Hospital bedbug infestations on the rise; CDC budget prioritizes improved tools for tracking disease;

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> Psychiatric patients deemed in need of inpatient admission waited in the emergency department for a median of 8.5 hours, according to a study published today in Annals of Emergency Medicine. The lengthy waits resulted in part from time-consuming prior authorizations required by insurance companies. Statement

> More than a third of pest-management professionals treated bedbug infestations in hospitals in 2012, up from 31 percent the year before, according to a survey released today by the National Pest Management Association. Announcement

> Doctors say the more than 180 people injured in the Boston Marathon blasts who arrived at a hospital alive are likely to survive, CBS News reported. Article

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> Though decreasing its overall budget request for 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is making a priority of upgrading its tools for tracking infectious disease outbreaks. Article

> An interactive decision dashboard format developed by researchers at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine & Dentistry can be adapted to create a clinically realistic prototype patient decision aid, according to an article published this week in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. Article

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