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Gawande on Checklists: Why Don't Hospitals Use Them?
Cheryl Clark, Senior Editor
Surgeon and author Atul Gawande speaks to a hospital audience about how hard it is to get providers to adopt checklists, even with so much evidence that they improve care and reduce complications.[Read More]
February 3, 2011
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Cath Lab Expansions Reconsidered
Hospitals with regionally approved cath lab certification and staffing are the destination choice for paramedics and patients with ST-segment myocardial infarction. But not all regions of the country have such systems, and hospitals that wouldn't pass muster are not willing to part with the business. As Cora Nucci, senior online editor notes, this is a tough sell, but an important one.[Read More]

Higher Spending CA Hospitals Demonstrate Lower Mortality Rates
This interesting report on death rates at more than 200 California hospitals for six common conditions produced conclusions at odds with the Dartmouth Atlas. The reason might just be because its hospitals are providing high-cost inpatient care that reduces death rates, while other costly outpatient services are less effective. [Read More]

MRSA Screenings of ICU Patients Can Reduce Hospital Costs
Aggressive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening of patients upon admission to the intensive care unit can reduce patient stays and costs for hospitals, study shows. [Read More]

Evidence-Based Care Gaps Pervasive, Researchers Say
It has been said that transferring proven strategies from the clinical trial to the physician's practice or hospital takes at least five to seven years. More than half of adult patients don't receive recommended care because of the evidence-based care gap, this study notes. [Read More]

Intelligence Report: E-Health Systems: Opportunities and Obstacles
In this HealthLeaders Media Intelligence Report, 90% of healthcare leaders say they'll achieve meaningful use from the governmental push for electronic health systems by 2016. And 89% of leaders say that e-health systems will improve quality of care industrywide within 10 years. But in the meantime, leaders' assessments of the cost, functionality, and other aspects of the technology is mixed.[Read More]
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Study examines hospice patients
The Detroit News/Associated Press, February 3, 2011

Medical detectives find their first new disease
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