National quality guidelines improve hospitals' death, readmission rates; Algorithm helps to predict stroke risks;

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> Patients at hospitals involved in a national quality improvement program were less likely to die or readmit than those treated at other closely-matched hospitals not in the program, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013. Announcement

> Although nurses will use extreme measures to save patients and their parents, they'd prefer less aggressive life-preserving methods for themselves, according to an international survey in International Nursing Review. Statement

> One accountable care organization isn't enough for OSF Healthcare System, which already is a Pioneer ACO and now is forming a new commercial ACO arrangement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, OSF announced yesterday. Announcement

> Hospitals looking to serve up good care with a side of good food should take note of the menus at Union Hospital in Maryland, where the manager of Food and Nutrition Services received top honors for nutritionally improved and sustainable food for patients, staff and visitors, the Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Healthy Food in Health Care (HFHC) Program announced yesterday. Announcement

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> A new predictive tool in the form of a risk algorithm--dubbed QStroke--can help to identify and treat patients at risk of having a stroke, according to research recently published in BMJ. Article

> A new study published in PLOS One highlights how wireless signals could transform brain trauma diagnostics--in the form of a coil-like device that fits around one's head like a helmet. Article

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