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Diabetes Prescription Program Targets Nutrition
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
In a study released this month by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a startling finding was reported: one in five hospitalizations involved patients with diabetes. As one way to tackle this ongoing epidemic, a new pilot was unveiled last week in Chicago that calls for adult diabetic patients to receive a different kind of prescription from their physicians—one for fresh, healthy foods sold through a local well-known retailer.[Read More]
August 19, 2010
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Hospital MRSA Prevention Policies Widespread, Varied
While hospitals in the U.S. were found to vary in their policies and practices of surveillance, decolonization, and treatment of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections, most were found to be consistent with national guideline recommendations, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.[Read More]

1 in 2 Catheter Linked UTIs Avoidable, Study Says
A review of multiple international studies suggests that hospitals can cut their catheter associated urinary tract infections by 52% by implementing simple systems that trigger staff to regularly check the patient still needs one. [Read More]

1 in 5 Hospitalizations Involve Diabetes Patients
Nearly one in five hospitalizations in 2008 involved patients with diabetes, according to a federal report. The cost of caring for those patients was $83 billion for 7.7 million stays, or nearly one in four dollars of hospital costs that year, a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says.[Read More]

Falls Cause Most Injury Related Deaths in WI
Falls top suicides and automobile crashes as the leading cause of injury related death in Wisconsin particularly among the elderly and generate nearly $800 million in hospital costs each year in Wisconsin, according to a state sponsored report.[Read More]

Medicare Reimbursement Changes May Lead to More Antibiotic Use
With improved drug coverage under Medicare Part D, the use of antibiotics by beneficiaries particularly brand name, new, and more expensive drugs is on the upswing, according to a study from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Medicine.[Read More]
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