Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center sought to determine if observation status may be a better treatment option for older adults with cancer who present to the ED.
Investigators conducted a study involving more than 1000 patients with advanced cancer to assess the factors that contribute to prolonged hospital stays and increased risk for readmissions.
Survival rate were worse for lower volume hospitals with higher quality scores, versus higher volume hospitals.
Greater symptom burden in hospitalized advanced cancer patients ups the likelihood of being discharged to a post-acute care facility or hospice.
Comprehensive After Surgery Recovery Program Reduces Complication Rates and Improves Surgical OutcomesMay 24, 2017
Postoperative program improves complication rates, opioid prescribing, and hospital mortality and increases home discharge rates after colorectal or hip fracture surgery.
Preparing patients to manage their care at home enhances patient safety, decreases the frequency of unnecessary emergency center visits and unplanned readmissions, and improves patient satisfaction.
A meta-analysis of elderly patient discharge practices found that including informal caregivers in discharge planning reduces risks of readmission.
Investigators examined the extent to which hospital volume explains variations in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
A nurse develops a tablet app that helps intubated patients communicate with their nurses, caregivers, and families.
Clinician Communication, Adherence to Protocols, and Presence of Pharmacists Improve Outcomes in ICUsJuly 28, 2016
Oncologic patients are among the main users of ICUs and are vulnerable to infections and adverse drug reactions. However, relatively simple processes of organization can reduce the risk of these problems.
A standardized discharge navigation program resulted in significantly earlier discharge time that led to efficient, cost-effective patient throughput with no adverse effect on readmission rates.
Health Care Reform Has No Impact on Role of Safety-Net Hospitals in Providing Care to Minority Patient PopulationsJuly 08, 2016
After implementation of health insurance reforms in Massachusetts that also expanded access to care to non-safety-net hospitals, researchers found that minority-serving hospitals are vital to providing care for these patient populations.
Readmission Rates at Hospitals After Cancer-Related Procedures Is Too Complex for Simple Reimbursement RulesJune 17, 2016
Rates of readmission to hospitals after complex cancer surgeries are usually higher in vulnerable hospitals that serve as safety nets in their communities or in hospitals with a large number of Medicaid-insured patients.
Length of stay (LOS) and blood loss were reduced with RARP compared with open radical prostatectomy in obese men with prostate cancer who underwent surgery for their disease.
Men age 67 years or older with prostate cancer were 37% more likely to be hospitalized for noncancer reasons after their cancer diagnosis than before their diagnosis.
Should Vital Signs Be Routinely Obtained Prior to Intravenous Chemotherapy? Results From a 2-Center StudyMarch 10, 2016
[Cancer Control] This research sought to explore whether routine checking of vital signs prior to administration of intravenous chemotherapy is associated with fewer complications, particularly hospitalizations and emergency department (ED) visits.
Researchers have noted a link between supportive care and reduced risk of adverse outcomes.
Intensive care unit survivors have higher mortality, use of hospital resources in five years after discharge.
Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies Are Commonly Used by Hospitalized Patients With CancerDecember 30, 2015
More than 95% of hospitalized patients with cancer express interest in complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches if these therapies are offered to them during their hospital stay.
More than a third of colon cancer patients in study received care from different facilities.
Use of patient navigators on general medical service was associated with shorter hospital stays and didn't affect readmissions, a recent study indicates.
Despite treatment advances for adolescents and young adults with cancer, they still experience a higher rate of hospitalizations than the general public.
For patients with acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia, weekend discharge is not linked with 30-day readmission.
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 introduction of palliative care for patients hospitalized with advanced cancer is associated with lower hospital costs, according to a recent study.
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.
The James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, has launched the first fully integrated oncology emergency department in the U.S.
Applying Lean Six Sigma principles increased patient satisfaction scores for call light responsiveness for a surgical oncology division.
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 selectedApril 06, 2015
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.
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