Wish a solider well for the holidays; Send a card
If you would like to send a card to a soldier recovering from injury this holiday season, address your card to the following: A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, D.C., 20307-5001.
Employee caregivers get extra protection from cities
At least 63 local governments in 22 states have passed laws to protect caregivers from being discriminated against by employers, says a report from the Center for Worklife Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. Cities taking action beyond existing federal and state statutes include Chicago, Atlanta and Boston.
Business school teaches providers to use data to improve care
Physicians, nurses and other providers overwhelmed with health care data are enrolling in business school courses geared toward medical professionals. Harvard Business School's Managing Health Care Delivery program tries to get participants to think critically about how to use data to improve everyday processes and patient care and how to reduce costs.
U.S. life expectancy hits record at 77.9 years
A person born in the U.S. in 2007 has an average life expectancy of 77.9 years, a record high but still lower than in Canada, Japan and some other industrialized countries, the CDC said. Life expectancy for women is 80.4 years on average and 75.3 years for men, data showed.
One MRSA infection can increase medical costs
A study of seven health care facilities found one surgical patient with a MRSA infection can incur more than $60,000 in extra medical expenses. Researchers also said these patients are 35 times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and seven times more likely to die within 90 days compared with surgical patients who don't have MRSA infections.
VA in culture shift as more women need medical care
Veterans Affairs facilities are adjusting to a 12% increase in the number of women needing care in recent years, a trend that is affecting everything from room decor to the culture of the VA system.
CT scan radiation poses cancer threat for patients
One study of CT scans found there could be a 13-fold difference in radiation doses from the same procedure at different institutions or even just on different machines in the same hospital. A separate study estimated 29,000 future cancers and 14,500 deaths could be related to CT scans performed in the U.S. in one year alone.
Nurses champion patient safety
Ten years ago this month, IOM's To Err Is Human cast a spotlight on the role of the nurse in keeping patients safe, a role that will become even more important under the ongoing effort to reform the health care system.