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Researchers Develop New Approach for Vanquishing Superbugs

Case Western reserve University. (January 30, 2019). EurekAlert. Researchers develop new approach for vanquishing superbugs.  Retrieved

A scientific team composed of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation has developed a process to determine second-line antibiotics for use in killing antibiotic resistance germs. This research provides clinicians assistance when deciding which antibiotic treatment courses will be most effective for patients. The method uses a mathematical model created by Jacob Scott, MD, DPhil principal investigator, a clinical assistant professor at the medical school, and associates.


Patients with PCPs Get More High-Value Care

Kneisel, K. (January 29, 2019). Patients with PCPs Get More High-Value Care. MedPage Retrieved

According to research by David Levine, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and colleagues, primary care providers (PCP) appears to offer patients higher value care, lower value care, and a better health care experience. Among 70,000 adult respondents in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Analysis, those with primary care were more likely to use high-value cancer, colorectal cancer screening, and mammography.


Americans Concerned About Weight, But Don't Understand Link to Heart Conditions, Health

Cleveland Clinic. (January 31, 2019). Science  Americans concerned about weight, but don't understand link to heart conditions, health. Retrieved

A recent Cleveland Clinic report reveals 88 % of Americans understand that there is a connection between a healthy heart and a healthy weight. 43 percent of Americans have tried to make dietary changes to lose weight and 40 percent of this group state they aren't careful about which foods they eat. However, this study revealed a discrepancy. Nearly one-in-five believe their diet has nothing to do with their heart health and 46 percent believe using artificial sweeteners is a healthy way to lose weight. An overwhelming majority failed to link obesity to cancer or heart risk and 50 percent don't know that obesity is linked to high "bad" cholesterol levels, coronary artery disease, and stroke.

Mayo Clinic to Conduct US “VIVA” Trial for Veinplicity

Physeon. (February 4, 2019). Mayo Clinic to Conduct US “VIVA” Trial for Veinplicity. Retrieved Daily Headlines Email_TestB 2019-02-08&utm_term=DHE_NewTemplate_TestB_012019

There is a new device to help dilate veins for placing IV angiocaths. Veinplicity is a portable device which passes an electrical current between electrodes placed on the palm of the hand and the bicep area of the patient. Dilating veins 38% more, Veinplicity’s effect lasted longer when compared to heat pack treatment which is the current Gold standard. This allows clinicians extra time to perform procedures.

New voices at patients’ bedsides: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple

Ross, K. (February 6, 2019). New voices at patients’ bedsides: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Retrieved

It is outside of the box thinking for patient satisfaction: Hospitals are using smart speakers to allow patients to order lunch, check medication regimens, and get on-demand medical advice at home. These smart devices manufactured by Amazon, Google, Apple, and Microsoft are making inroads into patient care. Hospitals are discovering use in intensive care units and recovery rooms and imaging a future in which smart devices become a member of the medical team. “Why not have a connected speaker in the room listening to conversations?” asked John Brownstein, chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, which is piloting voice applications. “Voice technology still remains at the edges of patient care, he added, but the hospital is already using it to improve the efficiency of ICU care and help prepare doctors for transplant surgeries.”  


5 Most Innovative Hospitals, According to 300+ Hospital Leaders

Cohen, J. (February 5, 2019). 5 most innovative hospitals, according to 300+ hospital leaders. Becker’s Hospital Retrieved

Fourteen percent of hospital leaders agreed  the Mayo Clinic is the most innovative hospital in the U.S., according to a Reaction Data report. The report surveyed hospital executives, department heads and staff members from across the U.S. Participants were asked the question, “What provider organization comes to mind as being a model for innovation, quality care at a sustainable cost and thought leadership on topics related to healthcare transformation.” The five provider organizations most frequently cited as a model for innovation: *1. Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) *2. Cleveland Clinic *3. Intermountain Healthcare *4. Kaiser Permanente (Oakland, Calif.) *5. Geisinger (Danville, Pa.).


8,000 Flu Deaths Prevented Last Year with Vaccine: Study

Walker, M. (February 7, 2019). 8,000 Flu Deaths Prevented Last Year with Vaccine: Study   MedPage Retrieved Daily Headlines Email_TestB 2019-02-08&utm_term=DHE_NewTemplate_TestB_012019

Influenza vaccinations have prevented 10% of expected hospitalizations overall, and 41% among children ages 6 months to 4 years according to a recent article in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Further estimates found that influenza vaccination prevented 3.7 million medical visits and 109,000 hospitalizations. Not only were an estimated 8,000 deaths prevented by influenza vaccination, but 9% of expected deaths overall, the authors said, but influenza vaccines prevented an estimated 39% of influenza-related mortality in children ages 6 months to 4 years.


Masimo Announces Doctella™, a Secure Cloud-based Patient Engagement and Remote Care Automation Platform

Lamb, E. (February 11, 2019). Masimo Announces Doctella™, a Secure Cloud-based Patient Engagement and Remote Care Automation Platform Business Retrieved

Masimo revealed plans for the launch of Doctella™, a home-based patient care automation platform. The CarePrograms™ are delivered to patients’ smartphones via an app and provides patient updates both self-reported data and wireless data collection from monitoring devices. Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and co-developers of the product, said, “As healthcare seeks to improve value, it needs to change its narrative from success being patients healing in the hospital to patients being healthy at home. Doctella helps to accelerate that journey by making sure that patients receive safe, evidence-based care in the healing environment of their own home.”

Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows the Opposite

Frakt, A. (February 11, 2019). Hospital Mergers Improve Health? Evidence Shows the Opposite The New York Retrieved

Markets for healthcare have become concentrated. Usually higher prices are the consequences most often discussed. Recent studies show that rates of mortality and of major health setbacks grow when competition falls. This runs counter to common thought. Proponents of mergers in healthcare state that by harnessing economies of scale and scope, they argue, larger organizations can offer better care at lower costs. … Martin Gaynor, a Carnegie Mellon University economist who been an author of several reviews exploring the consequences of hospital consolidation, said that “evidence from three decades of hospital mergers does not support the claim that consolidation improves quality.” This is especially true when government constrains prices, as is the case for Medicare in the United States and Britain’s National Health Service. “When prices are set by the government, hospitals don’t compete on price; they compete on quality,” Mr. Gaynor said. But this doesn’t happen in markets that are highly consolidated.


Compiled by: Greg Laukhuf RN, ND, CRN, NE-BC, RN-BC

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