Budesonide/formoterol Plus Tiotropium Improves The Quality Of Life Of Patients With Severe COPD

May 28, 2009

Preliminary results from a double-blind, randomised, multicentre trial among 660 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) show that budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort: AstraZeneca) plus tiotropium (Spiriva™: Boehringer Ingelheim Limited) significantly improves disease control and patients’ quality of life.1,2

The study known as CLIMB, compared 12 weeks treatment with budesonide/formoterol (400/12 mcg one inhalation twice-daily) plus tiotropium (18 µg one inhalation once daily) vs. tiotropium alone plus placebo.
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Coalition For Quality & Patient Safety Of Chicagoland PSO Taps ECRI Institute PSO For Support

May 19, 2009

ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is pleased to announce an agreement with the Coalition for Quality & Patient Safety (CQPS) of Chicagoland PSO to provide patient safety data collection, reporting, and analysis. The Chicagoland PSO focuses on local experience, patterns, trends, and patient safety initiatives specific to Chicago and the surrounding counties. CQPS will coordinate its PSO and other patient safety efforts with other Illinois-based hospital and primary care associations, the Illinois Department of Public Health, consumers and consumer advocates, other patient safety and quality improvement stakeholders, and existing patient safety collaboratives across the state.
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Alzheimer’s Society Comment – Care Quality Commission Survey Reveals Malnutrition In Hospitals

May 16, 2009

Around one in five hospital patients who have trouble feeding themselves do not get help with meals, according to the survey released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

‘It’s appalling that thousands of vulnerable people who rely on the help of others to eat are being denied vital support. One quarter of all hospital beds are occupied by people with dementia, who may have difficulty swallowing; forget how to eat or stop being able to recognise food.
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A Novel Method Of Isolating High Quality RNA From Kupffer Cells

April 21, 2009

Kupffer cells, resident tissue macrophages that line the liver sinusoids, play a key role in modulating inflammation in a number of experimental models of liver injury. Since Kupffer cells represent only a small portion of the entire liver cell population, greatly outnumbered by the parenchymal cells, Kupffer cell isolation faces major technical obstacles. Laser capture microdissection (LCM) offers a method of isolating a single cell type from specific regions of tissue sections.
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Nurses Play Key Role In Improving Quality Of Patient Care

January 18, 2009

Quality has become a major focus within health care, especially in the areas of regulatory quality, quality assurance, quality improvement and patient safety. As this focus increases, nurses’ involvement in quality improvement activities is likely to expand in coming years. In the December 2008 issue of Urologic Nursing, Leslie W. Hall, Shirley M. Moore, and Jane H. Barnsteiner state that by actively participating in improving health care, nurses benefit their patients and experience more joy in their work.
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Understanding Medication Errors One Way To Help Improve Quality Of Care

January 18, 2009

Urologic nurses must possess a basic understanding of how to analyze and report medication errors. In the December 2008 issue of Urologic Nursing, Rodney W. Hicks, Shawn Coniff Becker and Dorothy Greene Jackson discuss tools available for evaluating and reporting medication errors.

The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) Taxonomy of Medication Errors, a comprehensive tool for evaluating medication errors, and several national medication error reporting programs are used to understand why and how medication errors occur, report Hicks and co-authors.
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PacsSCAN Film Provides High Quality Scanning For Film-Based Mammography Priors

January 12, 2009

PACSGEAR, Inc., the leader in document and multimedia connectivity solutions for PACS/EHR, today announced the introduction of PacsSCAN Film™ for Mammography, an application specifically designed for digitizing film-based mammography images. The PacsSCAN Film for Mammography System scans plain film mammograms and allows side-by-side comparison with digital mammography images.

The product measurably improves radiologists’ reading times by employing the DICOM Digital Mammography standard. This standard enables the correct sequencing of scanned images on digital mammography workstations. Scanned images can be enhanced by using the company’s proprietary Dynamic Contrast Algorithm (DCA), which gives scanned film a digital look and feel. The PacsSCAN Film for Mammography software can be configured to display scanned images at the same resolution as their digital counterparts. Throughput is further enhanced with PACSGEAR’s patent-pending batch scanning technology.
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