Tag Archives: hospital medicine
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Trends in Prolonged Hospitalizations in the United States from 2001 to 2012

Health policy debate commonly focuses on frequently hospitalized patients, but less research has examined trends in long-stay patients, despite their high cost, effect on availability of hospital beds, and physical and financial implications for patients and hospitals. Methods Using the National Inpatient Sample, a nationally representative sample of acute care hospitalizations in the US, we […]

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Hospital Readmissions Following Physician Call System Change (video)

Reorganizing Physician Teams in a Large Hospital Caused Readmissions to Increase Significantly, According to New Report in The American Journal of Medicine As hospitals try to maintain effective and efficient operations, physician call systems can be a critical element in maintaining quality medical care and financial stability. In a new report published in The American […]

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Sampling of Electronic Medical Records Predicts Hospital Mortality

  Validated system for monitoring electronic health records in real time predicts patients at a higher risk for mortality, according to new report published in The American Journal of Medicine Hospitalized patients can deteriorate quickly, requiring prompt identification and treatment, especially since each hour of treatment delay can increase the risk of mortality. In a […]

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Inpatient Housestaff Discontinuity of Care and Patient Adverse Events

  For more than a decade, the medical community has been concerned about continuity of care. Concern began when the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education implemented national duty hour limitations in 2003. These rules became more restrictive in 2010. The current rules include an 80-hour-per-week limit, no more than 16 hours consecutively (for interns) or 28 […]

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Optimize Your Electronic Medical Record to Increase Value: Reducing Laboratory Overutilization

Eliminating electronic health record features that facilitate over-utilization is likely to be a safe and effective method of reducing hospital costs. Purpose The purpose of this study is to decrease overutilization of laboratory testing by eliminating a feature of the electronic ordering system that allowed providers to order laboratory tests to occur daily without review. […]

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