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VA hospital reduces worker injuries from moving patients

VA hospital reduces worker injuries from moving patients

By Maureen McKinney  |  March 28, 2015

Despite ample research showing the benefits of using mechanical patient-handling equipment such as overhead lifts, workers at many hospitals and nursing homes still are hoisting and moving patients the old-fashioned way. But that isn't true at the VA Loma Linda (Calif.) Healthcare System.

Data Points for March 30, 2015

Data Points for March 30, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 28, 2015

Data Points for the week of March 30, 2015, covered the following topics: Medicare, Medicaid, cancer, diabetes, data breaches and uncompensated care

10 U.S. charity staff to leave Sierra Leone amid Ebola scare

By Associated Press  |  March 15, 2015

Ten clinicians with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to Sierra Leone's Ebola outbreak are to be evacuated to the U.S. after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.

Mothers' helpers: Providers, insurers use home visits to reduce infant mortality

Mothers' helpers: Providers, insurers use home visits to reduce infant mortality

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 14, 2015

The Women-Inspired Neighborhood (WIN) Network, a Detroit-area collaboration between four regional health systems, partners systems with community organizations and local health departments to offer a comprehensive approach to addressing clinical and social factors associated with infant mortality.

Improving antibiotic use can address one major cause of infections

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 25, 2015

The continued overuse of antibiotics is associated with a majority of the nearly half million cases of Clostridium difficile infection that occurred in 2011, which in turn were linked to an estimated 29,000 deaths, federal health officials said Wednesday.

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 21, 2015

The latest outbreak of a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection spread through contaminated endoscopes has prompted calls for re-evaluating the adequacy of currently recommended cleaning and reprocessing procedures.

Bipartisan support voiced for vaccinations, as one critic stays away

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 11, 2015

Lawmakers Tuesday offered bipartisan endorsement for vaccines as safe and effective protection against preventable infectious diseases in an effort to alleviate concerns raised in recent years by anti-vaccine parents, even as a major proponent of parent choice was not heard from.

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