Bariatric surgery centers boost revenue; Partners HealthCare acquisition under microscope;

> Thanks to forced body cooling (therapeutic hypothermia), in-hospital deaths among sudden cardiac arrest patients dropped nearly 12 percent between 2001 and 2009, according to a Mayo Clinic study being presented at the upcoming American Academy of Neurology 2012 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Announcement

> Advancements in burn treatment have significantly reduced hospital admissions, length of stays and mortality rates, reported The Plain Dealer. According to the American Burn Association, the average length of stay for for burn patients dropped roughly from 11 days to nine days and the mortality rate declined from  4.5 percent to about 3 percent for males, and from 6.8 percent to 3.6 percent for females between 2000 to 2010. Article

> Over the past decade, hospitals opened bariatric surgery centers to boost revenue, yet recent data shows the number of procedures is holding steady or going down, according to American Medical News. Article

> The number of Connecticut's acute-care hospitals that ended the last fiscal year with operating losses doubled from last year, from four to eight, reported The Day. The University of Connecticut's John Dempsey Hospital reported the largest operating loss at $16.6 million, including bad debts. Article

> Town councilors worry that Partners HealthCare's acquisition of South Shore Hospital would lead to layoffs and inferior care quality, The Patriot Ledger reported. Article

And Finally... Victim taken to hospital on the hood of a police car. Article

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