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Patient privacy curtains in hospitals became increasingly contaminated with pathogens and most tested positive for MRSA after 21 days of being hung, according to findings published in the American Journal of Infection Control. "Since hospital patient privacy curtains can harbor bacteria, are high-touch surfaces and are cleaned infrequently, they may be involved in pathogen transmission,” Kevin Shek, BSc, from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and colleagues wrote. Read More
Patients with occlusive lower extremity peripheral artery disease treated with atherectomy devices had over 96% procedural success, according to data presented at TCT 2018. When the researchers compared results by atherectomy device type, excisional atherectomy was associated with higher rates of vessel dissection and perforation and lower amputation rates compared with laser or orbital atherectomy, although long-term vessel patency was similar in all groups. Read More
For the first time, researchers have devised a model to predict burn patients who are most likely to develop life-threatening acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The prediction model includes three factors: the extent of the patient's inhalation injury, the percentage of the patient's body that was burned and whether the patient had high levels of a blood clotting protein called von Willebrand factor. Read More
Providing effective management of chronic wounds can be a major challenge for nurses practicing in health care systems. As the older adult population continues to increase, the prevalence of chronic health-related diseases that can lead to chronic wounds has also increased. Nurses have reported a lack of preparation in the management of chronic wounds. Read More