Research Desk

Feb 10, 2019

Researchers investigated whether patients admitted to accredited US hospitals have better outcomes vs those admitted to hospitals through state surveys. They did not observe any attenuated mortality in relation to US hospital accreditation by independent organizations; however, this was found to be slightly related to attenuated readmission rates for the 15 common medical conditions selected in this study. 

Feb 10, 2019

This article describes a case where a patient files a lawsuit against his treating doctor for his own neglect towards the discharge instructions given to him. However, the jury concluded that the doctor had properly educated the patient and that the patient's injury was due to the patient's own failure to go for his lab work and to schedule a follow-up appointment with his physician.

Feb 08, 2019

According to a new research, Multiple Sclerosis Patients are facing extremely high treatment costs due to complicated insurance policies. The authors added that these elevated prices benefit those in the drug distribution channel including drug companies. The researchers concluded that certain changes are required to reduce total spending for beneficiaries. 

Feb 07, 2019

According to new research published in Health Affairs, hospital prices have outpaced physician prices between 2007 and 2014. The researchers have added that hospital portion of the prices included almost 64 and 84 percent of the total cost in four hospital based procedures like knee replacement and cesarean section etc. Even though the exact reason behind this discrepancy is unknown, the researchers have recommended some kind of legislative action to reduce hospital price growth. 

Feb 07, 2019

U.S. EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a new hazardous waste pharmaceutical rule. The final rule retains a proposed requirement, opposed by industry, that prescription pharmaceuticals sent from health care facilities to reverse distributors first be considered “disposed of,” regulated as solid waste and evaluated for hazardous classification at the health care facility. This rule will impose significant new obligations on health care providers.

Feb 06, 2019

The MIND-USA Study randomly assigned 566 ICU patients who developed delirium to receive up to 20 mg haloperidol daily, 40 mg ziprasidone daily, or placebo for 14 days. There was no statistical difference between the groups with regard to delirium duration. 

Feb 06, 2019

Many surgeons have called for changes in medical device regulation, particularly at last spring’s major international meeting of hernia surgeons, saying it could make surgery safer for patients. At the 2018 International Hernia Congress, surgeons appealed for long-term surveillance of mesh once it has been implanted.

Feb 06, 2019

Neutrophil extracellular traps also called NETs, are the weapons of the human immune system. J. Scott VanEpps, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at Michigan Medicine and his team recreated NETs in the laboratory and found that they captured E. coli and found they could also kill it. This led to the team examining how microwebs might play a role with antibiotics.

Feb 06, 2019

The Ohio Department of Health has reported the first death of 2018-19 flu season. The patient who succumbed to flu was a 3-year-old boy from Highland County in southern Ohio. Even though the number of flu-associated hospitalizations is below it's current five year average for this season; there still have been 1,832 flu-associated hospitalizations this year. 

Feb 06, 2019

According to a press release, The American College of Cardiology Foundation has acquired MedAxiom which is a cardiovascular membership, services and consulting firm. This acquisition will be helpful in making the American College of Cardiology to expand in order to include services and education in non-clinical domains. New domains include interpersonal and organizational leadership, strategic design, operational and performance management, and improvement and technological infrastructure.