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Hospital Workflow Redesign Could Save Lives
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
A continuum of care study shows that applying tenets from the medical home model to an inpatient setting can reduce hospital mortality and keep down costs.[Read More]
September 23, 2010
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Rapid Response Teams No Substitute for Wrong Bed Assignment
Giving hospital "rapid response" teams credit for saving lives of suddenly deteriorating inpatients is "like rewarding a pilot for ultimately landing safely after he or she had made a dangerous decision to take off during inclement weather," two prominent patient safety leaders say.[Read More]

Obesity, Overweight Carry Heavy Financial Burden
Carrying excess weight carries a sizeable financial cost. The overall, tangible, annual costs of being obese are $4,879 for an obese woman and $2,646 for an obese man, while the annual costs of being overweight are $524 and $432 for women and men, respectively, according to a study released this week by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.[Read More]

Long Days Make Radiologists Less Accurate
The ability of radiologists to detect fractures after a day of viewing images declines significantly compared to their diagnostic accuracy at the start of the day, according to a report published this month in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.[Read More]

Overtriage of Trauma Patients Costly, On the Rise
Health systems are increasingly "overtriaging" trauma patients, or unnecessarily transferring them to a different, often to a higher level, facility an indication of the growing expense of unnecessary healthcare utilization and defensive medicine, according to findings from University of California, San Diego, Health System researchers.[Read More]
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