To fight antibiotic-resistant staph germs like these, a study suggests disinfecting the skin of all intensive care patients.
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Hospitals can sharply reduce the spread of the drug-resistant bacteria in their intensive care units by decontaminating all patients rather than screening them and focusing only on those found to be infected already, researchers reported Wednesday.
An H7N9 bird flu patient is escorted after his recovery and approval for discharge at a central China hospital on Friday.
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U.S. hospitals have been urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of bird flu among patients who have recently traveled to China, where a new strain of the virus has killed 17 people and infected more than 70.
Originally published on Wed April 17, 2013 3:35 pm
If he messes up, should the hospital profit?
Hospitals can make much more money when surgery goes wrong than in cases that go without a hitch.
And that presents a problem for patients. The financial incentives don't favor better care.
"The magnitude of the numbers was eye-popping," says Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and an author of the study, which was just published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. "It was much larger than we expected."