March 27, 2014

Hospitals Send Them to Experts

1 Uninsured Trauma Victims Get Better Care

A Stanford University study has found that severely injured trauma victims who were initially taken to non-trauma centers were more likely to be transferred to specialized trauma facilities if they lacked insurance than were those who were insured, the ironic result being that the uninsured were more likely to receive optimal trauma care. In principle, the decision to transfer a victim to trauma specialists is made based on the cause and severity of the injury, but researchers who analyzed the records of over 4,500 trauma cases at 646 hospitals found that insured victims were retained at the non-trauma facility 11 to 14 percent more often that the uninsured. Research has shown that patients with life-threatening injuries have better outcomes if transferred to trauma centers.

More at Med.stanford.edu | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: 1 in 5 Health Insurance Claims Mishandled

Tags: Trauma Centers, Trauma Medicine, Health Insurance Flaws, Health Insurance Coverage, Trauma Treatment, Hospital Transfers

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Substantial Decline Says CDC

2 Fewer Patients Get Infections at Hospitals

Fewer Americans are contracting infections during hospital stays, finds new data from the Centers for Disease Control which says about 722,000 hospital infections were contracted in 2011, down from an average of 1.7 million a year. It’s estimated that about 75,000 people died of hospital infections in 2011. Dr. Michael Bell, deputy director, division of health care quality promotion at the CDC, said that improvements at hospitals were a vital part of the downward trend but also cited the changing medical landscape where more than 60% of operations are performed in outpatient facilities and care that used to occur in hospitals now occurs in nursing homes. The data included only hospitals but researchers are working to include outpatient facilities and nursing homes in future reports.

More at Www.nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Medicare Patients Harmed in Hospital

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Hospital Infections, Hospitals, Dr. Michael Bell, Nursing Homes, Outpatient Facilities

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Watch Out for Low Vitamin D

3 Vitamin D Deficiency Risk Factor for Heart

Vitamin D deficiency can be dangerous for the heart, say researchers presenting at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. The new research reveals that vitamin D deficiency acts as an independent risk factor for heart disease. Researchers found that lower vitamin D levels were associated with not only a higher presence of coronary artery disease, but also a greater severity. The study found a 32 percent higher occurrence of heart disease in patients having the lowest vitamin D levels, plus an almost 20 percent higher frequency of severe disease that affects multiple blood vessels. Given the study results, researchers believe that vitamin D deficiency can cause atherosclerosis, but it's unclear whether vitamin D supplements would be beneficial.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Is Vitamin D a Big Help or Hype?

Tags: Heart Disease Risk Factors, Vitamin D Deficiency, American College of Cardiology

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