Mortality Data Supports Placing Seriously Ill Coronavirus Patients on ECMO

The co-authors of the recent research article wrote that the study provides “provisional support” for using ECMO to treat coronavirus patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. “In ECMO-supported patients with COVID-19 and characterized as having ARDS, estimated in-hospital mortality 90 days after ECMO initiation was 38.0%, consistent with previous mortality rates in non-COVID-19 ECMO-supported patients with ARDS and acute respiratory failure.”

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One in Five Younger Patients Hospitalized for COVID-19 Require Intensive Care

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers used the Premier Healthcare Database to look at clinical records from 419 hospitals that treated 3,222 hospitalized COVID-19 patients aged 18-34.

Patients with cardiovascular risk factors represented 37% of the young people hospitalized, while 24.5% of patients had obesity and morbid obesity, 18.2% had diabetes and 16% had hypertension.

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COVID-19 and the Rise of Telemedicine Fraud

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S., one of the first action items to help the healthcare sector continue to treat patients was the temporary lifting of a variety of federal restrictions against telehealth usage. These changes, announced by Medicare chief Seema Verma, unleashed telehealth from HIPAA regulations that had historically hampered the adoption of telemedicine across state lines.

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Patient Safety Initiatives for Blood Clot Prevention

By: Susannah Noel Protecting patients from blood clots With the global coronavirus pandemic causing heightened focus on patient care, we’re highlighting patient safety in hospitals. A top way to avoid unnecessary complications and deaths is to work on preventing blood clots — or venous thromboembolisms (VTE). Every year, 350,000 to 600,000 people are affected by VTE, which … Continued

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The Right Approach for the Right Result

As our experience shows, standardizing PIVC insertion practices can help an organization achieve the Triple Aim by improving patient safety and satisfaction, while significantly decreasing hospital costs. More than five years after beginning this journey, we are sharing our experience as a road map for other facilities looking to improve their processes and quality of care for a procedure that impacts nearly every patient in the hospital.

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