More PT and OT cuts death risk for pneumonia patients

Physical therapy and occupational therapy leads to fewer hospital readmissions and lower death risk for patients with pneumonia, a new study shows.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt • futurity
Sept. 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: lungs hospitals pneumonia health-and-medicine physical-therapy

Simpler ultrasound tech also costs way less

"Conventional ultrasound imaging probes can cost upward of $100,000... We can make ultrasound receiver-display units for $100 or so."

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: hospitals health-and-medicine imaging-technology ultrasound

COVID-19 patients get needless antibiotics, data suggests

More than half of patients hospitalized with suspected COVID-19 in Michigan during peak months got antibiotics. Later tests showed 96.5% didn't need them.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 antibiotics hospitals infections health-and-medicine

More patients in hospital beds ups COVID-19 deaths

"These deaths may not only come from those who are hospitalized, but also from those who should have been hospitalized but were not."

Jake Ellison-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 death hospitals health-and-medicine

Fall risk rises for older adults before and after hospitalization

The risk older adults will fall rises before and after a hospitalization. The research indicates that falls can be a sign of underlying health issues.

Laura Bailey-Michigan • futurity
Aug. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aging hospitals older-adults health-and-medicine falls

2 in 3 older folks in the hospital get risky prescriptions

"Potentially inappropriate medications" can send older adults who've just left the hospital back to the ER. Changes to prescribing may fix the issue.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: hospitals older-adults featured health-and-medicine medications side-effects

ICU beds are scarce in low-income areas

New research on ICU beds in hospitals reveals how starkly a person's ZIP code affects access to COVID-19 care.

Lauren Ingeno-Penn • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: poverty covid-19 hospitals money united-states rural-communities featured health-and-medicine neighborhoods emergency-medicine

Ozone gas could disinfect PPE for reuse

"Ozone would be a viable method for hospitals and other organizations to disinfect garments, goggles, and gloves."

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
July 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 hospitals viruses ozone health-and-medicine

Remdesivir can save more COVID patients where hospitals are maxed out

With news that the US bought almost the entire global supply of remdesivir, new research shows the drug saves more lives in places with overwhelmed ICUs.

Michelle Samuels-Boston U. • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 death intensive-care hospitals united-states south-africa featured health-and-medicine medications emergency-medicine

Stroke death rates are far higher in rural areas

There are big gaps between urban and rural care for strokes in the US, new research shows. In remote areas, death rates are 21% higher than in cities.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: cities hospitals rural-communities featured health-and-medicine strokes emergency-medicine

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