. Researchers at The Rockefeller University have found a way around these problems, however.
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Pneumonia rates linked to hospital ventilators have not dropped

16/11/2016

Contrary to data published by the Centers for Disease Control, ventilator-associated pneumonia rates in hospital intensive care units have not declined significantly since 2005, according to a new study out of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
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World Antibiotic Awareness Week – Antibiotics: Handle with care

10/11/2016

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a great danger and a threat – not only to an individual person, but also to modern healthcare. This year the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaims the World Antibiotic Awareness Week for the second time. With the topic "Antibiotics: Handle with care", the organization wants to call attention to the danger of AMR and to show what everybody can do against it.
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Dirty laundry may cause environmental contamination

07/11/2016

A new paper published in FEMS Microbiology Letters, resulting from an investigation of a laundry facility that services several Seattle-area hospitals, suggests that soiled clinical linens may be a source of surface Clostridium difficile contamination.
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Patient safety benefits when hospitals provide feedback to staff who report errors

02/11/2016

Voluntary reporting by hospital staff of errors and patient safety events are a key source of information for improving patient care. A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital analysis suggests that to increase reporting, hospitals should focus on informing staff about how their previous reports have helped enhance patient safety.
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Patients weigh in on orthopedic surgeons' pay, reimbursement

26/10/2016

Most patients do not think an orthopedic surgeon is overpaid but they greatly exaggerate how much a surgeon is reimbursed by Medicare for performing knee surgery, according to a study of patient perceptions by Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
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Better diabetic foot disease care would save taxpayers billions

25/10/2016

Australia could save billions of dollars in healthcare costs by investing in proven treatments for people with diabetic foot disease, according to QUT research.
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