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  • Postpartum hypertension may boost readmission risk

    A hospital system's remote blood pressure monitoring data showed that 81.8% of patients with new-onset hypertensive disorder of pregnancy had persistent hypertension postpartum after being discharged. Those with severe hypertension were more likely to be readmitted or visit the emergency room in the first six weeks after giving birth, compared to patients whose blood pressure returned to normal post-discharge. Study authors said in JAMA Cardiology that the findings "reinforce the critical role of remote BP monitoring in the postpartum period" and point to the need for further BP threshold research. MedPage Today (free registration) (6/12) Learn More

  • Readmissions, stay length higher with reduced RN staffing

    Filling nurse staffing gaps with licensed practical nurses or aides may lead to higher risks of patient readmission and death, lower patient satisfaction and lengthier stays in the hospital, as reported in the journal Medical Care. Researchers found that a 10% reduction in registered nurse staffing increased the risk of patient death by 7% and readmission rates by 10%, which would result in approximately $68.5 million in unnecessary Medicare costs. Becker's Hospital Review (6/12) Learn More

  • Paxlovid led to less hospitalization in teens with COVID-19

    A study published in the journal Nature Communications found that use of nirmatrelvir-ritonavir or Paxlovid was associated with a 28-day reduction in all-cause hospitalization risk among adolescents with COVID-19. The findings, based on 49,378 pediatric patients, showed no events of mortality, in-hospital disease progression or adverse clinical outcomes among nirmatrelvir-ritonavir users. Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (6/11) Learn More

  • Report: Hospital inpatient days to climb 9% by 2034

    A Vizient report predicts that US emergency department volumes will climb 4%, inpatient days will grow by 9% and annual discharges will increase by 3% to 31 million within the next decade due to the nation's aging population and increasing prevalence of comorbidities. Home health care is forecast to grow by 22% and outpatient care volumes are expected to jump 17% as a result of "expanded capabilities and patients' procedural needs, [as well as] chronic care required to manage ongoing conditions," report authors wrote. Becker's Hospital Review (6/10) Learn More

  • Infection prevention should stretch across care continuum

    Brooke Hossfeld, an infection prevention specialist, discussed at an APIC conference the need for standardization of infection prevention protocols across the care continuum, including acute care, ambulatory surgical facilities, long-term acute care, skilled nursing centers, rehabilitation sites and senior residences. Hossfeld noted that "health care-associated infections do not go away just because you are in an outpatient area," and more consistent practices are needed, including standardized procedures, infection prevention surveillance and comprehensive environmental services. Infection Control Today (6/12) Learn More

  • Blood test identifies kids with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

    A blood test that can help diagnose hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and identify children with HCM who are at high risk was developed by Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London researchers. The test measures seven blood proteins and identifies four proteins associated with sudden death risk. Medical Device Network (UK) (6/11) Learn More

  • PET/CT imaging links heart disease to cognitive decline

    A study presented at the SNMMI 2024 Annual Meeting found that PET/CT imaging with F-18 FDG PET, measuring cerebral glucose metabolism, and F-18 NaF, to show bilateral atherosclerotic calcification, identified a link between cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment. "Our findings support mounting evidence of the association between CVD and cognitive impairment, demonstrating regional hypometabolism in the presence of increased microcalcification of the carotid arteries," said researcher Shiv Patil. AuntMinnie (free registration) (6/12) Learn More

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