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Patients need safer hospitals, every day of the week

In the United States, efforts to improve patient safety have focused, in part, on reducing hospital acquired conditions, or HACs. Hospital acquired conditions include healthcare associated infections, iatrogenic complications, and other adverse events occurring during treatment for another condition. Historically, the additional costs incurred by these adverse events led to greater payments by the government.1 To encourage a reduction in these potentially preventable conditions, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2008 decided not to pay for the higher costs of care resulting from 14 specific hospital acquired conditions.2 Starting this year, the CMS’s HAC Reduction Program will levy considerable financial penalties on hospitals scoring poorly on a composite measure of performance regarding hospital acquired conditions, which is derived from a review of administrative claims and medical record data.3 4  
feeds.bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Indian anti-tobacco campaigners plead for larger graphic warnings on products

Anti-tobacco activists have called for the Indian government to immediately implement a policy that it agreed in October 2014 to increase graphic images on tobacco packaging from 40% to 85% of a pack’s surface.  
feeds.bmj.com
over 5 years ago
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Life-saving Scottish Government grant hailed by meningitis charity

Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) is delighted to have received a substantial three year grant from the Scottish Government to continue its health intervention project, Action Meningitis...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Government of India and ESCAP join forces to strengthen early warning systems for natural disasters

The Government of India and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have announced a major new contribution of US$ 1 million to the ESCAP Multi-Donor...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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WMA welcomes strongest statement yet on violence against health

Commenting on the recent United Nations General Assembly resolution urging governments to act to ensure the safety of health workers, the World Medical Association President Dr.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Safety lapses at government labs raise serious bioterror concerns

Recent safety lapses at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institute of Health (NIH) facilities illustrate a new and grave bioterror threat: the risk for disease and death...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Experiments to test early detection for bio threats

Air and surface sampling techniques currently used by the US government are effective in fighting bioterrorism and potentially saving lives, a Saint Louis University researcher finds.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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UK government's school absence policy ignores young carers

Carers Trust, the UK's largest carers' charity, is today calling on the government not to punish or stigmatise young carers who are absent from school.  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Recruiting participants for research: Simple explanations, queries from doctors are best

While a debate was raging between scientists and government regulators on how best to explain to patients the risks of participating in clinical research studies that compare standardized...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Experimental Ebola vaccine safe, prompts immune response

Results from US government-sponsored Phase 1 trial of VSV vaccine reportedAn early-stage clinical trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine conducted at the National...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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'Revitalised' bowel cancer plan could save 90,000 lives, Australia

The Australian Government's 'revitalised' National Bowel Cancer Screening Program could save 90,000 Australian lives over the next four decades if at least 60 per cent of eligible people...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Saudi Health Exhibition and Conferences 2015, May 18 - 20, 2015, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The increasing government support for the local health care industry has given Saudi Arabia's leading health care solution providers an opportunity to introduce their innovative solutions and...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Quarantine yes/no?

Novel decision tree to assist policy and public health officialsThe recent Ebola outbreak highlighted the challenges to governments and local public health authorities...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Hospital improvements put at risk by government strategy, Australia

A study published in Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal for the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM,) has found that a time-based target introduced into hospitals...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Study - Governments can prevent tragic death toll of mothers and babies

Policy changes needed to save lives of mothers and newbornsGovernments could substantially reduce the tragic death toll of infants and mothers by making postnatal care...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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New WHO report shows that transparency and cooperation help to reduce high prices for new medicines

As the number of new medicines introduced in Europe rises, governments are finding it increasingly difficult to afford them, according to a comprehensive...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Physician leaders urge governments to protect health care

The World Medical Association is urging governments around the world to ensure that several major trade agreements they are negotiating will protect, promote and prioritize public health and...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Confidence in government linked to willingness to vaccinate

Study looked at 2009 swine flu vaccine use in United StatesA new study suggests that confidence in government may play a key role in the public's willingness to get at...  
medicalnewstoday.com
over 5 years ago
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Procedural Sedation - Part I

It seems the government and other specialties are trying hard to make sedation as difficult as possible in the ED. We must persevere to provide the best procedural sedation to allow maximal comfort and safety for our patients. This brief lecture was originally posted on the defunct EMCrit Lecture Site on 8/7/2009.  
emcrit.org
over 5 years ago
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Election 2015: Bevan would be 'turning in grave' over NHS - BBC News

NHS founder Aneurin Bevan would be "turning in his grave" if he saw the way Welsh ministers run the service, the UK government's Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.  
bbc.co.uk
over 5 years ago