Most doctors surveyed said they think visits to emergency rooms will increase as the new health law is implemented.
April 28, 2011 Overcrowding in emergency rooms isn't caused by people who don't have insurance — it's caused by people who do, but still can't find a doctor to treat them. And doctors say there is not nearly enough attention paid to emergency departments in the new health care law.
Even though heart attack rates are dropping, some victims are not yet getting the best care.
April 26, 2011 Getting the best heart attack care is still something of a crap shoot –- in the United States as well as Sweden, where a new study shows deaths from heart attacks dropping after best practices were implemented.
Keeping MRSA bacteria like these under control in hospitals remains a challenge.
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April 14, 2011 More careful attention to cleanliness in hospitals can help curb infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But even stringent hygiene only goes so far in beating the germs back.
A nurse uses an alcohol-based hand gel. A new $1 billion proposal from Health and Human Services aims to cut down on preventable hospital infections and patient readmissions.
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April 12, 2011 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday pledged "up to $1 billion" for a new initiative that aims to reduce preventable hospital infections and patient readmissions after discharge. Many in the health industry are praising the proposal — but GOP lawmakers aren't, perhaps because it's paid for by the health overhaul law.
April 8, 2011 An investigation into microbial contamination that led to blood infections of 19 hospitalized patients in Alabama has found a genetic match between bacteria cultured from a dozen infected patients and water samples from a faucet in a pharmacy that prepared IV nutrition products.
April 1, 2011 Johns Hopkins found electronic faucets are cozier than old-fashioned ones for bacteria. Tests detected the bacteria responsible for Legionnaire's disease in more than half the faucets tested. The hospital replaced them in areas where patients receive care.
March 31, 2011 The Obama administration today released proposed rules that could help hospitals and groups of doctors cooperate more closely in caring for patients. If the approach works, it could save money and improve care.
March 30, 2011 A pharmacy that produces intravenous solutions is the potential common source for an outbreak of blood infections that has sickened 19 people at six hospitals. The products have been recalled.
March 4, 2011 When nurses walk off the job, there's a ready supply of replacement workers provided by companies that specialize in helping management weather labor storms.
A safety push had led to a decline in infections from central lines in ICUs.
March 1, 2011 Dangerous bloodstream infections in hospital intensive care units have fallen, thanks to a major safety push. But the infections, linked to catheters, are still a big problem elsewhere in hospitals and at kidney dialysis centers.
Maryland hospitals are promoting hand washing among other measures to prevent patient infections.
February 25, 2011 A Maryland program to prevent hospital complications goes further than most, including those already under way in Medicare and new ones slated to begin next year under the health care overhaul law.
February 22, 2011 To reduce the odds a patient will have to return to the hospital, some health systems are trying to do a better job coordinating care. Starting in 2012, the federal health law will penalize hospitals for excess readmissions for some conditions.
These results may be easier to follow without the noise.
February 14, 2011 Alarms on various monitors ring, beep, and do just about everything short of firing off a flare to get a nurse's attention. All that noise tends to wear nurses down, and often it masks the truly important warnings.
The flag of the state of Arizona flies at half-staff outside University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8.
January 14, 2011 Management at University Medical Center fired three employees and let go a nurse working for a contractor because they accessed confidential computerized medical files of patients injured in the Tuscon, Ariz., shooting rampage.
January 3, 2011 Relatively few Americans head overseas for bargains in health care, University of Iowa researchers found. Foreign care may still be an inexpensive alternative for some uninsured patients, though.
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