Hospitalization

Weekend discharge not associated with increased readmission rate

Weekend discharge not associated with increased readmission rate

For patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia, weekend discharge is not linked with 30-day readmission.

Majority of younger patients dying of cancer use aggressive interventions in last month of life

Majority of younger patients dying of cancer use aggressive interventions in last month of life

More than two-thirds of adolescents and young adults dying as a result of cancer underwent at least one aggressive intervention during the last month of life.

Earlier attention to quality of life reduces hospital costs for advanced cancer patients

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Earlier introduction of palliative care for patients hospitalized with advanced cancer is associated with lower hospital costs, according to a recent study.

CMS: Hospital Charges for Common Procedures Increase

CMS: Hospital Charges for Common Procedures Increase

The prices hospitals charge patients for a number of common procedures rose over 10 percent between 2011 and 2013, more than twice the rate of inflation, but charges billed to Medicare remained the same.

First Fully Integrated Oncology Emergency Department in the U.S. Launched

First Fully Integrated Oncology Emergency Department in the U.S. Launched

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The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has launched the first fully integrated oncology emergency department in the U.S.

'Lean Six Sigma' Approach Raises Call Light Responsiveness Patient Satisfaction Scores

'Lean Six Sigma' Approach Raises Call Light Responsiveness Patient Satisfaction Scores

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Applying Lean Six Sigma principles increased patient satisfaction scores for call light responsiveness for a surgical oncology division.

Bedside Hand-Off Reporting Improves Nursing, Patient Care

Bedside Hand-Off Reporting Improves Nursing, Patient Care

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Deciding to move the "buzz" from a crowded nurses' station to the bedside resulted in creation of a new hand-off tool.

Racial and ethnic differences extend to how surgeons and hospitals for breast cancer care are selected

Black and Hispanic women with breast cancer were less likely to use reputation as a factor ins selecting their surgeon or hospital for treatment, when compared with white women.

Use of hospital-based services, as well as hospice, increased among patients with ovarian cancer

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Patients with ovarian cancer, despite an increasing use of hospital services, are more likely to enter hospice and less likely to die in the hospital, investigators found.

Unplanned hospitalizations among gastrointestinal cancer patients common

Unplanned hospitalizations among gastrointestinal cancer patients common

Among elderly patients with gastrointestinal cancer, unplanned hospitalizations are common, according to online research.

Evidence-based design: A new concept in health care facilities that puts the focus on patients

Evidence-based design: A new concept in health care facilities that puts the focus on patients

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A medical center in New Jersey makes the most of a rare opportunity to rebuild from the ground up. Its innovative patient rooms follow evidence-based design, a new concept in health care architecture.

Over a quarter of hospital orders were classified as defensive

Over a quarter of hospital orders were classified as defensive

More than 25% of hospital medicine services were rated by ordering physicians as at least a partially defensive order, according to recent data.

Weekend hospitalization linked to longer stays for pediatric patients with leukemia

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Weekend hospital admission for pediatric patients with newly diagnosed leukemia is associated with a longer length of stay, slightly longer wait to start chemotherapy, and higher risk for respiratory failure.

Risk of hospitalization increased for childhood cancer survivors, even years after treatment

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Survivors of childhood cancers were hospitalized more often and had longer hospital admissions many years after cancer treatment was completed, compared with the general population.

Hospitalization rate greater for childhood cancer survivors

Hospitalization rate greater for childhood cancer survivors

A higher hospital admission rate is seen for childhood survivors, with highest rates for survivors of neuroblastoma and bone tumors.

Patient safety and satisfaction improved with postdischarge call backs

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—A postdischarge phone call to patients 24 to 72 hours after discharge from the acute oncology setting improved patient safety and satisfaction, according to program results presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Humidifying mouth and throat during radiotherapy reduces mucositis and hospital stay

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Head and neck cancer patients who received daily humidification of the mouth and throat region at the beginning of radiation therapy treatment spent half as many days in the hospital to treat side effects, according to new research.

One-fifth of advanced GI cancer hospitalizations avoidable

One-fifth of advanced GI cancer hospitalizations avoidable

A higher 90-day mortality was seen after avoidable versus non-avoidable hospitalizations.

Head and neck cancer care increasingly regionalized

Inpatient care for head and neck cancer is becoming concentrated at teaching hospitals.

Cancer care is improved in hospitals that employ more cancer specialist nurses

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The care experience of cancer patients is better at hospitals that employ a larger number of cancer specialist nurses, according to a newly published study by the United Kingdom's NHS.

Majority of children readmitted to hospital after stem cell transplant

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Nearly two-thirds of children receiving stem cell transplants returned to the hospital within 6 months for treatment of unexplained fevers, infections, or other problems, according to a recent study

Rate of hospital infections in cancer patients has increased but deaths have declined

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A nationwide study on patient outcomes after cancer surgeries found that while infections during hospital stays increased during a 10-year period, the death rate from those infections declined.

Early end-of-life talks mean less aggressive care later

Early end-of-life talks are associated with less aggressive care and greater use of hospice services when patients do reach their final days.

Safety-net hospital care good for head, neck cancer

Safety-net hospital care good for head, neck cancer

Surgical care provided to vulnerable population without increase in mortality, morbidity, costs.

Treatment of complications has a greater impact on ovarian cancer mortality than case volume

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Women who have surgery for ovarian cancer at high-volume hospitals have superior outcomes compared with similar patients at low-volume hospitals. This improved survival rate is dependent on the treatment of complications, and not on a lower rate of complications following surgery.

Quantity/quality of life in pancreatic cancer examined

Knowing how much time people with pancreatic cancer spend in the hospital or in medical care can help clinicians make treatment recommendations.

Oncology clinicians work to cope with patient deaths

The grief experienced by the oncologists had unique elements beyond sadness, crying, and sleep loss.

Hospice visit number affects ability to die at home

Hospice visit number affects ability to die at home

Factors have been identified that affect a hospice cancer patient's ability to die in his or her setting of choice.

Cancer hospitalizations rated

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released Statistical Brief #125 Cancer Hospitalizations for Adults, 2009.

Bedside handoffs transform nursing shift changes into relationship-based care

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Patient handoffs conducted at bedside support the principles of relationship-based care and benefits both nurses and patients.

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