More hospital days seen with antipsychotic use in Alzheimer disease

(HealthDay)—Alzheimer disease patients who initiate treatment with antipsychotic medications spend more days hospitalized than those who do not initiate antipsychotics, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Marjaana Koponen, Ph.D., of the Kuopio Research Center of Geriatric Care at the University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues used a nationwide exposure-matched cohort to […]

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NHS hospital offers video goggles for local anaesthetic patients

Goggle-ops! NHS hospital becomes the first in the UK to give anxious patients headsets to watch movies and box sets during surgery The Royal Bournemouth Hospital is offering the new gadgets to its patients They can watch HD movies and box sets on NOW TV using the £1,000 headsets Staff will set up the gadget first and then give the […]

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Medical alarms may be inaudible to hospital staff

Thousands of alarms are generated each day in any given hospital, but there are many reasons why humans may fail to respond to medical alarms, including trouble hearing the alarm. New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at one common issue that affects alarm perceivability—simultaneous masking. “We know that our sensory system works as a filter and […]

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MATTHEW D’ANCONA recalls hallucinations he experienced in hospital

Burst ulcer left me on the brink of madness: MATTHEW D’ANCONA recalls the wild hallucinations and delusions of grandeur that he experienced from a little-known side-effect of intensive care Journalist Matthew D’Ancona experienced delirium after a burst ulcer left him hospitalised  You might have expected something emotional, even, at a pinch, portentous, at such a moment. My father and elder […]

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When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University) published in Health Affairs. Hospital openness, defined as an environment in which staff freely speak up […]

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24 hours in the emergency room: The difficulty of the everyday life of Doctors and nurses

In emergency rooms the patient numbers are increasing – an increasing burden for the staff. FOCUS-Online-editor Anika, Jonas accompanied the everyday life in a Munich emergency room. There showed, what is the real challenge for Doctors and nurses – and why it is a good sign, when a Patient has to wait longer. Monday, 20.29 PM: At the reception of […]

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Patient at Philadelphia hospital cleared of Ebola

Ebola scare over in Philadelphia: Hospital patient cleared of the disease after being quarantined An unidentified patient was tested for Ebola at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania The patient ‘met the criteria’ for Ebola exposure, but no more details were released There is an ongoing Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Congo The patient may have traveled […]

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Antiepileptic drugs linked to increased hospital stays in persons with Alzheimer’s disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease who used antiepileptic drugs had a higher number of accumulated hospital stays than people with Alzheimer’s disease who did not use antiepileptics, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The results were published in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association. During a two-year follow-up, persons who initiated antiepileptic drugs accumulated approximately […]

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U.S. doctor released from Omaha hospital after Ebola monitoring

(HealthDay)—An American doctor who was monitored for 21 days after possible Ebola exposure did not develop the deadly disease and has been released from the Nebraska Medicine-Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, officials say. The unidentified doctor’s possible exposure to Ebola occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where there is an Ebola outbreak. “This person completed the required 21-day monitoring […]

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Thyroid Surgery Complications Can Land Some Back in the Hospital

TUESDAY, Jan. 8, 2019 — Surgery to remove all or part of the thyroid can trigger side effects that send some patients back to the hospital, a new study finds. These side effects include tingling in the fingers that can become tremors and spasms in all muscles of the body — including the heart and muscles surrounding the lungs. “The […]

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