These Cincinnati hospitals rank among the nation ’s best

Three hospitals in Greater Cincinnati are among the 50 best in the nation and five other local hospitals also were recognized for clinical excellence in a new ranking by the website Healthgrades. The performance of nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide was analyzed across 32 conditions and procedures to determine recipients of America’s Best Hospitals Awards, according to Healthgrades. That included reviews of care provided for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, respiratory failure, sep sis and…
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Based on reports from China, we know that most COVID-19 patients (about 80%) will develop mild flulike symptoms, including fever, dry cough, and body aches that can be managed at home. 20% will develop more serious symptoms, such as pneumonia requiring hospitalization, with about a quarter of these requiring ICU-level care. Initial reports focused on the respiratory effects of COVID-19, such as pneumonia and difficulty breathing. But more recent literature has described serious cardiovascular complications occurring in about 10% to 20% of hospitalized patients. Someone with pre-existing heart disease who becomes ill with C...
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CONCLUSION: This pharmacist-led transitional care intervention was associated with significantly decreased inpatient readmissions. The analysis indicates that pharmacist interventions can significantly reduce 30-day readmissions for high-risk populations and 90-day readmissions in patients with CHF. PMID: 32086512 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy : AJHP - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Am J Health Syst Pharm Source Type: research
FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2020 -- Patients with heart failure, but not those with acute myocardial infarction or pneumonia, have demonstrated an increase in postdischarge 30-day mortality, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in The BMJ. Rohan...
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According to this study: A higher nursing skill mix (that is, one that includes more RNs) is associated with improvements in 12 patient outcomes.These 12 outcomes are length of stay; ulcer, gastritis, and upper gastrointestinal bleeds; acute myocardial infarction; restraint use; failure to rescue; pneumonia; sepsis; urinary tract infection; mortality/30-day mortality; pressure injury; infections (other than urinary tract infection); and shock, cardiac arrest, or heart failure.
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Introduction: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have higher risk of hospitalization for cardiovascular events (CVE). An association between influenza infection and myocardial infarction (MI) is established. Our objective is to evaluate the COPD as an additional risk factor for CVE and respiratory events (RE) in patients with respiratory viral infection.Methods: We performed a retrospective cross-sectional analysis of 139 patients, with positive PCR for respiratory viruses in January of 2018. Cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) (hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and smoking) and medical history we...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Monitoring airway disease Source Type: research
Conclusions: PB CAP is associated with a higher rate of CVEs, primarily driven by higher incidence of new new-onset cardiac arrhythmias.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Respiratory infections Source Type: research
Importance: Hospitals that serve poorer populations have higher readmission rates. It is unknown whether these hospitals effectively lowered readmission rates in response to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). Objective: To compare pre-post differences in readmission rates among hospitals with different proportion of dual-eligible patients both generally and among the most highly penalized (ie, low performing) hospitals. Design: Retrospective cohort study using piecewise linear model with estimated hospital-level risk-standardized readmission rates (RSRRs) as the dependent variable and a change poin...
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AbstractBackgroundTeaching hospitals typically pioneer investment in new technology and cultivate workforce characteristics generally associated with better quality, but the value of this extra investment is unclear.ObjectiveCompare outcomes and costs between major teaching and non-teaching hospitals by closely matching on patient characteristics.DesignMedicare patients at 339 major teaching hospitals (resident-to-bed (RTB) ratios ≥ 0.25); matched patient controls from 2439 non-teaching hospitals (RTB ratios
Source: Journal of General Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
In this study, we hypothesized that moderately and chronically reducing ACh could attenuate the deleterious effects of aging on NMJs and skeletal muscles. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed NMJs and muscle fibers from heterozygous transgenic mice with reduced expression of the vesicular ACh transporter (VAChT), VKDHet mice, which present with approximately 30% less synaptic ACh compared to control mice. Because ACh is constitutively decreased in VKDHet, we first analyzed developing NMJs and muscle fibers. We found no obvious morphological or molecular differences between NMJs and muscle fibers of VKDHet and contro...
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To the Editor Joshi et al claim that for the 3 target conditions of acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia, most of the decline in excess readmissions is due to regression to the mean (RTM) when applying the statistical model described by Linden and Davis to the excess readmission ratios (ERRs). Unfortunately, Joshi et al did not assess the plausibility of the underlying model assumptions. Davis pointed out that the underlying statistical model to estimate the effects of RTM requires that the distributions of the ERRs during the 2 evaluation periods be gaussian with equal means and variances. To check th...
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Source Type: research
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