Spouses of ICU patients may be at increased risk for cardiac events or hospitalization

Having a spouse in a hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) may make a person more likely to have a heart attack or cardiac-related hospitalization themselves within a few weeks of the ICU admission, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. “Spouses of ICU patients should pay attention to […]

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New report guides drug-device combination risk management

Experts from industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently joined forces to take a closer look at the interface of medical device and drug development, called combination products. Their new technical information report, AAMI TIR105:2020: Risk management guidance for combination products, provides recommendations for identifying and proactively avoiding risks to patients and […]

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For maximum safety, be sure to wash your homemade face mask, says study

The homemade cloth masks recommended for slowing the spread of COVID-19 seem to expel invisible cotton fibers into the air as people talk, cough or even breathe—underscoring the importance of regularly washing them, researchers say. In experiments, researchers found that medical-grade masks—surgical and N95—blocked most exhaled “particles” from the wearer’s mouth. But the results with […]

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Nursing, intensivist staffing tied to lower hospital sepsis rates

Jane M. Flanagan, Ph.D., R.N., from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and colleagues evaluated the association between various hospital-related factors and rates of sepsis after surgery in 53 Massachusetts hospitals with intensive or critical care units and 25 hospitals with step-down units. The researchers found that sepsis rates were significantly lower when nurses cared […]

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