May 28, 2015 |
Featured Hospital

Fort Worth Hospital Earns Highest Recognition From American Association Of Critical Care Nurses
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -  AACN has honored Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth’s ICU trauma unit with its highest recognition. View All Hospitals >
Featured Technology
St. Jude Medical's Merlin™ Technology Contributes to Reduced Hospitalizations Confirmed
ST. PAUL, Minn. -  St. Jude Medical, Inc.  announced that data presented during a Late Breaking Clinical Trial Session during Heart Rhythm 2015, the Heart Rhythm Society's Annual Scientific Sessions, found that patients with cardiac devices who use remote monitoring have significantly fewer hospitalizations and lower overall healthcare costs than patients who do not use or adhere with the technology. Full Story >
On The Horizon
HeartLight® Results Presented at Heart Rhythm 2015
MARLBOROUGH, Mass - CardioFocus, Inc., a medical device company developing the HeartLight® Endoscopic Ablation System (EAS) for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common cardiac arrhythmia affecting millions globally, today announced its U.S. Pivotal Trial data were presented by co-principal investigator Dr. Vivek Y. Reddy, Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  Full Story >
Smart Moves
Johns Hopkins Innovation Hub, FastForward East, Expanding
Baltimore, MD - In just three months, demand for lab and office space at the Johns Hopkins innovation hub, FastForward East, has exceeded supply. Full Story >
Continuing Education
NTI 2015: Learning, Sharing, Leading At the Premier Conference for High Acuity and Critical Care Nurses

San Diego, CA - The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) is the premier conference for high acuity and critical care nurses. This year marks the 42nd time nurses from across the country will gather for our national conference, Monday, May 18 through Thursday, May 21, 2015, in San Diego. Preconferences are Sunday, May 17.

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News Briefs
Pharma
America's prescription drug problem: 500,000-plus people took more than $50,000 in drugs last year
New York, NY - More than a half-million U.S. patients had medication costs in excess of $50,000 in 2014, an increase of 63 percent from the prior year... Full Story >
Procedures
Cause of Regression in Individuals with Down Syndrome Identified
Judith Miles with Patient COLUMBIA, Mo. – Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal disorder in America, can be complicated by significant deterioration in movement, speech and functioning in some adolescents and young adults.  Full Story >
Healthcare IT
Scientists Dramatically Improve Method for Finding Genetic Alterations in Tumors
Memphis, TN - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have developed a significantly better computer tool for finding genetic alterations that play an important role in many cancers but were difficult to identify with whole-genome sequencing. Full Story >
Featured Video
Non-Aggressive Strain of Bacteria Helps Reduce Recurrent C. difficile Infection Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a common and sometimes deadly health care-associated infection characterized by severe diarrhea. Even after successful treatment, C. difficile recurs in 25 to 30 percent of patients. A new study examined a potential way to prevent repeated C. difficile infection by using a non-aggressive version of the same bacteria, known as "non-toxigenic" C. difficile.
Safety First
Public Health Advisories Associated With Reductions in Dispensing of Codeine to Postpartum Women
Chicago, Il - Public health advisories from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada were associated with significant reductions in the rate of dispensing of codeine to postpartum women, according to a study in the May 12 issue of JAMA. Full Story >
Specialties
Readmissions in Severe Sepsis are as Common as those in Heart Failure and Pneumonia
DENVER, CO —Severe sepsis is a significant cause of rehospitalization along the lines of nationally recognized outcome measures... Full Story >
Community
National Survey Finds EMS-Based Community Paramedicine Can Improve Patient Care, Lower Costs
CLINTON, Miss. -  More than 100 emergency medical services (EMS) agencies in 33 states and the District of Columbia have launched mobile integrated healthcare or community paramedicine programs, a new national survey finds. Full Story >