Coronavirus: Colorado hospital among first to facilitate experimental treatment

A Colorado hospital was one of the first in the nation to facilitate an experimental treatment that could help save patients who are critically ill from the novel coronavirus. Children’s Hospital Colorado last week accepted its first donation of convalescent plasma — a part of blood — from a person who had fully recovered after contracting COVID-19, the highly contagious […]

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N.Y. hospital converts sleep apnea machines into ventilators

(HealthDay)—As COVID-19 pushes American hospitals to the breaking point, intensive care units are finding creative ways to deal with a looming shortage of lifesaving mechanical ventilators. The New York-based hospital system Northwell Health has found a jury-rigged remedy: using three-dimensional (3-D) printing and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter add-ons to turn unused bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines into much-needed […]

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The one thing your pregnancy hospital bag really needs

When faced with packing your bag for the delivery room, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and potentially forget something important. What’s one thing you might not be thinking about that’s actually crucial? It might surprise you, but lip balm was one of the top items listed when lead postnatal supplier Medela interviewed veteran moms. Sure, it seems like a simple […]

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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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