Healthcare News & Insights

Study: Hospital mortality rates up in ICU patients with HAI

A recent analysis of an American hospital database found that in-hospital mortality in ICU patients with hospital-acquired infections (HAI) is four times higher (18.5% vs. 4.5%) than those without. But that’s not all it found.

Pneumonia mortality rate drop questioned

If you look at recent reports of the mortality rate of patients hospitalized with pneumonia, you’ll see a steady decline. That can only mean advances in clinical care and improvements in quality are saving more patients, right?

Your TV is killing you — 22 minutes at a time

Viewing back-to-back episodes of the various Real Housewives shows may be killing more than your brain cells.

Top 10 U.S. health systems — is yours on the list?

Is your hospital part of the Top 10 health care systems in the U.S.? Read on to find out.

DNR patients face higher death rates after surgery

Patients with a do not resuscitate (DNRs) order are more likely to die during certain surgeries — for reasons that aren’t clear.

The 50 best hospitals in the U.S.: Is one near you?

Health Grades has released this year’s list of the top 50 hospitals in the country.

Report: States are years behind dialysis inspections

Budget cuts have left many dialysis centers un-inspected for five years or longer — and patients using them are at risk.

Foreign-trained docs: Does the care they provide measure up?

Patients (and let’s be honest, some health care pros) worry that physicians trained overseas may not provide the same level of care as U.S.-trained docs. Should they be concerned?

Report: 275k to die due to lack of health insurance

A new report gives hard numbers for the steepest price of all the “costs” discussed in the health reform debate. 

Lowering post-op mortality — the surprising key

New research indicates that when it comes to reducing patient mortality, how well post-op complications are managed is just as important as preventing complications in the first place.