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CDC: Hospital Infections Kill 200 Patients a Day

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPatients go to a hospital to get better, not to get an additional infection that makes them sicker or even kills them. Yet every day more than 200 Americans will die from an infection they developed during their hospital stay, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And although the CDC’s newest data show some improvement in the number of these hospital-acquired infections, they are still a major problem. According to the government’s survey of 183 hospitals in 2011, …

Find Out Whether Your Hospital Has Too Many Readmissions

Posted on 08/6/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIs your hospital’s revolving door turning too quickly? Each year, more than a million Americans wind up back in the hospital within 30 days after leaving for reasons that could have been prevented. That includes one in five Medicare hospital patients. Medicare has begun penalizing hospitals with high readmission rates for patients being treated for heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia — new categories will be added in the future — and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) …

When the Death Certificate Fudges the Facts

Posted on 07/2/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen I was a police reporter in a small town in Texas, writing about a man’s shooting death, I asked to see his death certificate. The cause of death was listed as cardiac arrest. “He was shot. How could it be cardiac arrest?” I asked the local law-enforcement official. “Apparently, his heart stopped when the bullet entered it,” was the sardonic reply. That was decades ago, but evidently an accurate cause of death on a death certificate is still a …

Immunizations: A Family Affair

Posted on 01/16/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingA visit to the emergency room with my Mom yesterday reminded me that flu season is paying an early, and unwelcome, visit this year. Our hospital, along with so many across the nation, was crowded with those suffering from the flu. We wore masks, offered as we registered in the ER, the entire time we were there … just in case. Last year saw fewer cases of influenza reported than ever before recorded — primarily due to a higher number …