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Month: November 2012

Disability After TIAs & Minor Stroke

Canadian investigators suggest that as many as 15% of patients who suffer transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor strokes become disabled. Ongoing symptoms, diabetes, female gender, and CT/CT angiography-positive metric were...

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PCI, CABG, & Risks of Post-Procedural Stroke

Coronary revascularization with CABG appears to be associated with increased stroke risk at 30 days and at about 1 year when compared with PCI, according to an international investigation. After CABG, the 30-day rate of stroke...

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Glycemic Control After Surgery in Kids

Tight glycemic control appears to be achievable following cardiac surgery in children ages 0 to 36 months, with low rates of hypoglycemia, according to a randomized, control trial. The researchers noted, however, that tight...

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Positive Patient Perceptions of ED Communication

Investigators in Connecticut have found that patient perceptions of communication with ED medical teams appear to be positive. Results indicate that patients perceived ED teams to be respectful and willing to listen. “Excellent”...

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The Impact of Decision Aids in Hip & Knee Surgery

Investigators from Washington suggest using patient decision aids appears to reduce rates of elective surgery and lowers cost for some health conditions for which treatment decisions are highly sensitive to patient and physician...

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Guidelines for Managing Agitated Patients in the ED

Proper management of agitated patients presenting to the ED is essential to keeping staff safe and ensuring appropriate care. In many cases, agitation cases can be managed with non-pharmacologic methods, but medications are...

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ERs Go Mobile with Reservations

More than 100 hospital emergency departments are borrowing an idea from the restaurant industry: online reservations. Additional concierge services such as mobile apps for wait times make ER experiences more agreeable. ERs are...

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