February 2014

Hospitals With Pricing Power Don't Necessarily Provide High-Quality Care

February 20, 2014

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Among hospitals with solid income streams, one might expect the quality of care to be high. However, postsurgical mortality rates and patient-safety indicators showed high-price hospitals perform worse on inpatient care quality than low-price facilities.

Rehabilitation Settings for Hip Fracture Repair in Veterans

February 19, 2014

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Since clinicians at US Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals are concerned that their hip fracture patients will not return to their preoperative functional levels, many wonder if particular types of rehabilitation can improve postoperative outcomes.

Another Call for Checklists in the Operating Room

February 06, 2014

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Although operating room (OR) efficiency and patient safety improve when a Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) is used, OR personnel do not always implement SSCs, mainly due to checklist fatigue or the perception that the extra steps take too much time.

Great News for HIV Patients Who Need Organ Transplants

February 04, 2014

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The United States government has lifted a federal ban on the transplantation of organs from deceased HIV-infected donors to HIV-infected recipients, and the ramifications of this action are expected to be great.

Changing Gears: From Surgeon to Driving Advisor

February 03, 2014

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Although surgeons are not specifically trained to assess patients' ability to drive while wearing a leg cast, a team of researchers found that insurance companies and police forces look to doctors to advise their patients on driving.